Head of US Federal Affairs

Closing Date:

C40 is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities, who are working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis, and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. Through a Global Green New Deal, mayors are working alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labour, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to go further and faster than ever before.


C40’s team of 200+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Joburg, Singapore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations, with the Office of the Chair based in Los Angeles.  


The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A nine-person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40. C40’s three core strategic funders are Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Realdania.


Diversity Statement

At C40, we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity.  We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Position Description

The Head of US Federal Affairs will be responsible for building strategic relationships and leading the day-to-day engagement with the US federal government for C40. This position will be responsible for liaising with the White House, key federal agencies and Congress as well as serve as a representative for the organizations with other key partners in Washington DC. Additionally, the position will work directly with C40 member cities, as well as partners and cities of partner organizations to advance advocacy efforts that support cities' climate change objectives.



  • Build partnerships and represent C40 with key partners in institutions in Washington DC (, ex: 1) Congressional Committees, White House, DOT, EPA, DOE, 2) State Department, USAID and other federal agencies responsible for US foreign policy and cooperation 3) World Bank, IMF and other key intergovernmental institutions based in Washington DC
  • Work with Climate Mayors on delivering joint advocacy efforts such as mayoral statements to Congress, talking points for Congressional testimony for mayors, meetings with key individuals promoting joint C40 and Climate Mayors objectives
  • Serve as a liaison with partner organization’s federal efforts (American Cities Climate Challenge, USDN, America Is All In, US Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities) and provide capacity on joint projects and advocacy efforts between partners
  • Develop a network of C40 and Climate Mayors city mayoral federal affairs liaisons located in Washington DC and develop and share resources across these key contacts
  • Track federal policy and program development from agencies, Congress and the White House that advances or could advance key ambitious climate actions and provide updates, resources (memos and talking points) for our cities to use in advocacy efforts for the policies and programs
  • Identify and create strategic opportunities for C40 mayors to advocate for the advancement of key federal policies in support of their climate efforts
  • Work with communications agency to develop materials, joint messaging and placement of strategic media opportunities for mayors to showcase best practices in key Congressional States and Districts
  • Develop and implement strategies to address political and regulatory barriers to climate action in C40 cities at the federal level.
  • Represent C40 in meetings with key partners in Washington DC, especially regarding C40’s International Diplomacy efforts


Person Specification:

  • Experience working on with on in a Mayor's office, on Capitol Hill, in a US federal agency or White House or NGO that works on federal policy
  • Understanding of climate change policy at the federal and local level
  • Ability to work independently and both develop and implement a strategy
  • Strong experience in writing briefing materials, talking points and summarizing reports for a political audience
  • Experience working at or with NGOs or coalitions who engage in federal advocacy and education efforts
  • Experience in a range of topics and ability to learn and dive deep into new topics quickly
  • Excellent organizational skills and detailed oriented
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Interested in a long-term career in working on climate change.
  • Strong English language skills.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in in the United States. Some travel may be required as part of the role.

Location: Washington, DC

Term: Fixed Term Contract – until 31 December 2022

Salary: $90,581 gross per annum

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