Managing Director via Idealist

Climate Resolve

Los Angeles, CA, US

The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) is seeking a knowledgeable, experienced, and enthusiastic candidate to serve as Managing Director. This is a unique opportunity for the right individual to coordinate and help lead one of the most innovative and dynamic sustainability organizations in California.

LARC is a collaborative network that fosters greater coordination and cooperation at the local and regional levels by bringing together leadership from municipalities, regional agencies, academic institutions, businesses and professional organizations working on climate change.. LARC’s diverse programs emphasize the development of system-wide strategies to address climate change and promote a green economy through sustainable communities. Through a combination of coordinated planning, critical research, outreach, and information sharing LARC seeks to grow the capacity of cities, agencies, and organizations throughout greater Los Angeles to respond to the challenges of climate change and long-term sustainability.

The Managing Director serves the executive committee, which governs LARC, in implementing programs, managing the network, administration and management of staff, fundraising, and outreach and communication to local, regional, state, and national partners. Our meetings are dedicated to helping cities understand emerging state policies, and related tools that aid cities in compliance. This is a unique opportunity for an individual with knowledge of climate change and sustainability, experience with local and state governments, communications skills, and the ability to manage a large network of diverse stakeholders.

Responsibilities include:

  1. * Manage the network of local government members, and other stakeholders.
  2. * Convene and facilitate executive committee meetings.
  3. * Related, coordinate with the executive committee to implement meeting agendas, programs, strategic plans, budgets, and other administrative tasks.
  4. * Notify members of meetings, minutes, and routinely disseminate information to members.
  5. * Manage LARC events, including the quarterly member meetings and other special events.
  6. * Oversee LARC staff, including Civic Spark fellows, as well as volunteers.
  7. * Recruit new LARC members.
  8. * Engage in ARCCA, the statewide climate collaborative.
  9. * Execute programmatic activities as provided by the steering committee and implement a work plan.
  10. * Programmatic responsibilities may include: o Disseminate “The Framework for Regional Climate Action and Sustainability” (LARC’s region-wide climate action and sustainability plan) via in-person briefings with municipal and agency staff.
  11. * Build a strong base of advisors and a communication system within agencies to substantively contribute to ARCCA, as a means of informing statewide policy in an informed and timely manner.
  12. * Create helpful planning products by using the Framework and other tools; such as creating templates of adaptation plans and climate action plans with (and for) the various councils of government within Los Angeles County. Cities can then refine these regional plans for their own purposes.
  13. * Coordinate LARC’s participation in fee-for-contract work.
  14. * Fundraise for LARC. This requires working with the executive committee to identify funding opportunities, public-private partnerships, grants, creating a strong affiliate member program, etc.
  15. * Communicate LARC activities, science, and programs to the public, to state and local officials, and to regional stakeholders; and communicate with the media and implement communications plans. Maintain LARC –run websites and social media.
  16. * Manage finances and related tasks with the UCLA Principal Investigator.
  17. * Oversee consultants, working groups, and subcommittees of LARC and perform administrative duties for these groups.

Desired qualifications:

  • The ability to work collaboratively in complex settings coordinating many partners, stakeholders, and types of organization is critical.
  • An understanding and knowledge of climate change (impacts, adaptation, GHG mitigation) and sustainability is critical.
  • An understanding of local governments, regional governance, and California environmental policy is critical.
  • An understanding of local, regional, and statewide governance
  • Strong oral and written communications skills. Demonstrated public speaking ability and media relations are strongly preferred.
  • Experience in local governments, urban/regional planning, transportation or related areas is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability in fundraising, grant writing, and development from diverse sources, including foundations, government, events, and businesses.
  • Graduate degree (Masters or above) in a relevant discipline (science, policy, planning, business) or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deliverables and deadlines, juggle competing priorities, show measurable, high quality results.
  • Experience managing programs and staff.
  • Experience with website management and electronic communications (list serves, newsletters) is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively towards a common goal.
  • Demonstrated ability to accomplish programmatic goals.
  • Leadership in adapting to changing circumstances and taking on new challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities and audiences, including community advocates, agency staff, elected officials, business groups, and academic researchers.

LARC is housed at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The Managing Director will be a full-time employee of UCLA and entitled to the generous benefits associated with UCLA employment. The specific university title (employment track designation) will depend on qualifications and background. Salary is commensurate with experience. Supplemental compensation through successful fundraising will be considered.