US Center Director

Stockholm Environment Institute

Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $175,000-$230,000

About the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
A thriving hub of dedicated scientists, researchers, and staff, SEI consistently ranks among the top think tanks in the world working on environment policy and practice. Globally renowned for its innovative research, policy analysis, and capacity-building efforts in over 15 program areas—including water, climate change, energy, water resources, biodiversity, and sustainable consumption and production—SEI’s diverse team of experts and global partners are dedicated to shaping policies and addressing urgent environmental challenges worldwide.

An independent and nonpartisan research organization, SEI tackles some of the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges. With Centers in seven countries and headquarters in Sweden, SEI’s focus on the connections between sustainability science and policy continues to advance the evidence base of sustainability-enhancing strategies. SEI’s current “Knowledge for Action” 2020-2024 strategy pushes the frontiers of sustainability research. With over 600 active projects in 50+ countries, SEI plays a central and pivotal role in supporting and delivering real change.

About SEI US
A collaborative community of 35 researchers and support staff, the US Center of SEI is deeply committed to sustainable development. With offices in Somerville, MA; Davis, CA; and Seattle, WA, and a USD 6 million annual budget, SEI US engages with key policy and decision-makers on energy, water, and climate policy around the world. SEI US conducts rigorous research, engages in close partnership with key constituents, translates knowledge into action, and conducts capacity building efforts across five core areas:

  • Water for ecosystems and livelihoods
  • Energy modeling
  • Climate policy
  • Equitable transitions
  • Sustainable bioenergy and development
  • Through research findings, tool development, training, and workshops, SEI US strives to support communities and partners in tackling environmental challenges and fostering a collaborative and inclusive approach to solving them.

For more information on SEI US, please visit https://www.sei.org/centres/us/ . To read SEI’s 2022 Annual Report, please visit https://www.sei.org/publications/annual-report-2022/.

About Our Next Center Director
SEI US seeks a Center Director who is enthusiastic about joining an organization that values diversity in disciplines, background, and lived experience. We welcome candidates from a range of experiences that would complement the team. US-based candidates and international candidates authorized to work in the US are equally encouraged.

The Center Director of SEI US will possess the following attributes and competencies:

  • Commitment to the Mission
  • Strategic Resource Development
  • Research and Policy Engagement
  • Global Engagement
  • Leadership and Career Development
  • Compensation & Benefits

SEI US offers a work environment with flexible schedules, a collegial workplace, and an emphasis on well-being. The Somerville office is near Boston, just off the campus of Tufts University, with access to campus activities and resources. The Seattle office is in the heart of downtown, near Pike Place Market, in a restored 1930s office building filled with other non-profit organizations. The Davis office is in a haven for bicyclists close to the University of California campus. SEI US currently works in a hybrid fashion, with staff having the option to work at the office, at home, or a mix of both.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary range for this role is $175,000-$230,000 with a generous benefit package. The exact salary that will be offered to the US Center Director will be determined based on a consideration of the successful candidate’s skills and experience and aligned with SEI US’s compensation policies.

The US Center Director (Center Director) is appointed by the Chair of the US Board of Directors who is also the Executive Director (ED) of SEI. The appointment is for a period of 4 years with potential for renewal by mutual agreement following a performance evaluation by the Board.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Malissa Brennan, Maureen Alphonse-Charles, and Molly Brennan of Koya Partners are leading this search.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

SEI US is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

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Category Admin & Leadership, General / Stewardship, Policy And Law, Sustainability
Tags Climate Change