Guided By Science, Driven to Action

Sequoia Climate Foundation is building a team of experts committed to preventing the worst effects of climate change.

Guided By Science, Driven to Action

Sequoia Climate Foundation is building a team of experts committed to preventing the worst effects of climate change.

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to color, race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin or any other factor that is not related to the position.

Interested in joining our incredible team? Check out our open positions.

FULL TIME POSITIONS:

Administrative Assistant

Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time

About Us

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 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, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Administrative Assistant who enjoys solving complex problems and thrives in a fast-paced environment.  The ideal candidate will be proactive with the ability to take the initiative and work independently with solid execution. You will be versatile with keen attention to detail while efficiently multitasking. Additionally, you will have exceptional organizational and project management skills with the ability to collaborate well with others and a “no job is too small” mentality.  As the successful candidate, you will apply your many years of support experience to complete complex tasks and projects quickly with little to no guidance, react with appropriate urgency to situations that require a quick turnaround, switch gears at a moment’s notice, and take effective action without having to know the complete picture.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides comprehensive administrative support services to senior leadership.
  • 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 Climate Foundation’s programs.
  • Drafts executive-level correspondence and reports.
  • Assists team with planning and coordinating meetings, agendas and minutes, events, travel, and workshops; make logistical arrangements as needed; manages consultant contracts as needed.
  • Completes meeting preparations such as reserving rooms for meetings, producing materials for participants, preparing presentation decks, and making logistical arrangements as needed.
  • Develops, streamlines, and improves current processes to increase efficiency.
  • Provides lead support for ensuring all company event logistics; planning appropriately and in advance of the event; prepares budgets, coordinates with vendors/corporate departments, and oversees the execution of events.
  • Prepare high-quality presentations and written communication, including but not limited to email, memos, etc.
  • Prepares correspondence, reports, and materials for signature and distribution.
  • Demonstrated initiative and foresight in planning and strong tracking skills to manage the need for competing meetings across different time zones. Looking at workload across the week and prioritizing with a good understanding of the purpose for the meetings and how they fit within the leader’s priorities.
  • Strategically manages the calendars, including prioritizing scheduling requests, troubleshooting with little guidance, and making judgments to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements.
  • Ensures all staff requests of the assigned leaders are adequately addressed efficiently and judiciously, tracking progress until resolved.
Qualifications
  • A High School diploma or equivalent is required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in a similar supportive role.
  • Administrative support and program/project management experience.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Outlook, PowerPoint, and various virtual meeting software.

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Our benefits include paying 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Foundation also offers other benefits, including life insurance, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment or college savings assistance for qualified dependents and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare.  You must be already based near or be willing to relocate to Irvine, CA. The expectation is this role will be our beautiful office at least three days a week (though never five, lots of opportunities to still work remotely a few days a week). We can be flexible on relocation timelines and offer a small amount of relocation assistance.

NOTE: At this time, our preference is that applicants have the authorization to work in the United States.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

Sequoia Climate Foundation requires its employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless they are approved for an exemption as allowed under federal and applicable state law. Unless approved for an exemption, new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the time of hire, and offers of employment will be contingent on compliance with Sequoia Climate Foundation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.  

Please visit this job posting to apply for the role: Apply to Sequoia Climate Foundation.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please reach out to the HR Team at [email protected].

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
Executive Assistant

Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time

About Us

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 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, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

About the Role

We are looking for an Executive Assistant to work alongside our Senior Leadership Team. Do you have a natural inclination toward logistics and planning? Are you the type of person who jumps in with both feet when it comes to taking on new tasks and projects? Do you thrive at handling multiple demands in a rapidly changing environment?  If this sounds like a good fit for you, we look forward to receiving your resume!

