C40 Cities

City Advisor, Air Quality & Health

Employment type
Full Time
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA

Position Title: City Adviser, Air Quality & Health

Department: Regions

Reporting To: Regional Director for North America

Location: Los Angeles

Salary: $68,727 per annum

Term: 2 year fixed term contract


The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 12th year, connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities which have committed to tackling climate change. We bring mayors from around the world together to learn from each other in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating resilient, sustainable and low carbon cities. C40 cities represent more than 650 million urban citizens and their economies account for 25% of global GDP. Our recent ‘Deadline 2020’ report sets out the critical role that the world’s major cities have to play in delivering the historic Paris Agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change.

C40’s growing team of 100+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations. C40 has an operating budget of c.$25m per year and is primarily funded through the generous support of philanthropic foundations.

The strategic direction of the organization is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors, which is chaired by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A seven person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40.

Position Description

The C40 City Adviser (Air Quality & Health) will be placed in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and work in the office of Sustainability and in collaboration with relevant teams in C40 (in particular the Transportation, Energy, Urban Planning and Waste initiatives as well as the Research team).

In Los Angeles, the City Adviser will act as the principal adviser to the City of LA on air quality issues, as well as lead on the promotion of electric vehicles and facilitate the delivery of concrete projects in these areas to help reduce LA’s GHG emissions and air pollution. The City Adviser will also draw on the City’s strong capability to share replicable best practices across C40’s thematic networks.

In addition, the City Adviser will help design, launch and lead C40’s new Health and Air Quality Programme, which would provide data and solutions to ensure that city officials are delivering and tracking impacts and improvements that will lead to improved health and air quality via the Transport, Energy, Urban Planning and Waste sectors.

The City Adviser’s relationship with the city government and other key stakeholders is critical for efficient and effective delivery. As the ‘on the ground’ ambassador in Los Angeles, the C40 City Adviser will also ensure that all actions of the organization are consistent with C40’s values and strive to strengthen the mutual respect and cooperation between the C40 and the city government.


In partnership with C40 and the City of Los Angeles, the City Adviser will develop a mutually agreed work plan that supports the city’s priorities (including clear delivery milestones) as well as designing and launching a new C40 Health and Air Quality Programme. Specifically the C40 Adviser will:

  • Design, launch and ensure delivery of the new Health and Air Quality Programme for C40. This would include identification of relevant thematic networks in C40 that can impact health and air quality, work with the relevant C40 network managers to identify best practices and means of dissemination and scaling within each sector.
  • Act as principal adviser to the City of LA on air quality issues, overseeing City of LA contributions to South Coast regional clean air quality management plan and supporting the Mayor’s liaison with City of LA AQMD board representative.
  • Work on matters relating to the major air quality problems including:
    • goods movement around the Port of LA (and Port of Long Beach) as well as the Green Ports Initiative with West Coast and other ports.
    • the promotion of electric vehicles in LA, including overseeing the ‘Electric Vehicle Request for Information (RFI)’ project for light- to heavy-duty vehicles working with the currently committed 12 cities on the West Coast, as well as ensuring the delivery of LA’s clean bus commitments.
  • Share replicable best practices from the City of Los Angeles across C40’s thematic networks.
  • Ensure appropriate reporting to the City of Los Angeles, C40 leadership and the funders for the Health and Air Quality Programme.
  • Maintain appropriate directional communication and information flow to ensure the C40’s capabilities are fully leveraged on the ground.
  • Maintain and strengthen the reputation of the C40 as a highly capable organization, whose agenda is to assist with the Los Angeles emissions reduction agenda.

Person Specification:

  • Advanced Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline: Public Policy, Environmental or Services Engineering, Public Health, or Business. MBA; MPA; MPP; MPH preferable or significant relevant experience.
  • Significant proven experience in delivering sustainable infrastructure outcomes in government, business or NGO sectors with a focus on project management, strategy and negotiation.
  • Knowledge and experience related to air quality, transport, and other relevant sectors affecting air quality at both a conceptual and technical level.
  • Experience working with or within municipal Government on environmental teams and project experience preferred.
  • Experience collaborating with diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable ability to influence decision making processes in a diplomatic and collaborative manner.
  • Exceptional problem solving, interpersonal skills, risk management and strategic thinking capabilities.
  • Strong technological skills and or experience working to implement sustainable outcomes.

The position reports to Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer in the City of Los Angeles and Brendan Shane in C40.

Moderate to significant travel may be required.

To apply

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter to [email protected]. Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 24 May 2017.

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C40 is an equal opportunities employer.