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 Of Staff

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, movement building and public engagement. Sequoia Climate Foundation is active in major emitting geographies, including China, the United States, India, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

About the Role

We are looking for a Chief of Staff to work alongside members of our Senior Leadership Team. Do you thrive in a collaborative and start-up environment where you take action and ownership to solve problems and lead change? Do you want to be part of a larger purpose and an evolving, high-performance culture that empowers you to make an impact? If this sounds like a good fit for you, we look forward to receiving your resume!

The Chief of Staff will act as the “right hand” to the President and balance strategy, project and process management, and executions, helping the President be as effective as possible. This position will work closely with all teams and will be leveraging their cross-functional relationships to understand challenges and opportunities in the organization. He or she will act to build “connective tissue” in communicating needs across the organization. This position will need a high degree of independence, analytical thinking, and be able to drive cross-functional projects, prioritize tasks in a fast-paced startup environment, and communicate effectively across the organization. This role may interact with peer networks, government officials, thought leaders, and key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supports and manages the workflow of the President and assists the President in aligning time with top priorities, deadlines, and decisions to maximize execution.
  • Oversees projects and initiatives from development through successful execution under the guidance and partnership of our President and the leadership team.
  • Streamlines and oversees the flow of communication between others and the President. Ensures all staff requests of the President are adequately addressed efficiently and judiciously while tracking progress until resolved.
  • Contributes to the development of internal and external communications for the President and partners with the leadership team on strategy/messaging for executive communications and internal and external speaking engagements.
  • Exercise the utmost discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential material and safeguard all information.
  • Conducts research, develops and maintains a curated library for the President on relevant climate change topics, important issues, news, local and global political and philanthropic proposals, initiatives, plans, and decisions.
  • Assist in the preparation process for board materials, draft prep materials and agendas in advance, record notes (if needed), keep meetings on track, and follow up for successful completion of action items.
  • Assist in the quarterly, annual, and long-term planning cycle to ensure the process fully reflects the organization’s vision and priorities.
  • Works closely with the Executive Assistant to the President to manage the President’s schedule, meetings, and other administrative activities.
  • Builds crisp, visually appealing slide decks to support critical messages from the leadership team to an internal or external audience.
  • Identifies, implements, and documents the proper systems and structures for efficient operations; works closely with key stakeholders to create clear and valuable briefing memos, documents, templates, and processes for staff and refines them as necessary.
  • Partners with key stakeholders to understand and maintain priority action items and monitors progress on action items.
  • Assists with program and goals development, tracking, and keeping the leadership team apprised of the most critical internal deadlines and external areas of interest that impact Sequoia’s programs.
  • Attends critical meetings and events with, or on behalf of, the President and ensures timely completion of action items.
  • Assists with planning and coordinating meetings, events, travel, workshops, and convenings; makes logistical arrangements as needed; manages consultant contracts as needed.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in a similar role.
  • Experience with program and project management.
  • Experience with strategic planning, organizational planning, and operational follow-through.
  • Experience and a passion for working on climate change topics.

Compensation & Location

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

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

Covid-19 Hiring Update

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

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

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

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
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, movement building and public engagement. Sequoia Climate Foundation is active in major emitting geographies, including China, the United States, India, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.
About the Role

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

Covid-19 Hiring Update

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

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.
Grants Officer

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, movement building and public engagement. Sequoia Climate Foundation is active in major emitting geographies, including China, the United States, India, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Grants Officer who will manage projects that improve grantmaking processes and systems, designs robust training opportunities for staff, and helps drive a learning culture on grantmaking practices. They will develop a framework for and lead the implementation of a training curriculum to support grantmaking. The Grants Officer is also responsible for understanding grant compliance and grantmaking practices supporting the programmatic goals across the foundation.  They will serve as a resource and trainer, build systems and processes, and lead and support projects.  This position requires strong problem-solving skills, attention to detail, comfort with ambiguity in a changing environment, relationship-building, and project management skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • Co-design, implement and facilitate a robust coaching and training program that empowers program staff to be excellent Grantmakers, including a curriculum for new program staff who join, ongoing training on different aspects of due diligence and grant craft, improving the process from the grantee perspective, and sharing best practices from the field of philanthropy.
  • Promote and create a learning and knowledge-sharing culture around grants and grant practices to support program staff.
  • Drive proactive communication across internal stakeholders to promote effective change management. Help set norms for internal collaboration.
  • Partner with the Grantmaking Operations Team to update and iterate on best practices for proposal applications and intake, grant review, due diligence, and grantee reporting. Understand the roles and workflows across the entire grantmaking process and strive for continuous improvement around gaps/barriers. Facilitate input gathering from staff for improvements and efficiencies.
  • Partner with the Evidence and Learning Team to help develop and manage frameworks for collecting and using data to advance learning, decision making, and strategic goals.
  • Understand trends and information needs within the organization and maintain and update grant policies and process documentation.
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are followed and that all grants adhere to federal and state legal and tax requirements and international regulations.
  • Oversee grant portfolios as needed. Support others on grant docket management and board meeting preparation.
  • Assist the team with overall grants systems maintenance and implementation of grant best practices.
  • Engage in technology projects (i.e., grants management system software) to ensure Sequoia is optimized with the best-in-class systems fit for purpose.
  • Project management for various grantmaking operations projects across the organization.
  • Identifies partners and collaborations to advance grantmaking strategies, including, as appropriate, active participation in collaboratives, conferences, and workshops.
  • Supports the full lifecycle of all grants, from concept through all diligence and compliance processes to reporting and grant close.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • A minimum of seven years of experience is required.
  • A minimum of five years in Grants Management in philanthropy.
  • Experience coaching or mentoring staff is required.
  • Experience implementing training programs is required.
  • Experience in international grantmaking is preferred.

