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AECOM Project Director, Climate Advisory (Climate Policy & Economics) in Los Angeles, California

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

AECOM is hiring a Project Director for its Sustainable Economics and Climate Advisory team to be based in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; or San Francisco, CA. The Sustainable Economics team is part of AECOM’s Economics + Advisory Practice. We help public and private sector clients understand the economic risks posed by climate change, identify and prioritize investments in climate action and adaptation, and develop policies and programs to achieve their climate and social equity goals. Our projects range from economic and fiscal analysis to prioritization and phasing of projects, policy and program design, development of governance mechanisms, and funding and financing strategies. We work with a wide range of clients including cities, counties, transportation agencies, and utilities.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

The team is looking for a market and project leader who can support pursuits, identify opportunities, lead projects, and develop a team of analysts. With a national practice, we are seeking candidates who can learn the nuances of new cities and regions and provide subject matter expertise in specific focus areas related to climate policy, public policy, infrastructure finance, and/or economic development. The successful candidate can lead quantitative and qualitative analysis, evaluate policies and programs, and develop strategic solutions in support of sustainability and resilience programs. Additional day-to-day tasks will include business development activities and leadership of project teams to ensure top quality and timely work products which satisfy clients’ needs. The position requires the ability to lead a team while working closely with other disciplines and balancing multiple projects and deadlines, delegating and mentoring staff, communicating clearly with both clients and other team members, and actively pursuing business development and thought leadership opportunities.

Qualified candidates will have an education and/or professional experience in public policy; sustainability planning; or urban planning and economics. Qualified candidates will also have experience working with the public sector, with exposure to climate action planning, policy development, and program implementation.

The successful candidate will have experience in several of the following areas/project types:

  • Equitable policy and strategy development related to infrastructure delivery

  • Funding and financing strategy for public sector investments

  • Implementation of new public policies and programs

  • Benefit-cost analysis for climate change vulnerability and action and adaptation plans

  • Triple bottom line / sustainable return on investment assessments


Minimum Requirements :

  • BA/BS + 8 years of related experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • 12+ years of professional experience in public policy, urban planning, environmental or urban economics, or related fields

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Economics, or a related field

  • 3+ years in management role at a planning, economic, financial or strategy consulting firm, in the public sector, or equivalent

  • Experience designing and implementing public policies and programs related to climate change mitigation, adaptation, and/or resilience

  • Experience working closely and collaboratively with many disciplines, including all aspects of from urban planning, urban design, and architecture to urban infrastructure practice areas including transportation, water, environment, and energy

  • Experience leading quantitative and qualitative analysis related to sustainability, resilience, equity, public health, public finance, and/or economic and community development

  • Experience presenting and developing content for proposals, interacting with clients, having leadership on multiple parallel projects, presenting professional work at meeting, workshops, and industry conferences

Additional Information

  • Relocation is available for this position

  • Sponsorship is available for this position

  • Offered rate of compensation will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $125,000 - $180,000.

  • AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10095355

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Consulting Services

Work Location Model: Hybrid