Washington, DC

Program Director for Sustainable Cities, The Summit Foundation

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Search for Program Director for Sustainable Cities


The Summit Foundation seeks a strategic, self-starting, and collaborative individual for its next program director for the Foundation’s Sustainable Cities program. Given the challenges in addressing climate change and advancing large-scale environmental sustainability goals, the program director will be given the opportunity to identify and support charitable organizations that seek innovative and high-leverage mitigation strategies in US cities.

The Foundation currently supports grantmaking in three areas: Equality for Women and Girls; Oceans (with a current focus on the Mesoamerican Reef); and Sustainable Cities. The Summit Foundation is governed by a 11-person board of trustees which has family members that span three-generations as well as several non-family trustees. The Foundation’s work is carried out by a 15 member staff. Its current endowment is approximately $70 million and makes approximately $8 million per year in grants.

The program director for Sustainable Cities will report to the president of the Foundation and will be responsible for program research and development; grantmaking strategies and tactics; engagement with the Foundation’s board of trustees; and external engagement with individuals and organizations in the field of urban sustainability. The president and trustees rely extensively on the program director to provide thoughtful recommendations and leadership regarding strategies and goals for the Sustainable Cities program and thus, should have comfort working independently and collaboratively.

The Foundation seeks candidates who bring extensive experience and accomplishments in the field of urban sustainability, particularly in strategies related to climate change mitigation. The ideal candidate will possess strong analytical and communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively and collegially across the organization. The successful candidate will also demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to upholding the Foundation’s mission and values. The estimated salary for this position will be from $175,000 – $220,000.

The Summit Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. All inquiries, nominations and applications should be directed to Isaacson, Miller at www.imsearch.com/8653.

Summit is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We strongly encourage individuals of all cultures, backgrounds, communities, and experiences to apply. Summit considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, family responsibilities, political affiliation, disability, matriculation, genetic information, credit information, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by federal or District of Columbia law.

How To Apply

The Summit Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. All inquiries, nominations and applications should be directed to Isaacson, Miller at www.imsearch.com/8653.

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