ClimateWorks Foundation

Job Type: Full Time
Location: San Francisco, CA
About the Organization
ClimateWorks Foundation is a global organization committed to our mission: to end the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy. Since our founding in 2008, we have awarded over $1 billion in grants to more than 500 organizations advancing climate solutions around the world. We helped grow the field of climate philanthropy to where it stands today, establishing infrastructure, global networks, and momentum for continued growth. Through our Global Programs and Services we equip philanthropy with global knowledge, networks, and solutions to drive climate progress.
  • Scaling solutions: Our collaborative Global Programs — focused on solution areas including carbon dioxide removal, cooling, industry, transportation, and more — produce results that are bending the greenhouse gas emissions curve. From the U.S. to Europe, China, Brazil, and beyond, we collaborate with a diverse community of funders, NGOs, and climate leaders to accelerate just and equitable climate solutions.
  • Guiding and supporting funders: Our Global Servicesprovide funders with comprehensive resources to assess, build, evolve, and execute high-impact climate-giving strategies. Our Global Intelligence service equips funders and the climate community with climate insights to pinpoint opportunities for impact and philanthropic insights to help identify investment priorities. We facilitate Global Collaborationsthat enable funders to increase individual and collective impact. Our Global Grantmakingservices enable funders to invest in climate solutions around the world.
  •  Fostering collaboration, exploration, and growth: Our collaborative approach and commitment to learning ensures that we continuously explore innovative ideas and emerging opportunities — all with the aim of scaling philanthropy-supported initiatives to help end the climate crisis
As experts in climate science, public policy, economic and social analysis, and strategic philanthropy, ClimateWorks’ staff understands the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities of climate change. We are researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grantmakers who care passionately about our mission.

For more information, please visit www.climateworks.org.

Department Summary
The ClimateWorks Programs Team drives innovation and climate solutions that scale. Through our portfolio of global and transnational climate mitigation strategies and grantmaking, we help funders maximize their philanthropic impact. ClimateWorks supports climate change mitigation efforts from early explorations to scaled initiatives. We help develop innovative and high-impact solutions, fund their implementation, and scale up those that show the greatest promise.

The ClimateWorks Programs Team is nearly 60 strong and growing. It includes 12 senior experts (Program Directors and Strategists), each of whom engages partners in many countries to advance climate solutions globally. Senior Programs staff are sought after international experts, authors, speakers, and network-builders. Information on ClimateWorks’ Global Programs can be found here: https://www.climateworks.org/programs/

Program Summary
The Global Energy Transition Initiative is a customized partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and ClimateWorks Foundation, with a single mission: to deliver high-impact and immediate actions to drive a country-level transition from coal to clean energy that is in line with the global 1.5 °C pathway.

Since the inception of this partnership in late 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies and ClimateWorks Foundation have supported a broad spectrum of global and in-country partners to overcome economic, political, technical, and social challenges to shift away from coal to clean energy. Since 2022, the Global Energy Transition Initiative has covered more emerging and developing countries in Asia, Africa, and South America and has expanded its strategies from increasing climate ambition to implementing the clean energy transition.

With key partners from these countries/regions, the priorities of the Global Energy Transition Initiative are to:
  • Shape and implement robust country-specific coal phase-out and clean energy transition pathways in line with the global 1.5° C scenario.
  • Leverage international and regional initiatives to scale-up clean energy investments and end new coal pipelines.
  • Support the advancement of open-source data, policy research, and analytics to inform and empower the energy community and strengthen countries’ and non-state actors’ net-zero accountability.
Director, Global Energy Transition Initiative
ClimateWorks is seeking a Director for our Global Energy Transition Initiative. This person will have a commitment to excellent program operations and management practices, along with experience in global clean power efforts. The Director will lead an internationally diverse and remote-based team, putting their philanthropic strategies into action by ensuring team members have the operational support they need to fund the global energy transition. The Director will report to ClimateWorks’ Vice President of Programs. Additionally, this position will serve as the primary contact for operational and strategic coordination with our partners at Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

The central focus of this position will oversee all operations for the team, including managing the initiative’s financial resources, ensuring effective and efficient distribution of funds to grantees, providing cross-team coordination, and strategic grantmaking alignment across the team. The position requires operations, collaboration, and communication skills with a commitment to strong process management. They will also lead the team in ClimateWorks’ internal and grant making processes for this initiative.

