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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
Augusta, Maine, United States of America
JOB #R2104990

Executive Director, ICF Climate Center

ICF is a global advisory and digital services provider, but we are not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future. 

With more than 8,000 staff in 70 global offices representing 80 nationalities and more than 75 languages, ICF is comprised of business analysts and policy specialists working alongside digital strategists, data scientists, and creatives, united by a culture that values diversity and opportunity. We combine deep domain expertise with cutting-edge digital agency services to serve our customers in a holistic way. 

ICF is committed to a more resilient and prosperous world for all. The work we do across sectors, geographies and client types provides our teams an opportunity to fulfill that commitment. 

About the ICF Climate Center 

With 40+ years as one of the world’s leading science-based climate consultancies, ICF works with business, government, and nonprofit organizations to design and implement programs and policies that drive low-carbon transitions and build resilience against the effects of climate change.  

The ICF Climate Center offers compelling research and unique insights that combine climate science and predictive analytics to help organizations establish clear, practical pathways forward. ​ 

At ICF, we have the world’s best combination of science and technical expertise across the most important climate topics in the industry. We work across an incredibly diverse range of sectors and geographies that have been or are now focused on climate-related issues. We strongly believe that effective climate solutions will require engagement and actions across both dimensions. 

Our insights are driven by science. No matter the client, we provide objective perspectives and actionable solutions rooted in expertise across dozens of disciplines and drawing on decades of experience.  

Position Summary 

This is a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the discourse and action surrounding the climate change challenge. The Executive Director will be the primary leader, expert and spokesperson for the newly launched ICF Climate Center. This person will be responsible for upholding ICF’s core values as well as ICF’s commitment to science, unbiased analytics, and pragmatic solutions to challenges posed by climate change.  

As a senior executive at ICF, the Executive Director of the ICF Climate Center will engage with leaders across ICF, clients, partners, and the media to harness ICF’s deep institutional memory, subject matter expertise, and perspectives across all facets of climate change. 

  • The Executive Director will work with Deputy Directors to design, plan, and implement specific workstreams related to thought leadership, partnerships, events, etc. 

  • The Executive Director will also be available for ICF’s clients to help to advance their climate action and supports our operating groups in maintaining strategic senior level client relationships. 

  • In addition to overseeing Climate Center activities, the Executive Director will tap into subject-matter expertise and a ‘speakers bureau’ representing the depth and breadth of specialized expertise in topics related to the key pillars of the Climate Center: Climate Policy and Planning, Decarbonization, Sustainable Business, Communications & Engagement, and Risk Management and Adaptation.   

  • The Executive Director of the ICF Climate Center will report to the head of ICF’s Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure group and work closely with other members of ICF’s executive leadership team including ICF’s Chief Marketing Officer and the head of ICF’s Europe and Asia group.  

  • The Executive Director will provide quarterly updates to a broader steering committee of ICF executives whose role is twofold: the steering committee members are available to amplify and reinforce the messages and intellectual property created by the Climate Center and they will help to ensure that the Center is maximally effective in leveraging expertise, outcomes, and relationships across the broader firm.  


  • Promote the Center’s brand, insights and activities to media, clients and industry groups, and in doing so build awareness and understanding of ICF’s capabilities and strengths in the climate, environment, energy and policy arenas. 

  • Help ICF and its clients develop a point of view on key policies, regulations, and technological advances in the climate arena. Work to share ICF’s point of view and insights through client engagement, industry outreach, press outreach, personal connections and meaningful partnerships with academia, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government leaders. 

  • Establish and proactively maintain strong professional relationships and credibility with business and client executives. 

Required Experience & Professional Skills 

  • 10+ years’ experience engaging professionally on climate-related topics; these may include greenhouse gas mitigation, climate adaptation, infrastructure resilience, climate change science, decarbonization pathways, or clean energy and clean transportation. 

  • 10+ years' writing, public speaking, and engaging with media and industry conferences and events on climate and environment-related topics. 

  • 10+ years’ experience working in partnership with subject matter experts, communications and marketing professionals, and public relations experts on topics of public interest. 

  • Demonstrated strength coordinating and effectively driving outcomes through a combination of authority and influence across functions or disciplines in an organization.  

  • Reputation for strong emotional intelligence, critical thinking skills, and integrity.  

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Fairfax, VA (VA01)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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Join our talent network

ICF is growing, and we add new open roles to our site regularly. If you're waiting for that perfect opportunity at ICF or want an inside look at what it's like to do world-changing work, join our talent network to stay updated.