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.

We believe in cultivating teams with diverse backgrounds and offering equal opportunities. 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 legally protected status.

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

Chief Operating Officer

Location: Irvine, CA

Type: Hybrid Role (In-person and Remote)

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, 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

Sequoia Climate Foundation was established in 2020 and is building out its executive team as it scales its operations and impact. Reporting directly to, and working closely with, Christie Ulman, President, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will apply experience, vision, and innovation in building and leading the internal operations and core functions of the Foundation. The COO will be directly responsible for finance and administration, HR, IT, grants management, and facilities. The COO will ensure effective and coordinated work processes and align the Foundation’s mission with an operational strategy that encourages cooperation, accountability, innovation, efficiency, and impact. A true builder, the COO will bring a critical eye towards designing and implementing best‐in‐class organization‐wide systems capable of supporting the Foundation’s work both as it exists today as well as into the future. As a member of the Executive Team, they will empower and support the broader organization to deliver on its ambitious vision of urgent decarbonization. The COO serves as a true thought partner to the President, sharing the organization’s vision and enabling its mission by leading and driving its efforts to ensure operational efficiency. They will ensure that all parts of the organization are well managed, staffed, and aligned, and operate as effectively as possible.The COO serves as an action‐oriented leader who can partner to create, implement, and enable an operational vision, and framework has the potential to forge a lasting legacy of impact for the Foundation. This role will regularly assist in the setting of organizational priorities, developing and enhancing systems and policies, and enables institutional process and decision‐making. The COO ensures that the management, staffing, and culture of the organization are suitably aligned with the mission, evolving goals, and strategic ambitions of the Foundation. The COO holds global entity management and corporate governance, including employment requirements, distribution and grant requirements, and other local rules and requirements.The COO will enable and equip the Foundation for results through ensuring effective and aligned work processes and systems are in place with high‐quality data, information, and knowledge sharing to empower and support staff. This role will need to stay abreast of professional standards, trends, and issues affecting the field and incorporate the latest thinking into a process of continuous learning with colleagues throughout the organization. The COO collaborates with senior staff to identify innovative and best practices in order to leverage opportunities and enhance the potential for delivering greater value in each of the divisional areas, while ensuring that the organization has put in place all the appropriate policies, practices, and systems required to optimize the use of its financial resources toward the achievement of its core mission.The COO will be building for growth – and this role will be responsible for overseeing, designing and delivering both new and evolving programs – taking the best of existing mechanisms and building new ones. As the Foundation grows, ensure that best‐in‐class, bespoke tools and support are anticipated and provided to enable staff to remain focused and accountable. The COO will drive an entrepreneurial, innovative, accountable, and collaborative spirit throughout the organization.Alongside the President, senior leadership team, and staff, the COO will help build the most positive, psychologically safe, and affirming work environment possible, prioritizing an organizational culture that reflects equity, diversity, and inclusion in action. In collaboration with functional leaders, the COO leads the Foundation’s implementation process for its strategic plans, including the setting of annual operational priorities and the tight synchronization of organizational business cycles to achieve its goals.

 

Candidate Profile 

Sequoia Climate Foundation is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and strategic leader who can successfully support and partner with the President, as well as the Board, leadership team, and broader organization. They will have a track record of successful organizational decision‐making within a fast‐growing organization and passion for mitigating climate change. The successful candidate will have impeccable integrity and discretion, and will actively promote the values and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

They will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in administrative processes, managing through growth and ambiguity, and driving organizational culture. They will have a track record of expanding data and analytic capabilities, leading to evidence-based decisions and stronger outcomes.The Foundation is looking for a seasoned professional who leads through influence rather than hierarchy, and can drive efficiency and effectiveness across an organization. This collaborative leader will be able to provide clear guidance and to act decisively when necessary. Further, the COO will be skilled in translating vision and strategy into reality. 

 

The successful candidate will be experienced in strategic planning and institutional development and will have a proven understanding of how to develop, position, and align systems and processes with a whole-of-organization view. Ideally, this individual will bring experience working in a startup-like culture. 

