YPCCC seeks a Deputy Director for our Partnerships Program

Deputy Director, Partnerships Program

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) invites applications for the position of Partnerships Program Deputy Director.

Based at the Yale School of the Environment, we conduct scientific research on public climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the underlying psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence them. We also engage the public in climate change science and solutions, in partnership with governments, media organizations, companies, and civil society, and with a daily, national radio program, Yale Climate Connections.

The Partnerships Program supports advocates, governments, educators, and companies drawing on YPCCC data and insights, including Climate Change in the American Mind national surveys, Yale Climate Opinion Maps, Global Warming’s Six Americas, Microtargeting Models, and Message and Field Experiments.

Position Focus:

The Partnerships Program Deputy Director manages a portfolio of relationships within diverse constituencies for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, and they play a leadership role within the Partnerships Program work to scale our impact. The Partnerships Program is a dynamic team that values innovation, teamwork, flexibility, initiative, accountability, and collaborative leadership. We are also a small and nimble team, which means the work can range from informing a strategic decision to detailed implementation of a randomized control trial.

In this role, the Deputy Director will help develop and disseminate climate change communication strategies, tactics, and tools to advocates, governments, educators, and companies drawing on YPCCC data and insights, including:

  • The Climate Change in the American Mind national surveys
  • The Yale Climate Opinion Maps
  • Global Warming’s Six Americas
  • Microtargeting Models
  • Message Experiments
  • Field Experiments
  • Communication Campaigns

The Deputy Director reports to the Partnerships Director and will work closely with the broader YPCCC team.

The ideal Deputy Director thinks like an organizer, has a track record of building deep relationships with partners and managing successful projects, thinks strategically, and is not afraid to roll up their sleeves to get results.

Core responsibilities:

  • Maintain relationships with diverse climate organizations, ranging from large institutions to small grassroots groups.
  • Scale the Partnership program via increased consulting and training in climate communication strategy, tactics, and tools to improve the communication and engagement capacity of partner organizations and the broader climate change community.
  • Working with partners and YPCCC’s research team, design and implement climate change communication and engagement experiments, develop actionable insights, and share them with partners and the climate change community.
  • Will support Partner’s success from inception through conclusion, including the development of a project and regular communication with partners and stakeholders to ensure goals are met. Lead aspects of the Partnerships strategy and outreach to diverse climate organizations.
  • Serve as an ambassador to the climate change community for all YPCCC publications, tools, and insights.
  • Oversee a portfolio of partner-led research using YPCCC tools.
  • Inform the YPCCC research team about emerging trends, ongoing challenges or research needs among partners and/or the wider community of practitioners.
  • With the YPCCC research team, help assess the utility of new YPCCCC research products, tools, and data.
  • Manage a team of 5-10 student research assistants.

Required experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies, political science, psychology, sociology, or relevant field and 5+ years of experience in issue, community organizing, labor, or political campaigns, including digital campaigns.
  • Experience creating and evaluating data-driven advocacy and strategic communication plans.
  • Experience managing and coordinating activities of staff.
  • Experience developing and implementing professional trainings.
  • Familiarity with the academic literature on climate change communication and movement building a plus.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication. Skilled and engaging presenter. Ability to manage projects, set priorities, and advance outcomes.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse range of partners from new organizers to senior leaders. A practical understanding of evidence-based campaign strategy, communications, organizing, and data tools.
  • Proficiency with research design, message testing, and other experimentation in an advocacy, marketing, communications, or campaign context and explaining quantitative data to non-research audiences.
  • Proven ability to work with Google Docs, Office 365, and constituent relationship management tools such as Salesforce, and Zoom.
  • Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. Track record of successfully working across lines of race, immigration status, ethnicity, language, class, gender, and other identities. Passion for building a more effective and equitable climate community.


This position is based in New Haven, Connecticut.

Compensation and Benefits:

Yale University offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and retirement savings. Yale University Statement on Non-Discrimination

How to apply:

Go to Yale’s job application platform at: https://bit.ly/YaleCareers-72316BR. The description in Yale’s application platform contains required language and fewer details than the description here, the position is most accurately described above.