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Program Officer

Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC
San Francisco, California, US
Closing date
Oct 26, 2023

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services


The Program Officer works closely with members of Energy Innovation's Philanthropic Advisory Services team 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, including staying abreast of the field, identifying and working with prospective and existing grantees, and monitoring grantee progress for the program.

The Philanthropic Advisory Services team works with a small set of generous donors dedicated to mitigating climate change. As a team, we help build and manage philanthropic portfolios based on donor interests and targeted emission reductions. Our grantmaking is focused on decarbonizing the highest-emitting energy sectors-electricity, transportation, buildings, and industry-at speed and scale. We are a mission driven team dedicated to building a culture of collaboration, professional growth, and fun.


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.

We are committed to an accessible application process and employee experience. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process, please email


Program Management
  • Develop strategies and associated grantmaking plans that advance clean energy policy and climate change mitigation efforts in the U.S.
  • Work with potential grantee organizations to solicit proposals for possible funding; develop a complete and coherent rationale for funding proposals
  • Work with team to develop concise and accurate summaries of funding requests and answer substantive questions about the proposals
  • Monitor progress on approved grants and strategies and periodically report out the effectiveness of individual grants and overall funding in a specific area.
  • As needed, conduct site visits to current and potential grantees; attend meetings and conferences
  • As assigned, provide timely sector and strategy updates, summary reports, presentations, and regular updates for senior staff and clients

Partnership Development & Staff Supervision
  • Lead thorough collaboration, both inside and outside the organization
  • Work with teams across the organization and experts in the field to refine and improve theories of change
  • Participate in joint efforts with other funders and affinity groups of foundations to determine collaboration opportunities, and/or complementary approach to achieving shared goals
  • Keep abreast of the funding landscape to determine emerging trends, areas of interest, current funding trends, and emerging opportunities
  • Mentor and manage a small team of two staff including a Program Associate and Senior Program Associate

To do this well, you will need to:
  • Be a self-starter who takes initiative; can plan and manage projects both independently and with colleagues
  • Continually build knowledge of climate and clean energy policy and advocacy landscape in priority geographies, including advocacy strategies, tactics, and key leverage points to advance policy
  • Build relationships with grantees, thought leaders, funding partners, and other experts in the field
  • Develop a clear understanding of how organizations fit into the clients' interest in advancing climate and clean energy policy
  • Seek professional development opportunities to deepen skills and broaden knowledge of the program area, philanthropy, and/or the nonprofit sector

  • 7+ years of relevant experience in a climate-, energy-, and/or policy-focused role
  • Ability to advance relevant policy through first-hand experience in U.S. government, nonprofits, philanthropy, and/or business
  • Familiarity with the climate and clean energy field landscape, as well as advocacy strategies, tactics, and key leverage points to advance policy within the U.S.
  • Ability to develop strategies and prioritize resources to maximize impact
  • Detail-orientation with project management skills, including ability to design and execute multifaceted workplans, see around corners, and meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with grantmaking and how foundations function
  • 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
  • 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 $180,000 for San Francisco or D.C.

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