Senior Manager, Funder Collaborations

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ClimateWorks Foundation

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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5 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 — Funder Collaborations

Built to serve results-driven philanthropy, ClimateWorks leads collaborations that enable funders to strategize, learn, and execute new and existing climate initiatives. Our suite of best-in-class collaborations empower the largest global climate funders to increase individual and collective impact. We facilitate a wide range of international collaborations designed to build high-trust relationships, create strategic alignment, and facilitate coordinated actions across the climate philanthropy ecosystem, including funders, grantees, and other climate leaders. As part of our commitment to excellence, the Funder Collaborations team provides consistent, high-quality leadership and support for our collaborations that drive philanthropy’s impact on climate change mitigation.

The Funder Collaborations Department works closely as a team to strategically support high caliber global collaborations including funder forums, learning networks, and joint action groups, including ClimateWorks’ flagship collaborations. We like to say “collaboration is in our DNA”. It is core to how we operate internally and what we do externally.

Job Summary

The Senior Manager, Funder Collaborations will strengthen CWF’s session design and facilitation for high-priority meetings and convenings to increase effectiveness of the engagement efforts for international climate funder collaborations. This role will report to the Director, Funder Collaborations and be based in the ClimateWorks San Francisco Office.

In partnership with the Funder Collaborations team, this role will contribute to elevating the design and facilitation of international multi-day convenings as well as ongoing collaboration activities and gatherings. By delivering training, developing and maintaining learning resources, providing on-going guidance, and sharing success stories, this role will advance the culture of collaboration internally and externally.

The Senior Manager will also plan and coordinate multi-stakeholder projects, meetings, and collaborative joint efforts. They will work with stakeholders to develop implementation plans and collaborate cross-organizationally to manage to success.

The right candidate for this new position will find joy in helping others succeed in having impactful conversations as well as empowering others with the powerful design and facilitation skills that ensure their desired collaboration outcomes. This position will prefer to work in partnership rather than isolation and carry a service-mindset that listens for underlying needs and builds tools and resources to meet them.

Essential Tasks

Coordination, design, and facilitation of convenings

  • Serve as a designer for Funder Collaborations high priority meetings and sessions.
  • Provide lead or support facilitation for internal or external meetings including the overall planning, materials creation, logistics management, pre- and post-session communications, and keeping to a sharp meeting agenda.
  • Train and support a cadre of facilitators, increasing capacity internally and externally to design, implement, and facilitate impactful collaboration engagements.
  • Deliver training and development opportunities on effective meeting design and facilitation, including helping stakeholders with common interests to move to action.
  • Further develop and maintain training materials and resources on meeting design and facilitation.
  • Provide on-going guidance for effective and impactful meeting design, facilitation, and collaboration to community leaders and funders.

Collaboration project management and implementation

  • Coordinate key planning workstreams for convenings as part of a session-planning-and-design team for funder forums
  • Work closely with department leadership and CWF strategy lead partners to support evolving short- or long-term projects, processes and programs coordinated across teams internally and/or externally. Cross-team projects may focus on climate mitigation strategies in certain sectors or regions, or around infrastructure or capacity building.
  • Plan and execute on multi-stakeholder or cross-team projects and processes that enable effective coordination, including planning, developing shared goals, deliverables, roles, and timelines.

Collaboration/joint work learning and storytelling

  • Contribute to continuous learning from ongoing collaboration assessment workstreams.
  • Capture success stories about, articulate progress toward, and share learnings on collaboration and cross-team coordination successes.

Required Qualifications

Must have

  • 6-9 years of relevant experience designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder collaborative meetings and sessions and teaching others to do the same
  • Excellent collaborative project management skills, experience running cross-team coordinated work projects and processes, including developing and executing on shared goals, deliverables, and timelines
  • Excellent communication skills, including with diverse stakeholders from other cultures
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills across multiple size and purposes of meetings
  • Comfort and confidence staffing VIPs and executives
  • Able to work with diverse individuals to help them meet project goals, facilitating meetings and working across programmatic, collaborative, and logistical workstreams
  • Solutions-oriented and flexible management style, able to navigate ambiguity to bring projects to successful shared outcomes
  • Experience building and maintaining flexible systems and plans for projects and/or clients
  • Assiduous attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and passion for creating seamless project plans
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with diplomacy and discretion
  • Technically-savvy, experience adopting and utilizing technology platforms and a quick learner with new programs and platforms
  • Ability to travel internationally, typically about 20 days a year
  • Passion for social change, environmental, social justice or climate communities
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision
  • Commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment
  • Commitment to the mission of ClimateWorks Foundation

Nice to have

  • BA or BS degree
  • Demonstrated training skills for adult-learning
  • Comfortable working with technology platforms and in a hybrid work environment
  • Experience in nonprofit organizing or advocacy work, fundraising or stewardship, coalition projects or philanthropy preferred
  • A sense of humor and levity amidst pressing deadlines and high-impact outcomes

Physical Demands and Working Environment:

  • Regularly stand, sit, and walk; use hands; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear
  • Generally works in an office environment, and will be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting during partner events


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 SF-based and is currently operating with a hybrid-flexible schedule with 1-2 days/week in the SF office.

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. This position will start in January 2023.


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*