Posted: Oct 23, 2013
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

United States

Organization Background

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to advancing strong policy and acting to address the twin challenges of climate change and energy.

Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, long recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate and energy issues. The organization believes that ensuring safe, reliable, affordable energy for all – while protecting the global climate – is a paramount challenge of the 21st century.

C2ES contributes to this critical effort in the following ways:

  • A Reliable Source - Provides timely, impartial information and analysis on the scientific, economic, technological and policy dimensions of climate and energy challenges.
  • Working Together – Brings together business, the environmental community, other stakeholders and policymakers to achieve common understandings and consensus solutions.
  • Concrete Action – Works with members of the Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) and others to take action on the ground. The Make an Impact program helps employees and consumers save energy and money and reduce their carbon footprints.  The BELC is the largest U.S.-based group of corporations supporting mandatory policy to address climate change.
  • Innovate Policy – Works closely with policy makers and stakeholders to promote pragmatic, effective policies at the state, national and international levels.

Among C2ES’s successes are the following:

  • Consistently being named among the top five environmental think tanks in the world by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go-To Think Tank Index.
  • Growing the Business Environmental Leadership Council to 34 leading companies, most in the Fortune 500, with 3.5 million employees and $2 trillion in combined revenues.
  • Convening multi-stakeholder initiatives to strengthen international climate efforts and to promote plug-in electric vehicles, carbon capture and storage, and expanded use of natural gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Advising the state of California, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and other state and regional climate change efforts.
  • Being honored by the Clinton Global Initiative for the success of its “Make an Impact” program in empowering individuals to save energy.

The President is responsible for the overall leadership and day-to-day management of C2ES. S/he will work in conjunction with the Board, BELC, and staff to drive a strategic vision that will further enhance C2ES’s role as a catalyst and thought leader in persuading global influencers, including government officials, legislators, to create and/or fund, effective programs and policies that address the challenges of climate change and energy. More specifically, the President will:

  • Provide inspiring leadership to position C2ES as the premier organization on energy and climate change solutions.
  • Be responsible for effective stewardship of C2ES’s financial resources and for identifying and attracting new resources to the organization.
  • Cultivate relationships with businesses, foundations, and other new investors.
  • Establish and enhance key government and business relationships, advocating for solutions to ensure safe, reliable, affordable energy solutions.
  • Serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson before audiences globally.
  • Support the Board in key governance areas including board development, strategic planning, and fiscal oversight.
  • Attract, build, inspire, and retain an effective team.  Develop a strong, cohesive and innovative senior management team and encourage successful and productive interactions between C2ES and its key constituencies.
  • Maintain currency with laws and regulations relevant to environmental and energy sectors.


  • Ensure a smooth transition within C2ES; earning the trust and respect among board, the BELC, staff, and other key constituencies.
  • Build upon C2ES’s strong brand recognition globally to strengthen the organization’s resources and engagement by key investors.
  • Facilitate development of an organizational strategic plan to build on its success and foundation.

The successful candidate will be committed to the mission and positioning of C2ES as an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit.  S/he will have a minimum of 10 - 15 years of senior leadership experience for a globally-focused nonprofit organization, corporation, and/or government agency. The ideal candidate should possess the following:

Established track record of:

  • Cultivating high-level relationships and networking with business executives, government officials, and donor partners globally.
  • Working effectively with a volunteer Board and a diverse array of stakeholders.
  • Possessing management and financial business acumen within an organization of similar scale and complexity.
  • Successful fundraising and capacity building.  Knowledge and familiarity with different types of funders are a strong plus.
  • Building and inspiring a strong staff to execute the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Respected for thought leadership in the sector; credible on relevant climate and energy issues with relevant external constituents, including government and non-governmental organizations impacting regulations or policies in these areas.
  • An understanding of Washington D.C. policymaking and politics. Individual who has worked effectively with both sides of the political aisle.
  • Experience working with state and international governments a strong plus.
  • Diplomatic; politically savvy; and intuitive.
  • Superior communications, media, and presentation skills.
  • A history of successful engagement, partnering and alliance building with a broad range of constituencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship building and team building skills.


Understanding the Business

  • Knows the business and the mission-critical technical and functional skills needed to do the job; understands various types of business propositions and understands how businesses operate in general; learns new methods and technologies easily.

Creating the New and Different

  • Is able to come up with the next great breakthrough thing to do; is creative, a visionary, and can manage innovation; is an effective strategist full of ideas and possibilities; sees multiple futures; has broad interests and knowledge; can both create and bring exciting ideas to market; comfortable speculating about alternative futures without all of the data.

Keeping on Point

  • Can quickly separate the mission-critical from the nice to dos and the trivials; quickly senses what's the next most useful thing to work on; focuses on the critical few tasks that really add value and puts aside or delays the rest.

Getting Work Done Through Others

  • Manages people well; gets the most and best out of the people he/she has; sets and communicates guiding goals; measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, and gives useful feedback; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; provides coaching for today and for the future.

Communicating Effectively

  • Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across.

Inspiring Others

  • Is skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people.

Acting with Honor and Character

  • Is a person of high character; is consistent and acts in line with a clear and visible set of values and beliefs; deals and talks straight; walks his/her talk; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences. 


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