About the Job
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for GARI’s programs, partnerships, publications, fundraising, and any other activities deemed relevant as the organization grows. The ED will be the lead on major program elements of stakeholder network building, actionable information research and analysis, and instrument development and analysis. As the face of GARI, the ED will also be responsible for exercising thought leadership on behalf of the organization; and as the first hire for the organization, the ED will help shape the organization’s culture and values, processes, and strategic positioning, as well as refine GARI’s role as the climate adaptation and resilience space continues to develop.
An ideal candidate would have the following attributes:
- At least 7-15 years of experience in non-profit or program leadership, with experience in project management, organizing convenings, drafting and editing research and publications, and overseeing strategic partnerships.
- A background in climate finance and both public and private sector experience is essential;
- Strong leadership ability and public speaking skills;
- Ability to represent the organization and communicate its work to a wide variety of stakeholders –from high-level organizations (e.g., UN-level organizations, governments, etc.) to private sector participants (e.g., institutional asset managers) to philanthropic organizations – in a clear and professional manner;
- Academically qualified;
- Research skills and thought leadership;
- Very strong writing and communications skills, including presentation (PowerPoint) and social media skills; and
- Flexible and creative, with a passion for building organizations from the ground up;
- Entrepreneurial, self-starting personality with a bias for action.
In addition, the following interests and experience are a plus:
- Exposure to climate science or environmental engineering;
- Experience working in finance and investment, especially in the private sector
- International development;
- Conducting primary research; and
- Plugged into the climate finance universe, with existing network of relationships that can bolster GARI’s work and presence.
If interested in this position, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Adaptation & Resilient Investment Working Group
The Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group (GARI) is a 501(c)(3) private investor-led initiative that was convoked at Paris COP21 in December 2015 in conjunction with the UN Secretary General’s Climate Resilience Initiative. The working group brings together private and public sector investors, bankers, lenders, asset managers and other stakeholders to discuss critical issues at the intersection of climate adaptation and resilience and investment, with the objective of catalyzing action and investment to build resilience and adaptation to a changing environment.
Since 2016, GARI has convened in-person and remotely-accessible meetings in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, and London, bringing together over 300 private sector investors and other stakeholders – from pension funds, endowments and foundations, insurance companies, banks and investment managers to corporations, start-ups, think tanks, advisory firms and development finance institutions – to discuss and create opportunities for investment in adaptation and resilience.
GARI also seeks to engage with stakeholders in building and harmonizing the knowledge base around climate-related risks and opportunities. The working group has published three white papers discussing approaches to measuring physical climate risk, the impact of physical climate risk on investment portfolios and decision-making, as well as opportunities to invest in adaptation and resilience. As a knowledge hub for the emerging tools and methodologies to track, measure, and assess physical climate risk on financial assets, GARI hopes to continue to help investors and other stakeholders identify ways to engage in climate resilience investment opportunities, so that private investment in climate adaptation can scale to the degree needed in order to build a more resilient future.