Program Associate, Food and Agriculture

Posted by
ClimateWorks Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Published 21 days ago

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 $1.3 billion in grants to more than 600 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 Services provide 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 Collaborations that enable funders to increase individual and collective impact. Our Global Grantmaking services 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

Food and Agriculture Program

The global food system produces 34% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Left unchecked, emissions from food are projected to increase by at least 50% by 2050. But a far better path is possible because of a diverse set of climate solutions from food systems that are at hand and able to scale globally. Ranging from reinvesting in age-old agricultural practices to cutting-edge technologies, the food system presents a wide range of opportunities that can deeply reduce emissions while also providing nutrition for all and improving the health of people, animals, and ecosystems. Realizing the full potential of climate solutions in food, could, by 2030, generate $5 trillion per year in inclusive new business opportunities, create over 100 million well-paying jobs, and save $6 trillion annually in health and environmental costs.

The ClimateWorks Food & Agriculture Program empowers a diverse and growing set of changemakers demanding that food make good on its potential as a climate solution, while improving global health, environmental quality, and combating injustice. Our grantees and partners work across the globe with particular focuses in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. The group includes hundreds of NGOs, researchers, businesses, governments, and other funders. Through our grantmaking and partnerships, we scale innovative technologies and ideas; advance ambitious laws, policies, and targets; and create conditions that enable business and consumer choices that align with a safe climate. We do this work within two core focus areas: Protein and Food Systems Learning and Innovation.

Job Summary

The Program Associate provides high-level project support to the ClimateWorks Program Director for the Food and Agriculture Program. The Food and Agriculture Program is one of several high-profile portfolios that sit within the ClimateWorks Programs team. The Associate helps to scope and make grants, support the team in organizing meetings and preparing materials, including reports and presentations, that help to support funder learning.

Essential Tasks

The Program Associate is responsible for the following duties:

  • Manage and support a variety of projects contributing to grants, budgeting, planning, and reporting to funders.
  • Support funder learning through planning and assisting with periodic funder learning webinars, meetings, and written publications.
  • Provide Food and Agriculture-related research, programmatic planning, and general support.
  • Assist with the editing and production of grant reports, communications materials, and funder reports as necessary.
  • Assist with production and quality control of outgoing work products.
  • Assist with the management and supervision of support staff as requested.
  • Provide general organizational and operations support.
  • Manage network communications and stakeholder relations.
  • Produce high-quality materials on short deadline.
  • Process, track, and address administrative questions around grantmaking as necessary.

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in a program support role
  • BA degree or equivalent (environmental science and/or policy coursework preferred)
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to initiate and manage projects
  • Powerful attention to detail and exceptionally strong organizational skills
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Experience working in service to broad range of clients and stakeholders
  • Good personal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and numerous databases
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision both virtually and in-person
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize, and multi-task
  • Experience with, or aptitude for working with support staff and interns
  • Passion for environmental and social issues
  • Commitment to the mission and values of ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision
  • Commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment

The following skillsets are a plus to the application:

  • Experience working in nonprofits or foundations
  • Experience working with grants and budget management
  • Experience in communications outputs and planning high-quality events


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.


ClimateWorks Foundation is based in the San Francisco Financial District. This position is classified as US Flexible. Exceptional candidates can work from the SF office or from other locations, geographic differential applied to compensation based on local cost of labor.

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

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.

The Food and Agriculture program is hiring for three positions simultaneously: Associate Director (based in San Francisco), Program Manager (based in Europe) and Program Associate (based in San Francisco). If you are interested in being considered for the other positions, please apply for those positions directly.

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.

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 $1.3 billion in grants to…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 1, 2022
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
Up to USD $90,000
/ year


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near San Francisco, CA
Associated Location
San Francisco, CA, USA

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