Program Officer, Buildings Sector at Climate Imperative Foundation

about 1 month ago
Full time role


Energy Innovation Policy & Technology LLC® (EI) is on a mission to mitigate climate change by promoting the most effective and ...

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Job Description

The Program Officer works closely with their Initiative Director to develop grantmaking strategies and associated grant portfolios that advance climate change mitigation efforts as fast as possible and at meaningful scale. This position plays a key role in shaping and executing strategies that support policy makers and advocates working to accelerate building decarbonization and adoption of zero-emission policies, quickly and equitably. 


Energy Innovation is committed to diversity, equity, & inclusion and to a transparent recruitment process that fosters belonging. Our goal is to hire and advance people regardless of race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, military service, medical condition, and any other protected characteristic under local, state, or federal law. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

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Program Management

  • Develop strategies and associated grantmaking plans; author memos on strategies, new subject areas, and for new initiatives
  • Work with potential grantee organizations to solicit proposals for possible funding; develop concise and accurate summaries of funding requests; and answer substantive questions about the proposals
  • Develop a complete and coherent rationale for funding proposals
  • Conduct site visits to current and potential grantees; attend meetings and conferences
  • Monitor progress on approved grants and strategies
  • Provide timely sector and strategy updates, summary reports, presentations, and regular updates for senior staff and clients
  • Collaborate with the team to define and prioritize core quantitative and qualitative key performance indicators to support the theory of change
  • Design, create, and maintain an efficient system for tracking core metrics
  • Contribute to both an internal and grantee culture of evidence-based learning
  • Inform the team and board of program developments, including the effectiveness of individual grants, strategies, and opportunities for future improvements

Partnership Development

  • Lead thorough collaboration, both inside and outside the organization
  • Work with teams across the organization and experts in the field to refine and improve the program’s overall strategy
  • Participate in joint efforts with other funders and affinity groups of foundations to determine collaboration opportunities to achieving shared goals
  • Keep abreast of the funding landscape to determine emerging trends, areas of interest, current funding trends, and emerging opportunities


  • 5+ years of relevant experience in a climate, energy, and/or policy focused role
  • Knowledge or experience related to building decarbonization policy or implementation
  • Ability to advance relevant policy through first-hand experience in government, nonprofits, and/or philanthropy
  • Familiarity with the climate and clean energy field landscape, as well as advocacy strategies, tactics, and key leverage points to advance policy
  • Ability to develop strategies and prioritize resources to maximize impact
  • Understanding or interest in grantmaking and how foundations function, familiarity preferred
  • Strong research, analysis, and synthesis skillset
  • Ability to prioritize and be flexible in a fast-paced, constantly evolving, and collaborative environment
  • Effective and flexible interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills
  • Detail-orientation with strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Deep interest, passion, and commitment to reducing climate change


Energy Innovation provides a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, with local adjustments made for folks outside of the San Francisco and D.C. area due to the cost of living. The target salary range is $160,000 to $185,000 for San Francisco or D.C.


Energy Innovation provides a comprehensive benefits package. The benefits include:

  • Up to 100% of premium paid for medical, dental and vision
  • Short and long term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Carrot fertility and family planning benefits
  • Student loan repayment assistance
  • 401k retirement plan with a company match contribution
  • Public transportation benefit options
  • Cell phone and health/wellness reimbursement
  • 14 paid holidays and four weeks of paid time off (PTO)
  • Regular staff lunches and team building activities
  • SF and DC office stocked with healthy snacks and beverages
  • An innovative, collaborative, welcoming work culture


Climate change is governed by physical facts—about carbon sources, accumulation, impacts, and timing, and more importantly, about solutions that work. These facts must inform strategy: they show that avoiding dangerous climate change is only possible through strong policy to cut carbon, promptly, in the biggest countries.

To address these issues, Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC (Energy Innovation) was established in 2012 as a clean energy and environmental policy firm to provide timely research and analysis on low-carbon energy policy options to policy makers, thought leaders, and members of the media. The Energy Innovation team has expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable urban development, technological innovation, and energy policy design. In addition to conducting policy research, Energy Innovation also works with clients to facilitate philanthropic investments into technology and advocacy that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Innovation also staffs the Climate Imperative Foundation.

Climate Imperative is focused on the most important climate policy decisions in the world and to do so equitably. Each Climate Imperative initiative targets one policy area and, by informing policy change, aims to save billions of tons of CO2e cumulatively by 2050. For each initiative, we are convening and supporting a talented, proven team of grantees, and supporting them to do whatever is needed: providing world-class technical advice, undertaking targeted communications, and/or building public support. The decisions targeted represent the largest near-term carbon abatement opportunities around the world.

Energy Innovation supports a hybrid work environment and requires all employees to come together in person at least once a quarter. To ensure everyone’s safety for in person work, all employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by their first day of employment.  

Individuals will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, which will include the first and second round, upon signing an employment offer. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with local and federal laws. 

Energy Innovation Policy & Technology LLC® (EI) is on a mission to mitigate climate change by promoting the most effective and ...

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