Climate Advisor

Position summary:
In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the NRDC, the City and County of Honolulu (“City”) Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency is seeking a Climate Advisor to work as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge (“ACCC”). The ACCC is an unprecedented opportunity for 25 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. The Climate Advisor will work with City officials to assist with the execution of initiatives designed to advance carbon reductions through policies and programs focused primarily on building efficiency, electrifying transportation, and increasing mobility options. The Climate Advisor will be part of a network of similar positions located in cities across the country to support these building, energy, and transportation initiatives and will therefore be engaged at the local, regional, and national levels to advance the City’s goals. The position will interface with key influencers and decision-makers within City government, leaders in the transportation, utility, industry and building sector, industry, and other organizations in the community.

Learn more about the American Cities Climate Challenge here.

This is a limited-term role through December 31, 2020.


  • Project management: Develop and execute a detailed work plan to implement the city’s plans for climate mitigation through transportation and buildings policies and programs with expertise in performance management.

  • Stakeholder outreach and management: Lead and/or support various work streams including but not limited to outreach to stakeholders, both internal to city government and the broader community of private sector, non-profit, philanthropic, and community partners; drafting internal and public-facing documents; navigating internal city processes in coordination with our partners; develop public outreach and engagement strategies; deploy strategic communications and innovative behavior nudging  for transportation priorities including traffic and parking management, safer streets improvements, bicycle and pedestrian networks,  and public transit planning. Experience in overseeing app development and gamification strategies preferred. Experience incorporating the perspectives of diverse ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic communities, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.   

  • Education and policy engagement: Educate city stakeholders and the local community on the importance of addressing climate change through transportation and buildings policies and programs. Successfully support sustainability measures in the face of competing city priorities. Design campaigns and tools to prompt residents to change their behavior around transportation and energy use. Provide legislative review and policy research and analysis, with a focus on transportation policies and programs, specifically congestion pricing, traffic management, parking management and zoning regulations, first and last mile connectivity, and sidewalk asset management. Develop an engagement strategy to bring Honolulu residents and stakeholders together to work on issues related to climate action, focusing on frontline communities that are often underrepresented in civic forums.  

  • Network development: Develop and manage strong relationships with the city government, key stakeholders, and partners in the community. Maintain appropriate communication and information flow with community partners.

  • Challenge participation: Actively participate in the ACCC network of cities. This includes joining regularly scheduled calls, participating in online trainings, and attending in-person convenings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred

  • At least 3 years of advocacy or implementation experience on climate and transportation policy; Additional experience with buildings or clean energy policy preferred

  • Experience working at the city or county level preferred

  • Exceptional strategic thinking, analytical, and interpersonal skills

  • Experience managing projects in a team setting, including developing project plans and managing timelines

  • Experience working at the intersection of equity and environment preferred

  • Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to achieve goals

  • Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker with experience working in a context of ethnic and socio-economic diversity, island communities, and/or mixed city/county jurisdictions, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.

To apply:
To apply, click here. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but at least until January 2, 2019.