Outside of their specific role within the Foundation, the successful candidate will have unquestioned personal and professional integrity, a balanced ego, self-awareness, and an understanding of others that enhances interpersonal communication and management abilities. The COO will bring an exceptional capacity for managing and leading people. The successful candidate will be highly collaborative and effective gaining buy-in from the team and external partners. They will bring superb listening and communication skills, and a passion for developing the staff.

Key Responsibilities

In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:

Setting Operational Strategy

  • Demonstrated executivelevel experience in strategic decisionmaking, leadership, and operational management, preferably in a global and multicultural organization. Capacity to innovate and solve complex problems. Ability to set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure and value accountability, and allocate resources appropriately to achieve results.
  • The ability to put to practice the vision for the organization, especially for the areas they are directly responsible for, but also for the enterprise as a whole.
  • The inclination to seek and analyze data from a variety of sources to support decisions and to align others with the organization’s overall objectives.
  • Developing organizational growth strategy and plan, including expansion of satellite offices in new geographies and facility management. 
  • The ability to effectively balance the desire/need for broad change with an understanding of how much change the organization is capable of handling, to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful.

Executing for Results

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organization to improved performance, tenacious and accountable in driving results.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty; can adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations.
  • Willingness to try new approaches and an ability to look at new and exciting ways to advance the field of philanthropy and best support grantees. A risk-taker who seeks data and input from others to foresee possible threats or unintended circumstances from decisions; someone who takes smart risks.
  • A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in their approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always considering what is best for the organization.

Leading Teams

  • The ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others.
  • A genuine commitment to diversity and an appreciation for different perspectives, experiences, and traditions; passionate about creating an organizational culture that reflects belonging, equity, diversity, and inclusion in action.
  • The ability to persevere in the face of challenges and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards, which commands respect from followers.
  • A leader who is self-reflective and aware of their own limitations; leads by example and drives the organization’s performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement.
  • Selfawareness and understanding of others that enhances interpersonal communication and management abilities. Perceptive of cultural differences, open to new ways of doing things, and able to adapt words and practices to cultural context. 

Relationships and Influence

  • Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • An ability to inspire trust and followership in others through compelling influence, powerful charisma, passion in their beliefs, and active drive.
  • Encourages others to share the spotlight, ask questions, and visibly celebrates and supports the success of the team.
  • Creates a sense of purpose/meaning for the team that generates followership beyond their own personality and engages others to the greater purpose for the Foundation.

Driving Organizational Influence

  • Integrates economic, societal, and environmental factors into a purpose-driven operational strategy. 
  • Understands and incorporates viewpoints from all key stakeholders to drive decision making and share the benefits.
  • Delivers breakthrough innovations and business models that create value for all stakeholders, continually challenging traditional approaches.
  • Sets audacious business and sustainability goals for the organization, driving concerted action and investments, and stays the course in the face of setbacks or push-back from short-term oriented stakeholders.

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We provide competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office for our Irvine, California location.  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.

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 learn more about this opportunity: 

Prospective candidates are invited to send their CV to Tory Clark, John McNaught, and/or Stefanie Lukasko of Russell Reynolds Associates at [email protected]RussellReynolds.com. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

 

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
Director, People and Culture

Location: Irvine, CA

Type: Hybrid Role (In-person and Remote)

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, 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

The Director, People and Culture will design and implement strategies and policies based upon best practices, provide leadership, and bring a “roll up your sleeves attitude” to the team. The role serves as a strategic partner to the Chief Operating Officer and will lead the build-out of this key function from the ground up with a focus on the employee experience and engagement. This position is responsible for leading organizational design, talent acquisition, total rewards, benefits administration, payroll administration, leaves of absence administration, employee relations management, and enforcing company policies and practices. Working well as a collaborative member of the team, as well as part of the broader leadership team, is imperative to the success of this role, as is the ability to deliver results in a fast-paced environment where systems and processes are still being developed and implemented.

 

We seek an approachable, empathetic listener who is strategic, ethical, and human-centered. The Director, People and Culture must be a builder excited about leveraging their experience and data to drive recommendations and decisions that will develop a strong foundation for culture and employee engagement. An inclusive and responsive approach to leadership is needed to support the Foundation’s team representative of many international cultures not only in Irvine but across satellite offices in Washington, D.C., and London, with plans to grow to China and India.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

  • Collaborate with the Executive Committee to support the organization’s goals and strategy related to culture, staffing, recruiting, and growth.
  • Develop and execute strategies to foster and ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in all aspects of employment at Sequoia. Monitors and reports on DEIB efforts and results to executive leadership.
  • Create and execute a plan to build a people and culture function that is fully and appropriately staffed to meet the unique needs of the Sequoia Climate Foundation.
  • Lead the development of Sequoia’s culture, emphasizing the importance of each individual within the organization and designing and championing strategies for employee engagement, consistent performance management, and coaching and development.
  • Plan, lead, develop, coordinate, and implement policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization’s human resource compliance and strategy needs.
  • Administer and oversee human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave; corrective action issues; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; training and development; and employee engagement.
  • Identify staffing and recruiting needs and develop and execute best practices for hiring and talent management.
  • Manage the talent acquisition process, including recruitment, interviewing, and hiring of qualified job applicants; collaborate with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies required for hiring needs.
  • Analyze trends in compensation and benefits; research and propose competitive base and incentive pay programs to ensure the organization attracts and retains top talent.
  • Oversee corrective action programs, terminations, and investigations.
  • Maintain knowledge of and monitor and ensure the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations (as well as international law, when applicable); recommended best practices; and create, review, and modify policies and practices to ensure compliance.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Develop and implement a departmental budget.
  • Create learning and development programs and initiatives that provide internal development opportunities for employees.

Qualifications

  • At least 10-15 years of human resource experience, with senior leadership and HR strategy experience, is required, preferably inclusive of philanthropic and/or non-profit settings, with experience designing and implementing systems for total rewards, total compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, onboarding, performance management, payroll, compliance, health and safety, employee engagement and inclusivity, retention, and offboarding.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and think strategically; set and achieve realistic goals and objectives; balance multiple priorities; and leverage data/evidence to inform decision-making with excellent attention to detail and follow through.
  • Experience building, managing, training, and/or overseeing an HR team and driving a high-performance culture centering on employee engagement.
  • Experience establishing, reviewing, and modifying policies, procedures, and systems and overseeing hiring required, preferably in growing global organizations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and utilize sound judgment and discretion when handling sensitive and confidential information and situations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, listening skills, ability to facilitate challenging conversations, and judgment in communicating within a variety of settings across a variety of global cultures; knowledge of best practices around communication in virtual/hybrid environments and/or a global workforce and experience in conflict resolution a plus.
  • Comfort with technology, including selecting, learning, and implementing new technologies that enhance systems and culture.
  • Demonstrated passion for or interest in decarbonizing the world economy at a speed and scale equal to the challenge with the ability to integrate and infuse the Foundation’s guiding principles into human resources.
  • Knowledge of California employment law required with knowledge of or aptitude to learn applicable laws in other states and internationally a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field or experience in excess of the minimum required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Human Resources Certification, such as PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP, is highly preferred.

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We provide competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office for our Irvine, California location.  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.

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 learn more about this opportunity: 

Sequoia Climate Foundation is partnering with Walker and Associations Consulting, a national Black- and woman-owned strategic management consulting and executive search firm, on this search. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (references will not be contacted without notice) to [email protected] by Friday, October 7, 2022, at 5 pm PT. Use “Director, People and Culture” in the subject line. A single combined PDF is preferred.

 

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
General Counsel

Location: Irvine, CA

Type: Hybrid Role (In-person and Remote)

Status: Full Time

Compensation: $350,000 annually

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, 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 

 

The General Counsel will be the organization’s first in-house layer and will be responsible for all transactional, legal, and compliance matters.  This experienced lawyer will build the legal and compliance function, including developing and reviewing policies and practices, managing regulatory compliance for the organization, partnering with various teams on grantmaking, both domestic and international, and reviewing contracts as well as other legal matters that may arise.  The General Counsel will work under the direction of the President for the majority of these functions but will report directly to the Board/Family Office President on issues having to do with governance. 

 

Key Responsibilities

 

Corporate Governance
  • Records and stores formal meeting minutes for Board and all board committees. Maintain Corporate Secretary’s Files, e.g., official Documents of Record, contracts, and legal agreements.
  • Manages enterprise risk management.
  • Develops and implements corporate governance best practices.

Transactions/Legal/Compliance

  • Advises program staff on legal and compliance issues relating to domestic and international grants, including tax and OFAC compliance.
  • Advises on a broad range of corporate, employee, employee benefit, tax, regulatory, and compliance matters.
  • Negotiates, reviews, and prepares as requested, provisions of grant letters and other grant-related documents.
  • Keeps leadership and operational teams apprised of compliance status and regulatory updates.
  • Oversees compliance with Foundation Conflict of Interest and other associated policies; develops policies, and training as required to ensure compliance.
  • Prepares routine legal opinions on private foundation excise tax matters, if needed.
  • Supports the legal needs of the contract management and procurement function.
  • Participates in the negotiation of, reviews, and prepares contractual arrangements with outside service providers, including administrative and programmatic consultants and vendors.
  • Advises, prepares, and coordinates with outside counsel and other professional service providers with respect to registration and compliance-related filings in foreign jurisdictions.
  • Assists and advice as requested on special projects throughout the Foundation.
  • Manages legal budget, the U.S. and international outside counsel relationships, including active management of overall quality and cos of legal services.

 

Qualifications

  • A Juris Doctor is required. Also required is the ability to practice law in the State of California, which can include the ability to become registered in-house counsel, per the State Bar of California.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in legal practice is required. Non-profit and/or private foundation experience is highly preferred.
  • A solid understanding of legal principles and practices governing the leading U.S.-based 501(s)(3) nonprofit organization is required. Experience with legal and compliance issues with respect to advocacy and lobbying activity is preferred.
  • Experience counseling at a grantmaking institution is highly preferred.
  • Experience setting up and operating international offices preferred.
  • Practical supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience in contract creation and negotiation, knowledge of contract provisions, and contract management.
  • Experience in project management including the ability to handle multiple projects concurrently, prioritize effectively and meet deadlines
  • Ability to analyze highly complex legal and business concepts and then articulate logical, coherent, and practical solutions.
  • Exceptional judgment, discretion, and diplomacy, e.g., handling confidential and sensitive information.
  • Advanced interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, apply good judgment, and make sound decisions.
  • Ability to work in an environment that places priority on teamwork and collaboration.
  • Ability to work on cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to create strong relationships across multiple types of differences, and to thrive in a diverse and inclusive team environment.

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We provide competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office for our Irvine, California location.  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.

 

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 learn more about this opportunity, please contact: 

Tory Clarke, Partner, Bridge Partners: [email protected]

Ryan Whitacre, Partner, Bridge Partners: [email protected]

 

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
Impact Evaluation Manager

Location: Irvine, CA (Preferred Location) or Washington, D.C.

Type: Hybrid Role (In-person and Remote)

Status: Full Time

Compensation: $180,000 annually

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, 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 Impact Evaluation Manager who will reimagine the role of impact evaluation in climate philanthropy for Sequoia. They will develop a framework for and lead the implementation of credible mixed-methods evaluations that blend econometric approaches and systems thinking to support ambitious climate action. These evaluations may weave together quasi-experimental approaches, Blue Marble Evaluation principles and Bayesian Contribution Tracing in novel ways. They will co-design and co-implement targeted research on how change happens with Sequoia’s staff and partners, with a strong focus on embedding the insights derived from evaluative thinking and research into strategy and implementation. They will work closely with colleagues across Sequoia Climate Foundation, as well as with external partners, including peer funders and grantees.

Key Responsibilities

  • Co-design and implement a novel framework for the use of impact evaluation in philanthropic decision-making that aligns with Sequoia’s broader Evidence and Learning agenda.
  • Lead quantitative and mixed methods approach to evaluate the systems-wide impact of climate mitigation actions, with a focus on the speed, scale, likelihood of success, and cost of emissions reductions.
  • Supports the development and execution of Sequoia’s strategies, goals, policies, and initiatives.
  • Collaborates closely with Sequoia’s Operations team with a specific focus on areas where the Evidence and Learning portfolio interacts with our operations functions.
  • Engages with the Evidence and Learning Community of aligned donors and practitioners working to advance the goals of Sequoia.
  • Identifies partners and collaborations to advance grantmaking strategies, including, as appropriate, active participation in collaboratives, conferences, and workshops.
  • Foster a culture of iterative experimentation and learning among Sequoia staff and our partner by providing technical support, guidance, and thought leadership on novel uses of impact evaluation to inform decision-making.
  • Informed by targeted impact evaluations and portfolio-wide Bayesian-probability models and monitoring, lead the development & implementation of Sequoia’s impact reporting.
  • Coordinate evaluation processes across Sequoia Climate Foundation’s program teams.
Qualifications
  • Advanced Degree in science, economics, or mathematics required.
  • A minimum of seven years working in climate change or a similarly complex field (e.g., international development, biodiversity conservation, humanitarian aid) is required.
  • Experience with econometric approaches to impact evaluation is required.
  • Experience in systems thinking and systems change approaches to evaluation is highly preferred.

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We provide competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office for our Irvine, California location.  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.

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.

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

Location: Hybrid Role (In-person 3 days per week at our Irvine, CA location and Remote 2 days per week)
Status: Full Time

Compensation: $118,000 annually

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, 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 Program Associate, India, works with one or more Sequoia Program Directors to develop and execute philanthropic 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 and identify the organizations best positioned to execute them. Moreover, actively engaging with grantees to ensure alignment with the mission and robust execution. 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Handle simultaneous deadlines and complete assignments.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience working in climate change or a related field.
  • Experience working in/on India or South Asia.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and one additional language that is spoken in India, preferably Hindi.
  • Strong quantitative skills preferred.
  • Experience working in government, non-profit or philanthropic organizations is preferred.

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We provide competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office for our Irvine, California, location.  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

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, SE Asia and China

Location: Hybrid Role (In-person at our Irvine, CA location and Remote)
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, 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, SE Asia and China 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

  • A minimum of five 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.  We provide competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office for our Irvine, California location.  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

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 Manager, India

Location: Hybrid Role (In-person 3 days per week at our Irvine, CA location and Remote 2 days per week)
Status: Full Time

Compensation: $150,000 annually

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, 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 Program Manager, India, will report to and work closely with the India Program Director and collaborate with Sequoia Climate Foundation leadership to manage grantmaking portfolios and will manage productive relationships with grantees, communicating openly and engaging directly with them. The Program Manager works with leadership to both develop and execute strategies and plans aligned with the organizational mission and vision. They will develop, support, and execute strategies as needed, compile the research and evidence necessary to assess their potential impact and chances for success and identify the organizations best positioned to execute them. They will support in leading a team and work with peer networks, government officials, thought leaders, and key stakeholders to assess emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities in the field.

Key Responsibilities

  • Advance strategy execution, including conducting research and analysis on climate sector trends, developing coherent theories of change and theories of action, and identifying, screening, and supporting grantee partners in developing robust projects aligned with the theory of action.  Write investment recommendations articulating the rationale for funding a cohort of projects and partners and present them to the Program Directors and Executive Team.
  • Consistent with Sequoia’s “learning and evidence approach,” keep in regular contact with funded partners, including through site visits, and support execution consistent with goals in mind, supporting adaptive management by partners as needed.
  • Work with the Program Directors to undertake or commission sector-relevant research and analysis to inform the effective development, delivery, and evaluation of programs and initiatives.
  • Engage peer networks, funders, government officials, opinion-formers within the climate change and sector-specific community, and other stakeholders to help develop strategies and identify organizations best positioned to execute those strategies.
  • Identify appropriate partners and collaborations to advance grant-making strategies, including, as appropriate, active participation in collaboratives, conferences, and workshops.
  • Monitor developments in the field to identify emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities for driving ambitious climate action.
  • Support the forecasting of grant payments and serve as a compliance checkpoint to ensure grantmaking stays within yearly budgets. Supports the maintenance of annual administrative budgets for programmatic expenses.
  • Works with the Evidence and Learning team to build and implement robust evidence and learning agenda in our grantmaking.
  • Ensures adherence to internal grantmaking processes via appropriate documentation, grant budgeting, and reporting.
  • Represents Sequoia Climate Foundation at conferences and meetings with NGOs, funders, experts, and consultants, ensuring follow-up as needed.
  • Leads project and program management and handles simultaneous deadlines and assigned work.
  • Works integrally with staff in accomplishing tasks, managing junior staff as needed.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience working in climate change with a focus on either food and land systems or climate policy or a related field.
  • Experience working in/on India or South Asia.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and one additional language that is spoken in India, preferably Hindi.
  • Strong quantitative skills Preferred.
  • Experience working in government, non-profit or philanthropic organizations is preferred.

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We provide competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office for our Irvine, California, location.  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

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.

 

 

Research Officer

Location: Irvine, CA (Preferred Location) or Washington, D.C.

Type: Hybrid Role (In-person and Remote)

Status: Full Time

Compensation: $130,000 annually

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, 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 a Research Officer who will conduct cutting-edge, timely policy research and quantitative analyses on the potential and realized impacts of climate mitigation strategies (across major greenhouse gas emitters).  This role will support Sequoia’s Program teams to develop cutting-edge, impactful strategies for the transformation of climate action based on quantitative analysis.  The Research Officer will design and analyze policy scenarios in Sequoia’s in-house tool, as well as other external tools (including Energy Policy Simulator, En-ROADs, and, where appropriate, integrated assessment models).

Key Responsibilities

  • Co-design and implement a novel framework for the use of impact evaluation in philanthropic decision-making that aligns with Sequoia’s broader Evidence and Learning agenda.
  • Lead quantitative and mixed methods approach to evaluate the systems-wide impact of climate mitigation actions, with a focus on the speed, scale, likelihood of success, and cost of emissions reductions.
  • Supports the development and execution of Sequoia’s strategies, goals, policies, and initiatives.
  • Collaborates closely with Sequoia’s Operations team with a specific focus on areas where the Evidence and Learning portfolio interacts with our operations functions.
  • Engages with the Evidence and Learning Community of aligned donors and practitioners working to advance the goals of Sequoia.
  • Identifies partners and collaborations to advance grantmaking strategies, including, as appropriate, active participation in collaboratives, conferences, and workshops.
  • Foster a culture of iterative experimentation and learning among Sequoia staff and our partner by providing technical support, guidance, and thought leadership on novel uses of impact evaluation to inform decision-making.
  • Informed by targeted impact evaluations and portfolio-wide Bayesian-probability models and monitoring, lead the development & implementation of Sequoia’s impact reporting.
  • Coordinate evaluation processes across Sequoia Climate Foundation’s program teams.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or mathematics required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of three years working in energy or climate policy modeling, or a related field is required.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing models in VenSim, Python, or R required.
  • Experience with collaborative model building preferred.

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We provide competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office for our Irvine, California location.  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.

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.