This exciting role requires superior attention to detail, the ability to meet tight deadlines, great organizational skills, and the ability to juggle multiple critical requests across global teams and time zones. A high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information and professionalism in dealing with senior professionals inside and outside the company is critical. As the successful candidate, you will apply your many years of executive support experience to complete complex tasks and projects quickly with little to no guidance, react with appropriate urgency to situations that require a quick turnaround, and switch gears at a moment’s notice.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides comprehensive administrative support services to executives and senior leadership.
  • 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 Climate Foundation’s programs.
  • Completes meeting preparations such as reserving rooms for meetings, producing materials for participants, preparing presentation decks, and making logistical arrangements as needed.
  • Prepare executive-level presentations and written communication, including but not limited to email, memos, etc.
  • Prepares correspondence, reports, and materials for signature and distribution.
  • Reviews and submits expense reports.
  • Develops, streamlines, and improves current processes to increase efficiency.
  • Demonstrated initiative and foresight in planning and strong tracking skills to manage the need for competing meetings across different time zones. Looking at workload across the week and prioritizing with a good understanding of the purpose for the meetings and how they fit within the leader’s priorities.
  • Strategically manages the calendars, including prioritizing scheduling requests, troubleshooting with little guidance, and making judgments to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements.
  • Ensures all staff requests of the assigned leaders are addressed properly, efficiently, and judiciously, tracking progress until resolved.
  • Provides lead support for ensuring all company event logistics; planning appropriately and in advance of the event; prepares budgets, coordinates with vendors/corporate departments, and oversees the execution of events.
  • Assists team with planning and coordinating meetings, events, travel, workshops, and convenings; make logistical arrangements as needed; manages consultant contracts as needed.
Qualifications
  • A High School diploma or equivalent is required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in a similar supportive role.
  • Administrative support and program/project management experience.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Outlook, PowerPoint, and various virtual meeting software.

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Our benefits include paying 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Foundation also offers other benefits, including life insurance, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment or college savings assistance for qualified dependents and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare.  You must be already based near or be willing to relocate to Irvine, CA. The expectation is this role will be our beautiful office at least three days a week (though never five, lots of opportunities to still work remotely a few days a week). We can be flexible on relocation timelines and offer a small amount of relocation assistance.

NOTE: At this time, our preference is that applicants have the authorization to work in the United States.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

Sequoia Climate Foundation requires its employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless they are approved for an exemption as allowed under federal and applicable state law. Unless approved for an exemption, new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the time of hire, and offers of employment will be contingent on compliance with Sequoia Climate Foundation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.  

Please visit this job posting to apply for the role: Apply to Sequoia Climate Foundation.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please reach out to the HR Team at [email protected].

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
Data Scientist

Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time

About Us
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 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, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

 

About the Role

We actively seek a collaborative, bold, and innovative thinker. The successful candidate is responsible for leading the delivery of salient and credible data analyses and products to inform evidence-based strategies for climate change mitigation. This role is responsible for the synthesis and analysis of both internal and external datasets, under the leadership of the Director, Evidence, and Learning. The Data Scientist will develop and maintain reproducible data workflows and data products, including visualizations, reports, and dashboards. This role will frequently collaborate with subject matter experts within Sequoia and external partners, such as data providers and grantees.

Key Responsibilities

  • Gathers and synthesizes large external datasets, such as climate scenarios, into clear, compelling data products to support decision-making needs.
  • Creates reports, presentations, or interactive dashboards to support Sequoia staff on an as-needed basis.
  • Integrates and creates custom statistical analysis of diverse datasets relevant to climate change mitigation efforts, such as country-level emissions trajectories or global climate scenarios.
  • Reproduces and provides appropriate analysis of internal financial and programmatic datasets to support decision-making needs.
  • Collaborates with subject matter experts and data analysis staff at Sequoia to use data to inform real-time decisions.
  • Develops and maintains data workflows via GitHub for both internal and external databases.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, or related field required; Advanced degree in a relevant field, including statistical analysis of quantitative data, preferred.
  • A minimum of three years working in climate change data analytics or a related field is required.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency in RStudio, including RShiny and RMarkdown, and GitHub required.
  • Knowledge of Python preferred.
  • Energy or climate modeling experience is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with running custom scenarios in integrated assessment models, such as GCAM, preferred.
 

