Program Manager, Aviation Initiative

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ClimateWorks Foundation

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30+ 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 billion in grants to more than 500 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: We provide 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

Job Summary

The Program Manager, Aviation Initiative will make grants to help decarbonize short and long-haul flight. ClimateWorks recently has received new resources to expand grantmaking around sustainable aviation, with a focus on fuels that do not overly-burden farms and forests. Additionally, the Program Manager will work with a key European philanthropy to help advise their “flying less” campaign, focused in Europe. Merging these two disparate workstreams requires a unique individual with familiarity in climate campaigns as well as the technical and policy know how to scale sustainable aviation fuels responsibly.

Given the centrality of managing ongoing campaigns, the position may be based in Europe or the United Kingdom or North America. Part of building this field will require the Program manager to establish and cultivate productive relationships with internal and external aviation experts, organizational partners, policymakers, and over time, with a growing number of climate funders to explore, develop, fund, and implement strategies. This position reports to a Senior CWF Director, and collaborates closely with the ClimateWorks Transportation team, where the position historically has been housed. The Program Manager also will work with the ClimateWorks Global Intelligence team to monitor aviation emission and mitigation trends. They will also interact with the Climate and Land Use Alliance around the challenges and opportunities associated with bioenergy feedstocks and aviation.

This is a cross-functional and cross-regional role. The Program Manager works directly with program staff and grantees on external as well as internal aviation matters, such as ClimateWorks’ Sustainability Task Force to help consider organizational approaches to neutralizing the organization’s aviation footprint. The Program Manager must therefore possess exceptional communication skills and personal capabilities to operate in a collaborative, consensus-driven environment where much information about the work is tacit and gleaned through a very high level of sensitivity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Specifically, the Program Manager, Aviation Initiative will be responsible for the following:

Help to scope and make grants that in total amount to around $7 million per year.

Work with grantees to learn and to catalogue successes and failures in interim and annual reports to Aviation Initiative funders.

Organize and execute effective convenings with funders and NGOs interested and/or engaged in aviation climate issues.

Refine and implement an overarching Aviation grantmaking strategy, currently in draft form, for how philanthropy can productively engage in mitigating aviation’s impact on climate change through a diverse set of strategies and interventions in the aviation space.

Help the Senior Director steer research, identify priorities and provide guidance to partners and colleagues regarding climate change and its intersection with aviation strategies.

Grow, over time, to serve as CWF internal subject matter expert on aviation issues as they relate to climate.

Help to work between ClimateWorks and the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) with respect to Aviation strategies that might have land-use implications (e.g. biofuels) to ensure CLUA is informed and consulted regarding strategies and convenings.


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The expected salary will be between $100,000 and $110,000 and this position location is flexible.


This position is categorized as remote. The ideal candidate will be based in the EU, UK, or North America.

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, 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.

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

Substantial knowledge of aviation issues as they relate to climate mitigation.

Knowledge of, and experience working with, relevant stakeholder communities – experts, policy makers, funders, etc. – on an international basis.

A practical view of issues and understanding of the perspectives that drive public, private and philanthropic organizations focused on climate mitigation.

Ability to articulate strong, clear positions that may be different from the prevailing view and to generate innovative strategies and/or approaches to address and persuade constituencies with varying interests and objectives.

A global outlook and the sensibility to empathize with, and adjust to, different cultures.

Commitment to the mission and values of ClimateWorks Foundation.

Preferred Qualifications

While not required, applicants with the following qualifications are welcome:

Experience in the philanthropic sector, including serving as a grantmaker

Advanced degree (e.g., MA, MS) in policy, law, engineering or other relevant field

Demonstrated experience writing for general and diverse audiences

Proficiency w/ grantmaking databases such as Fluxx and/or project management tools including such as Asana, MS Project, etc…

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


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*