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Chief Climate Officer

City of Cambridge

About City of Cambridge

The City of Cambridge is a diverse and vibrant community that 120,000 residents of different ethnic, racial, religious, U.S. nationals and other backgrounds call home. We take pride in our City’s diversity and strive to create a workplace that is reflective of the community we serve -- one in which all employees can thrive. The City is also deeply committed to creating an environment in which all our employees are treated equitably and feel included. In joining our team, you would work in a workplace environment that advances and values antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI), and that is committed to embedding ADEI best practices and tenets in all aspects of our work. City of Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply to job openings.

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About This Position


The Office of Sustainability will sit within Cambridge’s Executive Department (also known as the Office of the City Manager). As Cambridge’s Chief Executive Officer, the City Manager supervises and manages all City Departments, recommends policies and programs to the City Council, and implements City Council legislation. The City Manager’s Office collaborates with the City Council and city departments on the shared mission to serve the Cambridge community and build a better city for all.

The Chief Climate Officer is a new position that will report directly to the City Manager. This position will be responsible for leading the Cambridge Office of Sustainability and climate efforts across City departments. The office will be responsible for executing a comprehensive decarbonization and resilience strategy including overseeing the implementation and prioritization of the Climate Action Plan. The ideal candidate will be a strong people leader and strategic thinker, who collaboratively achieves tangible outcomes for the environment by engaging across City departments, boards and committees, and in the community. This role will be a member of the senior cabinet and a key advisor to the City Manager, providing substantive input and technical advice in the development, implementation, and assessment of programs and policies.


Climate Strategy and Leadership

  • Responsible for developing short, medium and long-term strategy to achieve Cambridge’s climate goals.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of the City’s key climate programs across City Departments and external partners
  • Lead partnership with multiple stakeholders including City Council, City Departments, boards and committees, external partners, businesses and community members
  • Facilitate access to property owner incentives and other climate-related program funding opportunities
  • Deepen an ever-evolving knowledge base on latest energy technology, infrastructure, and project opportunities
  • Recommend and support sustainability and resiliency guidelines and policies with City leadership

Climate Operations

  • Oversee the implementation and prioritization of the Climate Action Plan to achieve the City’s climate objectives, working closely with the Climate Action Committee
  • Implement and report on the City Community Electricity Aggregation program, including coordination across departments, public education
  • Prepare and present presentations to City Council, Planning Board, and other committees and departments as needed
  • Oversee data collection efforts, including greenhouse gas baseline and inventory and commercial suppliers and manage energy use databases; set goals and track progress against key performance indicators 
  • Manage the department budget, explores potential grants and other funding sources for future sustainability initiatives, and prepares funding request applications, as needed.
  • Perform related duties as required

Team Development and Management

  • Build and strengthen the climate team, identifying and filling key missing roles
  • Supervise staff, providing ongoing mentorship and career development support
  • Establish a high-performing culture for this new department
  • Interview, retain, and manage external consultants, as necessary, to conduct studies, projects and reviews


Experience and Education:

  • 10+ years of experience in climate/sustainability and 5+ of management level experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the role
  • Experience building, leading, and motivating high-performing teams in comprehensive assignments 
  • Experience in project management, including the ability to identify, develop, and deploy resources across multiple initiatives and navigate complex relationships
  • Track record of driving effective solution execution to complex problems and mediating alignment across stakeholders

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to environmental justice to address systemic disparities in environmental burdens, including air pollution and associated adverse health effects
  • Ability to build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and analytical skills with high attention to detail
  • Ability to think strategically and identify key emerging climate issues and related policy implications at local, state, federal, and global level
  • Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and coordinating with others to ensure the integrated planning, development, implementation, and financing of policies and projects.
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements applicable to climate
  • Understanding of building and zoning codes
  • Deep sense of humility, curiosity, and learning-orientation
  • High ethical standards and personal integrity
  • The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Cambridge preferred
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation
  • Advanced degree (MBA, PhD, or MS in environmental science)
  • Experience establishing a new department, division or team

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