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.

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FULL TIME POSITIONS:

Director, Grants Management

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

Job Summary

Sequoia Climate Fund seeks to avoid the worst impacts of climate change by dramatically reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future. Sequoia Climate Fund’s investments are aimed at decarbonizing the world economy as quickly as possible and are focused on the strategies and venues where philanthropy can have the highest impact. Sequoia Climate Fund is active in multiple geographies based on opportunities for cost‐effective mitigation, investing more than $100M annually. Sequoia Climate Fund believes that solving climate change requires the adoption of ambitious, evidence‐based policy solutions that transform markets, advance clean technology, and lead to large‐scale changes. Sequoia Climate Fund is dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Sequoia Climate Fund is based in Irvine, California.

The Role

Sequoia Climate Fund is seeking a Director of Grants Management to lead the Fund’s Grants Management Team, including overseeing the administration of more than $100M in grants each year, building and executing all aspects of the grants process, and providing support and training to program staff on best practices in philanthropy. As the organization is in its early, rapid growth phase, it is looking for a passionate grants management expert who can build and develop the Grants Management function, empower its staff, and position the Fund as a leader in the broader philanthropic sector. The successful candidate will thrive within this rapid growth context and be passionate about embedding and nurturing best practices in relationship management, service delivery, analytics and learning, process documentation, working collaboratively across teams, and understanding the intricacies of funding work on a global scale.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Craft, build, and execute the processes and workflow by which grants are made, from how grants are sourced, through the application process, to due diligence review, approval, grant agreement generation, payment, grant reporting, and grant closing.
  • Ensure the Grants Management Team provides excellent, rapid service to program staff and grantees as they navigate the process.
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are followed, and all grants adhere to federal and state legal and tax requirements, international regulations, as well as organization-defined best practices for proposal development, due diligence, and grantee reporting.
  • Work with the President and the COO to create a robust coaching and training program that empowers program staff to be excellent grantmakers, including a curriculum for new program staff who join the Fund, ongoing trainings on different aspects of due diligence and grantee support, understanding the process from the grantee perspective, and a staffing support model that connects in-house and external nonprofit management expertise with program staff.
  • Collaborate with Evidence & Learning Director to create and maintain a robust data management infrastructure and workflows that provides timely and relevant data to stakeholders across the organization to understand the progress of the portfolio, promote learning, improve grant processing time, and systemize internal communications.
  • Analyze budget trends and make recommendations for how to structure grants.
  • Provide detailed reports to executive leadership and the board of directors with respect to the organization’s progress.
  • Create best-in-class materials including elements such as the grant application, creating a policies and procedures guide, creating new grant reporting templates, creating a board portal for grant review, instituting a more formal amendment process, and other projects as identified.
  • Continually stay abreast of new developments in grants management best practices and technologies and their applicability to the needs of the Fund. Identify opportunities and develop partnerships both internally and externally to build innovative, sustainable tools, and services that benefit the Fund.
  • Shape the team’s goals, and actively work to support the success of other members of the entire Sequoia Climate Fund team and help cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive.

Candidate Profile

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

Education, Experience, and Skills Requirements

  • 5-7+ years of grants management experience with a deep understanding of private grantmaking processes and related financial and compliance issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information (technical, legal, financial, and anecdotal) and clearly communicate the key information. Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and data integrity.
  • Prior direct management experience and proven ability to provide and receive feedback and develop staff.
  • Work collaboratively with staff at all levels to execute duties. Proven talent in ensuring positive, proactive, responsive relationships within and across departments for compliance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Proven ability to evaluate, improve, manage, and maintain systems and processes, including grants and/or contracts management software and processes. Passionate about continuous improvement.
  • Success in creating and facilitating trainings and materials, whether internally or in managing outside consultants, as well as coaching program staff on grantmaking best practices.
  • Experience with the IRS rules applicable to private foundation grantmaking, including familiarity with IRS-defined lobbying and “project grant rule” grants and making expenditure responsibility grants.
  • Exceptional customer service, problem-solving, analytical, and conceptual skills, including a proven ability to create and manage organizational change.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and support multiple grantmaking functions simultaneously while exhibiting excellent time-management skills; ability to meet deadlines.

