Manager, Cascadia Hazards Institute, Central Washington University

published Jul 25, 2013 11:03am

The Cascadia Hazards Institute (CHI) was established in 2012 at Central Washington University. CHI's objectives are to:

  • advance scientific understanding of fundamental processes associated with natural hazards and their interactions through research
  • educate the next generation of scientists, community leaders, and all citizens in hazards-related science
  • inform the development of policies for hazard response and risk reduction in the Pacific Northwest

CHI recognizes that natural hazards are fundamentally an interdisciplinary concern. The development of effective risk reduction and mitigation strategies relies on a solid scientific understanding of what hazards exist, how they interact with the built environment, how people understand the risks associated with these hazards, and what strategies are effective in causing behavioral changes on the individual and societal level.

CHI is seeking a manager who will be responsible for planning, implementation and evaluation of CHI daily and annual activities, working with faculty to develop and submit research and teaching proposals to external funding agencies, and developing relationships with federal, state, and private agencies and organizations. In addition, the manager is responsible for skillfully identifying, qualifying and engaging internal and external interests, securing and stewarding financial and other support, and ensuring a seamless flow of information and decision making at the direction of or on behalf of the Director. The Project Manager works hand-in-hand with the Cascadia Hazards Institute research and teaching faculty to maintain the operation of this unique educational setting.

Questions? Please contact Tim Melbourne, CHI Director (

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