Associate Director, Drive Electric Campaign-Emerging Economies(Remote: Americas)

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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

About the Drive Electric Campaign

Drive Electric is the campaign to accelerate the global transition to 100% clean electric transportation for people and goods, delivering massive benefits to the climate, health, and the economy. The campaign advances smart government policies to drive electric vehicle and infrastructure supply and demand; engages business leaders to ensure adequate investment in EV production and procurement; and supports diverse people-powered coalitions working to advance a cleaner transportation future.

Job Summary

The Associate Director, Drive Electric Campaign - Emerging Economies oversees the implementation of the campaign’s emerging economics strategy, with the support of the ClimateWorks Program Director, Drive Electric Campaign and Senior Director, Road Transportation. This position has the potential to manage additional staff.

The central focus of this position is to oversee all operations for the emerging economies strategy, including managing the initiative’s financial resources, ensuring effective and efficient distribution of funds to grantees, providing cross-regional coordination among campaign partners, and fostering increased engagement with our global Drive Electric community. The position requires operations, collaboration, and communication skills with a commitment to strong process management.

The Associate Director will be responsible for building a strong culture of collaboration, communication, transparency, trust, encouragement, and learning among multiple external in-country partners. This position also supports the team in preparation of materials, including reports and presentations for meetings with internal and external partners, including funders.

For the first round of interviews, please apply by December 8, 2023.

Essential Tasks

The Associate Director is responsible for the following duties:

  • Implement the campaign’s emerging economies strategy, with guidance from the Program Director, Drive Electric Campaign.
  • Manage and support a variety of projects contributing to emerging economies strategy, budgeting, planning, reporting, and grantmaking.
  • Cultivate meaningful, transparent, and strong working relationships with in-country campaign leads, which may include partners in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Kenya, South Africa, and Indonesia.
  • Provide research, planning, and general coordination support to the campaign team to deliver on the goals of the emerging economies strategy.
  • Oversee the editing and production of grant reports, communications materials, and funder reports as necessary.
  • Assist with production and quality control of outgoing work products.
  • Provide strategic and organizational leadership and support for in-person and online meetings.

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • 8-10 years of relevant experience.
  • Advanced degree (MS, Ph.D.) in international development, economics, environmental law or policy, engineering, or other relevant field.
  • Experience working and/or living in emerging economies.
  • Knowledge of transport electrification topics spanning cars, trucks, buses, and ⅔-wheelers and/or the global clean energy transition.
  • Knowledge of climate and EV policies, including ZEV and vehicle CO2 regulations.
  • Communication skills and personal capabilities to operate in a collaborative, consensus-driven environment.
  • Demonstrated experience writing for general and diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, relevant stakeholder communities – experts, policymakers, funders, etc. – preferably internationally.
  • A practical view and understanding of issues and perspectives that drive public and private-sector organizations involved in EVs or the larger energy transition.
  • Ability to generate innovative strategies and/or approaches with constituencies that have varying interests and objectives.
  • Skilled in diplomacy and relationship building.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize, and multi-task.
  • Willingness to be flexible, adaptable, and proactive in a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as needed (~2-4 times per year).
  • 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 with philanthropic strategy, investment, and management.
  • Experience with philanthropically supported campaigns.
  • Experience with meeting design and facilitation techniques to maximize engagement and actionable outcomes.


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The salary range for US-based staff is $130K to $150K (geographic differential applied based on location).

ClimateWorks strives to create an equitable culture of transparency and fairness.


ClimateWorks Foundation is based in the San Francisco Financial District. This position is classified as Americas Flexible and can work remotely within domestic US time zones. This role will be expected to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area semi-regularly and ideally no farther than a 10-hour flight. 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.