Setting Strategy

  • The ability to create and articulate an inspiring vision for the organization, not only for the areas they are directly responsible for, but the enterprise as a whole.
  • The inclination to seek and analyze data from a variety of sources to support decisions and to align others with the organization’s overall strategy.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new and innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the industry.
  • The ability to effectively balance the desire/need for broad and rapid growth with an understanding of how much the organization is capable of handling, to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are bold yet achievable and successful.

Executing for Results

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organization to improved performance, tenacious and accountable in driving results.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty; the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations.
  • The desire to seek data and input from others to foresee possible threats or unintended circumstances from decisions.
  • A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in their approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always considering what is best for the organization.

Leading Teams

  • The ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; 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 the organization’s performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement.

Relationships and Influence

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

Driving Sustainability

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

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 Heath 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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Head of IT

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

Job Summary

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. Sequoia Climate Fund is active in major emitting geographies, including (but not limited to) China, the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are located in Irvine, California.

To learn more, please go to: https://sequoiaclimate.org

The Role

The Head of IT is responsible for working with Sequoia Climate Fund staff to set up the organization’s IT and security infrastructure. The manager is responsible for designing, implementing, and managing the day-to-day information systems, overseeing the strategic investment in technological resources and engaging senior management on mid to long term strategic goals. Sequoia Climate Fund is in a start-up phase and needs core foundational technology to be set up that will lay the foundation for a strong and efficient organization. The head of IT will lead the enterprise information technology function for the company and will be responsible for overseeing the IT services and technology required to get the Fund independently up and running.

The Head of IT will support Sequoia Climate Fund to establish high standards of security, mobility, and reliability. The individual will appropriately plan and manage resources (human and technical) to ensure that all IT solutions provided to staff are delivered on-time and on-budget. The Head of IT will hire and manage a small department and leverage the managed services providers as required. They will establish relationships with employees and key internal and external stakeholders to ensure the development of high-quality technology solutions at the best possible cost and efficiency. The Head of IT will work closely with the COO to determine how best to fill need gaps in technical expertise and skills by either leveraging external subject matter experts, hiring new IT staff and/or training existing IT staff to take ownership.

Key responsibilities include:

▪ Create and implement the objectives and strategies for the IT department.
▪ Manage the migration of existing systems and plan the implementation of new systems to meet the business needs of the organization.
▪ Provide staff and key external stakeholders the necessary tools to run video conference meetings securely and efficiently in the office and remotely.
▪ Help address technical issues that the staff faces, as needed.
▪ Develop, update and own Sequoia Climate Fund’s IT Policies and Cyber Risk Mitigation Strategy.
▪ Develop a service management framework using ITIL best practices.
▪ Develop and oversee Sequoia Climate Fund’s physical security access controls and procedures.
▪ Approve purchases of IT and audio-visual equipment and software.
▪ Design the IT support model leveraging vendors and managed services contracts where necessary; Establish partnerships with IT vendors and subject matter experts.
▪ Update and maintain the technical infrastructure both on-prem and on-the-cloud to ensure optimal performance.
▪ Work closely with the Grants Management Director 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.
▪ Maintain reliable inventory of hardware, software licenses and service contracts.
▪ Ensure all IT billable accounts are organized and paid in a timely manner.
▪ Develop, oversee and own Sequoia Climate Fund’s mobile device policy, BYOD policy and monitor monthly mobile costs.
▪ Work with outside counsel or General Counsel to ensure IT contracts and internal policies and procedures include appropriate controls for risk mitigation.
▪ Work closely with the operations management team to develop and update the operations strategic plan and improve management skills.
▪ Develop, update and own IT business continuity and disaster recovery plans.
▪ Ensure the IT department develops and updates hands-on and customized training programs on the correct usage of personal computers and information systems as necessary.
▪ Oversee all IT internal core functions as well as managed services responsibilities and provide expert support when necessary.
▪ Support the programmatic team and the “Evidence and Learning” team on their specific analytical software and database storage and connectivity needs.
▪ Provide regular cyber security awareness training to the staff.
▪ Provide periodic training to key stakeholders, both internal and external, around best practices for mitigating cyber risk.

The position reports to the COO and is based in Irvine, CA.
All Sequoia Climate Fund staff are expected to be aligned with the mission of preventing the worst impacts of climate change by dramatically reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the transition to clean energy.

Candidate Profile

The Head of IT will have appropriate technical expertise and a proven record of achievement in the IT field. Prior experience in working with a start-up is a plus. The successful candidate will have the leadership skills to help Sequoia Climate Fund stay abreast of emerging trends and the foresight to proactively plan for and adapt to changing needs.

