Director of Editorial Content & Creative

Communications & Events · London, Africa Region, South Africa and Brazil, C40
Department Communications & Events
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Executive
Compensation £72,211.24 ZAR 1,562,391.60 KES 8,643,350.63 BRL 328,498.70


C40 is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities, who are working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis, and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. Through a Global Green New Deal, mayors are working alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labour, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to go further and faster than ever before. 

C40’s team of 200+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Johannesburg, Singapore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations, with the Office of the Chair based in Los Angeles. 

The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A nine-person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40. C40’s three core strategic funders are Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Realdania.

Our international staff work with the C40 network under the leadership of city governments to deliver this mission. Using a data-driven approach, our team identifies and promotes the exchange of proven programmes and policies developed by cities; provides world-class research, technical expertise and access to key partners to deliver new programmes and policies with cities; and communicates cities’ individual achievements and collective leadership.

Diversity Statement

C40 is committed to supporting and promoting equity and diversity and creating an inclusive working environment for everyone. We believe that when people with different life experiences are involved in decision-making, we deliver better. 

We believe having a diverse workforce ensures we connect better with all the different communities and people affected by the climate crisis. This enables us to make better decisions which lead to better outcomes in the work we do through increased creativity, productivity, greater global impact alongside a broader perspective and approach to our work.

We welcome applicants that are diverse in terms of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity and perspective. Our goal is for C40 to be an environment where everyone, from any background, can flourish and can be themselves whilst contributing to our mission. If you identify as a person with a disability, we work to provide reasonable appropriate measures and any additional support needed to provide an equitable working experience. If you are living with a disability, chronic illness or neuro diversity please inform us, to provide you with the proper assistance in the application process.

C40 promotes a work culture where staff can input to improve equity, diversity and inclusion through staff-led groups and formal forums. We know that creating our ideal working environment is a learning process and we are committed to the ongoing effort.

Department Description

The C40 Communications and Events team is responsible for strategically positioning C40 as one of the world’s most impactful climate organizations by celebrating the ambitious, equitable action underway in C40 cities and establishing our mayors as global leaders of the climate movement. Through our global communications, creative campaigns and events, we aim to shift the narrative and inspire real progress on the greatest challenge humanity is facing today. 

Position Description

The Director of Editorial Content & Creative plays a key role within the Communications & Events Team and the wider C40 organization. As “chief storyteller” you will develop narratives and messaging that elevate and differentiate C40 in the global climate conversation – and beyond – and bring C40’s brand and identity to new heights. You will oversee daily production of editorial and creative materials, projects and campaigns. Our ideal candidate is both creative and incredibly detail-oriented, with excellent writing, editing and people management skills, and brings to the table vision and a solid track record of developing and overseeing innovative and high-quality content for a variety of mediums, including social and digital media, campaigns and major events.


  • Lead on and collaborate with internal team members and external partners and stakeholders to oversee the creation, approval and distribution of multimedia content such as blogs, videos, podcasts, infographics, and more.
  • Responsible for the C40 and joint C40/Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) editorial and creative strategy and approach, including audio and video platforms.
  • Set the creative direction for C40, including acting as the gatekeeper of C40’s brand identity and providing the overall vision and narrative for creative campaigns, projects and major events.
  • Lead on developing overarching narratives and key messages for C40 and GCoM, in collaboration with key colleagues including the Director of Strategic Communications & External Relations and Director of Digital.
  • Oversee the drafting and approval process for all op-eds, blogs, and think tank pieces for C40 and GCoM.
  • Work closely with a complex network of stakeholders, including funders, on a regular basis.
  • Responsible for creating and overseeing the development of messaging and content that resonates in different regions and local contexts, including translation services, providing support to mayoral teams on local, city-led campaigns.
  • Provide direction and oversight to a team of creative, content development and events professionals. Oversee the editorial, creative and events teams’ daily and weekly workflow and assignment deadlines.
  • Manage C40’s central Events team with responsibility for positioning the team as content creators and a key stakeholder engagement channel.
  • Ensure that photos, illustrations, videos and other visuals used in storytelling are accurate, appropriate and relevant to a broad or target audience.
  • Manage budgets and complex project deliverables on a daily basis.
  • Lead regular team brainstorming sessions and act as a strategic consultant to colleagues across C40 on best editorial and creative practices.
  • Procure and oversee relationships with agencies and freelancers.


    Person Specification:

    • Demonstrable progressively responsible experience, especially in the areas of leading and executing editorial, communications and creative strategies for a global organization. Proven experience of managing a global team preferred.
    • Superior communication skills with the ability to lead, mentor and collaborate.
    • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with a sharp eye for details and what makes written and visual content resonate.
    • Strong ability to translate and present complex information in an engaging way to a variety of target groups.
    • Proven experience in the development and production of creative and engaging content for major campaigns, events and organizational milestones.
    • Proven experience working hands-on with high level international agendas and VIPs.
    • Experience managing reputational risk for a global brand, and in dealing with crisis communications.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple competing priorities on a daily basis.
    • Well-organized and adept at using project management tools such as Slack, Google Docs, and Google Sheets.
    • Knowledge of the global climate conversation and key players, including mayors and global thought leaders, a plus.
    • Experience working for a global organization across multiple time zones and cultures.
    • Proficiency in English is required; ability to speak other languages is a big plus.
    • Ability to travel internationally.

    Other Requirements:

    Applicants must already have the right to work in their country of residence.  International travel will be required as part of the role.

    Location: London, Johannesburg, Nairobi, or Rio de Janeiro

    Salary: £72,211.24 ZAR 1,562,391.60 KES 8,643,350.63 BRL 328,498.70 C40 Grade 1)

    Application Process:

    Closing date for applications is Monday 24 January 2022.

    To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit, follow us on Twitter @c40cities and like us on Facebook at

    For any queries about the role, please contact

    C40 is an equal opportunities employer.

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    • Location
      London, Africa Region, South Africa and Brazil, C40
    • Department
      Communications & Events
    • Employment Type
    • Minimum Experience
      Senior Executive
    • Compensation
      £72,211.24 ZAR 1,562,391.60 KES 8,643,350.63 BRL 328,498.70