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Our benefits include paying 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Foundation also offers other benefits, including life insurance, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment or college savings assistance for qualified dependents and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare.  You must be already based near or be willing to relocate to Irvine, CA. The expectation is this role will be our beautiful office at least three days a week with opportunities to work remotely still a few days a week. We can be flexible on relocation timelines and offer a small amount of relocation assistance.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

Sequoia Climate Foundation requires its employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless they are approved for an exemption as allowed under federal and applicable state law. Unless approved for an exemption, new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the time of hire, and offers of employment will be contingent on compliance with Sequoia Climate Foundation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.  

Please visit this job posting to apply for the role: Apply to Sequoia Climate Foundation.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please reach out to the HR Team at [email protected].

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
Program Associate to the President

Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time

About Us

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 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, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

About the Role

We actively seek a collaborative, bold, and innovative thinker. The successful candidate provides high-level, comprehensive strategic and administrative support to the President while maintaining a high level of confidentiality. This role is responsible for managing calendars, helping with prioritization of tasks, serving as the gatekeeper for requests, staying abreast of the latest climate trends and updates, and ensuring that the principal is adequately prepared for all meetings. This role exists to increase the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the President to better serve Sequoia Climate Foundation and external partners. This role is an excellent opportunity for a passionate individual with a strong initiative towards contributing to a net-zero carbon future. This role will allow you to make a global impact. Sequoia Climate Foundation is a new, growing organization, making this a dynamic and fluid role.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Communicates with key partners, the Board, and outside organizations.
  • Drafts routine correspondence and properly maintains records.
  • Provides comprehensive administrative support to the President including outstanding communication and responsiveness.
  • Drafts routine correspondence and properly maintains records.
  • Keep the President apprised of most critical internal deadlines as well as external areas of interest that impact Sequoia Climate Foundation programs.
  • Ensures all staff requests to the President are addressed properly, efficiently, and judiciously, tracking progress until resolved.
  • Drafts executive-level correspondence and reports on behalf of the President.
  • Assists with communication, including writing proposals, business development outreach, communication strategy, and implementation.
  • Coordinates event planning and implements all logistical elements as needed.
  • Arranges travel bookings, webinar sign-ups, and training as needed for the President.
  • Prepares and distributes meeting agendas to key stakeholders and follows up in a timely manner to ensure attendees receive meeting minutes.
  • Streamlines and improves current processes to increase the efficiency of the President.
  • Collaborates with associates and other staff to support the goals of the organization.
  • Demonstrated initiative and foresight in planning.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Some travel (1-2 times per quarter) may be required.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree, graduate degree preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience in an operational role supporting executives. Quantitative experience is highly preferred.
  • Administrative support and program/project management experience

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Our benefits include paying 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Foundation also offers other benefits, including life insurance, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment or college savings assistance for qualified dependents and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare.  You must be already based near or be willing to relocate to Irvine, CA. The expectation is this role will be our beautiful office at least three days a week with opportunities to still work remotely a few days a week. We can be flexible on relocation timelines and offer a small amount of relocation assistance.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

Sequoia Climate Foundation requires its employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless they are approved for an exemption as allowed under federal and applicable state law. Unless approved for an exemption, new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the time of hire, and offers of employment will be contingent on compliance with Sequoia Climate Foundation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.  

 

Please visit this job posting to apply for the role: Apply to Sequoia Climate Foundation.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please reach out to the HR Team at [email protected].

