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Lead Climate Solutions Investing Strategist and Director, GIIN Global Climate Solutions Initiative

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Impact investing is one of the most important social innovations of our time, and interest in it is exploding. The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), founded in 2009 and backed by leading funders such as Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, Prudential, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Visa Foundation, has a global network of 50,000 on six continents and a formal membership of over 400 impact investing organizations in 50+ countries.

The GIIN works to mobilize a global community of leading financial institutions and others to dramatically increase the amount of capital being deployed to effective solutions to social and environmental challenges around the world. To learn more about the work we do and impact investing, please visit https://thegiin.org

About the Job

In the years since the adoption of the Paris Climate Accords in 2015, global GHG emissions have continued to rise and are on track to exceed 1.5 degree Celsius. The IPCC has laid out a goal for achieving global net zero emissions by 2050, which requires urgent action to change course in a short period given the lag between implementing action and seeing the climate benefits. Numerous analyses have pointed to the very significant investment needed to finance a transition to a low-carbon economy. Given the increasingly short timelines remaining to achieve change, it is critical to not just increase the flow of investment, but also to ensure that capital is deployed in ways that have sufficient impact to change the trajectory of the accumulation of GHGs.

Fortunately, the financial community has recognized the challenge and the urgency, and increasingly is framing climate investment strategies in relation to global net zero goals. However, while significant progress has been made in developing a suite of widely applied tools for tracking of emissions and decarbonizing existing investments, there is not a comparable suite of tools to help investors assess portfolios of climate solutions in relation to these global goals, leading to a greater risk of capital being deployed into strategies that will not deliver sufficient results.

In recognition of this challenge, the GIIN is launching a new Climate Solutions Investing Initiative to develop a framework for solutions investing, provide insights on market trends, and a forum to support investors in directing their solutions investing towards the most impactful opportunities. The GIIN is now seeking a Director, Climate Solutions to build out this new program area, which includes furthering relationships and building the team required to deliver the program. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage the reach of a global network of investors to drive progress in addressing climate change.

The Director will report to the Chief Investor Network Officer. At the start of the program, the Director will have one direct report, but will have opportunities to grow the team in line with funding.

Job responsibilities will include:

Program Design and Execution

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the Climate Solutions Initiative’s (CSI) programming to develop a framework for solutions investing and other activities to build the capacity of asset owners to deploy their capital into solutions with high (sufficient) impact;
  • Work with asset owners and managers to develop and oversee the implementation of a Solutions Investing Platform to help reduce barriers to the flow of capital into effective climate solutions;
  • Collaborate with GIIN’s research team to develop and disseminate market insights regarding trends in the movement of capital into climate solutions;
  • Oversee the development of other briefing papers and knowledge products to share insights generated through the Initiative;
  • Solve the climate crisis.

External Engagement

  • Develop and manage partnerships with other organizations to support the program’s success and ensure that GIIN’s climate strategy is synergistic with and an effective contribution to wider efforts;
  • Build a community of engaged investors and other stakeholders that are active contributors to the program and users of its outputs;
  • Present the GIIN’s work in external forums and build the GIIN’s reputation as an active contributor in climate networks; and
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with other GIIN programs that will contribute to program objectives and support GIIN’s organizational strategy.

Program Management

  • Collaborate with the Development Team in fundraising to grow the team and the initiative by providing inputs on proposals and progress reports for donors as requested
  • Build and manage budgets and financial forecasts for the initiative
  • Recruit staff for the Initiative and support the professional development of direct reports

Location: This position will be based in our New York City office with significant remote work flexibility offered through the GIIN’s hybrid in-person/remote work model. Candidates must possess valid authorization to work in the United States that does not require employment visa sponsorship.

Compensation: The GIIN is committed to pay equity. The salary range for this role is between $110,000-$135,000, with exact salary depending on experience, with an excellent benefits package.

We aim to offer competitive salaries and benefits and are committed to equity, trust, and transparency in compensation. Basing compensation on someone’s willingness and ability to negotiate or on their prior salary leads to wide inequities and bias in how people are paid, particularly for groups experiencing historical oppression. Therefore, we do not ask for prior pay history from our candidates and our offer-making process is negotiation-free for salaries and benefits.

We determine the best possible salary offer based on relevant experience and extent to which candidates demonstrate the competencies for the role during the entire hiring process. The GIIN also uses our annual performance evaluation process at the end of each year to determine raises and promotions.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Deep knowledge of climate change and Net Zero mitigation pathways and ability to discuss these with members of the financial sector. Knowledge of climate finance is an advantage.
  • Ability to work effectively with an interdisciplinary team that needs to bridge climate science, transition scenarios, and financial services
  • Entrepreneurial instincts and enthusiasm at the opportunity to build an important new initiative, including comfort with unknowns and readiness to develop answers
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills and ability to build collaboration and communities to drive climate action is an advantage
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with public speaking/presentation experience required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite software and willingness to learn other information platforms used by the organization (e.g., Salesforce, Asana, etc.)
  • Intellectual drive, thinking about big issues, what makes and moves markets, what inspires people
  • Willingness to work outside of normal business hours at times of peak project flow
  • Commitment to equity and justice. Successful candidates will be aware that race, income, age, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender and gender expression, and other identities can play, and have historically played, a role in equity disparities, including within organizations. Successful candidates will be committed to continuous learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion and how to manifest these principles in the workplace.
  • Valid U.S. work authorization that does not require employer sponsorship
  • Aligned in thought and action with GIIN’s values: https://thegiin.org/values-and-guiding-principles

Experience and education:

  • 10 or more years of relevant work experience in climate and finance (or business)
  • Demonstrated experiencing in managing teams, budgets, and program planning
  • Demonstrated experience in launching or building programs/functions/teams highly desired
  • Minimum of BA degree

To apply

This recruitment for this position is being managed by our search partner, Sillman Thomas: www.sillmanthomas.com

Please email your interest letter and CV to Sillman Thomas at thegiin@sillmanthomas.com

The GIIN is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates should be aware that all NYC-based staff must provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by GIIN Human Resources.