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12 Feb 2022

Full-Time Deputy Director, Air Quality

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group – Posted by Green Jobs Network Anywhere

C40 Cities

Job Description


C40 is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities, who are working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis, and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. Through a Global Green New Deal, mayors are working alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labour, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to go further and faster than ever before.

C40’s team of 200+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Johannesburg, Singapore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations, with the Office of the Chair based in London.

The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A nine-person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40. C40’s three core strategic funders are Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Realdania.

Our international staff work 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 programmes 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.

Diversity Statement

C40 is committed to supporting and promoting equity and diversity and creating an inclusive working environment for everyone. We believe that when people with different life experiences are involved in decision-making, we deliver better.

We believe having a diverse workforce ensures we connect better with all the different communities and people affected by the climate crisis. This enables us to make better decisions which lead to better outcomes in the work we do through increased creativity, productivity, greater global impact alongside a broader perspective and approach to our work.

We welcome applicants that are diverse in terms of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity and perspective. Our goal is for C40 to be an environment where everyone, from any background, can flourish and can be themselves whilst contributing to our mission. If you identify as a person with a disability, we work to provide reasonable appropriate measures and any additional support needed to provide an equitable working experience. If you are living with a disability, chronic illness or neurodiversity please inform us, to provide you with the proper assistance in the application process.

C40 promotes a work culture where staff can input to improve equity, diversity and inclusion through staff-led groups and formal forums. We know that creating our ideal working environment is a learning process and we are committed to the ongoing effort.

Department Description

C40’s Air Quality Program works with city governments at the political and technical level to raise mayors’ ambition, overcome gaps in data and evidence, and design and deliver effective air quality-climate solutions. The C40 Air Quality Program provides a range of support, from deep engagement in pilot cities to technical assistance across a broader group, while connecting cities through peer to peer networks and creating tools and resources available to all cities. The Air Quality Program currently includes two networks, the Air Quality Network, connecting city air quality management staff, and the Green Ports Forum, connecting cities and ports in collaborative efforts to decarbonize supply chains.  The Air Quality Program also includes two deeper assistance programs, a global technical assistance initiative that partners with cities in developing and implementing air quality management activities and the African Cities for Clean Air initiative, a regional program supporting African cities in implementing air quality actions.  In 2021, new C40 Chair, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced a key priority of his chairmanship is to expand London’s flagship air quality program, Breathe London, to 100 cities, becoming Breathe Global.

Position Description

The Deputy Director will provide a key leadership role in the Air Quality Program, overseeing delivery of several existing lines of work, leading on communications and advocacy efforts,  and ensuring these workstreams support a wider goal of positioning mayors as leaders in delivering on and calling for ambitious air quality actions at the city, regional, and global level.  The post holder will support the Director of Air Quality in developing and implementing C40’s Air Quality strategy and ensuring city support is coordinated across the program.  They will oversee delivery three areas of work, the C40 Air Quality Network, the Clean Air Cities Declaration, and the African Cities for Clean Air Initiative.  The Deputy Director will lead new communications and advocacy activities for the program, highlighting mayoral leadership on air quality and developing strategies that influence city, regional, and national clean air agendas.  The Deputy Director will also work closely with the Director of Air Quality, the C40 Chairs Office at the Greater London Authority, and key program partners to develop the Breathe Global initiative and to use their strong communications and advocacy skills to elevate air quality and public health on the global urban climate agenda.


  • Support the Director of Air Quality to develop and implement C40’s air quality strategy, governance models, internal operations and coordination mechanisms, staffing structures, and program proposals.
  • Oversee the delivery of three main lines of work in the air quality program that are designed to support increased political action on air quality in member cities: the C40 Air Quality Network, the C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration, the African Cities for Clean Air initiative. This includes monitoring progress, overseeing development and implantation of workplans, and reporting on progress on initiatives across the Air Quality Program.
  • Lead on communications and advocacy activities in the Air Quality Program, including creating a platform to highlight city leadership and developing narratives and outputs that foster political leadership and stakeholder support. Oversee activities that showcase leading city action on air quality, integrated air quality and climate action, and that promote the health case for climate action through high level international and regional environmental, public health, and climate events, such as the C40 World Mayors Summit and COP27.  Identify and support on high profile communication and advocacy opportunities.
  • Work with the Director of Air Quality, program staff, and the C40 Chair’s office to develop Breathe Global, a new initiative to expand air quality action in 100 cities worldwide. This includes working with C40 and city staff in developing new initiatives, projects, and securing new funding for air quality activities in C40 cities.
  • Support the Director of Air Quality and Program Managers in building new partnerships and initiatives with C40 programs, NGOs, non-profits, government agencies, and academic institutions that creates new support for cities, particularly in the fields of air quality monitoring, data and analytics, and policy development support.

 Person Specification:

  • Significant program management experience, including of large, complex programs. Experience managing global programs and staff management.
  • Experience in government, business, and/or NGO sectors with a focus on management and delivery, and an emphasis on air quality, sustainability, and/or public health. Experience working in or with city government in developing and implementing sustainability strategies is desirable.
  • Previous experience in working effectively in communication, campaigns, and advocacy. Experience in successful campaigns and advocacy efforts in the climate change, public health, and/or air quality sectors is highly desirable.
  • Strong understanding of political dynamics in cities and local governments, and of strategic and technical needs of city leaders. A working understanding of the political and regulatory processes that govern air quality and greenhouse gas emissions in cities and the role of cities in the context of regional and national action is highly desirable.
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills. Excellent presentational skills and the ability to represent C40 effectively in front of stakeholders
  • Ability to work with a global and remote team, with experience leading virtual teams.
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written).

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in the country where they apply. Moderate travel will be required as part of the role.

Reporting To: Director, Air Quality

Term: Indefinite Contract

Location: London, New York City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Johannesburg or remote for the right candidate.

Salary: London £60,805 /New York $95,472 / Los Angeles $94,164 /Mexico City MXN 1,154,510 / Johannesburg R1,072,313 (Grade 2)

Application Process:

Closing date for applications is 16 February 2022. C40 reserves the right to close this job opening before the closing date for applications so please do submit applications early.

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C40 is an equal opportunities employer.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Air Quality. Job Types: Full-Time.

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