Program Manager, FLARE and ND-GAIN (Limited Term)


The University of Notre Dame seeks a Program Manager to serve two growing programs, the Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement (FLARE) Network and the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN). This position will be shared with equal time between the two related programs. The Program Manager will work closely with the FLARE Network Coordinator, Dr. Daniel Miller, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy in the Keough School of Global Affairs, to manage and grow the Network as it transitions to a new base at the University of Notre Dame. FLARE is an international network of researchers, practitioners, donors, and policymakers who seek to build a community of practice and advance the state of knowledge on forest-related livelihood issues around the world. The Program Manager will also work closely with Dr. Danielle Wood, to manage the ND-GAIN Program as it looks to grow to meet future needs. ND-GAIN works to enhance the world’s understanding of adaptation through knowledge, products and services that inform public and private actions and investments in vulnerable communities.

This is a two-year limited term position.

Duties for FLARE Program include:

  • Work closely with the FLARE coordinator to plan meetings, manage the FLARE calendar, and provide background research on presentations and communications, and support in submitting grant applications, IRB applications, and project progress reports;
  • Assist and help develop FLARE communications to membership, partners, stakeholders, and the general public, including maintaining the FLARE membership and contact database and managing the FLARE website; coordinate FLARE communications initiatives with Keough School communications team;
  • Event coordination: Manage and coordinate logistics for annual in-person conference as well as other smaller meetings. Duties include: (pre-conference) – coordinate registration process, program/agenda development, presentation submission and organization processes, room & catering arrangements, hotel busing schedule management, setting up technical support services in buildings/rooms, volunteer recruitment/management, and tracking expenses; (during conference) Oversight of the complete day-to-day activities of the events (3-5days); (post-conference) help manage follow-up communications and tasks, including expense reporting;
  • Assist with organization of visiting scholars and other educational outreach programs;
  • Help manage budget/finances of FLARE, in coordination with Associate Director for Finance and Administrations in the Keough School Dean’s Office.


Duties for ND-GAIN Program include:

  • Convene expert counsel for indicator selection for the planned update to ND-GAIN Country Index
  • Seek out funding sources for ND-GAIN update, including grants, foundations, corporations and individual donations;
  • Manage the potential downscales of ND-GAIN index for specific countries and/or regions of interest;
  • Administrative tasks related to supporting, promoting and advancing ND-GAIN;
  • Assist in managing the budget and finances of ND-GAIN;
  • Publication of relevant results in coordination with ND-GAIN team.


Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in a relevant field, and two years of relevant experience.  Candidates should also have:

  •  Previous program and or event management experience;
  •  Strong communication and customer service skills;
  •  Ability to interact and effectively communicate within a team environment;
  •  Strong administrative and computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite;
  •  Demonstrated ability to independently diagnose, anticipate, and resolve program issues;
  •  Organized, detail-oriented, ability to stay calm under pressure;
  •  Demonstrated ability to organize several projects and tasks with multiple deadlines;
  •  Enthusiastic, self-motivated, work independently and manage time effectively;
  •  Able to communicate with diverse audiences;
  •  Possess professional standards of conduct including a strong sense of ethics and confidentiality;
  •  Ability to work long hours and weekends and/or to travel (internationally) for the annual conference/FLARE  events.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience relating to forest and environmental issues in any country context
  • Experience living outside the United States and/or working with diverse, international groups


Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted by September 12, 2021. All application materials should be submitted through the Notre Dame online application system:


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