Project Director, Environmental Finance Center

Job Type

Full Time




Chapel Hill
United States


Position Summary:

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 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.


Previous experience with environmental finance content is not required. Ideal candidates will be comfortable and effective in working with people, presenting to professional audiences, and analyzing data. We expect and will support the Project Director to learn about environmental financial management on the job. We expect that the Project Director will take on increasing levels of responsibility and leadership within the EFC over time.


NC State Employee benefits:

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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