Director, Thriving Earth Exchange
Job Details
Full Time
4 Year Degree

About AGU


AGU is a global community of 130,000 Earth and space scientists, advocates, and experts. As the Director, Thriving Earth Exchange,  you will be part of a dynamic association that publishes peer-reviewed journals and scientific books and convenes the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. Through our initiatives, such as mentoring, professional development and awards, AGU upholds and fosters an inclusive and diverse scientific community.

AGU offers our employees great benefits, including flexible work schedules, retirement savings options, as well as health, dental, life and disability insurance. AGU also provides exciting opportunities for professional development and tuition support.


What the Director, Thriving Earth Exchange does:

  • Lead successful grant proposals for external funding opportunities; serves as PI or co-PI and assure successful execution on successfully funded proposals. 
  • Manages department budget within organizational parameters 
  • Ensures the overall quality of the Thriving Earth Exchange Program and Oversees all aspects of program operations 
  • Ensures the program prioritizes work with and to the benefit of people and communities who have been historically left out of science 
  • Directs Thriving Earth Exchange staff, ensuring that their work is aligned with the overarching strategy, and mentors the staff so that they can be creative, innovative, and generative in their work. 
  • Designs and implements performance measures and other systems to track Thriving Earth Exchange efforts, evaluates success, and leverages that knowledge to drive improvements within the program.  
  • Identifies and hires external contractors and oversees work with vendors, as necessary, to achieve Thriving Earth Exchange goals 
  • Supports staff in troubleshooting challenges 
  • Ensures staff have the resources to be successful and that the staffing capacity is sufficient to meet program goals 
  • Help the VP of Community Science analyze opportunities and new ideas against their impact on current priorities and implications for staffing 
  • Communicates and coordinates with other AGU departments about shared or overlapping efforts, as well as other relevant aspects of the work.  
  • Engages in regular workshops, skills-building and other trainings to stay current on state-of-the-art practices in this highly evolving field.  
  • Manages relationships with partners to ensure continued mutual benefit 
  • Represents Thriving Earth Exchange in speaking engagements and conferences, and mentors staff to do the same. 
  • Works with the VP of Community Science to create opportunities for Thriving Earth Exchange volunteers, especially community leaders, to participate in impactful and important events. 
  • Assists VP, Community Science with special projects to advance AGU strategic objectives, and represent current and future strategies for Community Science related programs at special events, required committee meetings, and other programs as requested. 
  • Stands in for VP of Community Science at a leadership level, as needed.  

What the Director, Thriving Earth Exchange brings to the team:

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, including the ability to identify process inefficiencies and develop solutions, and to manage multiple complex projects at the same time on a tight deadline.  
  • Ability to write successful grants and successfully achieve and track grant outcomes. 
  • Ability to create and manage budgets. 
  • Demonstrated track record of independent decision making and sound judgement based on Thriving Earth Exchange principles and AGU values. 
  • Demonstrated ability to translate strategic vision/intent into a program plans and tactics. 
  • High degree of professionalism and accuracy. 
  • Demonstrated discretion on confidential matters. 
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate easily and effectively with audiences and partners from all backgrounds 
  • 10+ years with a Bachelors Degree; 8+ years with Master’s degree; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Management experience, with demonstrated responsibility for supervising staff and projects as well as developing and implementing strategies.  
  • Fundraising success and grant writing experience strongly preferred. 
  • Experience Managing Budgets 
  • Experience supervising, leading, mentoring, and developing others strongly preferred.  
  • Experience leading community-engaged science

AGU’s Workplace Values

We believe in accountability and ownership of work, by taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.


We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.


Our teams believe that with teamwork together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.


The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check and verification of vaccination against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for any legally required accommodation. 


AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package.



AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.