Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Policy and Programs, City of New York – NYC

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The Office of Climate Policy and Programs is seeking a Senior Policy Advisor. The ideal candidate has strong experience in project management and knowledge of climate policy; some experience in government, not for profit, or advocacy organizing; and is eager to learn how to leverage policy making to create opportunities and positive change for New Yorkers.

Position Title: Senior Policy Advisor

Job ID Number: 26028

About the Office:

In New York City, we recognize that climate change is not just an environmental issue; it’s a societal issue that requires a new social compact – one that supports growth, while advancing human rights, public health, and economic prosperity for all.

In April 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio released OneNYC 2050: New York City’s Green New Deal and long-term strategy. OneNYC 2050 provides a blueprint to confront our climate crisis, achieve equity, and strengthen our democracy.

New York City is already demonstrating its commitment to confront the climate crisis and fight for climate justice. We have committed to achieving carbon neutrality – which means a 100% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions – by 2050.

We are investing over $20 billion to protect our people and strengthen our communities, buildings, infrastructure, and waterfront to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change. We are creating good-paying and accessible jobs through our climate action and are ensuring that the transition to carbon neutrality, climate resiliency, and a clean economy is just and equitable, so that no community bears a disproportionate environmental burden or is left behind.

We are taking the fight straight to the fossil fuel industry for their role in creating this climate crisis by suing the five investor-owned fossil fuel companies most responsible for climate change, divesting the City’s pension funds from fossil fuels, and investing in climate solutions. And we are working with cities around the nation and around the world to scale up climate action efforts and share tools, knowledge, and best practices, to ensure climate change is addressed at a global scale.

The Mayor’s Office of Climate Policy and Programs leads New York City’s fight against climate change and manages the OneNYC program from within the First Deputy Mayor’s office.

About the Role: The Office of Climate Policy and Programs is seeking a Senior Policy Advisor. The ideal candidate has strong experience in project management and knowledge of climate policy; some experience in government, not for profit, or advocacy organizing; and is eager to learn how to leverage policy making to create opportunities and positive change for New Yorkers.

Working under the direction of the Chief of Staff, the Senior Policy Advisor’s responsibilities include:

  • Support all aspects of the OneNYC program; including project management, policy development, and stakeholder engagement, development and delivery of annual Progress Reports, etc.  Provide project management: o Organize and manage various work streams and projects – from start to finish – to ensure tasks are completed, objectives are achieved, and timelines are met
  • Monitor and track progress; create and deliver high quality presentations, progress reports, memorandums, briefings, or other materials to effectively communicate project status, recommendations and/or findings to various audiences  Coordinate and manage cross-functional and interagency teams; schedule, structure, and run meetings, track action items; manage follow-ups; liaise with City agencies and organizations
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders; act as a public-facing representative, as needed  Plan, coordinate, and execute meetings, events, roundtables, and public-private dialogues  Research, analyze, and work to improve existing policies; develop new policy proposals  Actively contribute to strategy and brainstorming sessions and team building activities
  • Manage special projects and other tasks, as may be assigned

Skills and Qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge of OneNYC and the City of New York’s climate action efforts
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university
  • Graduate degree from an accredited university, preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years of full-time professional experience in a field related to this position; New York City, state, or federal government work experience, preferred
  • A background in public policy – climate policy, preferred; public administration; government; project / program management
  • Experience with strategic planning, either in management consulting or in a similarly demanding, fast-paced, and analytic environment; ability to look strategically at the big picture and search for insightful, creative solutions
  • Extensive project management experience, preferably for a government or non-profit organization, including ability to design, launch, and manage complex projects against tight timelines and various constraints, and apply a proactive collaborative style that works well in teams and gains the support of stakeholders
  • Displays leadership skills and can execute tasks with minimal supervision
  • Attention to detail and excellent organization skills, ability to prioritize among competing needs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate technical information into accessible forms; clear, effective writing style is a must
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated successful track record as both a proactive self-starter and a flexible team-player that adapts well to change
  • Comfortable leading meetings and interfacing with internal and external senior officials
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders and the public
  • Ability to facilitate constructive debate and effectively negotiate, persuade, and reach consensus among large and diverse audiences and stakeholder groups
  • Knowledge of New York City, State, and Federal government
  • Knowledge of policy issues related to the City of New York


Commensurate with experience, with excellent benefits

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter to

New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days of Appointment.

The City of New York and the Office of the Mayor are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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