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Director-North America Public Sector Consulting / Policy

Employer
WTW
Location
San Francisco, California, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 23, 2022

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Policy / Legal
Discipline
Climate Change
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Summary

WTW is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has over 40,000 employees in more than 120 territories. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas the dynamic formula that drives business performance.

The Business

The location for this role is Flexible as part of a global team.

The Climate and Resilience Hub (CRH) is the focal point for our climate expertise and capabilities, pooling knowledge from across our people, risk and capital businesses and from our collaborations to deliver climate and resilience solutions in response to a range of regulatory, investor, consumer, employee and operating pressures. Under the Climate Quantified brand we deliver analytics, advice and transactions to enable corporate, finance and public sector institutions to embrace the climate decade ahead.

The Role

We are looking for individuals with public policy experience and consultancy skills who can create client solutions for climate-related policy and public sector decision making. The successful applicant will be someone who understands the North American public sector climate resilience challenges, has the ability to identify and understand client needs, and creates solutions for climate-related policy, planning, finance, analytics, investments and governance. The ideal candidate uses and influences analysis and communicates confidently and clearly with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels, including government agencies, local and international partners, sector associations, large and small companies and investor groups, in order to inform and help shape climate resilience policy.

Key to this work is:
  • an understanding of the physical, transition and liability impacts of climate change
  • experience in informing or shaping climate resilience policy
  • a capacity to pragmatically transform complex problems into fit-for-purpose solutions, and
  • a proven ability to effectively communicate with and support public sector clients.

Responsibilities

The role will be to work with the CRH North America team in furthering the CRHs reach and impact on the North American public sector. This work includes:
  • Apply WTW CRH best in class services to a North American public context
  • Lead and manage the delivery of advisory projects
  • Interact with national, state and local policymakers, private sector leaders and other stakeholders on a regular basis to scale and sustain change, to communicate CRH outputs effectively, and/or to ensure CRH work is relevant to policy and practice
  • Create strategic solutions for clients that build capacity and support strategic decision-making based on evaluating government needs and processes and the impact of climate change - including the cost of risk - on public planning, investments, policy, and other decision points
  • Develop, maintain, and further strong relationships and good communication with clients, partners, and global team members
  • Shape and manage CRH qualitative and quantitative physical and transition risk outputs to ensure client utility and broader impact
  • Lead the creation of presentations, reports and other high-quality materials to short deadlines for prospective and actual clients, including connecting CRH solutions to their change processes.
  • Develop new intellectual capital.
  • Prepare, support, and deliver, as necessary, conference and meeting presentations and speeches on the national and international stage, and draft / edit press articles, blog posts, web and social media content etc. to support CRH and broader WTW communications objectives

Requirements
  • Experience in North America public policy, ideally on climate policy implementation.
  • Thought leadership, national reputation, convening power
  • Experience with practical use of climate risk scenario analysis and related research for a variety of sectors including energy, transportation and other hard infrastructure, housing, health and other social infrastructure and/or major industry sectors
  • An understanding of the economic and policy consequences of the physical impacts of climate change and a transition to a global low carbon economy.
  • Basic knowledge of innovative insurance and financing mechanisms to support resilience and risk transition, including nature-based solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and manage projects and teams.
  • Outstanding consulting and communication skills, for internal and external audiences including on the national and international stage
  • Professionalism, enthusiasm for working as part of a team, and ability to interact with a diverse group of people
  • Excellent public communication skills with proven ability to build support for climate action
  • Experience with end-to-end execution of consulting / advisory projects
  • Willingness to think deeply and creatively and to apply that thinking to drive practical action.
  • A confident, dynamic, and positive attitude.

Experience
  • Masters degree in economics, finance, public policy, planning or other related field
  • Significant experience in public policy and climate change, with progressive leadership experience working at the intersection of climate policy, research, and public finance.
  • Use of climate and other quantitative datasets to inform research and public and corporate decision-making.
  • Experience working with government and the private sector (including with consulting firms, think tanks, financial institutions, utilities, large industries etc.).

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter along with their resume while applying for this role.

WTW may be subject to mandatory employment-related COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Therefore, to the extent any such mandates apply, you may be required to certify and provide documentation of full vaccination against COVID-19 if you are hired in the U.S. If you accept an offer from WTW and are subject to a mandate but are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated because of medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs, you may request a medical or religious accommodation. If you require an accommodation, the Company will evaluate your request and work with you to identify reasonable alternatives to vaccination, if available.

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