CONNECTICUT GREEN BANK
DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS
Connecticut Green Bank (hereafter "Green Bank") is seeking an entrepreneurial leader to serve as its first Director of Environmental Infrastructure Programs to develop and implement a new business unit of the organization and transform public and private investment in environmental infrastructure. The Director will be tasked with designing, implementing, and overseeing new programs to deploy environmental infrastructure in the state with a focus on decarbonization and climate resilience. A core goal of this position is ensuring increased investment in vulnerable communities, as defined by Connecticut Public Act 20-05.
Green Bank, a quasi-public authority, is the nation's first state-level "Green Bank," leveraging public funds to increase and accelerate private investment in the green economy of Connecticut. Working at Green Bank means being part of a dynamic team of talented people who are passionate about implementing the green bank model, stimulating the growth and development of clean energy and environmental infrastructure investment in Connecticut - growing our economy, strengthening our communities, and protecting our environment.
This position will build on Green Bank's first 10 years of success and apply its successful model to new areas of environmental infrastructure, related to water, waste and recycling, climate adaptation and resiliency, agriculture, land conservation, parks and recreation, and environmental markets. The ideal candidate could come from a variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, finance, policy, and environmental sciences, as they will be responsible for identifying opportunities from financial, environmental, and social perspectives.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Works with the Board of Directors and the President and CEO to build the Environmental Infrastructure Business Unit, including ensuring that no less than 40 percent of investment and benefits from such programs are directed towards vulnerable communities
- Lead program development for all identified sectors of environmental infrastructure to deploy projects that deliver quantifiable climate-related benefits. Program development includes identifying and engaging stakeholders, especially in vulnerable communities, originating projects, and supporting deployment of infrastructure.
- Supporting the EVP and CIO to develop and implement strategies to attract and secure private capital for financing environmental infrastructure projects and programs, especially in vulnerable communities, including providing input on investment transaction structure
- Works with the General Counsel and CLO, and EVP and CIO, to develop, draft, and negotiate financing terms and structure for transaction originations
- Works with the VP of Operations to supervise staff including managers, associates, and assistants as appropriate
- Manages the selection of consultants, where necessary, to support the program in areas where the organization does not have specific in-house expertise, including writing grants to support projects or programs and origination of transactions
- Works with the marketing team to develop and implement strategies for community engagement resulting in transaction originations
- Works with state agencies (e.g., Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Health) to consolidate existing project pipelines and create a Green Bank screening and prioritization of pipeline, while working to align programs and initiatives to take advantage of shared resources and programmatic synergies in order to support public policies and targets
- Develops and coordinates an advisory committee with other state agencies with a focus on program coordination, technical assistance on carbon offsets and ecosystem services, and support for implementing public policy goals.
- Leads the growth and development of all areas of environmental infrastructure including transaction origination, structuring, product and program development, and client service delivery, including delivering, monitoring, and tracking quantifiable climate-related benefits
- Ensures all operational (i.e., staff and policies) and organizational (i.e., contracting and reporting) requirements are being implemented and carried out, including overseeing requests for qualifications for consultants to provide technical, legal, financial, and other assistance for environmental infrastructure
- Contributes to and leads the development of comprehensive plan with a particular emphasis on strategy, budget, and human resources related to environmental infrastructure
- Represents the organization on appropriate task forces, committees, and boards relevant to environmental infrastructure
- Represents the organization to the public in speaking engagements
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
The following minimum qualifications in knowledge, skill and ability are required:
- Entrepreneurial experience starting up new programs or initiatives, including demonstrated experience originating and completing transactions
- Passion for advancing the field of environmental finance by developing innovative funding and financing models
- Ability to work with and connect external stakeholders, especially in vulnerable communities, including strong facilitation, negotiation, and coordination skills
- Ability to work in a team environment as a lead contributor, manager, and facilitator
- Considerable experience in program and project origination and management
- Considerable ability to develop programs, manage stakeholder processes toward results, and interpret environmental policy
- Breadth of knowledge across multiple disciplines (e.g., finance, law, and policy) and environmental infrastructure (e.g., land conservation, agriculture, water) to realize revenues from carbon offsets and ecosystem services
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and how they connect with racialized identity, vulnerability, and resilience and mitigation
- Understanding of the concept of the organization's vision (i.e., a planet protected by the love of humanity) and ability to effectively create programming that communicates these values.
- Knowledge of or experience working with environmental infrastructure issues, regulations, or markets at the Local, State and Federal government levels
- Demonstrated ability to understand environmental science and the interaction with supply and demand in environmental markets, including project origination and finance
- Business development and ability to market the benefits of environmental infrastructure financing products to potential customers
- Expertise in scalable models for financing environmental infrastructure (e.g., environmental impact bonds, pay for success, buy-protect-sell)
- Knowledge and experience of public finance is a plus
- Considerable interpersonal skills, as well as oral and written communications and presentation skills
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
A Bachelor's Degree (but a Master's degree is preferred) in environmental science, engineering, economics, political science, business administration, or related field. Seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience in any and all areas related to environmental infrastructure. Experience supervising staff and working across departments is preferred. Experience working with and facilitating collaborative outcomes with various stakeholder groups in environmental infrastructure design and project development.
Two (2) years of the general experience must have been in supervising staff and with full responsibility for a program implementation.
- A Master's Degree in environmental science, engineering, economics, business administration or other related field may be substituted for one additional year of the general experience
- A professional certification in a relevant field may substitute for one additional year of experience
- A member of Green Bank's Senior Leadership team
- It is expected that the position will be based in the Hartford, CT headquarters or the Stamford, CT satellite office with the opportunity for some remote work.
- State of CT benefits package, including generous time-off, health insurance covering medical, dental and vision, retirement, tuition reimbursement for continuing education, and paid leave.
- Salary commensurate with experience, ranging between $116,561 - $186,497.
- Frequent communications, verbal and written
- Frequent use of math/calculations
- Visually or otherwise identify, observe, and assess
- Repetitive use of hands and fingers - typing and/or writing
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, please follow the link below and click on the "Director of Environmental Infrastructure Programs" position. Please submit a cover letter and resume in order to be considered for this position.
Closing Date: October 31, 2022 or when a qualified candidate is identified.
Hartford, CT 06106