Executive Director, Getches-Wilkinson Center @ University of Boulder Law School

Executive Director, Getches-Wilkinson Center


The Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment (GWC) at the University of Colorado Law School welcomes applications for an Executive Director! The GWC serves Colorado, the American West, the nation, and the world through creative, interdisciplinary research, inclusive engaged teaching, and innovative problem solving. The GWC is committed to promoting sustainable use of western lands, water, and the environment. The Center’s major programs and initiatives focus on a wide range of natural resources issues, including water, public lands, energy, climate change, and environmental justice. In carrying out its work, the GWC often works with Indigenous Peoples, disadvantaged communities, and other communities of color.

The Executive Director will position the Center and its staff to engage decision makers and other interested parties on innovative legal and policy issues in tribal, state, and federal governments, as well as in interactions with industry groups and non-profits. This role will lead the Center’s fundraising and external relations efforts, lead all aspects of the day-to-day administration of the Center, serve as the primary point of contact for internal relations with other law schools and University units, and provide support for the Center’s academic and research programs. The Executive Director is supported by a professional administrator.

Candidates with appropriate academic qualifications, experience, and interest may be eligible to apply for a position as a tenure-track or non-tenure track faculty member and have the opportunity to teach courses and develop a research program.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Key Responsibilities:

Center Management and Administration:

The Executive Director is the leader of the Getches-Wilkinson Center, with primary responsibility for the Center’s overall administration, including budgeting, operations, and personnel. The Executive Director reports directly to the Dean, in consultation with the GWC’s Faculty Board, and works with the GWC Advisory Council to carry out the Center’s mission.


The Executive Director has the primary responsibility for general fundraising for the Center, in consultation with the Dean's office and in close, regular collaboration with the law school advancement team and the CU Foundation as appropriate.

External Relations, Outreach, Conferences, and Events:

The Executive Director develops and facilitates programmatic activities including research programs, policy papers, speaker series, conferences, workshops, and other opportunities for the Center to engage with the broader community. The Executive Director is also responsible for the Center's outreach activities and materials, including producing brochures, newsletters, reports, on-line communications, and papers to ensure overall quality, and coherence.

Research and Teaching:

The Executive Director may participate in and, if appropriate, lead Center research projects consistent with the Center's mission. The Executive Director may also teach or co-teach law school classes as appropriate and work with student groups in connection with employment and extracurricular opportunities.

What We Require:

  • Juris Doctor or other law or policy-related advanced education.
  • At least 6-years of experience in natural resources, energy, and/or environmental law and policy.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience will apply on a year-for-year basis.

What you Will Need:

  • Strong leadership, organizational, and management skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of issues and current developments in natural resources, energy, and/or environmental law and policy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with multiple constituencies across political, social, and economic spectrums.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and outreach skills.

What We Would Like You To Have:

  • Experience in an academic or high-level policy setting.
  • Experience working with students.
  • Experience with fundraising.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.


Academic Institution

$125,000 to $183,000






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