Cooling is essential to health, prosperity, and sustainability. Yet most cooling is energy intensive and highly polluting. Because of the warming planet, growing middle classes, and the trend of urbanization in many countries, demand for cooling is booming – expected to triple by 2050 and beyond, with ten air conditioners projected to be sold every second. While cooling is a necessity that must be met, there is an urgent need to cut cooling related pollution. By mid-century, cumulative GHG emissions from stationary air conditioners and refrigerators (including energy consumption and refrigerant leakage) could represent 85% of the remaining carbon budget to limit global warming to 1.5oC.
ClimateWorks’ Cooling Program envisions a world in which energy efficient, climate-friendly cooling is accessible to all. ClimateWorks runs the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), a philanthropic program originally established to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol with a focus on improving the energy efficiency of cooling appliances in tandem with the Kigali Amendment’s focus on phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Under the amendment, 197 countries committed to cut the production and consumption of HFCs — potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning — by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years. This effort has the potential to avoid up to 0.4° C of global warming by the end of the century.
During K-CEP’s initial four year period, which runs from 2017-2021, the program allocated a total of $60 million in funds from 17 philanthropic foundations and individuals and one bilateral government agency to developing countries across the globe to support countries, companies and communities in their efforts to improve cooling efficiency. For information on K-CEP’s work, its structure and impact, see www.k-cep.org and https://k-cep.org/year-three-report/
Now, the program is moving into a new phase, pivoting in direction and scope with a new strategy. Going forward, the program intends to focus on, but will not be limited to, four priority regions which will account for 75% of all cooling-related emissions over the next 30 years: China, India, Southeast Asia and the United States. The program will also run the NDC Support Facility for Climate-Friendly Cooling during this period, which is global in scope. The program is also expanding beyond efficiency to include work on phasing down HFCs, passive cooling solutions, building decarbonization and grid modernization solutions, cold chain, and a stronger focus on equity and access to cooling. The program is fundraising for the next four years of work, with significant funds already secured, and intends to update the program’s brand under the leadership and direction of the new Director.
We are looking for candidates with relevant domain knowledge and strategic, collaboration and communication skills. Fundamentally, this role will be focused on shaping and fundraising for the program’s next phase of work, developing its strategy and direction, managing the team, directing the program’s grant-making, ensuring impactful implementation, and developing new opportunities and strengthening relationships with partners. The is a wonderful opportunity for someone with excellent programmatic, relationship and operational skills. The candidate should have a hands-on, team-oriented approach, a true passion for furthering the cooling agenda through impactful strategies that create measurable outcomes.
The Director of the program will report to the Vice President, Programs Management. They will be responsible for managing a team, with a strong culture of collaboration, communication, transparency, trust, encouragement and learning. The Director will closely collaborate with other ClimateWorks programs and staff, as well as work cross-functionally in ClimateWorks.
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.
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
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.