Program Manager - Public Financing and Grants

San Francisco, CA /
Commercialization /
Full Time
Company Summary

Our mission is to accelerate our planet’s transition to a carbon negative society. We will capture 1B tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2035 (equivalent of ~60M Americans’ annual emissions today), and build a multi-billion dollar business along the way. The problem we are solving is that according to IPCC, billions of tons of CO2 need to removed from the atmosphere (in addition to decarbonizing the entire economy) by 2050 to keep global warming to 1.5 °C, but current technologies are too expensive and not scalable to the volume necessary.

Unlike traditional engineered removal solutions, our Nature published technology combines the natural properties of minerals (carbon mineralization) with engineering to provide a low cost path to $50/tCO2 for Direct Air Capture (DAC), the cost at which carbon removal will be transformative. 

Our early customers are corporations and other entities that need to reduce and offset their carbon emissions to meet compliance requirements or carbon pledges. Our go-to-market strategy allows us to be unit profitable from day one, and reach >$1B in revenue just from existing markets and pledges. Our $100B opportunity lies with carbon markets set for creation in the EU, US, and other markets. 

Over the next 18 months, we will de-risk our cost estimates, build our first deployment, and validate the commercial viability of this technology.


About the Job
The Heirloom team is on a path to creating the world’s first sustainable, scalable, and economically viable carbon removal system. This technology - which requires a unique blend of geology, chemistry, industrial engineering, and process engineering -  doesn’t yet exist at the scales necessary to make a difference, so we need to build it ourselves. With the recent Bipartisan Infrastructure Package and California budget cycles, there are billions of dollars in financing for carbon removal that would massively accelerate our progress. 

This position will draw on your experience executing complex, longterm, multi-disciplinary projects to build and operate Heirloom's grants and public financing team focused on corresponding with grant-making agencies and winning grants at a high rate. You will be strategic, mapping our internal roadmap to potential funding opportunities and building relationships with key stakeholders at grant-making agencies. When we win grants, you’ll work closely with our engineering teams to build and maintain program schedules, identify roadblocks, and help unblock them yourself. You’ll be extremely organized, detail-oriented, and a superb project manager, but you’ll see the big picture as well.

What you will do

    • Assess funding opportunities at the federal, state and local government levels.
    • Build and maintain a strategic plan that identifies which grants we should pursue when.
    • Inform research, development, and deployment prioritization, bridging the gap between funding opportunities and business and product strategy. 
    • Assist the policy team in building relationships with program managers at grant agencies.
    • Manage reporting and reimbursement processes. 
    • Manage engineering and research programs to execute against our grants. 
    • Build relationships with national labs, universities, and research institutions. 
    • Manage and coordinate the drafting of grant applications in collaboration with key stakeholders both internal and external to Heirloom.
    • Support slide deck and content creation for both internal and external presentations.
    • Support and guide individuals in crafting grant applications.
    • Contribute to technical writing and inform the direction of grant applications and grant reporting.

What you will bring

    • You’ve planned and led technically complex, long term projects.
    • You’ve written, won, and managed multi-million dollar grants in the past.
    • You have experience working with multidisciplinary teams
    • You have experience in multiple work environments (e.g. academia, government, small startups, larger private companies)
    • You’re incredibly detail oriented and can bridge the gap between project management, government relations, and technical communication
You don’t have to have every listed requirement and skill to be a great fit - you may even teach us something about what we should be looking for! If you are passionate about this opportunity and think you have the skills to succeed, please apply! If not, but you know someone who might be interested, please share this post.  We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and equity, starting with our commitment to fostering diversity within our Heirloom team. We are able to grow and learn better with a diverse team, which is exactly what our planet needs. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ people, and veterans.

Please note: while we appreciate all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted by our team.