Education Requirement

▪ Degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent.
▪ Relevant IT certifications such as CISSP/CISM is a plus.
▪ Project Management Certifications a plus.

Experience

▪ Five or more years managing IT staff.
▪ Experience in supporting Apple and /or Windows hardware. Five or more years of hands-on experience managing Windows and /or Apple environment.
▪ Experience with cloud-based Grants Management systems is a plus.
▪ Experience with implementing and supporting Office 365 and/or Google Workspace platforms.
▪ Experience delivering technology solutions or leading the technology practice of an organization with staff who travel frequently, including to remote locations with limited connectivity.
▪ Preference for experience with supporting multiple offices, including overseas in a low-resource country.
▪ Proven skills in budget management, negotiations with vendors, technology/process analysis and problem-solving skills.
▪ Experience with delivering SaaS solutions including migrating to, maintaining of, and educating its use and expectations to Sequoia Climate Fund staff.

Key Competencies

▪ Effectively communicate relevant IT-related information to senior management.
▪ Deliver engaging, informative, well-organized presentations and trainings.
▪ Resolve or escalate issues in a timely fashion.
▪ Understand how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully.
▪ Relay relevant IT-related information to the company in a timely manner.
▪ Set and manage internal client expectations.

Other competencies and qualifications needed for the role include:

▪ Commitment to Sequoia Climate Fund’s core values, mission, and principles.
▪ Ability to operate effectively within a globally dispersed, complex, highly collaborative organization.
▪ Excellent communication skills, including ability to quickly assess the business impact of technical issues and make appropriate decisions.
▪ Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
▪ Ability to organize and prioritize work on multiple projects simultaneously with minimum supervision.
▪ Ability to be flexible and think strategically and creatively in an entrepreneurial environment.
▪ Comfort with working independently in an unstructured, dynamic environment while managing competing priorities.
▪ Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
▪ Ability to handle confidential client information with complete discretion.
▪ Outstanding judgment, initiative and motivation.
▪ Positive attitude, sense of humor and a commitment to being part of an energetic and enjoyable work environment.

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 Heath 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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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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Program Director, Strategic Communications

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

Job Summary

Sequoia’s overall theory of change reflects an understanding that communications strategies are critical for building movements and campaigns that create the social, economic, and political changes required to prevent the worst effects of climate change. The Program Director, Strategic Communications provides key leadership in this work by developing cutting-edge, impactful, and evidence-based strategies and plans that help achieve transformational change.

Reporting to the President, the Program Director will work in a matrix reporting system, applying their knowledge and experience to a wide range of collaborative initiatives and strategies that emerge in response to identified needs and opportunities as well as leading a portfolio of communications investments.

This is a unique opportunity to join a rapidly growing global team of committed and deeply experienced colleagues. The Sequoia office and team are based in Irvine, CA.

The Program Director’s work will be highly strategic, cross-cutting, and intersectional. As Sequoia is a new organization and this is a new role, the specific responsibilities and scope of work are expected to evolve. However, key responsibilities are likely to include, but are not limited to, the following:

Responsibilities include:

  • Program Development, Delivery, and Performance
    • Assist in developing, directing, implementing, managing, and monitoring results-based grantmaking portfolios, including setting out a theory of change, clear goals, and applicable metrics.
    • Lead 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.
    • Work with the Evidence 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.
    • Work in close collaboration with other Program Directors to develop and implement wide-ranging communications strategies that support broader efforts across all of the programs and geographies in which Sequoia is engaged.
    • Serve as an effective member of the Senior Leadership team, participating in Sequoia’s strategic planning and organizational development.

Candidate Profile

Strong candidates will bring deep communications expertise and an understanding of how to develop and implement multi-faceted strategies that help build movements that result in policy and behavior change. They will have a toolbox of solutions that can be adapted and applied in a wide range of settings and circumstances and the interpersonal and collaborative skills required to work with a diverse set of partners to implement them.

The Program Director must be comfortable working on multiple levels, sometimes leading, sometimes supporting, and always seeking solutions and impact. Strong candidates may come from a wide range of related fields and backgrounds. Experience with climate work is highly desirable; experience in philanthropy is not required though would be beneficial.

