C40 Cities

City Adviser

Employment type
Full Time
2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA

Position Title: City Adviser to LA (Climate Action Plan)

Department: Regions

Reporting To: Regional Director for North America

Location: Los Angeles

Salary: $68,727 per annum

Term: 1 Year Contract


The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 12th year, connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities which have committed to tackling climate change. We bring mayors from around the world together to learn from each other in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating resilient, sustainable and low carbon cities. C40 cities represent more than 650 million urban citizens and their economies account for 25% of global GDP. Our recent ‘Deadline 2020’ report sets out the critical role that the world’s major cities have to play in delivering the historic Paris Agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change.

C40’s growing team of 100+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations. C40 has an operating budget of c.$25m per year and is primarily funded through the generous support of philanthropic foundations.

The strategic direction of the organization is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors, which is chaired by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A seven person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40.

Position Description

The City Adviser to Los Angeles will provide technical assistance to review that the city’s climate action planning and commitments, including capacity, targets, actions, measurement, reporting and verification processes are in line with the level of the ambition of the Paris Agreement. The City Adviser will be based in the city’s sustainability office and will engage internal and external stakeholders, coordinate consultants, contribute to the development of 1.5 ̊C compliant climate action planning to update L.A.’s Sustainable City pLAn.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in carbon accounting, climate action planning and stakeholder engagement. Experience working with Los Angeles and/or North American cities on climate action planning and risk assessments. Excellent project management and communication skills.


Working closely with the city and its consultants, C40’s Regional Director for North America and Programme Manager Climate Action Plans, the City Adviser will coordinate the city of Los Angeles’ engagement in C40’s 1.5 ̊C climate action planning framework, review the city’s climate action planning and Sustainable City pLAn against the framework and update existing plan(s) to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement. Main areas of responsibility are:

Job Description

  • Contribute to the 4-year update of the city’s Sustainable City pLAn and related inclusive climate action planning (mitigation and adaptation) to deliver low-carbon resilient development consistent with the 1.5 ̊C target of the Paris Agreement;
  • Engage internal and external stakeholders on the review and update of the city’s climate commitments to ensure adequate resources, ambition, and transformational action;
  • Manage consultants and coordinate technical assistance with the aim to build city capacity to implement climate action;
  • Contribute to the development of C40’s 1.5 ̊C climate action planning frameworks and the development of regional engagement and delivery strategies.
  • Facilitate the city’s engagement in C40 Cities networks and initiatives.

Person Specification:

  • Significant experience in government, business or NGO sectors with a focus on sustainability and/or climate change, and substantive experience working with or within municipal governments;
  • Experience in greenhouse gas emission inventories and developing climate action plans;
  • Excellent project-management, strategic thinking and analytical capabilities, with MS Excel experience and data management skills;
  • Demonstrable problem-solving, budget and people management experience, including working with third party delivery teams, and ability to manage multiple parallel tasks;
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship building and written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong stakeholder engagement experience, as well as experience in developing or facilitating webinars and workshops;
  • Some international experience, working across different cultures, languages and time zones.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must already have the right to work in Los Angeles.
  • Some travel may be required as part of the role.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English.
To apply

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter to [email protected]. Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday, 22 June 2017.

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C40 is an equal opportunities employer.