Senior Director, Ocean and Climate

WASHINGTON, DC
Full Time
Employment Opportunity
Experienced
The salary range is $120,000 -$202,000.

Position Overview

The Senior Director, Ocean and Climate, leads the Climate & Environment Department’s efforts on ocean and climate-related issues, with a particular focus on the decarbonization of the shipping sector. Responsibilities include developing and advancing policy priorities, building and maintaining partnerships, fundraising, and staffing UNF leadership on these topics.

Essential Functions
  • Oversee the development and execution of all aspects – from strategy to fundraising to budget management – of UNF’s ocean and climate work, including a major initiative on shipping decarbonization, partnering closely with the rest of the Climate & Environment team.
  • Build and manage a team of 2-4 staff.
  • Collaborate with members of the Climate & Environment team on related priorities and in exploring new opportunities.
  • Act as the point of contact with key partners, inside and outside the UN, on ocean, shipping decarbonization and climate activities.
  • Develop and maintain collaborations and partnerships with governments, civil society, the private sector, and philanthropy on ocean and climate issues.
  • Provide research and write memos, assessments, briefing documents, talking points, and testimony to support decisions and engagement of UNF leadership.
  • Plan and convene meetings, workshops, and consultations to advance UNF’s ocean and climate efforts.
  • Coordinate with UNF colleagues to develop and execute on UNF’s communications priorities and goals.
  • Represent UNF at outside meetings and professional gatherings.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Selection Criteria
  • Bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in climate policy, political science, economics, or related field required.
  • Minimum 15 years of relevant work experience.
  • In-depth familiarity with a range of climate change, environment, shipping, and ocean issues.
  • Self-starter with good judgment; proven ability to drive multiple aspects of projects from inception to implementation within a limited timeframe.
  • Stress tolerance and resilience; a sense of humor; attention to detail; and ability to work with shifting priorities.
  • Ability to develop, maintain, and enjoy effective working relationships with people from diverse organizations or cultures.
  • Ability to build strong, trust-based internal and external working partnerships with internationally diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong skills working in coalitions and teams: collaborator, problem solver, and relationship-builder with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong communications, research, and project and event management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

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