Director, Cooling Program

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone with excellent programmatic, relationship and operational skills. The candidate should have a hands-on, team-oriented approach, and a true passion for furthering the cooling agenda through impactful strategies that create measurable outcomes.

Department Summary

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 and

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.

Job Summary

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.   

Essential Tasks 


  • Formulate, shape, communicate and lead the vision for the program, focusing on but not limited to the program’s four priority geographies, including plans for the next four+ years

Fundraising and Funder engagement

  • Conduct ongoing fundraising for the program with philanthropic and bilateral government donors and maintain relationships with interested donors
  • Ensure excellent relationships with all funders
  • Develop and submit “scorecards”, the annual report and budget, the business plan and operations budget and any updates on strategy to the funders and serve as the ‘accountability officer’ for all governance obligations. Report to funders on additional requests, as needed. 

Management and program implementation

  • Own and manage program risks, reporting to the Vice President, Program Management as required to mitigate risks to program results and reputation
  • Submit reports, make presentations and grant proposal requests to the ClimateWorks Board as required
  • Oversee implementation of the program’s strategic communications
  • Lead the program’s team, managing the program’s staff
  • Attend meetings for and input to the ClimateWorks Program Team’s work, in support of ClimateWorks’ overall mission and objectives
  • Provide strategic leadership and day-to-day management of K-CEP including development and implementation of K-CEP grant making strategy
  • Provide input, direction and guidance to the program’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
  • Oversee the team’s identification, development, review and recommendation of grant proposals
  • Oversee financial expenditure flows and reporting and approve grant proposals and programmatic contracts, in consultation with program team
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation for the program.

Stakeholder management and engagement

  • Articulate the vision and goals of the program to key internal and external audiences, as set out in the communications strategy, including managing interactions with external entities such as the media, donors and partners
  • Engage as appropriate with grantees, supporting the program team as needed, liaising with experts and leaders in the field, including policy makers and UN officials
  • Facilitate sharing of knowledge between organizations on strategy and grant making, and other areas where lessons can be generated and shared, including overseeing the commissioning, development and sharing of knowledge products

Required Qualifications

Knowledge and Experience

  • Significant work experience, particularly in climate mitigation (clean energy / energy efficiency preferred) and related economic and social issues in developed and developing countries.
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant professional experience
  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field such as environmental economics, politics or science, development studies, natural resources management, public policy, or another relevant climate change-related field is strongly preferred
  • Experience working on and managing high impact, high budget projects, campaigns and / or programs. Knowledge of, experience working with, and trusted by relevant communities –domain experts, policy makers, funders, etc. – on an international basis (experience working in an international venue strongly preferred)
  • Experience in shepherding a strategic development and implementation process and making smart tradeoffs with a large number of actors.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and communications skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills

Setting Strategy

  • Aptitude in generating innovative ideas and/or approaches to address and persuade constituencies with varying interests and objectives

Executing for Results

  • Ability to translate the vision and mission of ClimateWorks and the Cooling program into realistic and actionable plans
  • Diplomacy to understand and integrate differing perspectives in order to achieve big picture goals
  • Expertise in working well within networks; cultivating and expanding professional networks for greater impact
  • As appropriate, ability to constructively challenge conventional wisdom and articulate strong, clear positions that may be different from the prevailing view

Building Relationships and Using Influence

  • Skill in building and sustaining strong productive relationships across different constituencies
  • Ability to use relationship networks strategically and build effective partnerships to move an agenda forward
  • Strong communicator. Makes arguments in a clear and compelling manner. Communicates credibility and energy and motivates others to pursue a common objective

Personal Competencies / Motivation

  • Intellectual agility – thinks across disciplines, cultures, and scenarios
  • Ability to adapt views and solutions in the face of new information and/or practical realities
  • A global outlook and the sensibility to empathize with, and adjust to, different cultures
  • Capacity to maintain focus in the face of multiple initiatives, constituencies, and priorities

Organization and program management

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively manage time, projects, budgets and teams
  • Experience and comfort working in a highly collaborative and deadline driven professional environment.
  • A commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment


  • Candidate must also have a willingness to travel.


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.

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.

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.