Program Associate, Climate Finance

Irvine, California /
Programs – Climate Finance /
/ Hybrid
Sequoia Climate Foundation is a new philanthropy that seeks to decarbonize the world economy at a speed and scale equal to the challenge. We support bold strategies and efforts that will have both a near-term impact and the greatest probability of long-term success. We believe that solving climate change requires the adoption of ambitious, evidence-based policy solutions that transform markets, advance clean technology, and lead to large-scale change. 

Our focus areas include power, transportation, buildings, industry, land use, agriculture and forestry, finance, communications, movement building, and public engagement. Sequoia Climate Foundation is active in major emitting geographies, including China, the United States, India, and the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. 

About The Role
We actively seek a collaborative, curious, and organized thinker who can help us implement and evaluate ambitious climate strategies capable of driving transformative change in the world. The Program Associate, Climate Finance, works with one or more Sequoia Program Managers and the Sequoia Program Director for Climate Finance to develop and execute strategies aligned with the organizational mission and vision. You will compile the research and evidence necessary to assess the potential impact of our strategies and their chances for success, including helping to assess the organization's best positioned to execute them. Moreover, you will actively engage with grantees to execute grantmaking processes in line with Sequoia’s best practices and to ensure alignment with the mission. The successful candidate will support the Program Manager and Program Director with joining the dots internally across Sequoia and will have some creative license to improve external stakeholder management processes as they relate to our core grantmaking and evidence and learning functions. This role is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the climate, mission-driven, and who is eager to learn continuously to help us achieve a net-zero carbon future. Sequoia Climate Foundation is a new, growing organization, making this an exciting place for personal and career growth and development, as well as this one a dynamic and fluid role.

Location: Hybrid Role (In-person 3 days per week at our Irvine, CA location and Remote 2 days per week)
Compensation: $111,000 – $139,000 annually

Key Responsibilities

    • Support Sequoia’s efforts to determine strategic priorities and set operational plans by leading research and analysis on specific programs and climate sector trends.
    • Monitor developments in the field to identify emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities for driving ambitious climate action.
    • Present the global and regional strategic analysis results verbally and in writing through memos, background papers, presentations, graphs, and charts both internally and externally.
    • Support all aspects of strategy execution and grantmaking, including initial screening of potential grantees, analyzing background information, soliciting, developing funding proposals, and preparing grant recommendations.
    • Maintain grants database, budget spreadsheets, and grant calendars, and coordinate grant processes for the team. 
    • Assists with program and goals development, tracking, and keeping the leadership team apprised of the most critical internal deadlines and external areas of interest that impact Sequoia’s programs.
    • Serve as the point of contact for select grantees to learn from and steward the relationship, conduct site visits as needed, and monitor the impact of grants.
    • Support the forecasting of grant payments and serve as a compliance checkpoint to ensure grantmaking stays within annual budgets.
    • Assist team with planning and coordinating meetings, travel, workshops, and convenings; make logistical arrangements as needed; manage consultant contracts; manage online portals of team information and work.
    • Handle simultaneous deadlines and complete assignments.
What You Will Bring:
Bachelor’s degree required.
A minimum of five years of professional experience working in a relevant role, ideally in or related to climate change, the financial sector (public or private) or a related field, for example, in the private sector or at a non-profit or philanthropic organization.
Strong project management skills: ability to handle simultaneous deadlines and complete assignments with minimal supervision in a fast-paced workplace.
Strong analytical skills and the ability to translate analysis into clear and concise recommendations.

What You Will Enjoy:
You will be a part of an organization that promotes positive change in the world to minimize the impacts of climate change.  We provide competitive wages, health, and wellness benefits, paid vacation, holidays, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office.
Additional Information:
COVID-19 Update: Sequoia Climate Foundation encourages its employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
We believe in cultivating teams with diverse backgrounds and offering equal opportunities to all. We strive to create a welcoming, inclusive environment where every team member feels valued, and diversity is celebrated. Sequoia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or another legally protected status.