The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) is an international network of leading cities working to achieve carbon neutrality well before 2050—the most aggressive GHG reduction targets undertaken by any cities in the world. The Alliance aims to address what it will take for leading global cities to achieve these deep emissions reductions, how they can work together to meet their respective goals more efficiently and effectively and demonstrate a path for other cities to follow. More information about CNCA can be found at http://carbonneutralcities.org. CNCA is a fiscally sponsored project of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN).


The Director works collaboratively with the CNCA Steering Committee, members, staff and fiscal agent to lead CNCA as an organization capable of delivering on its long-term vision and strategic goals. Specifically, the Director ensures that CNCA’s fiscal, operating, fundraising, communications, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across the organization.

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Nicole Kamaleson, Managing Director, Global Practice and Sarah Avendaño, Senior Associate, Executive Search of Koya Partners are leading this search.
The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance is a fiscally sponsored project of Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. USDN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal treatment of all employees without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability or other basis protected by law. More information about USDN can be found at https://usdn.org.

Roles & Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be both strategic and visionary, and skilled at leading effective implementation. They will have a demonstrated passion for deep decarbonization and the unique role that “climate vanguard cities” play. They will be invested in CNCA’s strategic vision (to learn more go to https://bit.ly/3xRC8CA) which was developed with and adopted by CNCA members in November 2020—and able to translate this vision into action and implementation.
They will be confident in evaluating and prioritizing new opportunities, comfortable balancing the need for focus and flexibility, and secure in taking strong, courageous public stances on climate issues. They will have a demonstrated ability to secure necessary resources, build relationships and bring different stakeholders together as part of a coordinated effort to execute on a plan. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit and is excited to wear a lot of different hats, including strategic planner, fundraiser, agency spokesperson, and staff mentor/supporter. They have successfully developed and managed a team previously, fostering a collaborative, transparent, equitable, and inclusive culture, and value organizational development for supporting efficiency, consistency, and success.
The ideal candidate will share CNCA’s commitment to a just carbon neutral future that advances the well-being of low-income people, Indigenous Peoples, communities of color, immigrants, refugees and other historically marginalized communities, and will bring these values to both their role and to CNCA as an organization.
CNCA has a close-knit culture that places a high priority on member-led decision-making, open communication, and active genial collaboration. The Director advances this culture in all professional duties and activities
Type of Work:
Full-time, Non-exempt

How to Apply

To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role, please visit this link https://bit.ly/3g8wqpZ or email cnca_director@koyapartners.com. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
CNCA strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.