Policy Manager, Global Climate Action Summit, UN Foundation/California Governor’s Office – Sacramento

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The Policy Manager for the Global Climate Action Summit will work with the Summit team to develop and deliver headline outcomes for the Summit. The Policy Manager will be employed by the United Nations Foundation and seconded to the office of the Governor of California.


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.

The Policy Manager for the Global Climate Action Summit will work with the Summit team to develop and deliver headline outcomes for the Summit. The Policy Manager will be employed by the United Nations Foundation and seconded to the office of the Governor of California.

This is a full-time position beginning on December 1, 2017, and ending on September 30, 2018.


  • Help the Summit team demonstrate delivery and aggregate the impact of commitments since Paris
  • Lead on the development and delivery of one or more headline outcomes for the Summit – major new commitments and announcements that will bend the global GHG emissions curve by 2020
  • Collaborate with the Summit team on fundraising and building partnerships in the context of developing Summit announcements
  • Work with the Summit communications team to position Summit announcements for maximal exposure during the Summit and in the media

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • 5+ years of experience for a national or international organization and/or campaign
  • Good understanding of the politics of and key players in the climate change arena
  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated excellence working in a fast-paced environment; ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Strong professional interpersonal skills and diplomacy
  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Interest, knowledge of or experience in climate policy
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress

Benefits & Compensation

For full-time employees we offer an excellent range of benefits, including a choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP). Dental insurance, vision discount plan, Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Long-Term Care Insurance, Health Club Discounts, Commuter Benefits, and Employee Assistance Program.

12 Paid holidays, 4 weeks of vacation, 10 sick days, 3 personal days and 8 weeks of parental leave (mother or father). Access to the UNFCU Credit Union, 150% match on our 403b retirement plan, Flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts and discounted Zipcar membership

Other Information

About the Office of the Governor of California: California faces significant impacts from climate change, including rising sea levels, diminishing snow pack, increased size and intensity of wildfire, and greater impact from drought. As a result, California has taken a leadership role globally in responding to climate change and in working with subnational jurisdictions around the world to promote more aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate change.

California Governor Edmund Gerald (Jerry) Brown Jr. and his team will lead, organize, and host the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018 in San Francisco, CA.

About the United Nations Foundation: The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.
The United Nations Foundation will serve as the fiduciary for the Global Climate Action Summit and provide strategic fundraising, partnership, and communications support.


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