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Position Title: Program Officer, Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund

Position Posting: Link here

Location: Midwest, Mid-Atlantic or Washington D.C. (preferred)

About

The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund (Equity Fund) is a groundbreaking funding initiative designed to drive resources to advance climate and clean energy equity and justice across the country. We are building the power to stop climate change by investing in the leadership of the diverse communities most impacted by it. We do this by supporting community organizing, grassroots issue campaigns, and nonpartisan voter engagement to:

  • Advance equitable solutions for climate action and clean energy
  • Broaden the base of the climate movement
  • Build grassroots electoral power and infrastructure

The Equity Fund’s goal is to build powerful organizations working in communities of color, low-income communities, and communities impacted by climate change, to advance bold actions that address climate change and accelerate the transition to a just and equitable clean energy future in select states. Through its grantmaking and other strategies, the Equity Fund:

  • Strengthens organizations in key states to organize and educate a powerful grassroots base and build large-scale nonpartisan civic engagement programs;
  • Supports the capacity of organizations to develop, assess, and advance climate and clean energy equity policies;
  • Supports the development of climate and clean energy equity focused coalitions with the capacity to design, implement, and win strategic campaigns;
  • Develops strategies to collaborate and align with partners – including networks, coalitions, funders, and donors – to accelerate progress on climate and clean energy solutions in target states;
  • Supports the development of state and national infrastructure to fill strategic gaps and strengthen the field.

The Equity Fund’s Program Team is based in Washington, DC, with additional leadership in offices in Los Angeles and Oakland, CA. The Equity Fund is a dynamic organization and highly values teamwork, flexibility, initiative, and collaborative leadership. We are also a growing but nimble team, which means the work can range from big picture strategy to detailed implementation of grantmaking processes. We are driven by a commitment to social and racial justice and the power of grassroots movements and organizing to create lasting change.

Position Summary

The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund (Equity Fund) is seeking a highly organized, strategic, detail-oriented Program Officer with a demonstrated commitment to racial, economic and climate justice to lead grantmaking in select states as we expand our portfolio. The Program Officer coordinates and executes grantmaking strategies; works to implement that grantmaking strategy and program; tracks the overall landscape and progress in the target states and works with the Director of Programs to adjust and refine strategies.

Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Director of Programs, contribute to all aspects of the Equity Fund’s strategy and work, including developing annual grantmaking strategy and work with the Fund’s Advisory Board;
  • Conduct research and analysis of emerging opportunities, the needs of the field, and alignment with allied funders;
  • Conduct research and due diligence on grantees and potential grantees;
  • Lead the implementation of the grantmaking strategy in select states;
  • Identify and coordinate state activities with allied funders, consultants, and national and state level partners;
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with organizations, state thought leaders and experts, and funders;
  • Communicate with and convene organizations, as needed, to facilitate strong partnerships between and among organizations;
  • Coordinate with the Fund’s fiscal sponsor to maintain financial records and budgets;
  • Support fund development for the Equity Fund through cultivating relationships with funders, writing proposals, managing program and financial reporting, and other tasks as needed;
  • Develop and maintain high-level expertise on climate, energy, and environmental policy and politics in several states;
  • Coordinate with the Equity Fund’s Policy Accelerator and Communications Accelerator programs in several states.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years professional experience in related fields, such as community organizing, racial and economic justice, climate change/clean energy policy or campaigns, and/or philanthropy;
  • Understanding of leading organizations and funders in the field;
  • Experience with campaign and/or strategy development;
  • Experience in grantmaking process (either as a funder or applicant), program development, and fundraising;
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including the capacity to write clear and compelling program-related material and speak publicly as necessary;
  • Cultural competence, commitment to equity, and demonstrated ability to build diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization;
  • Knowledge of of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) legal compliance a plus
  • Experience with fundraising and board management a plus;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work flexibly, quickly, and collaboratively as part of a growing team;
  • Strong work ethic and resourcefulness, and high level of self-organization with close attention to detail;
  • Flexible and resourceful, with the ability to navigate in a dynamic environment and adjust to shifting priorities;
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically;
  • Proactive with an eagerness to ‘go the extra mile’ for the work at hand;
  • Extremely well organized, detail-oriented and analytical;
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills;
  • Positive and helpful attitude, ability to contribute to a friendly and professional organizational culture;
  • High impact, low drama;
  • Sense of humor;
  • Interest in building a healthy work culture and high-performing team.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is between $100,000-$150,000/year, depending on experience. The New Venture Fund, the fiscal sponsor of the Equity Fund, offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance; 3% automatic contribution and a 3% employer match on 401(k) contributions; pre-tax transportation benefits; and paid holiday, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@theequityfund.org by July 1. In the subject line, include “Program Officer”. In the body of the email, let us know where you learned about this opening. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool in the belief that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving our goals. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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