Location New York
Job-type Permanent
Salary $110000 - $130000 per annum + Benefits
Reference BBBH13120

Acre is delighted to be partnering with one of the leading non-profits focused on climate change investment in appointing a Climate Finance Director. This position will be instrumental in building the field of climate investing by developing deep relationships and thought partnerships across the investment community, policy making institutions, and activists through the firm's industry leading working group on climate change investment.

Our client is a non-profit membership-based network at the forefront of driving fundamental change in investment practices by aligning capital with the core values of sustainability, equity, and justice. Members include private, public, and community foundations; family offices; individual donors; and their values-aligned investment advisors which represent over $3.5T in managed capital. Their members are committed to full values-alignment across all asset classes in their portfolios when prudent and feasible.

If you are excited by the idea of being a catalyst for change by having a direct impact in spurring the adoption of sustainable and equitable investing principles, please apply now.

Position Overview:

The Climate Finance Director will be a key member of the firm's industry leading Climate Change Investment Working Group. You will be responsible for the research, analysis, and for providing expert guidance to the larger organization, and their members. As the Director, you will provide the analytical foundation for the program, ensuring the firm's work aligns with other net zero initiatives, policy changes, financing breakthroughs. It will also support climate working group members with insights and resources, supporting and further accelerating their leadership. This role will directly engage policymakers, financiers, and philanthropists. The successful candidate will have a strong foundation in climate finance, climate-related policy, and partnership building.

Key Responsibilities

  • Climate Finance and Policy Research and Analysis: Lead the analysis and program development around the financial implications of climate change and what is needed to further Net Zero pathway scenarios and related investment themes. Devising clear presentations for reports, blogs, and articles.

  • Industry Tracking:

    Track and follow trends and breakthroughs in the climate finance industry; construct timely briefs and reports for internal and external communications to support Climate Change Investment Working Group members. Providing timely news and analysis to disseminate to the firm's network and via communications strategies. Track the flow of capital using data to highlight what the firm has accomplished so far and where they will need to go next.

  • Develop, maintain, and expand relationships. Work closely with the CEO to support the Climate Change Investment Working Group and the firm's member community in advancing their goals. You will be their network's technical expert. You will also maintain effective relationships with external partners and key allies, such as peer non-profits, thinktanks, and Climate Finance leaders. Also, you will review climate-finance-related member applications and make recommendations, to the membership committee, based on your assessment.

  • Business Development & Events: Help craft fundraising proposals to support the project and program work,

  • Climate Change Investment Working Group Convening: Develop and lead the working group's learning series. This will include working with the CEO and working group team to develop potential topics and speakers, developing technical event materials, post-meeting follow-up with members and partners. You will also support the team as they craft fundraising proposals, to support your project and program work.

Qualifications

  • MBA, business, or sustainability-related graduate degree, or similar experience.

  • At least five years of professional experience in climate-related finance or climate finance policy.

  • Strong research, analytical, data, and project management skills and the ability to synthesis complex ideas into easy to digest, impactful conversations.

  • Exceptionally strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and self-directed work style.

  • Ability to build trust and easy rapport with investment professionals and industry thought leaders required.

  • Experience in working on a small team with limited administrative / office support.

  • Emotional and social intelligence, and the ability to perform under pressure with 'high power' executives with grace, poise, and (hopefully) humor.

  • A high level of discretion for both professional and personal affairs.

  • Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Climate Finance Director will have a substantial impact on the rapid adoption of sustainable investing principles by serving as a servant and connector of relationships across the firm's member network.

If you are energized by the prospect of making strategic connections and influencing the decisions of the most influential leaders across the investment community, public policy makers, and non-profits, please send an email to Jordan Locke at jordan.locke@acre.com.