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The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill works to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve state and local government. As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the School of Government offers up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. In addition, faculty members annually publish approximately 50 books, manuals, reports, articles, bulletins, and other print and online content related to state and local government. The School is also home to a nationally ranked graduate program in public administration and specialized centers focused on information technology and environmental finance.

The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School’s commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page:

The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( is dedicated to enhancing the ability of governments and other organizations across the country to provide environmental programs and services in fair, effective, and financially sustainable ways. The EFC is part of the University’s public service mission and works directly with environmental service providers. The work of the EFC is primarily funded through grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and other awards.

The EFC works directly with environmental service providers, including local and state governments, federal agencies, utilities, associations, and other organizations. The EFC focuses on the financial and managerial issues of managing a wide range of environmental services, including drinking water, wastewater, clean energy, stormwater, wetlands, and land conservation. The EFC delivers its services through education events, direct assistance, and advising to environmental service providers and policymakers, and applied research.

For example, the EFC works with drinking water systems on finance and management, including how to set rates, assess financial health, measure the affordability of service, and plan for long-term needs. The EFC also works with governments and other organizations to design energy efficiency and renewable energy loan and rebate programs. Furthermore, the EFC works with local governments to help design stormwater fees. And the EFC works with state and tribal governments on the finance and management of wetland programs.

The Project Director will work with the EFC team on multiple projects across this range of environmental services. The Project Director will

– Manage projects funded by grants and contracts
– Lead full-day workshops and webinars, as well as present at conferences
– Advise environmental service providers on program design, management, and finance
– Create financial spreadsheet tools to be used by environmental service providers

The Project Director should expect to travel at least once a month (about 20%-30% of time). This position will report to the Associate Director. The position is contingent upon the continuity of EFC funding.

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity or comparable background in independent academic or instructional activities, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. This experience may be related to the direction/oversight of programs that focus the academic and research resources of a higher education institution towards community or regional issues.
– Strong interest in a career in environmental finance and/or public finance
– Ability to manage projects independently and to work without a high degree of supervision
– Superior oral and written communication skills
– Ability to work with multiple clients simultaneously
– High attention to detail, strong organization skills, and ability to complete work on time
– Ability to work with colleagues and students in an effective and respectful manner
– Competency using Microsoft Excel for at least basic levels of analysis using spreadsheets
– Ability to travel frequently (about 20%-30% of the time)
Preferred Qualifications:
– Understanding of or experience working with local governments and/or environmental service providers
– A high level of competency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel, including capabilities of advanced spreadsheet design in Excel or Google Sheets
– Experience with GIS
– Be based out of and work in the EFC offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
    • Bachelor’s degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Bachelor’s degree in any field/discipline
    • Master’s degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Master’s degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
    • None of the above

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