Director, Climate, Energy and Sustainability

Location
US-DC-Washington

The Opportunity

From heat waves to wildfires, drought and sea level rise, our climate is changing before our eyes. The quality of our air is getting worse, while toxic chemicals are showing up in our food, water and household products. These are serious environmental problems that affect the everyday lives of consumers, and yet public health and environmental protections are being rolled back. With our commitment to a fair and just marketplace, CR is now bringing its full power to address climate change and environmental issues in the marketplace and we’re looking for a creative and entrepreneurial person to lead the way. 

 

As part of CR's Climate, Energy, and Sustainability Initiative, you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively across the organization to build and facilitate execution of a strategy to bend the curve of consumption toward a sustainable future. You will also help create common cause with young people and communities of color who will be our partners in change. And, you will have the opportunity to tap into the diverse assets of a nonprofit social enterprise to take a unique, consumer-facing approach to shape the marketplace and reduce or eliminate harms and inequities associated with the products and services people buy and use everyday, including impacts on consumer health, the economy, and the environment.

What you will do

Lead the development of CR’s organization-wide strategy to drive a marketplace that prioritizes sustainability

  • Build strategic and operational plans to scope, define and advance CR’s Sustainability strategy, including securing strong standards to prevent and reduce environmental and consumer harms and empowering consumers to take action to reduce their footprint.
  • Partner across CR with an extensive network of internal stakeholders and leaders to advance work across multiple divisions and markets, building internal enthusiasm and buy-in for the initiative from staff and board.
  • Develop and communicate progress on goals, milestones, and success metrics for the organizational sustainability strategy for multiple audiences.
  • Engage with external stakeholders, including climate and sustainability experts, policymakers, NGOs, academia, and others to build partnerships to advance the work
  • Partner with the Development team and senior CR leadership in the creation and execution of a strategy to build a substantial philanthropic investment in CR’s sustainability work.
  • Serve as a Sustainability and policy spokesperson and thought leader for the organization, expanding CR’s influence and profile on the issue.

About You

  • You have a minimum of 10 years of experience building and managing programs, leading teams, and supporting development initiatives with a clear track record of success.
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s or JD degree preferred.
  • You are a subject matter expert on climate solutions, clean energy, waste reduction or other sustainability-related issues. You understand the scale, nuance, market players, consumer behaviors, and political discourse surrounding the issues.
  • You understand corporations, Congress and federal agencies.
  • You have experience with fundraising campaigns, pitching funders, and grant writing.
  • You bring an interest in CR’s theory of change: wielding Consumer Reports’ testing, content, advocacy, and membership to influence corporate and  government power, and advance economic and social equality, and environmental sustainability.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Consumer Reports

At CR, we believe our continued ability to understand and advance the interests of all American consumers is possible only if our staff fully reflects the full cultural, racial and ethnic diversity of those consumers.

Consumer Reports is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status, or other class protected by applicable law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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