The New York Climate Exchange (“The Exchange”) seeks to recruit a Director of Climate Finance Initiatives to identify, design, develop, and implement climate finance programming for The Exchange.
Applicants should feel comfortable working in a fast-paced, start-up environment with tasks and roles changing on a regular basis. This position is full-time. The individual filling this role will primarily work in person in the New York City area. Periodic remote work is allowed with prior approval. The position reports to the Director of Programming.
Salary and Benefits
Salary for the Director of Climate Finance Initiatives is between $200,000-250,000 per year. The position includes eligibility for health and retirement benefits, paid time off/sick leave, and parental leave. Salary will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to qualifications, experience, education, and specialized training. The above hiring range represents The Exchange’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Programming, and the Program Manager at The Exchange, significant responsibilities include:
1. Conduct background research and landscape analysis on relevant activities among Exchange partners and other organizations, with a goal of clarifying what is needed to accelerate and scale the flow of finance supporting climate action and low carbon and/or climate resilient technology deployment in New York City and beyond. Efforts should illuminate what potential roles The Exchange could play, potential partner organizations, and potential sources of funding to support this work.
2. Identify, incubate, and lead promising areas of engagement including training/capacity building, awareness raising, research, analytics, development of new financing instruments, and more. Activities should be transformative in nature, and may involve public, private, or other innovative forms of finance. Activities should position The Exchange as a global leader in innovation, acceleration, and action related to climate finance.
3. Foster and manage participation in this work by Exchange partners, local, regional, national, and international finance institutions, coalitions, networks, and other entities as appropriate.
4. As appropriate, recruit and supervise Exchange staff involved in supporting this work.
5. Represent The Exchange at various public meetings and events focused on climate finance issues. May also periodically present updates to the Board of Directors of The Exchange.
6. Lead and/or support efforts to raise funds to support this work, through grant writing and engagement with funders.
1. Master’s degree or Ph.D. in the field of finance, economics, sustainable business, environmental policy, global studies/international relations, or another relevant discipline.
2. At least 12 years relevant experience in climate, development, or infrastructure finance.
3. In-depth understanding of multiple facets of climate financing, including but not limited to the following areas of expertise domestic and/or international climate finance markets plus the scientific, economic, social, and political dimensions of climate change, current trends in domestic and/or international climate finance, UNFCCC negotiations/decisions, climate or infrastructure finance policy and thought leadership, and key players. Eagerness and ability to further develop niche expertise within climate financing in support of Exchange priorities.
4. Familiarity with New York City/State climate-related policies, institutions, and finance considered a plus.
5. Proven ability to establish trust with a range of stakeholders, including domestic and international policy organizations, finance coalitions, technical bodies, private financiers, and civil society organizations.
6. Proven ability to think analytically, strategically, and programmatically. Must be comfortable developing connections with and challenging global thought leaders on finance issues.
7. Proven ability to collaborate with and across teams, both as a team leader and team member.
8. Proven ability to navigate complex technical issues and nurture partner relationships.
9. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including ability to communicate complex issues to a wide range of audiences. Written and verbal fluence in other languages including French, Spanish, Arabic, or Chinese is highly desirable.
10. Must contribute to an environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
11. Must be able to work independently and collaboratively on complex tasks on tight deadlines.
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