Program Associate, Finance

The Program Associate will support the continued development, refinement, and delivery of the ClimateWorks Finance Program.

Program Description

The ClimateWorks Finance Program aims to catalyze financial and market changes that accelerate climate action. It works in partnership with the philanthropic community to pursue multi-grant transnational strategies that target specific outcomes in the capital markets and for public finance. The Finance Program pursues these strategies through its own grantmaking and by convening and advising funders to foster collaboration and alignment. The program also incubates and supports nascent opportunities where finance is the lever of change.

Job Summary

The Program Associate will support the continued development, refinement, and delivery of the ClimateWorks Finance Program. The Program Associate will report to the Finance Program’s Director and work closely with its Associate Director. The role requires a well-organized, detail-oriented, analytically-minded self-starter with strong writing, research, and project management skills. The Program Associate will work across the finance team’s advisory, convening, and grantmaking roles. The role will support the development, coordination, and delivery of a number of concurrent projects and programmatic priorities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

The program associate will:

  • Support the origination, development, and delivery of project funding to grantees, contractors, and other programmatic partners.
  • Support ongoing programmatic dialogue with grantees, experts, and other key partners to inform the continued calibration of the Finance Program’s strategic priorities.
  • Manage the delivery of programmatic tasks and projects as assigned.  
  • Support the management of programmatic contractors as needed.
  • Conduct research and analysis of climate, philanthropic, and finance-related topics in support of funder coordination, strategy development, and program delivery.
  • Provide logistical and programmatic support to virtual and in-person topical funder and grantee convenings.
  • Assist in developing visual programmatic and communication materials.
  • Organize virtual and in-person meetings of stakeholders, including scheduling, preparation of agenda, and recording notes, outcomes, and next steps.
  • Assist in the drafting, editing, and formatting of programmatic and organizational materials
  • Prepare documents, briefings, budgets, communications materials, and other work products for internal and external use. 
  • Work with other teams at ClimateWorks to support cross-cutting or organization-wide priorities. 
  • Perform other tasks as assigned. 

Required Qualifications

  • Passion for solving climate change, demonstrated over years. 
  • 5 years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.  Advanced degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Comfort with general financial concepts and terminology.
  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to work successfully with a wide range of different types of people. 
  • Strong writing skills essential.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision and to seek help when appropriate.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • An ability to quickly intake, synthesize, and explain complex topics. 
  • Well-developed interpersonal and teamwork skills; ability to work across a complex globally networked organization
  • Diplomacy, tact, and high standards of professional judgement
  • Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, and respond quickly to management requests.
  • Comfort with common business software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Availability for some travel. 
  • Commitment to the mission and values of ClimateWorks.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience living and/or working outside the United States
  • Experience working with non-governmental organizations
  • Organizational development experience
  • Interest in and experience with the following:
    • Finance and economics
    • Climate change
    • International relations
    • Public policy and finance

Compensation and Location

This position will begin as a work-from-home position, which can be done remotely.  Once the Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed, the position will be located in San Francisco, CA.

ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary. 

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, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter. The position will remain open until filled.