Senior Program Officer, North America


We're seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Senior Program Officer to join the North America team, as part of the Climate Group’s North America office to help advance state and regional climate policy advocacy, related workstreams, and impactful projects.

About Climate Group

Climate Group drives climate action. Fast. Our goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all.

We focus on systems with the highest emissions and where our networks have the greatest opportunity to drive change. We do this by building large and influential networks and holding organisations accountable, turning their commitments into action.

We share what we achieve together to show more organisations what they could do. We are an international non-profit organisation, founded in 2004, with offices in London, Amsterdam, Beijing, New Delhi and New York.

Climate Group is the Secretariat to the Under2 Coalition, which is a group of ambitious state and regional governments committed to keeping global temperature rises to well below 2°C. The coalition is made up of more than 260 governments who represent over 1.75 billion people and 50% of the global economy. In 2021, the Under2 Coalition made a collective commitment to reach net zero by 2050 as a group. 

About the role

The Senior Program Officer will support the North America team in delivering on climate and net zero related projects designed to support states, regions, and provinces in advancing their climate agendas. Additionally, the role will support engagement with current Under2 Coalition members and recruitment of new states to help drive growth of the Under2 Coalition. 

This individual will report to the Senior Government Affairs Manager, North America. 

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Development:

  • Support the implementation of key projects in North America and other projects as assigned, to help states and provinces in implementing their climate goals and agenda as it aligns with the Under2 MOU and project deliverables. 
  •  Support the delivery of the North America regional strategy, including supporting projects in areas such as just transition, transportation, green recovery, industry including other relevant sectors and areas.
  • Strengthen relationships with members states and key partners by engaging in regular conversations and meetings with Under2 states.
  • Monitor current events and policy developments across North America to identify relevant opportunities, political challenges, or changes as they relate to Under2 members.
  • Collaborate with colleagues around the world to leverage the voice of Under2 members globally
  • Support Climate Group’s North America event strategy and execution for major moments such as Climate Week NYC, US Climate Actions week and other activities as needed. 
  • Support Climate Group’s communication’s team to highlight Under2 member states through profiling opportunities, such as major events and written communications materials (reports, blogposts, case studies, etc.)
  •  Support related events including Climate Week NYC, COP27, and other projects as needed. Represent the organization when required in external events, conferences, and panels.
Fundraising and Project Management: 
  • Support the development of concept notes and project reporting by providing project updates and coordination. 
  • Support project and engagement administrative activities.
  • Undertake other activities and tasks to support across the team as required.

About you


  • Relevant bachelor’s degree (environmental science, economics, public policy, international development, or others).
  • ​Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including high-level government leaders.
  • Strong research skills in policy, including ability to find data and information.
  • Ability to work in ambiguity, with a willingness to engage multiple different priorities at the same time across member state engagement, policy, relationship building and communications.
  • Commitment to Climate Group’s mission, and particularly passionate about accelerating state and regional climate work.
  • Strong team member and ability to collaborate with multiple colleagues and partners.
  • Technical command over MS Office (Excel, Word, PPT, etc.).

  • Ideally, some level of experience working for or with state and regional level governments.
  • Fluency in Spanish.


This role may be located in New York City or Washington DC.  Regional and international travel may be required as part of the role. We operate a hybrid working model with a combination of remote and office-based working.

Applicants must already have the right to work in the United States. 

What we offer

The permanent full-time, with a salary of $58,500 - $60,000 per annum.

In addition to the salary, the role holders will benefit from:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, with a salary-based employer contribution (currently 3%) commencing upon completion of the mandatory six-month service requirement;
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance policy;
  • Commuter Benefit Program to use pre-tax dollars to pay for transit passes;
  • A monthly $55 reimbursement for cell phone; and
  • Twenty-five vacation days per year (pro-rated), plus public holidays.

How to apply

Use the ‘Apply’ button to apply for this vacancy. 

Applications for this position should come in the form of a resume (maximum of 2 pages) and cover letter. For further information on this role, please contact Emely Anico, at [email protected] 

The closing date for submitting your application is June 24, 2022.

The requisite eligibility criteria, or right to work in the US are a requirement for this position and no relocation and/or sponsorship costs will be borne by Climate Group.