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
 
Program Associate, United States

Program Associate, United States

Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time

About Us

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 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, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

About the Role

We actively seek a collaborative, bold, and innovative thinker who can help us identify and evaluate ambitious climate strategies capable of driving transformative change in the world. The successful candidate will work with peer networks, government officials, thought leaders, and key stakeholders to assess emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities in the field. Reporting to Program Director, the Program Associate, United States will work to both develop and execute philanthropic strategies. You will compile the research and evidence necessary to assess the potential impact of our strategies and their chances for success and identify the organizations best positioned to execute them. This role is an excellent opportunity for a passionate individual with a strong initiative towards contributing to a net-zero carbon future. This role will allow you to make a global impact while contributing to the adoption of climate mitigation policies in high-emitting countries. Sequoia Climate Foundation is a new, growing organization, making this a dynamic and fluid role.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support Sequoia’s efforts to determine strategic priorities and set operational plans by conducting 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.
  • Engage peer networks, funders, government officials, and other stakeholders to help develop strategies and identify organizations best positioned to execute those strategies.
  • 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.
  • 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 yearly budgets. Maintain grants database, budget spreadsheets, and grant calendars, and coordinate grant processes for the team.
  • Assist team with planning and coordinating meetings, travel, workshops, and convenings; make logistical arrangements as needed; manage consultant contracts.

Who You Are

  • A Strategic Thinker. You’re a strong conceptual thinker who can easily grasp and navigate a range of abstract concepts, relate them to one another, and translate those concepts into strategies and practical actions.
  • A Details Person. Your favorite part of reading a research paper is deciding which of the citations in the bibliography to read next. You want to understand not just what someone says but what assumptions they used to get there.
  • An Analog and Digital Synthesizer. Once you have collected all the details, you can wrap them up in a concise written form and contribute to an engaging conversation, whether face-to-face, on the phone, or on Twitter.
  • An Effective Collaborator. You have worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can quickly gain trust from colleagues and are known for being supportive.
  • A Flexible Worker. You are not afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You are comfortable with shifting schedules and don’t expect every day to go “as planned.” You are happy to challenge someone’s assumptions and to have your assumptions challenged in return.
  • A Humble Teammate. Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects and large strategic goals.  You know what you know and what you don’t know, and don’t shy away from questions.
  • Mission-oriented. You believe in the mission of Sequoia Climate Foundation and are passionate about climate change and creating a more sustainable world.
Required Qualifications
  • Five to seven years of professional experience working in climate change or a related field.
  • 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.
  • An abundance mindset. You believe that we are living in a world of abundant resources and that the right team of partners can make incredible things happen. You bring relentless curiosity and creativity to every task, project, and engagement.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion. You’re always asking: “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts. You deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.

 

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Our benefits include paying 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Foundation also offers other benefits, including life insurance, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment or college savings assistance for qualified dependents and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare.  You must be already based near or be willing to relocate to Irvine, CA. The expectation is this role will be our beautiful office at least three days a week (though never five, lots of opportunities to still work remotely a few days a week). We can be flexible on relocation timelines and offer a small amount of relocation assistance.

NOTE: At this time, our preference is that applicants have the authorization to work in the United States.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

Sequoia Climate Foundation requires its employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless they are approved for an exemption as allowed under federal and applicable state law. Unless approved for an exemption, new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the time of hire, and offers of employment will be contingent on compliance with Sequoia Climate Foundation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.  

To Apply

Equitable Hiring Group is assisting Sequoia Climate Foundation with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates should follow the link below to submit the following: (1) resume, (2) cover letter (3) and salary requirements (specifying salary amount or range) through EHG’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to EHG Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.

The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:

  • Early May: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions
  • Mid-May: Phone interview with Sequoia Climate Foundation Staff
  • Mid-May: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed trial assignment
  • Late May: Finalists will participate in a multi-team member group interview.
  • Candidate references will also be checked at this step
  • Early June: Offer extended.

