Head of Global Media

Communications & Events · New York, New York
Department Communications & Events
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive
Compensation USD 95,472.37


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

An exciting and challenging opportunity to develop and lead C40’s global media team. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent news judgement, strong leadership, story-telling skills and delivery impact. You will be responsible for positioning C40 and C40 mayors as global climate leaders, and significantly building their profile on a local, regional and global stage.


You will manage a global team based in a number of locations, which will include media managers in priority global cities, and the Press Secretary for the C40 Chair. You will also work part of the broader C40 communications team.


    • Develop and execute a media strategy for the organization, building the profile of C40 and mayoral climate action with global audiences.
    • Contribute to the development of the overall C40 communication and campaign strategies.
    • Build and maintain excellent media contacts across global outlets, extending C40’s reach to new audiences.
    • Advise and support the C40 President, C40 Chair, C40 Executive Director, Management Team and relevant senior staff when speaking to / being interviewed by journalists.
    • Manage and work closely with the comms lead for the C40 Chair in securing high profile coverage in the international media for the Chair’s priorities.
    • Responsible for the production and maintenance of talking points, key messagings, op-eds, presentations and media pitches in support of C40 and C40 mayors.
    • Manage the C40 Communications Advisors Network, serving as focal point for interaction between city press/communications teams and the C40 Communications team.
    • Support C40 member cities in securing high profile coverage in the international media.
    • Support C40 Managing Director and Director of Strategic Communications on special projects as required.
    • Manage a high performing global media team situated in several time zones, and ensure regional media managers are closely involved in the development of regional plans.
    • Manage PR agencies, freelancers, consultants or other relevant suppliers hired to support C40’s communications campaigns or events, prior to, during and after C40’s milestones and main events.
    • Maintain a quick response function for press enquiries within the media team.
    • Lead engagement with C40 and partner organisations to plan media launches for thought leadership and reports on key policies and campaigns.

    Person Specification:

    • Substantial and proven media relations experience, with extensive experience in an international organisation and/or media outlet – preferably experience in both.
    • Track record of achieving substantial national and international coverage in globally influential print and broadcast media, especially in a fast paced news environment.
    • Demonstrable experience and understanding of international media outlets and approaches across a range of global news markets. .
    • Excellent media contacts across global print and broadcast.
    • Demonstrable experience of securing and maintaining long term media partnerships.
    • Strong written communication skills, including the ability to present complex information in an engaging way to a variety of target groups. Ability to draft press releases, quotes, opinion pieces and blogs for attribution to senior managers and mayors.
    • Experience working on cross-organisational initiatives, often with competing priorities, and building relationships with counterparts in partner organizations to help deliver coverage.
    • Experience of reputational risk management, and of delivering crisis communications support.
    • Experience delivering communications and media-relations function for major international events, including delivering press conferences featuring high profile speakers and international media.
    • Strong leadership qualities, including experience of managing and motivating busy teams in a fast moving international environment.
    • Substantial interest in global issues, including the climate change agenda.
    • Strong planning skills, including the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines when working under pressure on a number of projects.
    • Ability to travel internationally.

    Other Requirements:

    Applicants must already have the right to work in the United States. International travel will be required as part of the role.

    Location: New York

    Salary: USD 95,472.37 (C40 Grade 2)

    Application Process:

    Closing date for applications is Monday 24 January 2022.

    To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter @c40cities and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.

    For any queries about the role, please contact careers@C40.org

    C40 is an equal opportunities employer.

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    • Location
      New York, New York
    • Department
      Communications & Events
    • Employment Type
    • Minimum Experience
    • Compensation
      USD 95,472.37