Executive Director, Global Cool Cities Alliance

Global Cool Cities Alliance
Executive Director
Washington, DC, or San Francisco, CA
About the Organization
Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) is a global initiative dedicated to advancing policies and actions that increase the solar reflectance of buildings and pavements (i.e., cool surfaces) as a low- or no-cost way to promote cool buildings and cool cities, and mitigate the effects of climate change through global cooling. GCCA will pursue this mission through the development of four program areas. Using a range of mechanisms (including municipal action and advancements in research and development), these programs act in concert to accelerate the adoption of white roofs and other cool surfaces. Specifically, GCCA’s program areas include:
  • City-Level Action – GCCA aims to recruit and obtain “cool roof” commitments from cities across the globe by 2015, leading to widespread installation of cool surfaces by 2020 and a growing coalition of municipal cool roof advocates.
  • Building Codes and Pavement Specification – GCCA promotes the inclusion of cool surfaces—mainly white roofs—in the building and pavement codes of key US states and major foreign countries.
  • Financial Mechanisms – GCCA develops financial mechanisms (tools and policies) that support the installation of cool surfaces in the US and other key countries.
  • Dissemination of Research and Development – GCCA ensures that information about cool surface research, development, and demonstrations is broadly disseminated.
GCCA was launched in the summer of 2010 and expects to establish offices in either Washington, DC, or San Francisco, CA. For more informaiton, please visit our website: www.globalcoolcitiesalliance.org.
Executive Director
GCCA seeks a dedicated Executive Director with a demonstrated passion for climate change mitigation to lead the development and launch of this new organization. In the first year, the Executive Director will grow this new institution by refining and adapting organizational strategy, establishing partnerships with related NGOs, forging connections with municipal agencies and government leaders, and nurturing relationships with current and future funders. The Executive Director will be responsible for the organization’s overall programmatic development, with a focus in the first year on building GCCA’s network of city partners.
The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of climate change science and building efficiency. He or she will have experience in program development, project management, and facilitation, along with excellent communication and leadership abilities. This unique leader will have the drive, tenacity, and independence to thrive in a new, evolving organization where initiative and resilience to change will be required. GCCA will consider candidates with a range of career profiles whose core values and leadership abilities match the demands of the Executive Director role.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:
  • Work in partnership with the Board of Directors to revise, refine, and implement overall organizational vision, strategy, and programmatic priorities.
  • Provide oversight and leadership for GCCA’s programmatic work, ensuring the engagement of appropriate technical and policy expertise as necessary.
  • Launch and manage GCCA City-Level Action program, including establishing program benchmarks, determining membership requirements, facilitating knowledge/technology sharing, and developing relationships with key leaders in municipal governments.
  • Develop and manage GCCA’s relationships with current and potential funders, raising funds to support further growth and ensuring the long-term financial health of the organization.
  • Lead the development and implementation of an organizational growth plan, including staffing, communications, infrastructure, etc.
  • Oversee annual budgeting and evaluation of GCCA’s efficacy; report to the Board of Directors on progress toward meeting GCCA’s goals.
  • Manage and evaluate staff and contractors as required.
  • Represent the organization externally, establishing the organization as a credible and accessible resource in its first year of operation. Build and maintain partnerships with organizations in the climate policy, energy efficiency, and green building sectors. 
  • Develop and cultivate GCCA’s global relationships with government decision makers and private sector stakeholders to expand organizational impact.
The successful applicant will have a significant number of the following qualifications: 
  • Passion for GCCA’s mission, vision and values
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience, with 2+ years in a managerial role
  • Proven success balancing the vision of an organization with the day-to-day program and operational details
  • Strong facilitation and negotiation skills with experience creating collaboration and consensus among internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated operational skills and the ability to manage time and resources, including budget management, organizational planning, and infrastructure development
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and working with diverse funding sources
  • Understanding of climate science and current energy policies under discussion nationally and internationally
  • Past experience or education in a related technical field (e.g., a degree in engineering or science)
  • Experience managing and motivating a team
  • Experience forging relationships with government officials, especially at the municipal level
  • Experience or exposure to environmental policymaking, ideally related to energy efficiency or building codes
  • Superior external communications skills, including advanced public speaking and media management experience
  • Experience developing and launching a new organization, program, or office a plus
  • Past exposure to heat-island mitigation tactics and knowledge of green building technologies and the current developments in energy efficient technology a plus
  • Experience working or travelling internationally and/or developing partnerships abroad a plus
Compensation and Benefits
This position will remain open until filled. The Executive Director will be located in Washington, DC, or San Francisco, CA. GCCA offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.
To Apply
This position will remain open until filled. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must click “Apply” above to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. Please contact molly@ceaconsulting.com if you have questions about this position. Please also let us know how you learned about this position.
Global Cool Cities Alliance is a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation (TCI). TCI is an equal opportunity employer.