China Climate Program Director

Job Type

Full Time




San Francisco
United States



China is now the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses (GHGs). That humans are impacting the climate is not disputed in China as poor air quality makes the issues a very real and current problem. With rapid economic growth and urban development, it is estimated that there will be 1 billion urban dwellers in China by 2030 and approximately 250 million middle class consumers entering the market over the next 10-15 years, driving continued increases in energy consumption and GHG emissions.

WildAid has successfully reduced shark consumption in China by 50-70% through mass media campaigning and now deploys that model to reduce carbon emissions in China in partnership with the Chinese government, media and private businesses.

WildAid has two ongoing climate campaigns designed to influence attitudes, inspire behavioral change and create support for climate action in transportation and food choice. WildAid believes that individuals can make a significant, collective impact by modifying their daily routines to reduce their individual environmental footprint and that this will create an atmosphere receptive to policy change within China. With the campaigns now launched and gaining momentum, the opportunity now is to scale them rapidly for maximum impact.


The China Climate Program Director (CCPD) will lead the development of the program both thematically and financially. Reporting to the Managing Director and based in Beijing or San Francisco, the CCPD is responsible for identifying opportunities and strategies, cultivating and securing partnerships in China with the team in Beijing, developing and maintaining relationships with funders in the US and Europe, conducting research, creating new strategies for roll out and measurement of the campaign’s effectiveness.

They will provide leadership, technical expertise, and guidance to staff, volunteers, potential partners, and donors on all aspects of the program.

From establishing goals and success factors to developing project plans and growing the multimillion-dollar budget, the CCPD will balance overall program management, cost, and scope.



Currently WildAid reaches over 1 billion consumers across 35 different platforms through over 50 media partnerships. Combined, WildAid’s two climate campaigns earned over $60 million in pro bono media exposure in 2016. Leveraging this media strength and the demonstrated strong political will in China, there is a great opportunity to build relationships and partnerships for massive campaign impact in China. The CCPD will leverage their sector knowledge and contacts to identify key program targets (eg., public transport use, energy use reductions, sustainable food choices) and partners (eg., City governments, media, industry, etc.).


The CCPD will need to quickly grasp WildAid’s campaign approach and media model. Being able to fully leverage the power of the media to create awareness and incite behavior change is a priority for the success of the program.


The CCPD will develop and implement a business plan for the campaign and a vision for its growth potential. Skilled program management for successful implementation internationally is key. Ensure that all program initiatives are aligned with overall goals. Hiring and managing a small campaign staff. The CCPD will rely on his/her technical expertise to introduce evaluation tools that will accurately measure and communicate campaign effectiveness against program goals.


Provide timely communication and reporting on program progress and developments to funders as well as preparing supporting materials, writing reports, and grant–writing. Pro-actively seeks new funding sources including from foundations and major gifts.


We seek an intelligent, passionate, experienced team player committed to impacting climate change. This individual must be entrepreneurial, possessing the highest degree of integrity. Self-motivated and driven to get things done, the ideal candidate is an excellent, proactive communicator and successful collaborator with stakeholders internally and externally.

Candidates will have spent all or part of their career working in the climate arena. Experience in China specifically and international program management is necessary.

The successful candidate will have worked with senior-level stakeholders, such as Board Directors, grant-making organizations, and country directors, to secure commitments and manage execution against campaign objectives. They have experience raising funds. This individual will need to succeed in multicultural settings. They will be comfortable with ambiguity and welcome the opportunity to work in a dynamic, nimble, start-up-like environment.



The successful candidate should have a minimum of 5 years related work experience in a climate change organization or company in relevant positions of increasing scope and responsibility. Must possess independence, excellent people skills, and personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the mission. Proven experience working for an international organization in a similar capacity and fundraising is highly desired. A Bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is a plus. Spoken Mandarin and experience in grant writing and corporate partnerships are desirable. A background in media, communications, public relations, new media, marketing, advertising, or experience in television/video production is an asset.


Compensation commensurate with experience. Personal factors such as your demonstrated skills, level of education or certification, history in the sector or industry, and relevant work experience will all be evaluated. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Mandarin, Advanced-Fluent

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send a detailed cover letter with desired rate and resume by email, with China Climate Program Director in the subject line, (no letters, calls, faxes, or drop-ins) to Due to high applicant volume, you may not receive a response from WildAid.