Business Climate Action Program Manager
Portland, ME Climate Center
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The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. We are dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. To learn more, visit

The foremost global ocean challenge is climate change as it represents an existential threat to coastal communities as we know them. Through the work of GMRI’s Climate Center, we aim to empower coastal communities to thrive in a warmer world by leveraging climate action from the local to the global level. We do this through a user-centered science-engagement-solutions framework for delivering climate services to coastal and marine stakeholders.

GMRI is seeking applicants for a Business Climate Action Program Manager to work under the supervision of Dr. Dave Reidmiller, Director of GMRI’s Climate Center. The incumbent will join a rapidly growing Climate Center team that is working to integrate and elevate the climate-related work across the organization while charting new directions for us to provide climate services to waterfront communities and businesses across the region. The incumbent would work closely with other GMRI staff—including our Sustainable Seafood Team, Ventures Team, and Municipal Climate Action Program Manager—to support regional blue economy businesses (with a focus on the regional seafood supply chain) in:

  • understanding their climate-related risk exposure and capitalizing on response measures as business opportunities,
  • building resilience to climate change into their facilities and operations, and
  • identifying and implementing cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions mitigation actions

A core aim of GMRI’s Business Climate Action Program is to ensure the Gulf of Maine blue economy serves as a model for climate-smart practices nationally and globally. Importantly, the incumbent must engage on the issues with a positive attitude, be capable of characterizing climate action as business opportunities, and show competency in developing the business case for pursuing climate action.

The position enjoys full support for at least one year (likely two) thanks to generous philanthropic and competitively-awarded foundation support. Like peers in the organization, the incumbent will be involved in fundraising to sustain the Business Climate Action Program with increasing responsibility for doing so over time. 



  • Forge relationships with leaders in the regional blue economy—with a focus on the seafood supply chain—to understand the sources of their greenhouse gas emissions and their climate-related vulnerabilities, and support them in capitalizing on business opportunities to take climate action
  • Convene regional blue economy businesses leaders and other relevant experts for listening sessions, workshops, conferences, and other forums to learn and share best practices, lessons learned, with a view towards building a regional seafood supply chain that can act collectively and collaboratively to address climate change
  • Build your own personal expertise—and share that internally and externally—around climate risks to and adaptation and mitigation measures in the regional blue economy, particularly its seafood supply chain
  • Cultivate partnerships with relevant organizations regionally, nationally, and internationally to advance and promote the work of regional blue economy businesses in taking climate action
  • Support the development and work of the Maine Seafood Business Council, as called for in Maine Won’t Wait, the state’s climate action plan
  • Collaborate with other GMRI experts to define and pursue projects that naturally build off core Business Climate Action Program Manager responsibilities
  • Lead and collaborate on competitively-awarded funding proposals to federal agencies, state government agencies, foundations, and corporate entities
  • In partnership with the Communications Team, develop, implement, and regularly update a programmatic communications plan to advance portfolio objectives and organizational mission
  • Serve as a thought partner to other Climate Center staff, including its Director, to chart strategic directions and capitalize on emerging opportunities for the program
  • Synthesize and share results in trade or industry publications, conferences, workshops, etc.
  • Promote best practices in characterizing climate vulnerabilities, as well as designing and implementing adaptation and mitigation strategies in the blue economy
  • Travel, as appropriate, to regional stakeholder meetings, project team workshops, and industry and scientific conferences

Other General Responsibilities

  • Lead public outreach, media, and other engagement activities related to the Business Climate Action Program portfolio
  • Participate in Development events, including but not limited to engagements with organizational supporters
  • Participate in project team meetings and workshops
  • Participate in program and GMRI staff meetings and activities
  • Contribute to team-wide data and workflow management efforts
  • Co-mentor undergraduate and graduate-level interns, as appropriate
  • Seek out and participate in professional development programs
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as corporate sustainability, marine affairs/policy, environmental science / policy, or related disciplines that demonstrates a strong command of blue economy supply chains and/or climate action.
  • Working knowledge of best practices in corporate sustainability relevant to small and large businesses, with a particular focus on climate-related vulnerabilities, adaptation measures, and mitigation actions
  • Experience convening stakeholders to elicit a range of perspectives and drive towards consensus and/or climate action-related outcomes
  • Demonstrated understanding of business realities and practical solutions
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as experience communicating results in a wide variety of formats (e.g., blogs, videos, social media) targeted to specific audiences
  • Self-starting and comfort seeking out external collaborations and partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Other Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Familiarity with Gulf of Maine marine economy, particularly its seafood supply chain
  • Advanced knowledge of best practices in climate and sustainability
  • Experience translating research results into application in a business setting (e.g., climate science, natural resource economics, community social dynamics, decision science, risk assessment)
  • Strong existing blue economy and./or seafood supply chain relationships that can serve as additional thought partners for project design and/or implementation
  • Demonstrated experience / success with proposal writing (federal, foundation, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of the state, regional, federal, and international policy and regulatory environment governing private sector sustainability and climate measures (e.g., recently proposed SEC rules around climate risk disclosure)

Diversity and Inclusion

GMRI has a long-standing policy and commitment to providing equal access and equal employment opportunities in all terms, conditions, processes, and benefits of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. GMRI's employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

Applicants and employees are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify their race/ethnicity, gender, disability status and veteran status to assist GMRI in fulfilling various data reporting requirements of the federal government. This self-identification is completely voluntary, will be kept confidential and separate from your application data, and used only to meet federal reporting requirements. Providing or declining to provide this information will not result in adverse action of any kind.

Salary and Benefits

Gulf of Maine Research Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Salary: $65,000 to $75,000

Application Instructions

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

Per GMRI’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all GMRI personnel are required to maintain full vaccination status against COVID-19,  as defined by CDC, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.