Transportation Program Assistant

The Transportation Program Assistant will support the continued development, refinement, and delivery of the ClimateWorks Road Transportation and Shipping Initiatives.

Department Summary

Do you want to join a team that is working to address the climate impacts of transportation? The Transportation Program Assistant will support the continued development, refinement, and delivery of the ClimateWorks Road Transportation and Shipping Initiatives.

The Road Transportation and Maritime Shipping Initiatives advance a sustainable, affordable, and low-carbon mobility system for people and goods movement. We broaden support for the transition to cleaner and more efficient vehicle, ship and fuel technologies, and for increasing efficient and zero-emission transportation choices, including electric vehicles, transit, walking, biking, and shared mobility. We work with NGOs, academia, business, policymakers, consumers, and other stakeholders to advance sound policy, innovation, and investment.

Job Summary

The Transportation Program Assistant will support the continued development, refinement, and delivery of the ClimateWorks Road Transportation and the Maritime shipping campaigns. The Program Assistant will report to both the Transportation Program Manager and the Maritime shipping program director, and will work closely with other members of both teams. This is a full-time, minimum 2-year role, subject to continuation based on performance and need. The position will require a well-organized, detail-oriented, analytically-minded self-starter with strong writing, research, and project management skills. The Program Assistant will have the opportunity to delve into the cutting-edge research, data and policy landscape of clean energy transition in the transportation sector, as well as work with partners from leading research and advocacy organizations in the field. The Program Assistant will work across the communications, global intelligence, convening, and grantmaking roles, including management of the Transportation Research and Intelligence Network (TRAIN), production of the quarterly shipping newsletter, exploration of potential new cross-team initiatives around low-carbon fuels including battery-electric and hydrogen vehicles and ships, and port clean-up, and related activities.

Essential Tasks 

The position includes the following responsibilities, with other duties as needed:

  • Support the origination, development, and delivery of project funding to grantees, contractors, and other programmatic partners
  • Lead management of TRAIN by developing product timelines, coordinating with partners and developing content
  • Develop an annual analysis of TRAIN reach and impact, and suggest and test improvements
  • Produce quarterly shipping newsletters and manage the creation of other communications assets in cooperation with the internal team and external partners
  • Provide logistical and programmatic support to virtual and in-person topical funder and grantee convenings
  • Help organize virtual and in-person meetings of stakeholders, including scheduling, preparation of agenda, and recording notes, outcomes, and next steps
  • Support and lead research into emerging policy and advocacy areas for transportation decarbonization
  • Track transportation policy developments in key grantmaking geographies and forthcoming publications relevant to the transportation community
  • Support the Transportation and shipping teams in preparing content for internal and external partners, e.g. presentations, reporting documents, communications, workshops, etc.
  • Help respond to additional information requests from partners, as practical

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A track record of passion for environmental issues (e.g., in coursework or professional history)
  • A Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years experience and/or Master’s plus 1 year of experience
  • Experience and comfort with quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Experience synthesizing research and analysis for time-pressed decision-makers
  • Strong writing, editing, and communications skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Strong competence in MS Office software
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Positive, collaborative personality
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision.
  • A commitment to climate justice, racial and social justice, and a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience (geographic differential applied based on location).

Funding for this position is secured for a two-year term with potential for extension (depending on future funding for the continuation of this work).


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 the ClimateWorks Foundation, we are driven by our vision of creating a thriving planet for all living beings for generations to come. At the center of this vision are people who are currently marginalized, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, who are most vulnerable to climate impacts, and whose voices, ideas, and leaders are crucial to winning the climate fight. Simply put, the future we strive for will be impossible to realize so long as systemic racism and anti-Blackness persist.

To this end, we have made a set of 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.