University of Pennsylvania

Project Manager, Megapolitan Coastal Adaptation Hub (MACH) – NSF grant


The Megapolitan Coastal Adaptation Hub (MACH) is a multi-year, multi-institutional research project supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Its two principal aims are: (1) to generate new, downscaled datasets connecting flood risk, social inequality, and other threats posed by climate change with a particular focus on small and medium-sized communities in the Mid-Atlantic; and (2) to use those newly generated data and community relationships as part of a “MACH Superstudio” aimed at accelerating climate adaptation investments in those areas. This latter point, which will be organized through a series of planning and design studios in the 2023-2024 academic year, will be the focus of this position.

The project manager for this grant will be expected to oversee the Superstudio efforts. This includes coordinating between the partner universities (Rutgers, Princeton, Penn, and Columbia), developing preparatory materials for participating faculty/students/studios to use in their coursework, to manage any shared reviews or exchanges between participating universities and community partners, and to ensure that studios have a clear understanding of their goals and resources for the term. They will work closely with the Director of the McHarg Center and graduate research assistants throughout this project.

The salary range is $50,000 – 60,000, plus full-time benefits. This is a one-year termed position, with a grant-dependent opportunity to renew. The position will have some flexibility with in-person/remote/hybrid.

The McHarg Center’s mission is to build on the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s position as a global leader in urban ecological design. It brings together environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policymakers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. It adheres to the values set forward by Justice and Belonging at the Weitzman School of Design.


Successful applicants must have a graduate degree in a related field (e.g. landscape architecture, city planning, public administration, or social work); at least one year of experience managing projects of a similar scale/complexity; ability to commit to this position through at least June of 2024.

Application Instructions

Candidates should apply online by submitting a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a curriculum vitae or resume, and the names/contact information for three references (please do not solicit letters).

We will begin reviewing applications on March 29 and continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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