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Chief of Staff, U.S. Climate Alliance

Position Overview

The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Agreement. The U.S. Climate Alliance secretariat provides strategic, convening, analytical and other functions to support Alliance states in making progress on their climate priorities.  For more information on the on the Alliance, please visit

The Chief of Staff works as a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat, which provides direct technical and policy assistance to support Alliance states in developing and implementing climate policy.  This young organization and large coalition of state officials has grown and evolved substantially in its first three years and is at an important inflection point – revising its strategy and structure to more effectively support state climate leadership over the next four years and engaging the new federal administration to help create and implement an ambitious, durable national climate framework.  This position is internally facing, strengthening a talented, resilient team at the Secretariat to be able to provide more effective service delivery to its states, especially during the triple climate, economic and health crises.  You will be most happy in this position if you love to create and execute processes to streamline operations, manage workflows, engage and serve as a sounding board to team members, and advise and keep on task a busy leadership team.  Each day will be fast-paced, fulfilling and require the juggling and learning of many things.  You will have many, many video-calls and one day many in-person meetings because our work is achieved best by building relationships.  Climate experience is not needed, but a passion for our mission is.  A writing sample is required with a cover letter.

The Chief of Staff reports to the Executive Director of the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat, in support of and responding to state-led initiatives, and will be expected to work as part of a broader team that includes Alliance states, consultants and external partners.  The position is part of the Energy and Climate team at the United Nations Foundation, which houses the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat.

The location is based in Washington, D.C. with limited domestic travel.  Diverse views and experiences strengthen our team - diversity candidates are encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Manage part of our team to ensure that deliverables for the organization are on time and strategic; prepare for and run staff meetings, including by ensuring the team executes assigned tasks; oversee all personnel related functions including recruiting, hiring and on-boarding staff and fellows; work with staff to avert or resolve any problems.  Specific management responsibilities will be determined following a restructure of the Secretariat that is expected to conclude in Q2 2021
  • Manage workflow up to the Executive Director, including by reviewing documents and tasking assignments to ensure the Executive Director is prepared for meetings and events  
  • Collaborate with the executive director and staff in the development of individual performance goals and long-term operational plans
  • Improve organizational efficiency by leading the implementation of an on-going restructure of the Alliance Secretariat and analyzing, developing, and refining core institutional processes including as it relates to our fiduciary
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation protocols and metrics to meet and exceed donor performance standards
  • Serve as a central point of contact for oversight and quality control of contractors, with staff leading the development and project management associated with those contracts
  • Properly equip and empower others to do their own jobs, serving as a sounding board as needed and keeping in mind enterprise-wide goals
  • Build bridges, even in times of strife and discord, and work to focus people on their common goals
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree with 5-10 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated experience advising executives and managing personnel
  • Understands organizational process and people management
  • Can anticipate and avert problems
  • Can grasp and add value to the leader’s vision, helping the Executive Director to develop and execute strategy
  • Has organizational, political, and emotional intelligence and uses discretion around sensitive information
  • Does strategic thinking and problem analysis
  • Can manage the process of idea to execution, and clearly and succinctly convey information in writing and verbally
  • Works well and stays calm under pressure and can easily adapt to a fast-paced environment
  • 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.

The United Nations Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative-action employer. The United Nations Foundation provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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