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If you have any questions about the opportunity, please email [email protected]

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Program Associate, China

Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time

About Us

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 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, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

About the Role

We are actively seeking collaborative, bold, and innovative thinkers that can help us identify and evaluate ambitious climate strategies capable of driving transformative change in the world. The successful candidate will work with peer networks, government officials, thought leaders, and key stakeholders to assess emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities in the field. They will work with one or more Sequoia Program Directors to both develop and execute strategies responsive to those insights, compiling the research and evidence necessary to assess their potential impact and chances for success, and identifying the organizations best positioned to execute them. This is a great opportunity for a passionate individual with a strong initiative towards contributing to a net-zero carbon future. The role will provide the Program Officer with the opportunity to make a global impact while contributing to the adoption of climate mitigation policies in high emitting countries. As Sequoia Climate Foundation is a new, growing organization, this is a dynamic and fluid role. Key responsibilities are likely to include, but are not limited to, the following:

Key Responsibilities
  • Support Sequoia’s efforts to determine strategic priorities and set operational plans by conducting 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.
  • Engage peer networks, funders, government officials, and other stakeholders to help develop strategies and identify organizations best positioned to execute those strategies.
  • Present the global and regional strategic analysis results verbally and in writing through memos, background papers, presentations, graphs, and charts both internally and externally as required.
  • Support all aspects of strategy execution and grant-making, including initial screening of potential grantees, analyzing background information, soliciting, developing funding proposals, and preparing grant recommendations.
  • 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.

Who You Are

  • A Strategic Thinker. You’re a strong conceptual thinker who can easily grasp and navigate a range of abstract concepts, relate them to one another, and translate those concepts into strategies and practical actions.
  • A Details Person. Your favorite part of reading a research paper is deciding which of the citations in the bibliography to read next. You want to understand not just what someone says but what assumptions they used to get there.
  • An Analog and Digital Synthesizer. Once you have collected all the details, you can wrap them up in a concise written form and contribute to an engaging conversation, whether face-to-face, on the phone, or on Twitter.
  • An Effective Collaborator. You have worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can quickly gain trust from colleagues and are known for being supportive.
  • A Flexible Worker. You are not afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You are comfortable with shifting schedules and don’t expect every day to go “as planned.” You are happy to challenge someone’s assumptions and to have your assumptions challenged in return.
  • A Humble Teammate. Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects or large strategic goals.  You know what you know and what you don’t know, and don’t shy away from questions.
  • Mission-oriented. You believe in the mission of Sequoia Climate Foundation and are passionate about climate change and creating a more sustainable world.

Required Qualifications

  • Five to seven years of professional experience working in climate change or a related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Mandarin.
  • 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.
  • An abundance mindset. You believe that we are living in a world of abundant resources and that the right team of partners can make incredible things happen. You bring relentless curiosity and creativity to every task, project, and engagement.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion. You’re always asking: “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.
Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Our benefits include paying 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Foundation also offers other benefits, including life insurance, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment or college savings assistance for qualified dependents and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare.  You must be already based near or be willing to relocate to Irvine, CA. The expectation is this role will be our beautiful office at least three days a week (though never five, lots of opportunities to still work remotely a few days a week). We can be flexible on relocation timelines and offer a small amount of relocation assistance.

NOTE: At this time, our preference is that applicants have authorization to work in the United States.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

Sequoia Climate Foundation requires its employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless they are approved for an exemption as allowed under federal and applicable state law. Unless approved for an exemption, new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the time of hire, and offers of employment will be contingent on compliance with Sequoia Climate Foundation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.  

To Apply

Equitable Hiring Group is assisting Sequoia Climate Foundation with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates should follow the link below to submit the following: (1) resume, (2) cover letter (3) and salary requirements (specifying salary amount or range) through EHG’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to EHG Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.

The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:

  • Early May: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions
  • Mid-May: Phone interview with Sequoia Climate Foundation Staff
  • Mid-May: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed trial assignment
  • Late May: Finalists will participate in a multi-team member group interview.
  • Candidate references will also be checked at this step
  • Early June: Offer extended.