The Director will be responsible for supervising a team which includes grant-making and programmatic team members. The Director will be responsible for building a strong culture of collaboration, communication, transparency, trust, encouragement and learning.     
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Director, Global Energy Transition Initiative will perform the following and other duties as assigned:
  1. Lead Overall Cross-Organizational Management of the Global Energy Transition Initiative:
    • Operations Management: Oversee the operational aspects of the Global Energy Transition Initiative within the ClimateWorks Foundation. This includes grant resource planning, developing financial strategies, overseeing initiative operational budget allocations, and administrative approvals of grants. This role ensures smooth project execution, monitors progress, and identifies opportunities for operational improvements to enhance the impact of the initiative.
    • Internal Strategic Alignment: Lead ClimateWorks’ coordination of strategy development and implementation across our efforts in SE Asia and Africa, with potential to expand into new regions.
    • Financial Planning and Analysis: Working closely with the ClimateWorks Finance and Grants team, develop initiative-level financial plans and conduct analyses to evaluate the financial viability and potential impact of spending/grant-making under different regional/country-level programs.
    • Risk Management: The grant-making in new and existing geographies and regions may face financial risks. The Director plays a crucial role in identifying, assessing, and mitigating these risks. They may evaluate risks associated with grantee financial and governance capabilities, ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and implement risk management strategies to safeguard the initiative's grant management and reputation.
    • Funding Proposal, Funder Reporting, and Compliance: Ensure accurate and timely financial reporting to Bloomberg Philanthropies and adherence to their operational and governance standards. The Director leads preparation of annual financial reports, impact assessments, and other communication materials for the funder and ClimateWorks. They work closely with the ClimateWorks development team on funding requests to Bloomberg Philanthropies.
  2. Lead Relationship Management with Bloomberg Philanthropies: The Global Energy Transition Initiative is a unique partnership between ClimateWorks and Bloomberg Philanthropies, where Bloomberg both funds the initiative and has staff leading parallel programmatic and grantmaking efforts. This position is the primary responsible person for ensuring that the work of the full team across organizations is coordinated and aligned. The Director serves as the main point of contact to staff at Bloomberg Philanthropies.
  3. Lead ClimateWorks Internal Processes and Engage in Leadership Opportunities: The Director will supervise the Global Energy Transition Initiative team, including leading weekly team meetings, supervising individuals on the team, advocating for staff professional development opportunities, conducting performance reviews, and other management responsibilities. Additionally, the Director will lead the internal annual planning process, engage the Board of Directors as needed, participate in ClimateWorks staff and program department meetings and retreats, and manage other organizational responsibilities. The Director will ensure that the Global Energy Transition Initiative is fully integrated into the ClimateWorks staff and processes.
The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:
  • A commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment.
  • Minimum 15 years of experience working on and managing high impact, high budget projects, coalitions, campaigns, and/or programs. 
  • A background that includes operational and team coordination is required.
  • Past experience that includes serving in an operational leadership position where managing large budgets, supervising staff, building team collaboration, and identifying and problem-solving programmatic needs were a core focus of the role.
  • Knowledge about the working and operating environments for grantmaking and grant management, especially in emerging and developing economies. 
  •  Managing complex decision making with diverse groups of people. 
  •  A global outlook and the sensibility to empathize with, and adjust to, different cultures.
  • Experience in the clean energy, energy transitions, and climate mitigation community, e.g. philanthropic organizations, international organizations, think-tanks, and NGOs, is a plus.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communications skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Capacity to maintain focus in the face of multiple initiatives, constituencies, and priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision.
  • Experience and comfort working in a highly collaborative and deadline-driven professional environment.

Compensation and Location
ClimateWorks Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a starting salary between $160,000 and $180,000, commensurate with experience.  

ClimateWorks Foundation is based in the San Francisco Financial District. This is a hybrid position, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Candidates will be expected to work in the office two to three days a week and must be able to work across time zones, especially US West and East Coast, China, Singapore, Burma, Indonesia, UK, and East Africa. 

To Apply
CEA Recruiting is assisting ClimateWorks with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. This position will remain open until filled.

Commitment to Racial and Social Justice
At ClimateWorks Foundation, we are driven by our vision of creating a thriving planet for all living beings for generations to come. We aim to foster an inclusive workplace that values diverse lived experiences and emphasizes the voices of marginalized people — especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color — who are most vulnerable to climate impacts, and whose voices, ideas, and leadership are crucial to winning the climate fight.

To ensure that we are making meaningful progress, we have made a set of diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments across all dimensions of our work to further our mission and realize our vision. For more information, please visit:
Fostering Racial and Social Justice in Pursuit of our Mission

Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at ClimateWorks Foundation and as such we are committed to creating a diverse and multicultural work environment.

We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race (including traits historically associated with race), ethnicity, religion, color, sex (including childbirth, breast feeding, and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniform service member and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, age, protected medical condition, genetic information, disability, or any other protected status in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

This policy extends to all aspects of our employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, discipline, termination, promotions, transfers, compensation, benefits, training, leaves of absence, and other terms and conditions of employment.

ClimateWorks Foundation is committed to complying with all laws protecting qualified individuals with disabilities, as well as employees’ religious beliefs and practices. This policy extends to all aspects of our employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, discipline, termination, promotions, transfers, compensation, benefits, training, leaves of absence, and other terms and conditions of employment. ClimateWorks Foundation will provide a reasonable accommodation for any known physical or mental disability of a qualified individual and/or employees’ religious beliefs and practices, as required by law.

If you require an accommodation, please notify our partner recruitment firm, CEA Recruiting. Once ClimateWorks Foundation is aware of the need for an accommodation, it will engage in an interactive process to identify possible accommodations.

CEA Recruiting works with leading environmental nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to recruit top talent and design effective organizational staffing strategies. For more information, visit www.cearecruiting.com.

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