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

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Position Title: Network Director, Energy

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.

Our international staff works with the C40 network 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.

C40 was established in 2005 and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with President William J. Clinton’s Climate Initiative (CCI). 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 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 organised under seven overarching themes or initiatives: Adaptation and Water; Energy; Finance & Economic Development; Measurement and Planning; Solid Waste Management; Sustainable Communities; and Transportation.

Energy Networks
The C40 Energy Initiative works with cities to meet their goals by facilitating peer-to-peer city exchange, supporting collaborative activities amongst cities in the network, creating and managing a library of relevant technical resources, and deploying direct technical assistance, often through strategic partnerships. The Network Director will work with the Energy Initiative Director to scope, launch and manage new C40 Energy Networks. The network(s) to be managed will focus on energy priorities identified by C40 cities, which may include building energy efficiency, district energy, renewables, municipal utilities, outdoor lighting and/or other issues. Through these networks, C40 supports cities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by transferring lessons learned and best practices from one city to another and leveraging technical assistance from key partners. The Network Director will work closely with the Energy Initiative Director and partners to develop the strategy for the network(s) and evolve the strategy over time, with input from C40 cities.

The Director will be passionate about finding practical solutions to climate change, have strong interest and familiarity with energy policies and programmes. A natural communicator, collaborator, and facilitator, the Network Director will successfully bring cities together to share lessons learned and best practices and to collaborate on joint projects and network work streams; develop and manage major global partnerships; and facilitate delivery of technical support to C40 cities working collaboratively with regional staff and partner organisations. Some travel may be required.


  • Working closely with the Energy Initiative Director, Regional Directors and/or city leads to develop and implement the network strategy, which will accelerate the deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency programmes and policies in C40 cities
  • Draft, deliver and comprehensive work plan for the network(s)
  • Facilitate bilateral and multilateral city interactions and convenings, in order to leverage expertise and knowledge residing among cities
  • Manage network logistics, such as: convening city calls and webinars (including developing agendas and drafting minutes to follow up on meetings), coordinating collaborative network projects & workstreams, conducting interviews with cities and tracking and reporting on interest in the network, and planning for annual in-person network meetings
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer exchange, enable direct support, and research/knowledge management support through the network(s) with a focus on priorities identified by cities, responding flexibly when such priorities change
  • Work with the Energy Initiative Director, and/or Regional Directors to develop and manage partnerships which will direct resources to C40 cities participating in the network(s)
  • Work with other staff to facilitate delivery of technical support to C40 cities participating in networks, largely through managed partnerships, strategically prioritising based on potential impact and feasibility
  • Additional duties as requested


  • Minimum 4 years experience in government, business, research and/or NGO sectors with a strong focus on clean energy and/or energy efficiency policy and programmes; experience working directly with city governments and/or successful networks preferred.
  • Expertise and/or interest in facilitation of in-person workshops as well as virtual meetings or webinars
  • Strong problem-solving, interpersonal and strategic thinking capabilities coupled with an outcome, delivery-oriented 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, particularly 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 Energy Initiative.

Interested applicants should submit curriculum vitae and cover letter. Submissions received prior to 25 November 2013 preferred.

For more information on the 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...