Associate Director (Natural Infrastructure)

100 Resilient Cities (Rockefeller Foundation)

New York or London, XV 🇽🇻


100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities to be better prepared for and quickly rebound from 21st century shocks and stresses. 100 Resilient Cities has selected and is working with 100 member cities from around the globe for whom it provides four kinds of resources, to start: 1) Financial and other support for putting in place a new city resilience leader, a Chief Resilience Officer; 2) Support for development of a robust resilience strategy; 3) Management of a peer-to-peer network of member cities who can learn from and help each other; and 4) Connecting member cities to solutions, service providers, and other partners who can help them implement their resilience strategies. 100RC seeks to increase awareness of the importance of resilience thinking, to catalyze a new community of urban resilience practitioners and spur the growth of a robust ecosystem of resilience-focused solutions and solution providers.


The Associate Director, Natural Infrastructure will be a key member of the Solution Development and Innovation Team (SD&I), which is part of the 100 Resilient Cities City Solutions team. In this role, the Associate Director will be expected to think creatively about how natural assets can be harnessed and integrated into the urban environment to improve the social, economic, and environmental health of cities. The Associate Director will be responsible for developing partnerships that will help cities respond to challenges such as sea level rise, storm surge, flooding, heat island effect, and drought using an ecological framework that integrates the natural environment into the urban fabric. S/he will help identify, develop and manage solutions for use in member cities that are working on building, improving, integrating and leveraging various types of natural infrastructure to increase their cities’ resilience; lead global partnership opportunities among providers developing natural infrastructure in cities; and offer direct subject matter expertise to cities looking to better understand the role that natural infrastructure development and investment can and should play in their resilience efforts.  

Partnerships and solutions will come from a wide range of sectors, including the private sector, the non-profit sector, academia, government and more.

The Associate Director must understand member cities’ resilience priorities and needs, identify both existing and yet-to-be-developed services and solutions to address these needs, develop solutions that are relevant to member cities and liaise with a broad range of potential service providers, developers, and other stakeholders to add services and solutions for use by partner cities.  Solutions will need to be responsive to the needs of cities operating in a diverse set of urban and global contexts.

Critical to this role is understanding how to advance and implement the use of natural infrastructure in the global urban context and to develop partnerships that leverage those projects and investments in a manner that inspires, organizes, and accelerates cities towards achieving their resilience goals.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the entire 100RC organization to ensure that natural infrastructure tools are being leveraged effectively by cities.
  • Serve as organizational lead and resource on all things related to natural infrastructure, including identifying and evaluating relevant solutions, tools, funding sources, service providers and other potential partners who could bring value to 100RC member cities.
  • Work closely with the Urban Water Systems lead and other SDI leads to integrate natural infrastructure expertise into other initiatives to build resilience across systems.
  • Engage with current 100RC partners to develop new tools and services and/or to upgrade existing ones to meet evolving resilience needs and work with the City & Practice Management Team and Global Delivery Team within City Solutions to facilitate the implementation of city resilience strategies.
  • Actively report on, diagnose and manage feedback from the Partners, cities, and internal teams and be adaptable to making adjustments where necessary.
  • Identify and develop partnerships with new service providers, funders, and other partners and manage these relationships on an ongoing basis.
  • Participate in 100 Resilient Cities’ learning process and knowledge management, along with other members of the organization.
  • Help coordinate and facilitate external outreach and events.
  • Working across the entire 100RC organization to ensure personal subject matter expertise is leveraged effectively by entire organization.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant working experience with natural infrastructure in cities, including in related fields such as architecture, environmental engineering and science, landscape architecture, public space, and urban planning, and experience managing relationships and teams
  • Deep technical knowledge of different types of natural infrastructure projects in the urban context, including those in urban forestry, wetland construction, urban planning, and energy efficiency
  • Experience working within and closely with city governments
  • Demonstrated team player and ability to effectively and constructively work within a global team
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating contracts and interfacing with senior leadership in an organization
  • Ability to serve as a strong brand representative for 100 Resilient Cities (e.g. strong interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, partnership-building skills)
  • Ability to develop a vision, shape strategy, drive progress, encourage innovation, and take strong ownership under dynamic, constantly evolving conditions
  • Experience engaging with actors and organizations across sectors (public, private, non-profit)
  • Ability to work internationally/across multiple cultures
  • Excellent communications skills for both internal and external contexts
  • Ability to travel as necessary – approximately 10-20%
  • Bilingual or multilingual with languages within our 100-city network is a plus
  • Global experience within our 100-city network is preferred
  • Must be authorized to work in the UK (London office) and/or US (New York office).

Location: London or New York

100 Resilient Cities is an Equal Opportunity Employer

100 Resilient Cities is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, 100 Resilient Cities ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.