Executive Director

Columbia University
New York City, New York (US)
September 11 2019
Organization Type

Executive Director

The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) invites applications and nominations for the role of Executive Director.

Since its founding, CGEP has emerged as a powerful platform for leading scholars to engage in meaningful research, dialogue, and action on today’s most pressing global energy challenges. The Center’s mission is to enable public and private sector leaders to make more informed choices about the world’s most pressing energy issues by providing an independent and interdisciplinary platform for insights and data-driven analysis, convening and information-sharing, education and training, and making actionable recommendations on the current and future global energy system. Currently, the Center comprises approximately 30 full-time staff, 10 part-time staff, and another 30 or so affiliate faculty members across the University, including at the Earth Institute and schools of engineering, law, business, and more. The Center utilizes the University’s global reach through its 10 physical centers in key energy countries including Brazil, India, China, and many others. CGEP is supported by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and through contributions from different sources including foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

Reporting to Founding Director Jason Bordoff and joining CGEP at a pivotal moment of growth, the Executive Director will seize the opportunity to develop an administrative strategy that will enhance the Center’s internal systems and ensure CGEP continues its upward trajectory as an academic hub for research, engagement, and teaching on global energy policy. The ideal candidate for the Executive Director position will bring deep experience in managing a rapidly growing organization and balancing a diverse portfolio of strategic planning, University engagement, staff development, budgeting, and project and operational management. Minimal professional qualifications include 15 years of management and organizational leadership experience and demonstrated entrepreneurial experience, including formulating and executing a strategic plan in support of growing and scaling an organization in terms of staff, budget, activity, and impact.

An advanced degree (M.A., M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D.) is preferred as well as experience working in higher education. Leading candidates will have experience with issues central to CGEP activities (energy policy, climate change, international security, economics, etc.).

For best consideration, please send all nominations and expressions of interest electronically and in confidence to:

Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Managing Partner

Jim Sirianni, Partner

Julia Patton, Senior Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP


Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action – Race/Gender/Disability/Veterans employer.

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