Vice President of Sustainable Cities



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


New York
New York
United States


The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter.

The Role

UNA-USA chapters help expand UNA-USA’s work by forging partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits, sponsoring local education and advocacy programs. The V.P. of Sustainable Cities will be a founding officer and member of the Bronx UNA-USA Southern New York (SNY) Chapter. The V.P. of Sustainable Cities, under the leadership of the Senior Vice President, will be responsible for leading the development of domestic UN-model simulations that advance and raise awareness of UN-led global efforts to achieve Sustainable Goal Target No. 11: Make Cities Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable. Goal 11 of the UN-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is dedicated to creating sustainable cities that improve upon resource whilst reducing pollution and providing basic humane public services to all.

Board Member Responsibilities

The Chapter, as a group and as individuals, is not only expected to provide organizational governance, but to also take an active role with long-range strategic development initiatives. Chapter Officers must exercise a strong sense of professionalism, high moral standards and fiscal stewardship whilst maintaining the best interest of the UNA-USA. 

o  Understand and become acquainted with the UN Charter, UN governance structure and subcommittees, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UNA-USA’s mission.

o  Willingness to engage in a succession plan inclusive of developing and testing standard operating procedures ensuring the continued success of the Chapter during periods of transition and growth. 

o  Make a moderately significant initial commitment of time for meetings, orientation and for periodic consultation with UNA associate members. Per week contribution after the chapter startup phase is approximately 5 hours per week.

o  Selected candidates must register to become a UNA-USA member within ten business days after being extended an offer to contribute in the volunteer V.P. Sustainable Cities capacity.

o  Attempt to recruit two UNA-USA members annually.

o  Commit to a two-year term, commencing as of the date of appointment. 

Programmatic Responsibilities

o  Assume responsibility of staying abreast and raising awareness about evidence-based research that advances an agenda of circular economic, resilient and people-centered development schemes that profitably address the sustainability challenges posed by urbanization.

o  Lead the development of engaging communal events that raise awareness of the global challenges specific to UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 11 - Make Cities Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable, the stabilizing efforts of the UN, and celebrate Community-based organizations (CBO), local not-for-profit and for-profit organizations that have mobilized sustainability efforts and awareness on a micro-level. 

o  Design domestic micro UN-simulated outreach programs that seek to raise awareness of the warning signs of hazardous living and mass-transportation conditions caused by aged-infrastructure, the breadth of health-risks faced by underserved communities exposed to reduced air and water quality and the legal frameworks that promote every resident’s right to live and commute in conditions free of health-hazards.

o  Design domestic micro UN-simulated youth-engagement outreach programs that seek to raise awareness of heritage and/or culturally symbolic infrastructure within the borough of the Bronx and if applicable, awareness regarding the urbanization efforts that challenge the preservation thereof. The program must provide participants with the existence or absence of local domestic judicial frameworks to protect said infrastructure and/or the process to mobilize communal concern regarding the threat thereof, if applicable. Program design efforts should encourage collaboration with CBO’s, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), secondary and post-secondary institutions, or through existing UN partnerships.

o  Stay abreast of New York City’s engagement with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and recommend to the V.P. of Advocacy, efforts that integrate urban planning and biodiversity development in promotion of the amelioration of the sustainability challenges that more profoundly impact underserved communities within the borough of the Bronx and NYC as a whole e.g. loss of natural capital leading to the degradation of the local ecosystem, air quality degradation due to excessive fine particulate matter pollutants, reduced water quality as a result of “Urban Stormwater Runoff”.

Programmatic responsibilities are subject to change. Selected candidate will have an opportunity to develop alternative outreach programs, communal engagement opportunities and advocacy efforts. In addition, the selected candidate will assist in the recruitment for additional volunteer personnel to assist with the research, identify funding opportunities and operations management specific to the subdivision, Sustainable Cities Initiatives.


The applicant must have superior writing skills, be comfortable supervising a team of volunteers, willing to invest a moderately significant amount of time to establish the framework of the subdivision, and become well acquainted with the UN structure, UN Charter and the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. A minimum of an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study is preferred.



How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter, in pdf format, to Please indicate your name and the position title in the subject line i.e. Jane Doe_VP of Sustainable Cities. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.