Lead Salesforce Administrator

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ClimateWorks Foundation

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17 days ago


About the Organization

ClimateWorks Foundation is a global organization committed to our mission: to end the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy. Since our founding in 2008, we have awarded over $1.3 billion in grants to more than 600 organizations advancing climate solutions around the world. We helped grow the field of climate philanthropy to where it stands today, establishing infrastructure, global networks, and momentum for continued growth. Through our Global Programs and Services, we equip philanthropy with global knowledge, networks, and solutions to drive climate progress.

  • Scaling solutions: Our collaborative Global Programs — focused on solution areas including carbon dioxide removal, cooling, industry, transportation, and more — produce results that are bending the greenhouse gas emissions curve. From the U.S. to Europe, China, Brazil, and beyond, we collaborate with a diverse community of funders, NGOs, and climate leaders to accelerate just and equitable climate solutions.
  • Guiding and supporting funders: Our Global Services provide funders with comprehensive resources to assess, build, evolve, and execute high-impact climate-giving strategies. Our Global Intelligence service equips funders and the climate community with climate insights to pinpoint opportunities for impact and philanthropic insights to help identify investment priorities. We facilitate Global Collaborations that enable funders to increase individual and collective impact. Our Global Grantmaking services enable funders to invest in climate solutions around the world.
  • Fostering collaboration, exploration, and growth: Our collaborative approach and commitment to learning ensures that we continuously explore innovative ideas and emerging opportunities — all with the aim of scaling philanthropy-supported initiatives to help end the climate crisis.

As experts in climate science, public policy, economic and social analysis, and strategic philanthropy, ClimateWorks’ staff understands the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities of climate change. We are researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grantmakers who care passionately about our mission. For more information, please visit www.climateworks.org.

Department Summary

The Systems & Processes (S&P) Department, situated under the broader Operations & Planning team at ClimateWorks designs, develops, and manages the core online applications used by the organization to support key business processes including developing the vision and long-term roadmap for the broader systems architecture. The S&P Department works collaboratively with internal departments to provide guidance and technical support for systems integrations used to manage ClimateWorks online marketing and event management platforms, ClimateWorks’ Intranet as well as real time data transfers between the general ledger and grants management systems.

The S&P Department also collaborates with the Global Intelligence Department to curate and maintain the systems and processes that are used to collect, store, analyze and share climate and philanthropic insight related data with internal staff and partners. The philanthropic insights function of the Global Intelligence service is one of many shared responsibilities between the Global Intelligence team and the Systems & Processes team in support of the Global Intelligence Service.

The Salesforce Administrator will report to the Director, Systems & Processes.

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities

Systems Administration and Development

  • Be the primary Salesforce System Administrator for a complex instance which includes a Salesforce Experience (Community), multiple platform integrations, and a data visualization integration
  • Lead strategic security approach and implementation for various audiences both internal and external. Manage user accounts following onboarding and offboarding procedures for employees and contractors in Salesforce.
  • Own data management processes, including mass export/import/update, de-duplication and record merging, field and functionality creation and management, and advanced report and dashboard development
  • Develop and maintain automations and flows
  • Research and implement solutions and 3rd party integrations needed for system enhancements
  • System Admin for the Workato connection to Salesforce, including monitoring and investigating errors
Project Management
  • Create and manage project plans from discovery to implementation
  • Use S&P Department's task and project management applications to identify and prioritize short term tasks/ticket requests together with longer term projects
  • Effectively coordinate related workstreams internally and across various contractors
Systems Governance
  • As the Primary point of contact for the Salesforce ticketing queue, appropriately respond to user questions and requests for support, assign tickets to designated members of S&P Department, and identify, research and solve technical problems.
  • Develop and maintain routine processes for audits and system maintenance, including documentation of system configuration and core processes
  • Create and maintain multiple sandboxes including regular refreshes (full, partial and development versions) and fully utilize back-up systems
  • Drive CWF’s development lifecycle to accurately deploy system changes
  • Manage roll-out of Salesforce.com releases, including identifying opportunities to adopt and roll out new features, rigorous testing of features impacting CWF’s Salesforce instance, and synthesize new features and impacts for the team
  • Regularly collect, report on, and share user analytics with S&P Team
  • Continually identify opportunities for process improvement, better user experience and automation

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least 5 years’ experience as a Salesforce Administrator
  • Current Salesforce Administrator certification
  • Experience with the implementation of or large projects for a Salesforce instance with more than 200 users and notable integrations
  • Must be knowledgeable and current on Salesforce trends and best practices
  • Experience with help-desk ticketing software (such as SolarWinds, JIRA, etc.)
  • Experience with project management software (such as Asana, TaskRay, JIRA, etc.)
  • Innately curious and driven problem-solver, motivated to investigate and correct irregularities in functionality or data, including discomfort with messy data
  • Must be extremely well-organized with the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, primarily remote environment as part of a highly collaborative team
  • Must have excellent customer service skills in order to effectively communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Interest in climate change with a commitment to ClimateWorks’ mission and values, including a desire to understand the data itself and its strategic importance to organizational business processes
  • A commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Salesforce Certifications:
    • Advanced Salesforce Administrator Certification (strongly preferred)
    • Salesforce Platform App Builder Certification
    • Salesforce Platform Developer 1 Certification
  • Experience with Visualforce development and familiarity with Apex Code
  • Experience or familiarity with the following tools (or those with similar functionality) Workato, Apsona, Salesforce Optimizer, Copado, Tableau, Qlik, Pardot (strongly preferred), Aventri


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. This position is classified as US Flexible. Exceptional candidates can work from the SF office or from other locations, geographic differential applied to compensation based on local cost of labor.

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

ClimateWorks Foundation is committed to building a staff that reflects the global community our mission serves. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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.


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

Healthcare Plans:

Multiple options available through Kaiser & UHC

  • HMO - 100% coverage for employee and dependents
  • POS - Employee pays difference beyond HMO coverage (3 out of 4 POS options are at 100% coverage for employee and dependents)
  • Dental –100% coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vision – 100% coverage for employee and dependents

Fertility Benefit

  • Fertility care through Carrot Fertility. Access to on-demand doctor-approved content, pregnancy support, and virtual chats with medical, legal, and regulatory experts.

Disability Benefit (long and short-term)

Life Insurance (3x base salary up to $750k for employee only)


  • 20 days (1st year)
  • 25 days (2nd - 8th year)
  • 30 days (9th year)


  • 11 Observed and 2 floating

401k Plan

  • After 6 months of service, CWF automatically contributes 9% of gross earnings per pay period to retirement fund*
  • After 6 months of service, CWF matches 100% of employee contributions up to a max of 6% of gross earnings per pay period*