Direct or Program Implementation

$130,000 - $150,000 yearly
  • Tradewater
  • Remote (Chicago, IL, USA)
  • Nov 08, 2021
Full time role Business Development Communications Executive / Director Marketing Operations Project Manager Quality Assurance Sales Sustainability

Job Description

Director of Program Implementation


Tradewater is a mission-based company focused on collecting and destroying greenhouse gases.  To date, the company has prevented the release of 5.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to the atmosphere, primarily from the collection and destruction of old refrigerants.   These are potent greenhouse gases that are distributed all over the world.  Addressing old refrigerants is an essential strategy for preventing catastrophic climate change. 


Tradewater is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to head the company’s program in the United States.  This position will lead a team of up to 10 people in Chicago and around the country to identify and collect refrigerant equal to about 1 million metric tons of CO2e annually. The Director of Program Implementation will also join a team of directors that work together to increase Tradewater’s mission impact globally.


Successful Candidate Profile

  • Passionate about the mission and the urgency of impact
  • Expert program manager
  • Systems thinker
  • Fascinated by the challenge of scaling a successful program and optimizing team performance
  • Demonstrated ability to build the capacity of key staff and bring about the consistent and reliable performance of a diverse team
  • Starts with a deep understanding of the forest, then examines the trees
  • Not a micro manager, but intensely accountable for outcomes and demonstrating success across key indicators and operational targets
  • Great with data, but not obsessed
  • Experienced in budget management and negotiating deals
  • Excellent writer and communicator
  • Ability to quickly absorb complex and technical material
  • At least 10 to 15 years of experience
  • Willingness to work in Chicago (preferred)
  • Sense of humor


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Direct and support activities of team members to reach operational targets and key performance metrics
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of our refrigerant procurement process
  • Participate in company management as part of the leadership team
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal program performance
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate, and engage with key stakeholders to implement the company’s refrigerant purchasing strategy
  • Design and implement policies and procedures to facilitate efficient and effective operations
  • Anticipate or spot barriers to success or program weaknesses and problem solve around those issues
  • Develop and implement long-term and annual operating plans aligned with business objectives
  • Prepare and implement annual personal development plans for team members
  • Develop and enable the integration of best practices across the procurement organization, ensuring the best use of effective sourcing and supply chain tools, techniques and processes


Tradewater offers a competitive salary and good benefits.  If you are interested, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and why you would be well suited for it, as well as a resume, to

For more information on Tradewater, please visit the website and listen to the Planet Money Podcast, Sell Me Your Climate Bombs.



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Carbon Accounting & Offsetting, Carbon Removal & Utilization Engineering