Finance Program Director

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ClimateWorks Foundation

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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19 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

Department Summary

The ClimateWorks Finance program aims to catalyze financial, market and corporate changes that accelerate climate action. It works in partnership with the broader philanthropic community to map and understand the landscape of opportunities and challenges to scale up and target climate finance and pursue multi-grant transnational strategies that target specific outcomes in the capital markets and for public finance. The Finance program pursues these strategies through its own grantmaking and by convening and advising funders to foster collaboration and alignment. The program also incubates and supports nascent opportunities where finance is the lever of change.

Job Summary

Program Directors at ClimateWorks are responsible for the development of strategies to help the philanthropic community innovate and accelerate climate solutions that benefit people and enhance equity, driving collaboration among funders and with grantees, and targeting our own regranting to amplify impact. A key goal of the position is to be a primary resource to the funding community, to provide updated landscapes of opportunities and challenges in the climate finance landscape, convene funders and partners together around these, and provide credible and compelling investment recommendations to funding partners (current and prospective). The Program Director will establish and cultivate strong relationships with a network of philanthropic funders, internal and external experts, organizational partners, policymakers, and others to explore, develop, fund, and implement strategies to scale and better target climate-related finance.

The Finance Program at ClimateWorks has experienced significant growth over the past several years. It is based on the premise that capital markets, the financial policies that shape them, and the public investments that lead them, drive the pace of the low-carbon transition.

The rapid decarbonization necessary to limit global mean temperature rise to well below 2° C and ideally no more than 1.5oC requires systemic changes within our financial and economic systems. The cost of capital and understanding of the risks associated with high-carbon investments must increase, while capital costs and perceived risks of decarbonization decrease. To win on climate, financial markets and public investments must align with — and serve — international climate goals.

Essential Tasks

In support of the broader climate philanthropic community, the Program Director will maintain an overview of the climate finance landscape, track new developments and identify high impact areas for philanthropic investment. This knowledge will be used to foster greater collaboration among the field of climate finance funders and grantees, develop and effectively implement collective strategies, target the program’s regranting function for funders, and engage in outreach and communications to advance strategic goals and build capacity in the field.

Specifically, the Program Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Building an overarching framework for how philanthropy can productively engage in mitigating climate change through a diverse set of finance strategies and interventions, including financial regulation and market rules, financial pools of capital (banks, pension, insurance, etc.), financial asset classes, and the development of deep national-level networks and landscapes of critical market players and regulators.
  • Develop, help fundraise for, and implement specific ClimateWorks strategic priorities identified from among the diverse set of strategies and interventions referenced above, which should include innovative approaches to address and persuade constituencies with varying interests; identification of pathways for interventions, specific outcomes and indicators; identification of necessary research or information gaps; and development of plans to evaluate progress.
  • Work with interested funders and our regional regranting partners to provide regranting services, which includes co-creating specific strategies from among the diverse set of strategies and interventions referenced above, as well as developing key performance indicators for specific regranting opportunities.
  • Establish ClimateWorks as the hub for effective convenings and collaboration among philanthropic funders and grantees interested or engaged in climate finance issues.
  • Advance ClimateWorks’ Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion goals within the Finance program’s strategy and practices.
  • Manage and mentor the finance program team at ClimateWorks.
  • Engage in outreach and communications to external audiences to advance strategic goals.
  • Identify capacity gaps in the field and develop opportunities to build capacity in grantees and/or potential grantees.
  • Serve as ClimateWorks subject matter expert on programmatic issues as they relate to climate finance and work across ClimateWorks’ departments and teams to provide strategic guidance as to how climate finance strategies can help advance ambitious and necessary climate goals.

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience in a program management role with at least 5+ years of experience and domain knowledge, particularly in private finance and the financial regulatory sector.
  • Strong academic credentials (a relevant higher-level degree is strongly preferred); substantial knowledge of international finance as it relates to climate mitigation.
  • Service oriented approach, with an ability to co-design strategies with interested funders and partners.
  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, relevant stakeholder communities – experts, policy makers, funders, NGOs and grassroots/community groups, etc.
  • Strong collaboration skills with an ability to integrate into the climate finance funder and grantee landscape, as well as convene and lead discussions and joint action among finance funders, and, where necessary grantees.
  • A working knowledge of issues and understanding of the perspectives that drive public, private and philanthropic organizations.
  • Experience in the philanthropic sector, including ideally serving as a grant maker preferred.
  • Experience working with teams; team management experience a plus, but not required.
  • Strategic thinker with the 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. Experience bringing something new to fruition.
  • A global outlook and the sensibility to connect with, understand, empathize with, and adjust to, different cultures. A willingness to learn about new cultures and norms of people in the countries the Finance Program works with.
  • Commitment to the mission and values, including the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion goals, of ClimateWorks Foundation.
  • An interest and ability to collaborate with people across departments and programs throughout ClimateWorks, including participating in organization-wide learning, information sharing and engaging enthusiastically in a highly-dynamic, rapidly growing organization.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision


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; however, we are willing to consider qualified candidates that are based outside of the US. 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

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter. This position will remain open until filled. Employment at the ClimateWorks Foundation is at-will.


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*