Climate & Sustainability Policy Analyst Program Analyst - ICLEI USA

Post Date: 9/26/2022
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
Position/Title/Fund: Climate & Sustainability Policy Analyst Program Analyst - Full-time
Deadline: October 15, 2022
Location: Remote
Contact Info:

Salary: $72,000 - $78,000 plus benefits

Anticipated Start Date: January 1, 2023

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is the first and largest global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments devoted to solving the world’s most intractable sustainability challenges. The worldwide network is active in 125+ countries, focused on influencing sustainability policies and driving local action across five key pathways: low emissions, resilient, equitable, people-centered,  nature-based, and circular development.

The Climate and Sustainability Policy Analyst serves an important role to ensure that ICLEI members’ have the data and analysis necessary to make strong, evidence-based policy decisions. The analyst helps the ICLEI team understand and leverage trends and opportunities in urban sustainability, changes in technology, and provide consultation to ICLEI’s members as they implement their climate action plans.

The Analyst will develop technical input and guidance for ICLEI’s advocacy and membership support strategies.  Considering rapidly evolving climate data sets and technology targeted to local and regional governments, the  Analyst position is critical in strategically advancing ICLEI’s work. The primary focus for this position is to contribute to:

  • Application of local government Greenhouse Gas (GHG) protocols via development of GHG inventories forecasts, targets, and mitigation strategies at the city, county, or regional scale
  • Update  local government GHG protocols, including emerging strategies such as hourly emissions accounting; treatment of upstream or consumption-based emissions; the treatment of renewable energy credits
  • Collect and evaluate climate data for applicability and ease of use in the local and regional government context
  • Data-mining in ICLEI’s ClearPath emissions management software application to understand trends and provide comparisons between local governments, driving best practices
  • Provide clear, reliable communication to local and regional governments and their stakeholders (citizens, students, elected officials).  This may take place in bi-lateral meetings, classroom style, or in large groups.
  • Using data to tell stories and inspire action
  • Monitor emerging federal and state level climate, equity, and nature policies


  • Maintain regular contact with ICLEI members to respond to questions related to urban sustainability, in particular to GHG emissions management
  • Develop science-based targets and high-impact actions for local and regional governments
  • Demonstrate ICLEI’s  software tools and other offerings to local governments,
  • Initiate and track fee-for-service and recruitment opportunities.
  • Provide technical support to interpret and apply GHG protocols and to master the use of ICLEI’s GHG emissions management software application, ClearPath.
  • Deliver web-based training on a variety of climate and energy topics
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to meet organizational goals, contributing to departmental strategic planning and periodically supporting fundraising activities.
  • Represent ICLEI and its members at meetings and conferences on occasion.
  • Develop information and training materials help implement training and information sharing events.
  • Support the development of presentations, reports, studies and submissions in coordination with global teams, and perform other administrative tasks where needed.


  • Eligible applicants must possess advanced knowledge of, and or experience in, working with local governments on the topics of sustainability,  climate adaptation/preparedness and climate change mitigation.
  • Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Geography, or similar field.
  • 2 + years demonstrable relevant working experience
  • This broad and challenging set of responsibilities is best suited for individuals who have demonstrated abilities to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively, and who have a keen ability to make sense of information and communicate in actionable ways.  Successful applicants will demonstrate that they have experience applying critical thinking to decipher data and results as presented.
  • Applicants must have experience applying greenhouse gas protocolos in a local government context
  • An ability to work independently in a dynamic and evolving organization
  • Customer service experience
  • Advanced Excel and or Google Sheets skills
How to Apply:

To apply for this job email your application materials to by October 15, 2022.

Submit a cover letter, resume, and a maximum one-page writing sample to describe a way that you have or would use data and technology to advance local climate action.

Interviews with potential candidates will be scheduled in late November, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2023.