Project Officer (CDP Cities North America) via Idealist


New York, NY, US

CDP is a leading international charity founded 16 years ago to address the dangerous threat of climate change. It has since grown to become the world’s foremost system for companies and cities to report on carbon emissions, water stewardship and deforestation. We operate key hubs in London, New York and Berlin with other representation in the rest of Europe, Brazil, Australia, Japan, India and China.

CDP North America, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 charity, based in New York, which works in close association with other members of the CDP operation throughout the world.

CDP is seeking a detail-oriented individual with relationship management skills, as well as knowledge around the implications of climate change for cities, to join our Cities team in North America. The position is based in our New York office, and it will report to the Senior Manager, CDP cities North America.

Key responsibilities:

Disclosure Outreach/Technical Support

  • Provide support to U.S. and Canadian cities who participate in the annual disclosure request. In 2016, this was 131 cities. Participation will increase in subsequent years.
  • Cold call cities to determine best contacts and encourage annual disclosure
  • Outreach to & build relationships with ‘non disclosing cities’
  • Respond in a timely manner to cities queries; can be technical in nature on reporting for GHG inventories, climate risk/adaptation, etc.
  • Manage city accounts through CRM
  • Organize target list and request to NA Mayors for annual disclosure
  • Provide ‘help desk’ support as cities participate in CDP’s online reporting system
  • Conduct data cleaning for cities response in annual disclosure

Relationship Management

  • Identify/implement engagement strategies that drive more and better quality disclosure from cities and participation in CDP cities
  • Coordinate with other CDP team members in corporate disclosure, supply chain, investor initiatives and states/regions to increase participation in CDP cities
  • Develop/manage several relationships with city associations and other external stakeholders to encourage disclosure from cities and build CDP cities services
  • Represent CDP cities on affiliates/partner calls and meetings
  • Work with CDP cities’ Accredited Service Providers service program
  • Identify affiliates/partner events to present on topics related to disclosure, technical areas in the questionnaire and CDP analysis/research

Event Planning and Coordination

  • Identify topics for cities annual workshop, CDP and/or regional events
  • Manage speaker and participants administrative needs for workshop
  • Outreach to and recruitment of city representation and speakers
  • Prepare and update annual workshop website, booklet and speaker materials

Program Operations/Support

  • Work with global CDP cities team to coordinate and address issues related to NA disclosure, outreach, technical support for cities, help desk support and communications
  • Organize, prepare and deliver online webinars/in-person trainings on topics related to disclosure, technical areas in the questionnaire and topics relevant to CDP cities
  • Develop, prepare and send weekly communications to cities in NA
  • Update and manage content on the cities portal and website for NA cities
  • Support on data insights/analysis as needed

Key requirements and skills:

  • A university degree in a relevant subject
  • 2-3 years’ work experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage with resistant/hesitant parties, and to pitch services
  • Extremely strong ability to communicate over the phone
  • Exceptional communication and written skills;
  • High attention to detail and well organized.
  • Understanding of cities’ efforts in sustainability, GHG accounting, climate change risk/adaptation
  • Technologically competent: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Constant Contact, WebEx
  • Occasional night/weekend travel may be required

Important/Desirable skills:

  • The ability to come up to speed quickly and independently with technical information
  • A knack for accurately communicating technical information in a concise manner
  • Able to understand the goals and perspective of external parties
  • The drive to take ownership and responsibility for particular areas of work and succeed despite ambiguity
  • The desire and ability to innovate and streamline processes to better and more efficiently achieve program goals, rather than follow the status quo
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment, manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines under pressure and take pride in working to a high standard

Eligibility requirements: The candidate will be expected to work full time (8 hours per day, 5 days per week) and must be able to work legally in the US. The role is located at our offices in Chelsea, New York City.