Advisory and Research Team

The Advisory and Research team (ART) at ClimateWorks Foundation leads many of the products under the Global View Function. The Global View identifies high-impact opportunities for philanthropy to enable deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. We provide a global perspective on how philanthropy does, can, and should contribute to mitigating climate change. With data-rich information and analysis we give climate funders a Global View of the field and actionable insights. ART’s work products include the GHG mitigation landscape, strategic initiatives and insights, and progress tracking towards a 1.5°C goal.

The Global View services and products that are designed for philanthropy are informed by a variety of partners. While the Global View presents top-level information on overall opportunities in the climate mitigation field, deeper insights and strategies for specific sectors/topics come through partnerships with ClimateWorks’ grant-making portfolios. Two-way information sharing between the Global View and the portfolios helps strengthen the offerings for philanthropy.

Job Summary

The Advisory and Research Assistant helps ensure the smooth and effective completion of a wide range of programmatic tasks and functions associated with the Advisory and Research Team. The Assistant will report to the Senior Director, Advisory and Research. The position requires excellent research, analytical, organizational and project management skills, and good attention to detail. The Assistant is expected to become deeply familiar with the Foundation’s quantitative models and analytical approaches and be able to provide synthesis of latest trends and news in the energy, climate and policy field.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Includes the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Provide basic research and support for ART projects.
  • Includes materials preparations for meetings and presentations; compile reference material as needed, and some data analysis.
  • Provide analysis of existing datasets and mitigation opportunities on topics such as national policies, global supply chains, sustainable development goals, etc. and when appropriate, prepare background briefs, and presentation material in preparation for senior management discussions, conferences and decision meetings as requested.
  • Support the Advisory & Research team efforts in estimating, tracking and reporting on progress related to decarbonization. This would include the use of analytical tool kits and in-house models to track progress and use of new analytical tools to quantify technological, economic and social impacts from policies.
  • Manage logistics and coordinate workflow and operations for the ART team.
  • Schedule and manage logistics for team events, webinars, conference calls and off-site meetings.
  • Database maintenance for shared, internal knowledge systems for ART.
  • Work as point person with IT Application Platform Associate to build out event website and manage process through post-event.
  • Assist in the scheduling, logistics and note-taking for meetings, conference calls and workshops.
  • Communications support, including managing website showcasing ART products (such as for the Carbon Transparency Initiative).
  • Organize and attend regular team meetings; distribute agendas and supporting materials to attendees; minute and note taking.
  • Some grant-making administration, including in ClimateWorks’ internal database systems.

Required Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree and interest in or experience with environment a plus
  • At least 1-2 years of experience post-degree in analytical work, through an array of diverse positions (e.g. in the academia, private sector, non-profit sector).
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Suite with emphases on Excel. Experience with Google systems (Drive and Sites), as well as Salesforce a plus. Ability to learn new systems quickly (such as ClimateWorks’ Fluxx grant-making system).
  • Excellent project management skills with a strong attention to detail, and demonstrated ability to set priorities and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Proven ability to produce clear analytical notes and reports, as well as quality applied research.
  • Ability to create well designed graphics and presentation material
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Research ability and knowledge of climate change science, economics and policy are a plus
  • Experience and comfort working in a highly collaborative and deadline driven professional environment.

Compensation and Location

ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in San Francisco, CA.

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, please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role.