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Director, Climate Smart Cities Program

Location: New York City, New York
Date Posted: 02-16-2018
Building on more than forty years of experience working in cities, The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities program is helping cities take decisive action to integrate multiple-benefit green infrastructure within comprehensive efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote climate resilience.  Our unique partnership model, both data-driven and people-driven, helps cities overcome key technical and organizational barriers to implementing this approach.  In our partnerships currently underway across the United States, we are working with cities to address a diverse set of challenges, needs and opportunities in the face of climate change.
We are helping cities to design and develop parks and other green spaces that function as “green infrastructure” solutions that provide equitable climate and health benefits for communities in the greatest need.  Parks have the capacity to help restore key ecological functions to urban landscapes in communities that need it most, such as absorbing stormwater runoff, buffering floodwaters, and cooling the air while also helping to enhance connectivity for walking and biking.
Reporting to the Sr. Vice President for Parks for People, the Climate-Smart Cities Program Director is responsible for the effective leadership and deployment of the Climate-Smart Cities program across Trust for Public Land (TPL) field offices and service areas.
We prefer this position be based in New York City; Washington, DC; or Boston but well-qualified candidates located in cities where The Trust for Public Land has a larger office may also be considered for this position.
Essential Functions
Program Leadership and Operations:
  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all elements of the Climate-Smart Cities program, developing a broad and deep knowledge of multiple benefit urban greening work across TPL field offices.
  • Cultivate new business development opportunities for the Climate-Smart Cities program.
  • Manage an annual operational budget, and report accurately on progress made and challenges encountered.
  • Effectively manage a distributed team of 5 staff, ensuring they are effective and supported in achieving deliverables and results. 
Thought Leadership:
  • Develop strategic partnerships with allied organizations, such as C40 Cities, 100 Resilient Cities, NAACP, and Green Latinos, among others
  • Develop and give presentations at public speaking events, conferences, one-on-one meetings, and within TPL
  • Identify knowledge gaps and influence opportunities where CSC can grow its research partnerships and cultivate those relationships
  • Author or co-author knowledge products and review and provide constructive feedback on knowledge products produced by other CSC staff and TPL initiatives 
  • Working in close coordination with the Climate-Smart Cities Director of Philanthropy, as well as local, divisional, and national philanthropy staff the Director will participate in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Write, develop, and review fundraising proposals in collaboration with staff from CSC, Federal Affairs, and other parts of TPL. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred in a related field
  • 6+ years’ experience working in an environmental sector, with at least 3 years working in a supervisory role
  • Track record of success securing funding for programmatic work from institutional and/or individual funders
  • Strong background in climate change, urban resilience, and/or mitigation/adaptation, particularly with an emphasis on justice and equity
  • Experience in managing a geographically distributed team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective public speaking
  • Demonstrated ability to work confidently with a wide range of internal and external audiences
  • Strong research and organizational skills
  • Experience in securing philanthropic support of program work
  • Available for significant travel (up to 50%) 
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