Program Manager, Industry - ClimateWorks Foundation

Opportunity Type: Job

Organization: ClimateWorks Foundation

Position: Program Manager, Industry

Type: Full-time

Deadline: Open until filled

Location: San Francisco, CA or Beijing, China. If based in China, the program manager will be hosted by and cooperate with the team at the recently established ClimateWorks Beijing Office. Exceptional candidates who prefer to work from other locations may be considered, with geographic differential applied to compensation based on location.

Salary: $105,000 to $110,000

About: 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.

ClimateWorks Foundation Industry program works to reduce and eventually eliminate the one-third of greenhouse gases that come from manufacturing, mining, construction, and waste processing. We focus on the most GHG-intensive industries, like steel, cement, and chemicals. We promote social, governmental, and technology pathways that will meet people’s material needs, support employment and equitable economic development, and safeguard the climate. Our funding supports a coalition of advocates, researchers, policymakers, consumers, businesses, and other stakeholders who are working together to transform the material economy.

Description: The Program Manager will take on a portfolio of activities on greenhouse-gas-intensive industrial commodities that reflects his/her expertise and experience. In particular, we are hoping the program manager will focus on one of the following priority portfolio areas:

  • China, which produces more than half of the world’s steel and cement;
  • Bulk chemicals, especially plastic and fertilizer;
  • International trade; or
  • Grassroots campaigning.

The Program Manager will develop strategies in cooperation with the program director, identify potential partner and grantee organizations, make and manage grants, support other funders to work in this area, communicate with our network, and build our capacity to deliver emissions reductions. As part of managing a portfolio, the program manager will define and evaluate metrics for program performance. In addition to his/her specific portfolio, the program manager will provide general support to the Industry Program director and associate director.

Responsibilities: The Program Manager is responsible for the following duties:

  • Develop portfolio strategy in coordination with the program director to shift an important sector of the economy to a climate-safe path.
  • Identify potential grantees, build relationships, and scope fundable projects.
  • Use grantmaking, convening, and collaboration to nurture the ecosystem of groups working in your portfolio area. Ensure knowledge is shared through written communications and online or in-person events.
  • Plan program and portfolio budgets and ensuring timely disbursement of grants. Portfolio size will vary in the range of $1-5 million.
  • Develop processes for evaluating impact of the portfolio activities.
  • Ensuring the manager’s portfolio remains aligned with the broader strategies of the industry program and other funders in industry and climate.
  • Act as a subject matter expert, point of contact, and representative of ClimateWorks on your portfolio area.
  • Communicate effectively internally and externally through grant reports and other materials.
  • Provide research, planning, and general support to the program as needed.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Strong program and project management skills based on five years’ experience in a relevant role.
  • Excellent relationship management and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including writing for general audiences.
  • Resourcefulness, good judgement, and a commitment to excellence and integrity.
  • A strong foundation of understanding of climate change, including technical, political, and economic drivers.
  • Ability to understand systems and identify points of power and leverage.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of ClimateWorks Foundation.
  • Caring and generous attitude toward colleagues, grantees, and partners, and a commitment to supporting people to build careers and institutions.
  • Commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment.

Desired qualifications include experience or expertise in one of the following areas:

  • Chinese policy and government, especially if also possessing Chinese language proficiency or knowledge of the Chinese industrial sector;
  • Chemicals manufacturing, chemical engineering, or plastics;
  • International trade; or
  • Campaign strategy development and execution, including electoral campaigns, grassroots campaigns, or corporate pressure campaigns; or

Special priority will be given to China experts, given its central role in global heavy industry.

Other desired qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree in engineering, policy, or another relevant field is preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed, likely at least one trip per quarter once Covid travel restrictions are lifted.

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