 

Compensation & Location

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

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

Covid-19 Hiring Update

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

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

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

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
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, movement building and public engagement. Sequoia Climate Foundation is active in major emitting geographies, including China, the United States, India, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.
About the Role

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

Covid-19 Hiring Update

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

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

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

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

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, movement building and public engagement. Sequoia Climate Foundation is active in major emitting geographies, including China, the United States, India, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

About the Role

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

Key Responsibilities
  • Support Sequoia’s efforts to determine strategic priorities and set operational plans by conducting research and analysis on specific programs and climate sector trends.
  • Monitor developments in the field to identify emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities for driving ambitious climate action.
  • Engage peer networks, funders, government officials, and other stakeholders to help develop strategies and identify organizations best positioned to execute those strategies.
  • Support all aspects of strategy execution and grantmaking, including initial screening of potential grantees, analyzing background information, soliciting, developing funding proposals, and preparing grant recommendations.
  • Serve as the point of contact for select grantees to learn from and steward the relationship, conduct site visits as needed, and monitor the impact of grants.
  • Support the forecasting of grant payments and serve as a compliance checkpoint to ensure grantmaking stays within yearly budgets. Maintain grants database, budget spreadsheets, and grant calendars, and coordinate grant processes for the team.
  • Assist team with planning and coordinating meetings, travel, workshops, and convenings; make logistical arrangements as needed; manage consultant contracts.

Who You Are

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

Required Qualifications

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

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

Covid-19 Hiring Update

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

To Apply

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, Climate Finance

Location: Irvine, CA or London, UK

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, movement building and public engagement. Sequoia Climate Foundation is active in major emitting geographies, including China, the United States, India, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.
About the Role

The Program Manager will have an initial focus on developing cutting-edge, evidence-based strategies and plans that will have a meaningful impact and achieve transformational and lasting change across climate finance. The Program Manager will report to and work closely with the Program Director and collaborate with Sequoia Climate Foundation leadership to manage grantmaking portfolios and will communicate openly, engage directly, and manage productive relationships with grantees. They will develop, support, and execute strategies, 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 work with peer networks, government officials, thought leaders, and key stakeholders to assess emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities in the field.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support all aspects of strategy execution and strategic priorities, and set operational plans by conducting research and analysis on specific programs and climate sector trends.
  • Support grantmaking portfolios, including initial screening of potential grantees, analyzing background information, soliciting, developing funding proposals, conducting site visits, managing grantee relationships, determining appropriate funding levels, preparing docket materials, monitoring active grants, and preparing grant recommendations.  Presents proposed grantees for funding to Program Directors and Executive Team.
  • Works 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 finance sector-specific community, and other stakeholders to help develop strategies and identify organizations best positioned to execute those strategies.
  • Identifies 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.
  • Monitors developments in the climate finance field to identify emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities.
  • Represents Sequoia Climate Foundation at conferences and meetings with NGOs, funders, experts, and consultants, ensuring follow-up as needed.
  • Supports project and program management and handles simultaneous deadlines and assigned work.
  • Works integrally with staff in accomplishing tasks, managing junior staff as needed.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience working in climate finance, the financial sector (public or private), climate change or a related field.
  • Experience working on climate finance (i.e., relevant financial accounting and reporting), in the financial sector, in the public finance sector on climate finance, or for a non-profit organization in this field is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in advocacy or for a philanthropic organization is preferred.

What You Will Enjoy

You will be a part of an organization that promotes positive change in the world to minimize the impacts of climate change.  We provide competitive wages, health 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.

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].

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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, movement building and public engagement. Sequoia Climate Foundation is active in major emitting geographies, including China, the United States, India, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.
About the Role

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

Covid-19 Hiring Update

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

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

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

Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.