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If you have any questions about the opportunity, please email [email protected]

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Program Associate, Asia

Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time

About Us

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 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, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

About the Role

We actively seek a collaborative, bold, and innovative thinker who can help us identify and evaluate ambitious climate strategies capable of driving transformative change in the world. The successful candidate will work with peer networks, government officials, thought leaders, and key stakeholders to assess emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities in the field. Reporting to the Program Director, the Program Associate, Asia will work to both develop and execute philanthropic strategies. You will compile the research and evidence necessary to assess the potential impact of our strategies and their chances for success and identify the organizations best positioned to execute them. This role is an excellent opportunity for a passionate individual with a strong initiative towards contributing to a net-zero carbon future. This role will allow you to make a global impact while contributing to the adoption of climate mitigation policies in high-emitting countries. Sequoia Climate Foundation is a new, growing organization, making this a dynamic and fluid role.

Key Responsibilities
  • Support Sequoia’s efforts to determine strategic priorities and set operational plans by conducting 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.
  • Engage peer networks, funders, government officials, and other stakeholders to help develop strategies and identify organizations best positioned to execute those strategies.
  • 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.
  • 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 yearly budgets. Maintain grants database, budget spreadsheets, and grant calendars, and coordinate grant processes for the team.
  • Assist team with planning and coordinating meetings, travel, workshops, and convenings; make logistical arrangements as needed; manage consultant contracts.

Who You Are

  • A Strategic Thinker. You’re a strong conceptual thinker who can easily grasp and navigate a range of abstract concepts, relate them to one another, and translate those concepts into strategies and practical actions.
  • A Details Person. Your favorite part of reading a research paper is deciding which of the citations in the bibliography to read next. You want to understand not just what someone says but what assumptions they used to get there.
  • An Analog and Digital Synthesizer. Once you have collected all the details, you can wrap them up in a concise written form and contribute to an engaging conversation, whether face-to-face, on the phone, or on Twitter.
  • An Effective Collaborator. You have worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can quickly gain trust from colleagues and are known for being supportive.
  • A Flexible Worker. You are not afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You are comfortable with shifting schedules and don’t expect every day to go “as planned.” You are happy to challenge someone’s assumptions and to have your assumptions challenged in return.
  • A Humble Teammate. Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects or large strategic goals.  You know what you know and what you don’t know, and don’t shy away from questions.
  • Mission-oriented. You believe in the mission of Sequoia Climate Foundation and are passionate about climate change and creating a more sustainable world.

Required Qualifications

  • Five to seven years of professional experience working in climate change or a related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and one additional language that is spoken in China, Korea, Japan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, or another Southeast Asian country.
  • 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.
  • An abundance mindset. You believe that we are living in a world of abundant resources and that the right team of partners can make incredible things happen. You bring relentless curiosity and creativity to every task, project, and engagement.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion. You’re always asking: “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.
Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Our benefits include paying 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Foundation also offers other benefits, including life insurance, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment or college savings assistance for qualified dependents and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare.  You must be already based near or be willing to relocate to Irvine, CA. The expectation is this role will be our beautiful office at least three days a week (though never five, lots of opportunities to still work remotely a few days a week). We can be flexible on relocation timelines and offer a small amount of relocation assistance.

NOTE: At this time, our preference is that applicants have the authorization to work in the United States.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

Sequoia Climate Foundation requires its employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless they are approved for an exemption as allowed under federal and applicable state law. Unless approved for an exemption, new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the time of hire, and offers of employment will be contingent on compliance with Sequoia Climate Foundation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.  

To Apply

Equitable Hiring Group is assisting Sequoia Climate Foundation with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates should follow the link below to submit the following: (1) resume, (2) cover letter (3) and salary requirements (specifying salary amount or range) through EHG’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to EHG Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.

The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:

  • Early May: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions
  • Mid-May: Phone interview with Sequoia Climate Foundation Staff
  • Mid-May: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed trial assignment
  • Late May: Finalists will participate in a multi-team member group interview.
  • Candidate references will also be checked at this step
  • Early June: Offer extended.

https://equitablehiringgroup.applytojob.com/apply/EseZ9ppfvl/Program-Officer-Southeast-Asia?source=SCF

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email [email protected]

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.