Other desired skills and experiences include:

  • Experience in the full array of communications strategies: media, digital communications, PR, advertising, and/or non-profit communications.
  • Advocacy and movement-building experience and an understanding of grassroots organizing, and campaigns are highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial, effective working relationships with colleagues and grantees of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Proven ability to serve as a member of an executive team, providing insight and guidance into broader organizational strategy and growth.
  • The ability to work in a fluid set of circumstances and roles, using influence and expertise to lead and support others.
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent analytic abilities and organizational skills.
  • Comfort with quantitative information and data, including budgets and financial information.
  • Excellent English language writing, synthesizing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural, team environment; experience in different geographies is a strong plus.
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred

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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Chief Operating Officer

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

Job Summary

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. Sequoia Climate Fund is active in major emitting geographies, including (but not limited to) China, the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are located in Irvine, California.

Sequoia Climate Fund is actively building out its executive team as it quickly scales its operations and impact. Reporting directly to and working closely with the President, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will apply experience, vision and innovation in building and leading the internal operations and core functions of the Fund. The COO will be directly responsible for managing legal, financial, HR and admin, IT, communications, and grants management.

The COO will ensure effective and aligned work processes and systems and align the Fund’s mission with an operational strategy that encourages cooperation, accountability, innovation, efficiency, and impact. As a member of the Executive Team, they will empower and support the broader organization to deliver on its ambitious vision of urgent decarbonization. A true builder, the COO will bring a critical eye towards designing and implementing best-in-class organization-wide systems capable of supporting the Fund’s work both as it exists today as well as into the future.

Responsibilities include:

  • Partner with the President: Serve as a true partner to the President, sharing the organization’s vision and enabling its mission by leading and driving its efforts to ensure operational efficiency. Ensure that all parts of the organization are well managed, staffed, and aligned, and operate as effectively as possible.
  • Manage operations: Assist in the setting of organizational priorities, develop and regularly enhance systems and policies, and enable institutional process and decision-making. Serve as an action-oriented leader who is capable of partnering to create, implement, and enable an operational vision, framework, and culture that has the potential to forge a lasting legacy of impact for the Fund. Ensure that the management, staffing, and culture of the organization are suitably aligned with the mission, evolving goals, and strategic ambitions.
  • Enable and equip the Fund for results: Ensure effective and aligned work processes and systems, with high-quality data, information and knowledge sharing to empower and support staff. Stay abreast of professional standards, trends, and issues affecting the field and incorporate the latest thinking into a process of continuous learning with colleagues throughout the organization. Collaborate with senior staff to identify innovative and best practices in order to leverage opportunities and enhance the potential for delivering greater value in each of the divisional areas. Ensure that the organization has put in place all of the appropriate policies, practices and systems required to optimize the use of its financial resources toward the achievement of its core mission.
  • Building for growth: Bring to the role a track record of overseeing, designing and delivering both new and evolving programs – taking the best of existing mechanisms and building new ones. As the Fund grows, ensure that best-in-class tools and support are anticipated and provided to enable staff to remain focused and accountable.
  • Create and sustain a great place to work: Work with the President, senior leadership team and staff to build the most positive and affirming work environment possible, prioritizing a global organizational culture that reflects equity, diversity and inclusion in action. Drive an entrepreneurial, innovative, accountable and collaborative spirit throughout the organization.
  • Strategy delivery: In collaboration with functional leaders, lead the Fund’s implementation process for its strategic plans, including the setting of annual priorities and the tight synchronization of organizational business cycles to achieve its goals.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be an action-oriented, thoughtful, analytical and inspiring leader and manager able to act as a strategic partner. They will have a track record of successful organizational decision-making within a fast-growing organization and have a passionate concern for mitigating climate change. The COO will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in administrative processes, managing through growth and ambiguity, and driving organizational culture. Experience working in a dynamic start-up environment is a plus. The Fund is looking for a seasoned professional who leads through influence rather than hierarchy and can drive efficiency and effectiveness across an organization; a collaborative leader able to provide clear guidance and to act decisively when necessary and someone skilled in translating vision and strategy into reality.

The COO will be experienced in strategic planning and institutional development and will have a proven understanding of how to develop, position, and align systems and processes across an organization to enable clear decision-making and accountability. They will be data-oriented and have keen analytical and problem-solving skills, be comfortable working with ambiguity, a track-record of sound decision-making, and evidence of strong enduring, professional relationships.

