Project Manager, Climate Ambition

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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

Climate Ambition Initiative

Within the Governance and Diplomacy and the Global Intelligence program areas, ClimateWorks is working on a new initiative to enhance climate ambition in select countries. Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) pledged by countries in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow made advances, but still do not put us on a pathway to achieving the Paris Agreement goal to keep global warming ideally under 1.5° C. Meeting the Glasgow request will require urgent action to ensure that NDCs are revised, and that these revisions are sufficiently ambitious to make a material impact. Our goal is to support 4-7 major-emitting countries to deliver strengthened or new NDCs by COP27, and set the stage for a second set of major NDCs in 2023 for countries that may need more time. In some specific cases, this could include strengthened climate ambition or new sectoral commitments not incorporated in the NDC but with the same effect. The outcome we seek is to further close the 2030 emissions gap

Our new climate ambition initiative will work with in-country and international partners to deliver a combination of climate-economic analysis to understand the opportunities for enhanced ambition, as well as the trade- offs to be addressed; financial and investment analysis to understand the investments needed and financing options; strategic communications to disseminate a compelling narrative around the opportunities for ambition; and targeted diplomacy and political strategy. The initiative will support country-led work, bringing together the relevant groups and initiatives with relevant work and engagements, and helping to fill critical gaps. The initiative will also seek partnerships with multiple groups and activities that are dedicated to strengthening national and sectoral action, and are driving progress with their analysis, advocacy, and ambition. These include civil society groups both within key countries and internationally, as well as initiatives driven by philanthropy, national governments, and international financial institutions such as the World Bank and IMF. Funding for this initiative will be used for grantmaking and contracts to established/key partners in the countries selected, as well as for build-for-purpose coordination and communication capacity that can work effectively across the many players, geographies, and workstreams.

Job Summary

We are seeking a new team member who will work as a project manager focused on ensuring delivery for this two-year initiative to accelerate the climate ambition of select countries by COP27 and the year after. The team member will also support integrating this initiative with longer-term country focused cross-cutting program areas. The person will work in a matrixed team, with a strong culture of collaboration, communication, transparency, trust, encouragement and learning. They will closely collaborate with other ClimateWorks programs and staff, as well as cross-functionally in ClimateWorks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Working with the Director of the Climate Ambition Initiative and other team members, the Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the activity of grantees and partners to meet KPIs and the day-to-day management of the initiative. Specific responsibilities will include:

Managing contracts and grants with recipients of funding,including maintaining regular communications with funding recipients, developing and tracking agreements, and ensuring reporting requirements are met;
Writing, or overseeing the creation of, initiative plans and assets;
Keeping close track of milestones and deliverables under the different workstreams;
Coordinating internal activities related to the initiative, including scheduling regular check-ins with associated staff working on country activities;
Supporting the Director for meeting preparations, briefing materials and other activities as needed;
Preparing internal and external communications relevant to the project;
Preparing reporting outputs; supporting key processes and maintaining and updating appropriate information, systems and databases;
Connecting directly, or facilitating connections, with other related initiatives which would provide beneficial partnership to the project;
Liaising closely with our external partners comprising regional climate foundations, grantees and partners in the field
Compensation and 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 within the US, geographic differential applied to compensation based on local cost of labor. Individuals should be available to participate in meetings and events in the Pacific Standard time zone, as well as being available for collaboration with global partners at various times of day.

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.

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.


The most qualified candidates for this position will possess:
Strong project management skills in a non-profit or foundation context.
Excellent relationship management skills (campaign or coalition experience is ideal).
Ability to work successfully and contribute to the team while operating in a virtual or hybrid environment.
Experience in climate change policy.
Proficiency with project management tools, excel and Microsoft tools, and salesforce/Fluxx is preferable.
At least 7 years relevant working experience.
University degree in a climate or environmental science, technology or policy, or other relevant field.
Some international living/working experience would be a plus.

Funding for this position is secured for a two-year term with potential for extension.


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*