Director of Resilience Finance

Location: New York or London

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is a new organization dedicated to helping cities to be better prepared for and quickly rebound from 21st century shocks and stresses. 100 Resilient Cities has selected and is working with 100 member cities from around the globe for whom it provides four kinds of value, to start: 1) Financial and other support for putting in place a new city resilience leader, a Chief Resilience Officer; 2) Support for development of a robust resilience strategy; 3) Management of a peer-to-peer network of member cities who can learn from and help each other; and 4) Connecting member cities to curated solutions of services provided by Platform Partners who can help them to implement their resilience strategies. 100RC seeks to increase awareness of the importance of resilience thinking, to catalyze a new community of urban resilience practitioners and spur the growth of a robust ecosystem of resilience-focused solutions and solution providers.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Director of Resilience Finance will be a key member of the 100RC City Solutions leadership team and also part of the broader leadership team of 100 RC.  The City Solutions team is responsible for identifying, curating and delivering solutions, tools, services and experts to help member cities take action and implement projects that build resilience.  Solutions are either created by 100RC or provided through Platform Partners from a wide range of sectors, including the private sector, the non-profit sector, academia, government and more. 

The Director for Resilience Finance must have deep and broad knowledge of developed and developing financial market context, and have worked across a variety of urban settings.  S/he will ideally have experience in a variety of global or cultural settings and have demonstrated experience successfully working in entrepreneurial environments within the urban context, with an innovative and problem-solving mindset.

 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

The Director of Resilience Finance will build, lead and manage a new team that is responsible for five key areas. 

Solution Development & Partner Management.  

  • Develop an outreach and influence strategy that identifies the critical tools and solutions that either exist or need to be created in order to address the needs of member cities
  • Manage a team who is charged with creating and sourcing new global partnerships that provide financial solutions to address member cities' finance related needs
  • Directly manage a selected portfolio of financially focused partnerships
  • In the absence of existing market tools, either independently or through focused partner collaborations, develop financial solutions that address member city needs
  • Engage with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovative Finance team to enhance the development of resilience based financial solutions

Market Influence. 

  • Serve as the 100RC organizational lead in identifying and engaging with key financial market actors to accelerate a broader market adoption and integration of resilience into financial decision making, and drive the flow and demand of capital to finance member cities' urban resilience projects.  
  • Understand the financial challenges and funding gaps across the global landscape for urban resilience projects, and seek to identify and advocate for improvements to market behavior that better support resilience projects, including the piloting of new funding models.

100RC Revenue Generation. 

  • Collaborate with 100RC’s Chief Operations Officer to identify and develop potential revenue generation opportunities that will ultimately enable 100RC to stand as a financially independent entity. 

Subject Matter Expert. 

  • Serve as a subject matter expert to facilitate the implementation of financial solutions across the global portfolio of 100RC member cities.  Needs may represent a variety of finance related areas including but not limited to city budgeting, investment management, finance, with the goal of facilitating member cities' capacity to enhance their financial resilience and develop bankable projects, as outlined in their resilience initiatives.
  • Collaborate with 100RC to ensure resilience finance solutions and knowledge are being appropriately leveraged by member cities in effective and meaningful manner that advances their resilience strategies

Knowledge Management.

  • Actively report on, diagnose and manage feedback from the Partners and cities, and be adaptable to making adjustments where necessary. 
  • Participate in 100 Resilient Cities’ learning process and knowledge management, along with other members of the organization

 

Desired Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • At least 12 years of work experience for either an investment bank, an international development financial institution, or private equity firm directly structuring and negotiating complex financial transactions, having managed client relationships and internal/external teams
  • Deep technical knowledge of and experience with rating agencies and a variety of investors, having developed innovative and appropriate financial structures, and having facilitated transactions through the entire lifecycle
  • Strong preference for candidates who are familiar with city budgeting and have implemented financial solutions in an urban context, having worked closely with a variety of city governments and departments within 
  • Connectivity and direct experience with innovative and social finance
  • Demonstrated team player and ability to effectively and constructively work within a global team
  • Demonstrated experience and comfort in negotiating contracts and interfacing with senior leadership in an organization
  • Ability to serve as a strong brand representative for 100 Resilient Cities (e.g. strong interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, partnership-building skills)
  • Ability to develop a vision, shape strategy, drive progress, encourage innovation, and take strong ownership under dynamic, constantly evolving conditions
  • Experience engaging with actors and organizations across sectors (public, private, non-profit)
  • Ability to work internationally/across multiple cultures
  • Excellent communications skills for both internal and external contexts
  • Ability to travel as necessary
  • Bilingual or multilingual with languages within our 100-city network is preferred
  • Global experience within our 100-city network is preferred
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. (New York office) or in the UK (London office)

 

LOCATION 
New York City or London

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer 
100 Resilient Cities is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, 100 Resilient Cities ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

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