NRDC is seeking a Climate Advisor to work with the City of San Diego (City) as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC). The ACCC is an unprecedented opportunity for 25 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. The Climate Advisor will work with city officials to develop and execute a robust public engagement strategy to advance policy and programs focused primarily on transportation, with the opportunity to work on buildings and energy. The Climate Advisor will be part of a network of similar positions located in cities across the country to support these programs and will be engaged at the local, regional, and national levels to advance the city’s goals. The position will interface with key influencers and decision-makers within local government, the transportation sector, utility companies, industry, and other organizations in the community.
The Climate Advisor will work with city officials to develop and execute a robust public engagement strategy to advance policy and programs focused primarily on transportation, with the opportunity to work on buildings and energy.
- Project Management: Develop and execute a detailed work plan to implement the City’s plans for climate change mitigation through transportation and buildings policies and programs with expertise in performance management. This may include tracking, establishing metrics, analytics, visualization, and reporting.
- Stakeholder Outreach and Management: Lead various work streams including outreach to stakeholders; drafting internal and public-facing documents; navigating internal city processes in coordination with our partners; develop public outreach and engagement strategies around sustainable transportation and buildings with a focus on transit-oriented development and active transportation to help San Diegans get around in more sustainable ways. f
- This position will also assist on a municipal energy strategy, energy efficiency policy for existing buildings, building a 100% renewable energy program, and 100% renewable energy consumption for municipal operations, incorporating the perspectives and needs of vulnerable communities and populations.
- Education and Policy Engagement: Educate city stakeholders and the local community on the importance of addressing climate change through transportation and buildings policies and programs focusing on transit-oriented development and supporting active transportation. Successfully support sustainability measures in the face of competing city priorities. Provide policy and program research and analysis on transportation, buildings, and energy priorities. Develop an engagement strategy to better represent San Diego residents and stakeholders on climate issues, focusing on communities that are often underrepresented in civic forums.
- Network Development: Develop and manage strong relationships with the city government, key stakeholders, and partners in the community. Maintain appropriate communication and information flow with community partners.
- Challenge Participation: Actively participate in the ACCC network of cities. This includes reporting on progress, joining regularly scheduled calls, participating in online trainings, and attending in-person convenings.
- At least 3 years of advocacy experience on climate, clean energy, and/or transportation and land use policy
- Experience working at the city level or in local government preferred
- Exceptional strategic thinking, analytical, and interpersonal skills
- Experience managing projects in a team setting, including developing project plans, managing timelines, and driving a project forward across departments
- Experience working at the intersection of equity and environment preferred
- Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to achieve goals
- Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker with an ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities