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Director, China Sustainable Cities Project

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location China (North) - Asia & M East
Town/City Beijing
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name NRDC
Contact Name
Telephone 3127807434
Website Further Details / Applications
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We are seeking an outstanding leader and experienced manager for NRDC’s China Sustainable Cities Project (the project). The incumbent will be based in NRDC’s Beijing office and be a member of the China Program. He or she will direct a team of 3-4 members plus short-term consultants and fellows to proactively promote sustainable urban development policies and practices in China. The project will collaborate and coordinate closely with other projects and programs of NRDC on energy and climate issues. This position is supervised by the China Country Director and receives guidance from the China Program Director.

Main Responsibilities                                                                                       

  1. Lead the China Sustainable Cities Project with bold and sound visions, effective strategies, concrete implementation, strong partnership building, and skillful team management. The project currently consists of green building and smart growth initiatives, but may extend to other relevant urban issues;
  2. Supervise a team of 3-4 members plus short-term consultants and fellows;
  3. Seek and develop strategic opportunities for advocacy and/or directly helping China to adopt sustainable urban development policies and best practices;
  4. Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with Chinese and international organizations for advancing the goals of NRDC, the China Program and the project;
  5. Fundraise for the project, including writing grant proposals and progress reports;
  6. Prepare and manage the project’s budget;
  7. Organize and prepare communication materials related to the project, in English and Chinese as necessary;
  8. Organize and conduct relevant policy and technical research to support project implementation and/or communication;
  9. As a member of the China Program leadership team, contribute to overall program strategy development, priority setting, cross-project/program collaboration and coordination, strategic partnership building, and new opportunity identification;
  10. Represent NRDC at conferences and other events relevant to the project’s work.
Required Skills
  1. Proven strong management skills on environmental/energy projects;
  2. Deep understanding of urban sustainability issues in China and internationally;
  3. Strong ability in partnership building;
  4. Strong policy research and analytical skills;
  5. Good knowledge of green building technologies and practices;
  6. Good knowledge of smart growth principles and practices;
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Chinese;
  8. Visionary, pragmatic, self-motivated, and dedication to environmental protection;
  9. Commitment to nonprofit/public interest advocacy;
  10. Strong interpersonal skills and a team player;
  11. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and work under pressure;
  12. Familiarity with working in an international work environment.
Required Experience
  1. Advanced degree(s) in relevant fields;
  2. Minimum 10 years of highly relevant work experience.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please upload your cover letter and resume (in Chinese and English). No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

For further information about NRDC and its China work, visit www.nrdc.cn

Job Location
Beijing, CHINA
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