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Program Director, U.S. Programs

at Coalition for Green Capital in New York, NY USA

About the Job

The Coalition for Green Capital (CGC), a leader in Green Banks and innovative clean energy finance, seeks an experienced clean energy consulting, finance, research or policy professional to lead multiple projects advancing Green Bank creation and policy in the United States.

CGC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a leading expert and developer of Green Banks and related clean energy finance entities. In the U.S., CGC has helped establish multiple Green Banks that have driven over $3 billion of clean energy investment. CGC’s pipeline of state and local Green Bank projects continues to grow.

In addition, CGC is launching a new federally-focused policy campaign, with the goal of passing legislation to create a federal Green Bank in 2021. Multiple bills have been introduced in Congress to create a federal Green Bank, and multiple presidential candidates have proposed similar new Green Bank institutions. CGC has coordinated on the formation of each of these proposals and sees an opportunity to elevate the federal Green Bank proposal in the lead-up to the 2020 election. This rapidly-expanding federal campaign requires research, analysis and content creation to explain the mechanics of the federal Green Bank, as well as its potential impact. CGC is seeking a new Program Director to:

  • Manage and execute state-level Green Bank creation projects.
  • Manage and execute a set of policy and research efforts in support of the federal campaign.

These dual responsibilities offer the opportunity for extensive external engagement with leaders in the finance, climate, clean energy and federal policy communities. It is expected that the Program Director would split his/her time 50/50 across these two areas of work, and would report to CGC’s Executive Director.

Managing state-level Green Bank creation projects requires both comfort with technical, financial and policy details of clean energy markets, as well as an ability to strategically manage partners and stakeholders. Tasks associated with state-level Green Bank creation projects include:

  • evaluating target clean energy market conditions, financing needs and policies;
  • interviewing dozens of market stakeholders and participants to build buy-in and learn about market conditions;
  • building hypotheses of what markets and financing activities a local Green Bank should prioritize;
  • crafting a business plan and structure for a new Green Bank; and
  • leading the implementation and launch of that Green Bank.

Federal Green Bank policy initiative material will be generated in close coordination with CGC’s Communications Director, as well as its contracted federal campaign manager, to ensure the content is tailored to target audiences and provides the most relevant information. This work will include:

  • papers targeting specific audiences that explains mechanically how the federal Green Bank would work and what methods it would use;
  • economic and financial analysis that shows how the Green Bank would support expanded private clean energy investment;
  • case studies on specific Green Bank interventions in the solar market, for example; and
  • analyses and projections on the overall economic and climate impact the federal Green Bank would have.

Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of work experience in clean energy or climate consulting, finance, research or related role or field.
  • Highly entrepreneurial; able take initiative and take action without explicit direction, and comfortable operating independently in ambiguous project situations.
  • Highly focused on execution and output, not process.
  • Comfortable thinking independently but working in a team to solve complex problems; capable of collaborating with CGC colleagues across the organization.
  • Enthusiasm for creating an impact at a mission-driven organization.
  • Able to work successfully under time pressure with short deadlines.
  • Strong communications and writing skills, and comfort communicating in public settings with a diverse set of audiences about the benefits of Green Banks.
  • Strong research skills and ability to synthesize disparate data sources into coherent arguments.
  • Familiar with clean energy and climate policies, financing mechanisms and market structures.
  • Able to travel to Green Bank projects as needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s or other advanced degree preferred but not necessary.

To apply

Email a cover letter and resume to cgc@coalitionforgreencapital.com

Coalition for Green Capital

The Coalition for Green Capital (CGC) is a leading expert and advisor on Green Banks and related clean energy finance and deployment entities. In the US, CGC has helped establish Green Banks in Connecticut (2011), New York (2013), Hawaii (2014), and California (2014), Rhode Island (2015) and Montgomery County (2016). Currently CGC is working on similar efforts with partners in D.C., Nevada, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Missouri, and Colorado. Internationally, CGC is focused on the potential of Green Banks to scale up climate finance in emerging economies. Currently, CGC is working in Southern Africa, developing opportunities in Latin America and elsewhere, and co-leads the global Green Bank Network.