Executive Director, Chicagoland Climate Investment Alliance | World Business Chicago



Executive Director, Chicagoland Climate Investment Alliance

World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

Position Summary

The Executive Director will lead the implementation and execution of the newly formed Chicagoland Climate Investment Alliance – a public-private partnership focused on securing Chicagoland’s position as the global leader in climate innovation and investments by focusing on the following areas:

● Forge an Interconnected Climate Innovation Ecosystem: Prioritizing cohesive and impactful synergies across sectors, including agtech, clean energy, water, food, and recycling.

● Accelerate Local Startups: Providing support to innovative, eco-friendly solutions born throughout the Chicagoland region.

● Mobilize Substantial Climate Investments: Spurring job growth and economic development in Chicagoland and the Midwest, particularly in specialized sectors.

● Secure Federal Support: Seek federal backing and investment in green initiatives within the Midwest region, with a focus on climate-resilient technologies.

● Strengthen Climate Ecosystem Collaborations: Convening and collaborating with national, regional, and local ecosystem partners to fortify the climate economy, fostering innovation and growth within the Midwest region.

As the fiscal sponsor, this position will sit within World Business Chicago. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Chief Growth Officer. The role will be to lead the administration, development and advancement of the Chicagoland Climate Investment Alliance (“Alliance”) work including organizing materials for regular board meetings, representing the Alliance at events and panels, growing the financials, coordinating federal grant opportunities, engaging Alliance members, identifying new partnership opportunities, and executing regular convenings/events.


· Work with partners on identifying, coordinating and submitting federal grant opportunities that align with the Alliance’s goals

· Host regular events and convenings that bring together the Chicagoland climate ecosystem

· Actively track climate-related funding opportunities coming from the Inflation Reduction Act and other federal legislation by working with the WBC Public Sector Strategies team

· Execute mission trips and promotional events that strengthen the Alliance with key stakeholders including Federal agencies and national stakeholders

· Represent the Alliance at networking events, on panels, and other brand building opportunities

· Support the business development opportunities related to climate investment projects

· Participate in community engagement efforts, placemaking, and assist with special projects that improve Chicagoland climate’s investment position.

· Fundraise for the Alliance including developing the long-term funding structure

· Oversee committee-level work and conduct regular working meetings with key partners to ensure coordination amongst stakeholders

· Manage third-party contracts and partners for program and service delivery

· Oversee the governance of the Climate Alliance and ensuring connectivity with the multiple stakeholders within Chicagoland’s climate ecosystem

· Maintain a pipeline of prospects interested in investing in the Alliance

· Develop a revenue model for the Alliance’s long-term sustainability

· Complete regularly required status reports and maintaining project tracking databases

· Conduct other related tasks and assignments not specified above


Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

· Client-focused

· Fundraising

· Governance and Administration

· Results and goal-oriented

· Excellent verbal and written communication

· Presentation skills

· Team player with strong work ethic

· Ability to maintain confidentiality


· Minimum of 7 years of experience in climate industries, federal funding, economic development, strategic partnerships, business development, public administration, marketing, or a related field preferred.

· Bachelor’s degree preferred in political science, business, urban planning, public policy or related field or equivalent work experience in a related field


· Willingness to work in a hybrid work environment – working primarily from the Alliance’s HQ in Fulton Market but occasionally working from the Alliance’s fiscal agent’s, World Business Chicago’s, office with an expectation of at least 3 days spent in office/in field per week

· Willingness to work occasional workday evenings as project and strategic opportunities arise.


$110,000 – $130,000

If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume to HR@worldbusinesschicago.com

World Business Chicago is an equal opportunity employer.

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