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30 Nov 2021

Full-Time Policy Director, Climate Safe Lending Network (Flexible Location)

Green America – Posted by Green America Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

Hours: full-time (4-days, 32 hours/week)
Salary: $65,000 – $70,000/Grant Track Position
Benefits: a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, disability, sick days, vacation, holidays
Supervisor: Managing Director, Climate Safe Lending Network

Green America is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a just and sustainable society by harnessing economic power for positive change. Our unique approach involves working with consumers, investors and businesses to create a world that works for all. We deploy marketplace solutions to solve the most pressing social and environmental problems facing society today.

The Center of Sustainability Solutions builds on Green America’s work over the years, where we’ve brought together industry groups across supply chains to create major shifts in such areas as solar, banking and investing, sustainable agriculture and fair labor. The Center supports Innovation Networks, focused working groups of stakeholders with the objective of making significant, industry-wide system change.

The Climate Safe Lending Network (CSL) is a multi-organization, multi-stakeholder collaborative working to align bank lending with climate safe scenarios. CSL supports lending institutions to collaborate with each other and wider parts of the financial system – including investors, clients, regulators, policy makers, academics and civil society organizations – to align bank lending with climate safe scenarios that contain emissions to a 1.5ºC temperature increase and incorporate strategies for a socially equitable and just transition.

This is a new position on the CSL Network team. Working closely with CSL’s Executive Director and Managing Director, the Policy Director will manage the development and implementation of the Climate Safe Policy Initiative, which aims to inject thought provocation into the debate on financial regulation to reframe the design of the financial system consistent with societal and environmental objectives. This initiative influences financial policies to help meet the network’s goal of aligning bank lending with the Paris Agreement.

Post-pandemic, this position will involve domestic and international travel for Network meetings, conferences and business cultivation meetings, staff training, and other purposes. CSL is a virtual Network – the position may be housed in Washington, DC at the Green America offices, but may also be filled remotely.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Climate Safe Policy Initiative Development & Management

  1. Mobilize a powerful and effective multi-stakeholder network co-creating financial policy and regulatory proposals and practices that can help systemically change the banking and finance sector to accelerate decarbonisation and a just transition to a climate-safe world.
  2. Lead the development and execution of a strategy for achieving initiative goals as well as develop collaborative structures and processes to support the work of this initiative, such as working groups and task forces.
  3. Engage financial regulators, policy makers, bankers, bank clients, and other stakeholders in the work of this initiative, which includes influencing the enactment of financial regulations and policies that address the real impacts of finance on climate, co-creating effective channels for dialogue and constructive debate on taking bolder climate action. This may also include work on primary market policy in conjunction with financial stakeholders to help drive climate solution markets and optimize flows of green finance.
  4. Lead the design, planning, and organizing of meetings and events to advance the work of this initiative as well as facilitate meetings alongside CSL staff.
  5. Oversee and support collaborative efforts undertaken by initiative participants, which could include preparing sign-on letters, drafting financial policy proposals, and/or coordinating political debates at the domestic and regional levels.
  6. Monitor the progress of this initiative according to established goals and benchmarks.
  7. Identify and act on opportunities to support the development and growth of this initiative in collaboration with the CSL staff team.
  8. Coordinate with the leads of other CSL initiatives, including the Climate Safe Learning Lab and Climate Safe Prosumers & Influencers Initiative, to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas, sharing of best practices and lessons learned, and engagement of members across the network.
  9. Contribute to the design, planning and execution of Climate Safe Lending Network convenings and events.
  10. Participate in regular meetings with the CSL staff team and network leadership body.

Writing & Communications

  1. Prepare policy-related news articles, op-eds, blog posts, and reports as part of enhancing CSL’s reputation as a sustainable finance thought leader.
  2. Stimulate dialogue on topics pertaining to climate safe policies and regulations in online forums, such as CSL’s LinkedIn group and network member discussion portal.
  3. Coordinate with the Program Manager on sharing information about the Climate Safe Policy Initiative through CSL’s monthly newsletters, social media posts, and website.

Fundraising, Budget Management & Funder Reporting

  1. Prepare and manage a detailed Climate Safe Policy Initiative budget.
  2. Participate in securing funding for the Climate Safe Policy Initiative and Climate Safe Lending Network, which includes helping to identify and cultiate funders and contributing to the development of grant applications and other fundraising materials.
  3. Participate in donor stewardship to include tracking the completion of grant deliverables and preparing narrative and financial reports to funders.

Participate in Cross-Departmental Teams

  1. Provide operational support to the Center for Sustainability Solutions, as needed.
  2. Participate in Center for Sustainability Solutions efforts and ensure the collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas, tools, and resources between teams, as needed.
  3. Ensure that knowledge gained is converted into “knowledge capital” for the Center for Sustainability Solutions by documenting work processes involved in managing Innovation Networks and successful strategies used in CSL operations.
  4. Participate in Green America staff meetings and processes and other duties as required.
  5. Participate in Green America Cross Departmental Teams: The success of our organizational work includes the voluntary participation of staff members from all levels of the organization in cross-departmental teams addressing a range of issues to strengthen our impact and planning, as time and other work commitments allow.

Qualified Candidates should have the following skills and qualities:

  • Minimum of five years professional experience, ideally in the sustainable finance and/or environmental sector
  • In-depth knowledge of the international financial system, including key actors and the architecture of financial regulatory frameworks
  • Previous experience working with international collaboratives involving international finance, banking, and/or environmental sustainability
  • Proven ability to build collaborative relationships within the financial sector, including commercial and central banks, regulators, and policy makers
  • A passion for finance, environmental sustainability, and cross-sector collaboration.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, with experience managing several projects simultaneously with minimal supervision
  • Strong written communication and research skills; able to synthesize and effectively communicate complex ideas and concepts in a variety of written formats, including reports, press materials, and social media
  • Strong verbal communication skills; skilled in delivering interactive and engaging presentations
  • Adept in using technology, such as Microsoft Office, Zoom, and social media
  • MBA or Masters degree in a related field required
  • Group facilitation experience desired
  • Experience with fundraising or business development a plus

Green America is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination regarding: actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, or reproductive health disorders), age (18 years of age or older), marital status (including domestic partnership and parenthood), personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, citizenship status, credit information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Harassment on the basis of a protected characteristic is included as a form of discrimination and is strictly prohibited.

How to Apply

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (ideally one that has not been professionally edited) to [email protected].

Job Categories: Finance / Investing. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: climate safe lending, Communications, corporate policy, environmental sustainability, program management, public policy, and strategy & planning. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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