Director of Partnerships (Global Climate Action Summit)

United Nations Foundation

San Francisco, CA, US


Event Overview
The Global Climate Action Summit will convene more than a thousand leaders who see climate change as an existential threat and are committed to rolling back the forces of carbonization. Hosted by Governor Jerry Brown, the Summit will underscore the urgency of the threat and channel the energy and idealism of people everywhere to overcome it. Summit leaders will quantify the carbon emissions sub-national actors have already cut, secure bold commitments from them to do even more, show that decarbonization and economic growth go hand-in-hand, and galvanize a global movement that embraces people from all walks of life. More than just an event, the Summit will catalyze climate action through 2020 and beyond.

Position Overview
The Director of Partnerships for the Global Climate Action Summit will be employed by the United Nations Foundation and seconded to the office of the Governor of California. The Director of Partnerships will lead a team to develop and execute a partnership strategy, engaging partners from the corporate, non-profit, academic, and government sectors, as well as individuals. The Director of Partnerships will be responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships with new partners for the Summit, as well as leveraging relationships with existing. The Director of Partnerships will collaborate with the Director of Communications and the fundraising team to define and execute partner and fundraising engagement strategiesThis is a full time position lasting until December 31, 2018


  • Develop and execute the Summit partnership strategy to engage hundreds of partners from the corporate, non-profit, academic, and government sectors, as well as individuals
  • Collaborate with other Summit staff to initiate, develop, and execute Summit partnerships
  • Develop and execute a strategy for engaging Summit champions, in close collaboration with the fundraising team
    Manage a Summit Partnerships team of 1-3 staff
  • Work with the Summit Communications Director and the Summit Fundraising Director to define and execute partner and fundraising engagement strategies
  • Manage all Summit-related partnerships through the end of 2018

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • 7+ years of experience in local and/or global partnership and coalition building, project design and management, high-level partner management, and advocacy
  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated excellence working in a fast-paced environment; ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Strong management experience and ability to liaise with multiple teams to drive success
  • Strong professional interpersonal skills and diplomacy
  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
  • Previous experience with event management preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Interest, knowledge of or experience in climate policy
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress