Guided By Science, Driven to Action

Sequoia Climate Fund is excited to build a global team of program managers, policymakers, scientists and others committed to preventing the worst effects of climate change.

Guided By Science, Driven to Action

Sequoia Climate Fund is excited to build a global team of program managers, policymakers, scientists and others committed to preventing the worst effects of climate change.

Sequoia Climate Fund 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:

Grants Officer

 

 

Grants Officer

Sequoia Climate Fund is seeking a full-time, experienced Grants Officer to support the full lifecycle of all grants at Sequoia, refine the grant management process to achieve optimal efficiency, and serve as a resource for staff with any grant management questions.

 

If you are someone who is:

 

·        Experienced in grantmaking and passionate about using your skills to further the mission of Sequoia Climate Fund

·        Known for looking at processes holistically to find ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness

·        Highly agile, understanding how a start-up organization’s needs often change

·        Enjoy both the day-to-day operations and strategic planning aspect of Grant Management

 

This may be what you’re looking for!

 

About Sequoia Climate Fund

Sequoia Climate Fund is a new philanthropy that seeks to decarbonize the world economy at a speed and scale equal to the problem. 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.

 

You Will

The Grants Officer is responsible for ensuring effectiveness and efficiency within the Grantmaking Operations Department. This role is focused on refining Sequoia’s grant management process, coordinating with the Fund’s grantmaking partner, and serving as a resource for staff with any grants management questions. Reporting to the Director, Grantmaking Operations, the Grants Officer will work collaboratively to ensure that Sequoia has scalable grantmaking systems and processes for more than $100M issued in grants each year. Due to the start-up nature of Sequoia, this role will be in a position to look holistically at the grantmaking process to determine best practices while also being involved in the day-to-day operations of the department.

 

  • Supports the full lifecycle of all grants, from concept through all diligence and compliance processes to reporting and grant close.
  • Collaborates with the Director, Grantmaking Operations to translate the Sequoia mission and values into grantmaking process and practice.
  • Partners with program and legal staff to ensure that all administrative, legal, and tax compliance of grants are met.
  • Collaborates with the Evaluation and Learning (E&L) Department to ensure that strategic reflection and reporting requirements are met.
  • Reviews and monitors proposals, reports, and other grant requirements to identify legal or financial issues.
  • Proposes effective solutions for items such as grant structure, required documentation, and ensuring that reports and other grant requirements are correctly documented.
  • Manages and ensures data integrity for Sequoia’s grants management platform.
  • Provides counsel and support to staff on how to solve potential issues and challenges that may be presented by a grant or grantee, such as organization status, certain legal requirements, and other questions.
  • Approaches the work with a grantee-centric and collaborative mindset.
  • Coordinates various special projects in conjunction with Sequoia’s grantmaking partner.
  • Assists with designing and conducting staff onboarding and ongoing training related to the Fund’s grantmaking, policies and procedures, compliance, and grants management system.
  • Assists with enhancements to the functionality of Sequoia’s grants management platform, including developing additional applications and ensuring integration with other technology.
  • Represents the Grantmaking Operations team in foundation-wide initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

We need

Our ideal team member will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a grantmaking organization required.
  • Familiarity with tax rules governing private foundations and public charities required.
  • Understanding of grantmaking compliance preferred.
  • Private foundation experience or experience with grantmaking to organizations outside of the U.S. is highly preferred.
  • Technical savviness with exceptional Microsoft Office and administrator-level database skills required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

 

We provide

 

  • Payment of 100% of health insurance premiums for employees and 80% of premiums for their dependents
  • Company-provided life insurance and long-term disability
  • 401(k) retirement plan with an employer match
  • Support for continuing education
  • Annual student loan repayment OR college savings assistance for qualified dependents
  • Vacation & sick time benefits
  • Parental Leave benefits
  • And more!

 

Sequoia Climate fund’s institutional culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion

Sequoia Climate Fund believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. We actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity, and inclusion that we seek to amplify in the larger world.

 

Sequoia Climate Fund hires, promotes, and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by Sequoia’s service needs and business requirements. All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law, e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

 

COVID-19 Hiring update

We have temporarily transitioned to a work-from-home model, and this role is expected to begin as a remote position. To ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care AgencyOnce circumstances allow, staff will be required to work full-time from our office in Irvine, California. We are flexible and willing to discuss the logistics and financial considerations raised by relocation, if needed.

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a cover letter, no more than one page in length, and resume. Your cover letter must address your experience, qualifications, and why you are interested in joining the Sequoia Climate Fund Team.

Please visit this link to apply for the role: https://smrtr.io/6_YqP

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

 
 
Director, People & Culture

Director, People & Culture

  • 100 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618, USA
  • Full-time
 

Job Description

The Director, People and Culture will implement best practices, provide leadership and bring a  “roll up your sleeves attitude” to this position.  The role serves as a key implementing partner to the Chief Operating Officer and will lead the build-out of this key function of the employee experience for the organization from the ground up. This position is responsible for leading talent acquisition efforts, organizational design, 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.

  • Collaborates with the Executive Committee to support the organization’s goals and strategy related to culture, staffing, recruiting, and growth.
  • Develops and executes 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.
  • Creates and executes a plan to build a function people and culture internal team that is fully staffed to support Sequoia Climate Fund.
  • Responsible for leading the development of Sequoia’s culture that emphasizes the importance of each individual within the organization.
  • Plans, leads, develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization’s human resource compliance and strategy needs.
  • Administers and oversees the administration of 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; and training and development.
  • Identifies staffing and recruiting needs; develops and executes best practices for hiring and talent management.
  • Manages the talent acquisition process, including recruitment, interviewing, and hiring of qualified job applicants; collaborates with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies required for hiring needs.
  • Analyzes trends in compensation and benefits; researches and proposes competitive base and incentive pay programs to ensure the organization attracts and retains top talent.
  • Oversees corrective action programs, terminations, and investigations.
  • Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Maintains knowledge of and compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; creates and maintains policies to ensure compliance.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Develops and implements a departmental budget.
  • Creates learning and development programs and initiatives that provide internal development opportunities for employees.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least five years of human resource management experience is required.
  • Previous experience working for either philanthropy or nonprofit is highly preferred.
  • Human Resources Certification, such as PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP is highly preferred.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Sequoia Climate fund’s institutional culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion

Sequoia Climate Fund believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. We actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity, and inclusion that we seek to amplify in the larger world.

Sequoia Climate Fund hires, promotes, and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities, and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by Sequoia’s service needs and business requirements. All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline, and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law, e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

COVID-19 HirIng update

We have temporarily transitioned to a work-from-home model, and this role is expected to begin as a remote position. To ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency. Once circumstances allow, staff will be required to work full-time from our office in Irvine, California. We are flexible and willing to discuss the logistics and financial considerations raised by relocation, if needed.

Apply here.

 
Director of Information Technology (IT)

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time
FLSA Status (OT eligibility): Exempt

Director of Information Technology (IT)

Sequoia Climate Fund is seeking a full-time, experienced Director of IT who is eager to develop all enterprise-wide information technology systems for the organization, set the Fund’s IT policies, and initiate the implementation of an Agile methodology process to support this growing organization.

If you are someone who is :

  • An open-minded innovator who prides themselves on overcoming obstacles and learning from setbacks
  • Enjoys assessing needs and implementing a solution
  • Highly agile, understanding how a start-up organization’s needs often change
  • Known for their willingness to step in and support tactical tasks while also setting strategy

This may be what you’re looking for!

ABOUT Sequoia Climate Fund

Sequoia Climate Fund is a new philanthropy that seeks to decarbonize the world economy at a speed and scale equal to the problem. 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.

You Will

The Director, Information Technology will have a pivotal role in the creation and development for all enterprise-wide information technology including infrastructure and architecture, security, applications support and development, networks, telecommunications, and project management. The role is responsible for assessing needs, articulate a process and implement a plan that will optimize and secure the critical work of Sequoia Climate Fund. The Director, Information Technology will be responsible for understanding, supporting, and overseeing the build out of all of IT information and data security, privacy, risk, and governance.

  • Manages the migration of existing systems and leads and develops the implementation of new systems to meet the business needs of the organization.
  • Develops, updates, and owns Sequoia Climate Fund’s IT Policies (including mobile) and Cyber Risk Mitigation Strategy.
  • Provides periodic training to key stakeholders, both internal and external, around best practices for mitigating cyber risk.
  • Develops, implements, and manages disaster recovery protocols, including business continuity protocols to minimize disruption to business operations in the event of an emergency or data loss.
  • Works closely with the Director, Grantmaking Operations to ensure Sequoia Climate Fund’s critical grant making system is selected, implemented, and developed with security in mind and operates well with other core IT systems.
  • Develops and supports an agile and responsive team that will maintain a secure and stable computing environment with maximum system availability and performance.
  • Meets scalability and growth needs appropriate to the organization. 
  • Updates and maintains the technical infrastructure both on-prem and on-the-cloud to ensure optimal performance.
  • Manages and measures vendor and partner-provided IT solutions.
  • Maintains reliable inventory of hardware, software licenses and service contracts.
  • Remains up to date of technological advances in the field and be able to identify areas of use in the organization.
  • Provides leadership and support for IT integration, support, and data analytics, and ensure organization wide use of information systems.
  • Responsible for hiring and training IT staff, including overseeing assigned projects to IT team members, conducing performance evaluations of team members that are timely and constructive, and conducting any performance management actions in accordance with company policy.
  • Cultivates a team-oriented, problem-solving culture focused on delivering quality solutions that facilitate business success.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with external IT vendors and service providers.
  • Performs other duties as required.

We NEED

Our ideal team member will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, or equivalent required; MBA preferred. 
  • At least five years of experience in building and leading an Information Technology Department required.
  • IT Certifications, such as CISSP or CISM, and Project Management Certifications, such as PMP, preferred.
  • Experience with delivering SaaS solutions or moving an organization to a new premise site highly preferred.

We provide

  • Payment of 100% of health insurance premiums for employees and 80% of premiums for their dependents
  • Company-provided life insurance and long-term disability
  • 401(k) retirement plan with an employer match
  • Support for continuing education
  • Annual student loan repayment OR college savings assistance for qualified dependents
  • Vacation & sick time benefits
  • Parental Leave benefits
  • And more!

Sequoia Climate fund’s institutional culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion

Sequoia Climate Fund believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. We actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity, and inclusion that we seek to amplify in the larger world.

Sequoia Climate Fund hires, promotes, and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by Sequoia’s service needs and business requirements. All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law, e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

COVID-19 HIRIng update

We have temporarily transitioned to a work-from-home model, and this role is expected to begin as a remote position. To ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care AgencyOnce circumstances allow, staff will be required to work full-time from our office in Irvine, California. We are flexible and willing to discuss the logistics and financial considerations raised by relocation, if needed.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

The Edens Group is assisting Sequoia Climate Fund with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Your cover letter must address your experience, qualifications and why you are interested in joining the Sequoia Climate Fund team. Please visit: https://sequoiaclimate.org/  for more information about the organization. 

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please reach out to Kelly Edens at [email protected] or 703-528-3637.

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Program Officer

Reports to: Program Director
Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time
FLSA Status (OT eligibility): Exempt

 

About the Role

Sequoia Climate Fund is 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 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 adoption of climate mitigation policies in high emitting countries. As Sequoia Climate Fund 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

Program development, delivery, and performance

  • 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 results of global and regional strategic analysis verbally and in writing, through internal 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, and developing funding proposals, 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.

 

Financial stewardship and administrative responsibilities

  • Support the maintenance of annual administrative budgets for programmatic expenses.
  • 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.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as requested.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum five to seven years’ experience working in climate change or a related field, with at least three years of dedicated experience in at least one specific area within climate mitigation.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and grantees of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about how to drive ambitious climate action.
  • Comfort with quantitative information and data, including budgets and financial information.
  • Willingness to learn, take initiative, be resourceful, and flexible.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • A mentality that no task is too small or big, to get what is needed done.
  • Team-oriented with an ability to work in a cross-cultural team environment.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.
  • Excellent English language writing, synthesizing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Understanding and embodiment of Sequoia Climate Fund values, including humility and teamwork.
  • Willingness to work in our Irvine, CA office.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, or equivalent by experience.
  • Understanding of grantmaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about how to drive ambitious climate action.

 

Sequoia Climate Fund’s Institutional Culture of Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion

Sequoia Climate Fund believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. We actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity, and inclusion that we seek to amplify in the larger world.

 

Sequoia Climate Fund hires, promotes, and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by Sequoia’s service needs and business requirements. All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law, e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

 

Covid-19 Hiring Update

We have temporarily transitioned to a work-from-home model, and this role is expected to begin as a remote position. To ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency. Once circumstances allow, staff will be required to work full-time from our office in Irvine, California. We are flexible and willing to discuss the logistics and financial considerations raised by relocation, if needed.

 

Compensation & Location

Sequoia Climate Fund offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Our benefits include payment of 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Fund 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.

 

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

 

 

To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting Sequoia Climate Fund 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) two non-published writing samples (no more than 5 pages each) such as a technical paper, memo, or proposal, or other document you believe is relevant to the position, (4) and salary requirements (specifying salary amount or range) through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.

https://job.ceaconsulting.com/jobs/program-officer-irvine-ca-106192

 

Sequoia Climate Fund is an equal opportunity employer.

 

CEA Recruiting works with leading environmental nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to recruit top talent and design effective organizational staffing strategies. For more information, visit www.cearecruiting.com.

Program Manager, India

Reports to: Director, India
Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time
FLSA Status (OT eligibility): Exempt

 

About the Role

The Program Manager is a newly created role to support the organization’s growing work across India. This individual will report directly to Program Director and assist in developing cutting-edge, impactful, and evidence-based strategies and plans that achieve transformational change in India. The Program Manager will work closely with the Program Director and Sequoia Climate Fund leadership to contribute to research, portfolio development, and management related to grantmaking. They will manage productive relationships with grantees. The scope of role may evolve over time.

In terms of the specific responsibilities of this position, we would highlight the following:

Program development, delivery, and performance

  • Assist in developing program strategy, and developing, implementing, managing, and monitoring results-based grantmaking portfolios of Sequoia, including setting out theories of change, clear goals, and applicable metrics.
  • Work with the measurement, evaluation, and learning team to put in place processes necessary to enable the timely use of evidence to support program design and develop / deliver effective verification and evaluation systems.
  • Write strategy recommendations and background papers, as well as present proposed grantees for funding to Program Director and the Senior Executive Team.
  • Advise on and participate in the strategic direction of Sequoia, including long-term planning.
  • Working alongside the Director, undertake initial screening of potential grantees; manage grantee relationships; analyze and assess background information; conduct site visits; solicit and develop funding proposals; determine appropriate funding levels; prepare docket materials; monitor active grants and review progress reports.
  • Ensure adherence to internal grantmaking processes and timelines via appropriate documentation, grant budgeting, and reporting.

Sector knowledge and profile-building

  • Build an external network with experts and opinion-formers within the climate change and sector-specific communities to identify potential grantees and ensure decision making is shaped by up-to-date insights and research.
  • Monitor emerging research as well as developments in the field to identify emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities.
  • Working with the Director, undertake or commission sector-relevant research and analysis to inform the effective development, delivery and evaluation of programs and initiatives.

External relations

  • Manage Sequoia portfolios. Working with the Director, identify new partners, conduct site visits, manage relationships, and perform due diligence, evaluation, and measurement.
  • Engage with the community of aligned donors and practitioners working to advance the goals of Sequoia.
  • Identify appropriate partners and collaborators to advance grantmaking strategies including, active participation in appropriate collaboratives, conferences, and workshops.
  • Represent Sequoia at conferences and meetings with NGOs, funders, experts, and consultants; ensure follow-up, as needed. This may include international or domestic travel.

Financial stewardship, supervision, and management

  • Comfort with quantitative information and data in the context of climate mitigation, as well as with budgets and financial information,
  • Mentor junior staff, as needed, and work integrally with staff in accomplishing tasks.
  • Support the development of an annual administrative budget to anticipate and plan for programmatic expenses.
  • Prepare and lead relevant Sequoia presentations.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as requested.

Candidate Profile

Sequoia Climate Fund seeks an accomplished individual who will be implicitly driven by the urgent need

to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change by dramatically reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future. The Program Manager will be passionate about climate change mitigation and the important role India plays in the global race to curb greenhouse gas emissions. They will have deep experience and technical training in one or more sectors related to climate change mitigation, preferably those related to clean energy transition. They will bring strong analytical and organizational skills, and the ability to engage in and incubate a variety of programs at any given time. This individual will possess deep knowledge and a strong network from experience working in India. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred. They will be systems thinkers who also have a strong knack for translating concepts and ideas into actionable agendas and pragmatism to know how to succeed in a complex geography. Candidates who have worked to advance climate the agenda in more than one geography but are committed to engaging deeply on India in the coming years would be especially attractive.

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

Setting Strategy

  • Demonstrated record of partnering in developing and executing strategy, including the effective allocation of set resources to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically, and understand emerging issues and opportunities in accelerating the transition to a clean energy future.
  • Ability to weigh the risks of big bets against the potential for lasting results, making decisions accordingly and effectively evaluating constraints and making critical trade-offs.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the field.
  • Lifelong learner, who is inquisitive and solves problems with bold thinking and innovation and displays a strong intellectual curiosity.

Executing for Results

  • Adept at setting clear and challenging goals, and committing the program and organization to improved performance, coupled with a willingness to be accountable for the oversight of implementation.
  • Comfort with quantitative information and data, including budgets and financial information.
  • Excellent English language writing, synthesizing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Tenacious and accountable in driving results, yet flexible and open-minded to new approaches.
  • Experienced in supporting the development of an organizational results-oriented learning culture.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty; the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations.
  • Exceptional project management, prioritization, and planning skills, with demonstrated success producing high-quality deliverables on time as an individual contributor and in collaboration with others.
  • An individual 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 taking into account what is best for the organization and mission.
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.

Relationships, Influence and Communications

  • Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with diverse internal and external audiences, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with senior management.
  • An ability to inspire trust in others and followership through compelling influence, charisma, and passion in their beliefs, and active drive and ability to convene and convince others to act on compelling logic and common best interests.
  • Capacity to initiate and foster strategic partnerships with key external constituencies – including governmental, philanthropic, media, academic, civic, and business institutions and leaders – to advance the thematic goals of Sequoia.
  • Highly collaborative with a partnership mindset. Encourages others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrates and supports the success of the team, external partners, and grantees.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial, effective working relationships with colleagues and grantees of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Leadership

  • The ability to persevere in the face of challenges, and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards.
  • An individual who is self-reflective and aware of their own limitations; leads by example with an attitude of self-improvement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • When required, the ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate a nimble team, delegate effectively and manage performance.

Other

  • Proficiency in Hindi and/or at least one other Indian language
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural, team environment
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Willingness to travel for work
  • Willingness to relocate to Irvine, California

Covid-19 Hiring Update

 

Sequoia Climate Fund’s Institutional Culture of Respect, Equity and Inclusion

Sequoia Climate Fund believe they are strengthened by the diversity of their staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. They welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and they strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. They actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity and inclusion that they seek through their work to amplify in the larger world.

Sequoia Climate Fund hires, promotes and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by the Foundation’s service needs and business requirements. All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law, e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

Sequoia Climate Fund offers a very generous benefits package including payment of 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Fund 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.

Contact

Tory Clark
Russell Reynolds Associates
999 Peachtree St NE, Suite 2700
Atlanta, GA  30309-4521

 

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Program Director, Climate Finance

Reports to: President
Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time
FLSA Status (OT eligibility): Exempt

Job Summary

The Program Director, Climate Finance, is a new position at the organization that will report directly to the President and serve as a member of the senior management team. As a recognized subject-matter expert, this leader will develop cutting-edge, impactful, and evidence-based strategies and plans that ensure Sequoia’s work across Climate Finance achieves transformational and lasting change. They will be directly responsible for a grantmaking portfolio and will also support portfolios across Sequoia’s programs. They will work closely with the broader leadership team to contribute to research, portfolio development, and management related to grantmaking.

The financial sector, and the institutions that govern it, have a critical role to play in the transition to a clean energy, fossil-free future, as both the source of finance for low-carbon infrastructure and as the owners and creditors of the fossil fuel economy. In collaboration with potential grantees and the wider Sequoia team, the Program Director, Climate Finance, will lead in the development and implementation of Sequoia’s climate finance strategy and related grant portfolio. This strategy will aim to leverage significant resources to drive ambition and increase and align momentum across key regulatory, legislative, and investment agendas that can play a role in the direction of both private and public financial flows. The program is expected to draw on a range of strategies and tactics, including legal, political, campaign, and communications, to drive impact across the financial system. It will also be developed with an emphasis on evidence and learning.

In terms of the specific responsibilities of this position, we would highlight the following:

As a member of the Senior Management Team

  • Take full and collective accountability for the development and implementation of the Climate Finance strategy, priorities, and plans ensuring they are aligned to the foundation strategy and complementary to other program strategies.
  • As a recognized subject-matter expert, the Climate Finance Director will provide up-to-date, professional advice to the Executive Team and Board on related issues to support the development of foundation strategies, policies, and initiatives.
  • Take the lead on cross-cutting initiatives and projects as required by the Executive Team, which may include work not directly in the core subject matter.
  • Manage a small and growing team and provide compelling, consistent, and united leadership, which creates clarity for staff and builds a sense of shared accountability for its success and that of the organization.
  • Develop and maintain excellent external relationships within the related sector(s), acting as an ambassador for Sequoia to help build the organization’s reputation and profile.

Strategy & planning

  • Develop and own the strategic plan and priorities to ensure Sequoia is maximizing impact in Climate Finance with the resources available.
  • Develop and implement an annual operational plan to ensure effective in-year prioritization of resources and activities.
  • Collaborate across directorates to ensure strategic complementarity.
  • Stay connected to relevant geopolitical trends and developments that could impact the strategy and reflect these appropriately with other organizations, including philanthropies and bilateral donors.
  • Bring catalytic and innovative thinking to our existing and new portfolios to scale the work and maximize impact.
  • Advise on and participate in the strategic direction of Sequoia, including long-term planning.

Program development, delivery & performance

  • Develop, direct, implement, manage, monitor, and support evidence-based grantmaking portfolios of Sequoia Climate Fund, including setting out a theory of change, clear goals, and applicable metrics related to Climate Finance.
  • Ensure the quality, timeliness, and strategic alignment of work to wider foundation priorities and objectives.
  • Work with the Evidence & Learning Director to put in place processes necessary to enable the timely use of evidence to support learning, program design, and develop/deliver effective partnerships with grantees and peers.
  • Monitor compliance with agreed due diligence and risk management protocols, ensuring the interests and reputation of the foundation are appropriately and proportionately protected. Intervene to take corrective action where necessary.
  • As a recognized subject-matter expert, provide advice, specialist guidance, and mentoring support to colleagues (within and beyond the team) to deepen the skills, capability, and professionalism of the organization.

 Sector knowledge and profile-building

  • Proactively maintain and develop extensive external networks with experts within the field to ensure the work is shaped by the most up-to-date insights and research.
  • Undertake or commission sector-relevant research and analysis to inform the effective development, delivery, and evaluation of programs and initiatives.
  • Contribute to the development and promotion of high-quality thought leadership and communications materials to share Sequoia’s work within finance.

Stakeholder and partner management

  • Provide leadership to the wider philanthropic and bilateral donor community on the relevant subject areas within finance.
  • Identify, cultivate and manage relationships with nominated key partners/stakeholders to support the achievement of Foundation objectives in a coordinated manner.

Candidate Profile

Sequoia Climate Fund seeks an accomplished, seasoned leader who will be implicitly driven by the urgent need to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change by dramatically reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future. The Program Director, Climate Finance, will possess at least ten years of experience working in the financial sector, with excellent networks, strong financial literacy, and the ability to manage, interpret and challenge primary financial analysis and data.

The organization is seeking a strategic thinker who can consider the broad and complex geopolitical dimensions of the financial system and define a clear path to action that delivers impact and system-wide change. Ideally, this person will bring multi-sectoral experience across both public and private finance as well as knowledge and understanding of the NGO and advocacy eco-system.

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

  • Deep understanding of the issues driving the financial flows in the high-carbon economy;
  • Understanding of both the public and private climate and energy finance landscapes;
  • Direct or indirect experience with the operational investment activities within a bank, asset manager or asset owner;
  • Knowledge and experience in high-level policy dialogue and cross-institutional collaboration;
  • Understanding of critical issues in international climate policy; and
  • Further experience in financial accounting and reporting, green and inclusive growth accounting and reporting, risk management, and portfolio management is an asset.

Setting Strategy

  • Demonstrated record of developing and executing sophisticated strategy, including the effective allocation of resources to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically and understand emerging issues and opportunities in accelerating the transition to a clean energy future.
  • Ability to weigh the risks against the potential for lasting results, make decisions accordingly, and effectively evaluate constraints and critical trade-offs.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the field.
  • Lifelong learner who is inquisitive and solves problems with bold thinking, innovation and displays a strong intellectual curiosity.

Executing for Results

  • Adept at setting clear and challenging goals and committed to improved performance, coupled with a willingness to be accountable for the oversight of implementation.
  • Tenacious and accountable in driving results, yet flexible and open-minded to new approaches.
  • Experienced in developing an organizational results-oriented learning culture.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty; the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations.
  • Exceptional project management, prioritization, and planning skills, with demonstrated success producing high-quality deliverables on time and within budget.
  • A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in their approach to making decisions.

Leading Teams

  • The ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate a nimble team, delegate effectively, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others.
  • 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 their team’s performance with an attitude of continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Understands and embodies Sequoia’s values, including humility and teamwork.

Relationships, Influence, and Communications

  • Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with diverse internal and external audiences, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • An ability to inspire trust in others through compelling presentation of evidence, influence, charisma, and passion in their beliefs.
  • Capacity to initiate and foster strategic partnerships with key external constituencies, including governmental, philanthropic, media, academic, civil society, and business institutions and leaders.
  • Highly collaborative with a partnership mindset. Encourages others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrates and supports the success of the team, external partners, and grantees.

Sequoia Climate Fund’s Institutional Culture of Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion

Sequoia Climate Fund believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. We actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity, and inclusion that we seek to amplify in the larger world.

Sequoia Climate Fund hires, promotes, and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities, and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by the Fund’s service needs and business requirements. All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline, and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law, e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

We have temporarily transitioned to a work-from-home model, and this role is expected to begin as a remote position. To ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency. Once circumstances allow, staff will be required to work full-time from our office in Irvine, California.

Salary and Benefits

Sequoia Climate Fund offers competitive compensation including a generous benefits package. This package includes payment of 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Sequoia Climate Fund 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.

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