Network Director, Sustainable Communities
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group - New York, NY

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Position Title: Network Director, Sustainable Communities

Location: C40 City, London or New York, preferred

Salary: Competitive with NGO sector pay scales

Created by cities for cities, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) advances the climate action agendas of the world’s megacities in order to achieve meaningful reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. C40 is a global network of 63 engaged megacities committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and increasing climate resilience through the implementation of meaningful, measurable, replicable and sustainable climate-related policies locally, which address climate change globally.

C40’s international staff works under the leadership of city governments to deliver this mission. Using a data-driven approach, our team identifies and promotes the exchange of proven programs and policies developed by cities; provides world-class research, technical expertise and access to key partners to deliver new programmes and policies with cities; and communicates cities’ individual achievements and collective leadership.

The current chair of the C40 is New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who – with the support of the C40 Executive Team - guides the work of the C40, along with the members of the C40 Steering Committee. Current Steering Committee members are: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, New York City, Seoul and Tokyo. C40 was established in 2005 and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with President William J. Clinton’s Climate Initiative.

C40 Initiatives and Networks
To drive city-to-city collaboration, C40 convenes city networks - active and dynamic working groups of C40 cities with commonly identified opportunities, interests and priorities. These networks are organized into initiatives under seven overarching themes: Adaptation and Water; Energy; Finance & Economic Development; Measurement and Planning; Solid Waste Management; Sustainable Communities; and Transportation.

Sustainable Communities Networks
The Sustainable Urban Development Network, which is chaired by the city of Melbourne Australia, equips and empowers municipal decision-makers to plan and deliver more environmentally sustainable new, large-scale communities. The C40 Sustainable Communities Network Director will manage the existing Sustainable Urban Development Network and potentially a second network to facilitate the acceleration or implementation of low-carbon district-scale solutions. The Network Director will work closely with the Sustainable Communities Initiative Director and partners to develop the strategy for this and other complementary networks and evolve the strategy over time, with input from C40 Cities.

The Network Director will be passionate about finding practical solutions to climate change, have strong interest and familiarity with integrated planning and district scale development and wider green building policies and programmes. A natural communicator, collaborator, and facilitator, the Network Director will successfully bring city officials together to share lessons learnt and best practices and to collaborate on joint projects and initiatives; develop and manage strategic partnerships; and facilitate delivery of technical support to C40 cities working collaboratively with regional staff and partner organizations. Some travel may be required.


  • Working closely with the Initiative Director, Regional Directors and/or city leads, develop and implement strategy for the Sustainable Communities networks that will accelerate the deployment of low carbon development programmes and policies in C40 cities
  • Draft, deliver and maintain a comprehensive work plan for this network
  • Facilitate bilateral and multilateral city interactions and convenings, in order to leverage expertise and knowledge residing among cities
  • Manage network logistics, including: convening calls between cities; moderating webinars (including developing agendas and drafting minutes to follow up on meetings), coordinating collaborative network projects, tracking and reporting on network impacts, and planning for at least one annual in-person network meeting
  • Facilitate peer‐to-peer exchange, enable direct support, and coordinate research/knowledge management support through the network with a focus on priorities identified by cities, responding nimbly when such priorities change
  • Work with the Initiative Director, and/or Regional Directors to develop and manage partnerships supporting C40 cities participating in the network
  • Work collaboratively with other C40 staff to facilitate delivery of technical support to C40 cities participating in Networks, largely through managed partnerships, strategically prioritizing based on potential impact and feasibility
  • Additional duties as requested


  • Expertise and/or interest in facilitation of in-person workshops as well as virtual meetings or webinars
  • Minimum 4 years experience in government, business, research and/or NGO sectors with a focus on integrated planning policy with an emphasis on low carbon development
  • Experience working directly with city governments and successful networks preferred
  • Strong problem-solving, interpersonal and strategic thinking capabilities coupled with an outcome, delivery-orientated approach.
  • Proven track record in working collaboratively and effectively with partners, such as NGOs, and the corporate sector
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • International experience, working across different cultures, languages and time zones
  • Strong English language skills required with preference to candidates speaking one or more native languages from C40 cities.

Reporting Structure:
The position reports to the Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative.

Interested applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and cover letter. Submissions received prior to November 8, 2013 preferred.

For more information on C40, please visit and follow us on Twitter @C40cities.

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Created by cities for cities, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) advances the climate action agendas of the world’s megacities...