Breathe Cities Executive Director

The Clean Air Fund is looking to recruit a Breathe Cities Executive Director to join their team in London. This is an exciting new role to join a rapidly growing organisation whose mission is to use philanthropic grants to catalyse a reduction in air pollution.   

As Breathe Cities Executive Director with Clean Air Fund you would be responsible for the successful global roll-out, growth and impact of the Breathe Cities project. Working closely with key partners and funders, the Executive Director will run Breathe Cities as a multi-stakeholder project, ensuring it is well set-up, with a strong management team, effective governance, a clear strategy and robust on the ground delivery. 

This role will report directly to CAF’s CEO, and will be able to leverage CAF’s existing governance, back office teams and expertise in grant-making. They will line manage a core team while benefitting from dotted line management to finance, HR, and programmatic staff across our geographical programmes. They will work closely with the Strategic Partnerships director, who oversees fundraising, and the Executive Director for Programmes, who manages CAF’s geographical programmes (currently in Europe, UK, India, Ghana and South Africa). They will also work closely with Breathe Cities partners, C40 and Bloomberg Philanthropies as well as the Breathe Cities advisory group.

To be successful in this role you will have the following skills and experience; 

Programme and partnering. Significant experience in overseeing strategic programme design and delivery in multi-stakeholder environments. Experience of working with partners, grantees and allies to achieve results. 

Learning and thought leadership. Experience of monitoring programmes and changing course if necessary, of evaluating programmatic impact and of scaling successful approaches. 

Communication and influencing. Proven track record of influencing, negotiating with and building effective strategic partnerships with a range of stakeholders, and maintaining those relationships and partnerships over the long term. Ability to speak and write articulately in English, and to gain credibility with a variety of audiences. • International experience. Experience of working internationally including in politically sensitive environments. 

Team leadership. Outstanding people management, mentoring and leadership skills. Strong ability to prioritise and to support others to do the same. Experience in driving for results over both the short and long-term. Track record of recruiting and managing high performing teams, and influencing and leading team members who report to others 

Operational experience. Comfortable making resource allocation decisions regularly, including both financial and human resources. Reasonable level of financial literacy. Ability to manage organizational issues related to different international operating environments and maintain high standards while working at pace.

For more information on this role, as well as the full person specification please see the job description

  • We will be reviewing and applications and holding interviews on an ongoing basis. Early applications are encouraged. 
  • Salary – The salary is commensurate to the seniority of the appointment
  • Type of employment- Permanent
  • To apply: We are partnering with Daryl Upsall on this recruitment and you should apply via their website 
  • If you have any questions about the role or organisation and would like an informal chat ahead of submitting a formal application, please reach out to Zoe Oldham at
    An applicant’s pack is also available upon request at the same email.

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