Program Associate - Climate & Clean Energy

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000.00
Maximum: $70,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



235 Montgomery Street
San Francisco
United States


About ClimateWorks programs :

This position will advance two distinct areas of work.

The first is the Clean Energy, Clean Air portfolio, which focuses on transitioning power systems beyond coal to clean energy globally. At the same time, the portfolio supports efforts targeting the public health benefits of cleaner air through efforts to improve public awareness of air pollution and air quality management at a governmental level.

The second is general support to the Programs team to support various climate policy, energy, and climate science topics and advance Programs team objectives. 

Job Summary:

Fifty percent of the Program Associate’s time will support the Portfolio Director, Clean Air, Clean Energy in the preparation of strategies, completion of internal and external deliverables, processing of grants, preparation of grant reporting, management of relationships with grantees and partners, and scheduling of meetings and events.

The other fifty percent of the Program Associate’s time will support the VP of Programs and senior programs staff in managing department-wide functions such as quarterly programs communications, monitoring the impact of global and transnational strategies, preparation of funder materials, researching strategies, and hosting programs meetings and events.

The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills with a focus on the timely delivery of outputs. Being a strategic thinker and strong written communicator is also essential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance and support to the Program Director for Clean Air and Clean Energy (50%) and the Programs team (50%)
  • Manage and support budgeting, planning, reporting, and other grants processes for the Clean Air and Clean Energy portfolio and the ClimateWorks grant reserve
  • Work with internal teams to monitor and provide metrics to track impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking
  • Provide research, planning, and general support to the Programs team as needed on various climate policy, energy, air quality and climate science topics
  • Prepare compelling memos and reports of the Foundation’s programmatic work, synthesizing internal reports, briefs, surveys, and other material
  • Assist with production and quality control of outgoing work products, e.g. briefings, plans, budgets, communications materials, surveys, requests for proposals, and presentations; help draft, edit and format Word, Excel and PowerPoint outputs.
  • Work on short term and ongoing projects with a variety of teams within ClimateWorks, including but not limited to the Programs, Communications, Development, Research and Planning teams.
  • Administer grants, under the direction of the Program Director, and manage grantee relationships as appropriate.
  • Engage with partners, experts, and others to develop, agree and track work.
  • Develop and oversee stakeholder communications tools.
  • Assist with the scheduling and coordination of conference calls, meetings, workshops, and interviews.
  • Function as a point of contact for, and prioritize ongoing tasks related to, the Clean Air-Clean Energy strategies in the San Francisco office when the Program Director is working remotely.

Required Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years’ work experience in a program support or research role
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant/related field
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with proven ability to translate complex concepts into succinct, clear, accessible language for multiple audiences
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Experience working in service to a broad range of clients and stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to work individually, as part of a team, and with diverse communities.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize, and multi-task
  • Ability and willingness to travel (both domestically and internationally) as needed
  • Passion for environmental and social issues
  • Commitment to the mission and values of ClimateWorks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of international climate politics and the macroeconomic forces that shape the fossil fuel and clean energy economies
  • Academic background in environmental or political science, public policy, or economics
  • International experience
  • Experience working in nonprofits or foundations


ClimateWorks offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage. 401k match and Profits Sharing contribution and commuter reimbursement benefits.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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, 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, please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role. Please include your salary expectations.