Finance program: Two openings

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We have two openings within the Finance Program and are considering candidates with a range of experience (e.g. Program Associate, Senior Program Associate, Program Manager, Associate Director)

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Program Description

The ClimateWorks Finance Program aims to catalyze financial and market changes that accelerate climate action. It works in partnership with the philanthropic community to pursue multi-grant transnational strategies that target specific outcomes in the capital markets and for public finance. The Finance Program pursues these strategies through its own grantmaking and by convening and advising funders to foster collaboration and alignment. The program also incubates and supports nascent opportunities where finance is the lever of change.

The ClimateWorks Finance Program is currently looking for two additions to programmatic staff appointments to support the continued development, refinement, and delivery of the ClimateWorks Finance Program.

Job Summary

Both roles require a well-organized, detail-oriented, analytically minded self-starter with strong writing, research, and project management skills, and some knowledge of and experience in climate change and either public or private finance. We will consider a range of experience levels and qualifications for these positions and are seeking to strengthen the Finance Program team holistically based upon the applicant pool. Selected candidates will work across the finance team’s advisory, convening, and grantmaking roles. The role will support the development, coordination, and delivery of a number of concurrent projects and programmatic priorities and will report to the Finance Program’s Director.

Essential Tasks

New appointments will, at a minimum:

  • Support the origination, development, and delivery of project funding to grantees, contractors, and other programmatic partners.
  • Support ongoing programmatic dialogue with grantees, experts, and other key partners to inform the continued calibration of the Finance Program’s strategic priorities.
  • Manage the delivery of programmatic tasks and projects as assigned.
  • Support the management of programmatic contractors as needed.
  • Conduct research and analysis of climate, philanthropic, and finance-related topics in support of funder coordination, strategy development, and program delivery.
  • Provide logistical and programmatic support to virtual and in-person topical funder and grantee convenings.
  • Assist in developing visual programmatic and communication materials.
  • Organize virtual and in-person meetings of stakeholders, including scheduling, preparation of agenda, and recording notes, outcomes, and next steps.
  • Assist in the drafting, editing, and formatting of programmatic and organizational materials
  • Prepare documents, briefings, budgets, communications materials, and other work products for internal and external use.
  • Work with other teams at ClimateWorks to support cross-cutting or organization-wide priorities.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

More experienced candidates will conduct the foregoing but be expected to operate with greater autonomy to develop strategy in collaboration with the program’s director, manage grantee and funder relations and, develop thought leadership.

Required Qualifications

  • Passion for solving climate change, demonstrated over years.
  • Comfort with general financial concepts and terminology.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to work successfully with a wide range of different types of people.
  • Strong writing skills essential.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision and to seek help when appropriate.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • An ability to quickly intake, synthesize, and explain complex topics.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and teamwork skills; ability to work across a complex globally networked organization
  • Diplomacy, tact, and high standards of professional judgement
  • Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities and respond quickly to management requests.
  • Comfort with common business software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Availability for some travel.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of ClimateWorks.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision
  • A commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience living and/or working outside the United States
  • Experience working with non-governmental organizations
  • Organizational development experience
  • Interest in and experience with the following:
    • Finance and economics
    • Climate change
    • International relations
    • Public policy and finance


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience (geographic differential applied based on location).


ClimateWorks Foundation is based in the San Francisco Financial District. Our offices are closed due to Covid-19, and employees are working from home. We anticipate transitioning back to in-person work in our office in line with health and safety guidelines sometime in the second half of 2021.

Commitment to Racial and Social Justice

At the ClimateWorks Foundation, we are driven by our vision of creating a thriving planet for all living beings for generations to come. At the center of this vision are people who are currently marginalized, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, who are most vulnerable to climate impacts, and whose voices, ideas, and leaders are crucial to winning the climate fight. Simply put, the future we strive for will be impossible to realize so long as systemic racism and anti-Blackness persist.

To this end, we have made a set of 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

To Apply

ClimateWorks Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. The Foundation recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work and views diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender/gender identity, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, education, and geographic location. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume and cover letter. This position will remain open until filled.