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Program Lead, Cities

Organisation Name Climateworks
Location Melbourne
Date Posted 2023-09-19
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 1125383
  • Lead high impact city decarbonization programs across Australia & APAC
  • Influential leadership role with huge scope for climate program design
  • Melbourne preferred, work life balance culture, industry-leading organization


The Organization
Climateworks Centre co-founded by The Myer Foundation and Monash University in 2009, has played a unique role in Australia’s, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific’s transition to a net-zero future. Operating within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) Climateworks bridges research and action and is a trusted advisor to powerful decision-makers across governments, business, and finance. Respected for its specialist analysis and engagement capabilities, Climateworks is seeking to drive system-level change in line with what is required to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.
Climateworks convenes and facilitates relationships with influential decision-makers within an international network of organizations that supports effective policies, financing, and action for emissions reductions at scale. Climateworks provides tailored information and tools, to remove obstacles and help facilitate conditions that support the transition to a prosperous, net-zero emissions future.

Benefits and Culture
Join a mission-focused, dynamic, committed and highly regarded team who celebrate each other’s contributions and enjoy a supportive work-life balance culture where wellbeing is a priority. Climateworks staff benefit from Monash University employee arrangements, a generous self-development budget and competitive salary, and an independent high calibre Board.
Melbourne strongly preferred, other Australian cities may be considered for outstanding candidates.
The Role
As program leader (System Lead, Cities) you report to the Head of Program Delivery and collaborate closely with teams across the organization to ensure Climateworks’ impact on emissions reduction within cities (including the built environment, infrastructure, and transport) is maximized and realized across multiple geographical locations across Australia and the Asia Pacific region. You will lead and apply global system best practice for decarbonization and take a systems lead approach to developing, co-designing and implementing high-impact programs that address the key drivers and barriers for emissions reduction in the sector. In this high impact role other key result areas will be to:
  • Develop/maintain high-level stakeholder relationships across multiple geographies
  • Represent Climateworks in diverse Australian and international fora, to high level stakeholders and the media
  • Effectively communicate and negotiate with senior stakeholders, including policy makers, business leaders, researchers, media, and civil society
  • Closely manage and measure meeting impact, timeline, budget, and reporting objectives

Skills & Experience Required

You offer related qualifications and considerable diverse experience and subject matter expertise working on climate change and sustainable development within the Australia cities sector, and ideally, also in Asia. In addition to proven successful program and impactful delivery management experience across multiple sectors, your work demonstrates successful innovation and effective donor and government engagement. Additionally, you will bring:
  • Capacity to influence stakeholders and manage endorsement of co-designed outcomes
  • Leadership and development of teams which have delivered continuous improvements
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills building consensus at senior levels and creating impact
  • Ability to synthesize complex evidence based research and represent Climateworks effectively

If you are passionate about tackling climate change to work towards a zero-carbon future and you can offer the skills and experience above, please apply by sending your resume and a cover letter responding to the skills and experience above quoting #1125383 or call Lois Freeke on 03 8080 8978.

Australian work and residency rights are essential for this position.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested, we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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