Associate Director, Impact and Learning

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ClimateWorks Foundation

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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13 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: 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

Job Summary

The Associate Director will work with ClimateWorks’ Planning and Programs teams to build a systematic and learning-focused approach to how we measure and communicate our results. The Associate Director will lead ClimateWorks’ efforts to develop rigorous metrics that track our progress towards climate goals, and will provide leadership on the development of programmatic results frameworks, theories of change, and/or evaluations both internally and externally. The Associate Director will be an excellent communicator and facilitator, who brings clarity and an ability to synthesize to the Foundation’s knowledge products. The Associate Director will provide support to several program areas and service teams in the development of tools and methods to track their progress, and will work closely with our Development and Programs teams to design the monitoring, evaluation and learning components of proposals and reporting processes to funders. The Associate Director will bring experience in climate change, ideally in one of more of ClimateWorks’ core programmatic areas, as well as lived experience in communities directly affected by climate change in the geopolitical south.

Essential Tasks

Provide assistance to up to 10 program and service teams in developing tools and methods to track their progress

  • Support teams to develop progress tracking tools and report on progress (e.g., results reporting, dashboards)
  • Facilitate collaborative design of inputs to proposal and reporting processes (e.g., theories of change, KPIs, outcomes, indicators and other metrics, etc.)
  • Provide input on survey design
  • Support reporting on grants

Engage with the climate philanthropic ecosystem on monitoring, evaluation, and learning-related activities

  • Maintain a high degree of knowledge about relevant research and learning in the climate change ecosystem
  • Participate in working groups of funders and grantees to discuss and take action on issues related to monitoring and reporting
  • Ensure excellent responsiveness and dialogue with funding partners
  • Work collaboratively with other ClimateWorks teams to respond to grantee perception report findings and support an effective process of reporting for our own grantees

Manage contracts or grants related to impact and learning

  • Spearhead contract management for an end-of-year learning exercise to assess ClimateWorks’ impact and inform future priorities
  • Manage a small group of external consultants focused on programmatic evaluation

Incorporate data and evidence into programmatic strategies and organizational priorities

  • Support the Director of Planning to fully design and implement a ClimateWorks-wide results framework
  • Lead the process, including providing analysis and recommendations, emerging from end-of-year reviews, grantee perception surveys, organizational health surveys, and more
  • Provide analysis of knowledge products (e.g., evaluations, qualitative findings, surveys etc.) as an input into yearly planning and strategy development
  • Support efforts to enable decision making, including synthesizing and summarizing operational and programmatic data

Facilitate and communicate learning:

  • Design and support in-person and virtual meetings and workshops
  • Produce reports, memos, presentations, or other materials to communicate learnings to a variety of stakeholders
  • Provide analyses or summaries of learning products
  • Support the development of improved knowledge management practices across the foundation

Support work on equity and justice

  • Support deepening incorporation of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion approaches into the Planning team, including in our metrics and results frameworks

Required Qualifications

Skills and experience

  • Undergraduate degree required, Master’s Degree or equivalent preferred
  • 10 years of relevant professional experience focused on monitoring, learning, and evaluation
  • Experience working in a climate change-related field, and lived experience in communities directly affected by climate change, ideally in the geopolitical south
  • Experience managing evaluations in climate change-related fields
  • Ability to provide strategic discretion in the process of proposal writing and reporting to funders
  • Experience managing contracts and grants effectively
  • Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated ability to synthesize information into meaningful conclusions
  • Understanding of advanced concepts related to monitoring and evaluation, including design of evaluations and impact studies, and results frameworks
  • Advanced knowledge and application of research methodologies
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, excellent attention to detail and ability to set priorities and complete projects in a timely manner
  • Exceptional communications skills, both written and oral, and demonstrated experience in facilitating cross-team conversations and learning
  • Ability and willingness to do the day-to-day project management aspects of the role
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint


  • Takes initiative and is not afraid to try new approaches
  • Proven diplomatic approach, with sound professional judgment, discretion in handling sensitive matters, flexibility, and problem-solving skills in a multi-stakeholder environment
  • The highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards
  • Enthusiastic and natural team player with the ability to work with cross-functional, virtual, and diverse teams
  • Ability to effectively manage and prioritize time, projects, and budgets
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work within the Pacific time zone work day and occasionally take early or late calls to accommodate different time zones where needed
  • Commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment
  • Commitment to ClimateWorks’ mission and values


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience (geographic differential may apply—if applicable).


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

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at ClimateWorks Foundation and as such we are committed to creating a diverse and multi-cultural work environment. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race (including traits historically associated with race), ethnicity, religion, color, sex (including childbirth, breast feeding, and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniform service member and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, age, protected medical condition, genetic information, disability, or any other protected status in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

This policy extends to all aspects of our employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, discipline, termination, promotions, transfers, compensation, benefits, training, leaves of absence, and other terms and conditions of employment.

ClimateWorks Foundation is committed to complying with all laws protecting qualified individuals with disabilities, as well as employees’ religious beliefs and practices. This policy extends to all aspects of our employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, discipline, termination, promotions, transfers, compensation, benefits, training, leaves of absence, and other terms and conditions of employment. ClimateWorks Foundation will provide a reasonable accommodation for any known physical or mental disability of a qualified individual and/or employees’ religious beliefs and practices, as required by law.

If you require an accommodation, please notify Human Resources. Once ClimateWorks Foundation is aware of the need for an accommodation, it will engage in an interactive process to identify possible accommodations.

Application Process

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*