While no one candidate will possess all of the following, the core personal and professional competencies below define the ideal candidate:

Interpersonal Acumen

  • Self-awareness and understanding of others that enhances interpersonal communication and management abilities. Perceptive of cultural differences, open to new ways of doing things and able to adapt words and practices to cultural context. Unquestioned personal and professional integrity. A balanced-ego and sense of humor. An optimist. Comfortable in ambiguity.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Demonstrated success in leading critical business functions in the areas of business planning and organizational strategy, human resources, information technology, legal, administration, communications and grants management. Experience with a start-up or start-up-like culture and with an evolving structure is key.

Executing Strategy

  • Demonstrated executive-level experience in strategic decision-making, leadership, and operational management preferably in a multi-cultural, global organization. Capacity to innovate and solve complex problems. Ability to set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure and value accountability, and allocate resources appropriately to achieve results.
  • The ability to articulate and put to practice the vision for the organization, especially for the areas they are directly responsible for, but also for the enterprise as a whole.
  • The inclination to seek and analyze data from a variety of sources to support decisions and to align others with the organization’s overall objectives.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will build and then stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the sector.

Executing for Results

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

Using Influence and Building Relationships

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

Leading Teams

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

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 Heath 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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Climate Policy Data Scientist

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

Job Summary

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. Sequoia Climate Fund is active in major emitting geographies, including (but not limited to) China, the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are located in Irvine, California.

Sequoia Climate Fund is seeking a Climate Policy Data Scientist to join our growing Evidence & Learning unit, based in Irvine, California. Our Evidence & Learning unit seeks to integrate the latest science and data into robust, compelling analyses to meaningfully shape real-time decision-making in an emerging philanthropy. The Climate Policy Data Scientist will play a foundational role in the development & implementation of quantitative analyses to inform bold climate action.

The Role

The Climate Policy Data Scientist leads the delivery of salient and credible data analyses and products to inform evidence-based strategies for climate change mitigation. They will lead the development and implementation of methodologies to estimate the emissions abatement potential of specific interventions (ranging from developing new regulations to strategic communications), with a robust approach to uncertainty. They will analyze the realized impacts of specific interventions on greenhouse gas emissions and avoided warming, using appropriate statistical techniques for causal inference. Under the supervision of the Director of Evidence and Learning, they will collaborate closely with Sequoia Climate Fund’s subject matter experts and data visualization experts to develop clear, compelling analyses and data products that directly inform real-time decision-making. They will be responsible for developing and maintaining reproducible data workflows that facilitate collaborative analysis with Sequoia Climate Fund’s peer funders, grantees, industry experts and academics.

Key Responsibilities

  • Wrangling and synthesis of large external datasets (e.g., climate scenarios; energy projections) into clear, compelling data products to support decision-making needs.
  • Integration and custom statistical analysis of diverse datasets relevant to climate change mitigation efforts (e.g., country-level emissions trajectories; global climate scenarios).
  • Development of potential emissions reduction estimates that adequately address the likelihood of implementation and uncertainties in how specific actions translate into emissions reductions under differing social, economic and political scenarios.
  • Implementation of retrospective analyses examining the impact of climate mitigation actions on greenhouse gas emissions, avoided warming and socioeconomic impacts.
  • Develop and maintain reproducible data workflows (via GitHub) for both external and internal datasets.
  • Other responsibilities as needed.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of seven years working in climate change, environmental or sustainability data analytics or a related field.
  • Advanced degree in relevant social, environmental or climate sciences field, including the advanced statistical analysis of quantitative data (e.g., non-linear mixed models; systems dynamics models; agent-based models).
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency in RStudio, Python and GitHub is required. Knowledge of RMarkdown and RShiny is preferred.
  • Familiarity with running custom scenarios modeling the impact of interventions in climate policy simulators or integrated assessment models (e.g., GCAM) preferred.
  • Familiarity with approaches to handling uncertainty in quantitative models preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in the handling and management of large and/or sensitive datasets; and the development of data visualization and synthesis products.
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial and effective working relationships with colleagues and external collaborators.
  • Willingness to engage in in-depth discussions about data/methodological validity, and to co-create analytical outputs.

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 Heath 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.

How to Apply

For employment consideration, please submit your application to [email protected] Subject Line: “[Your name] — Data Scientist.”

All applications must include:

  • A resume 
  • A thoughtful cover letter, including salary requirements (specifying salary amount or range) 
  • Sample of R or Python code relevant to the position description 

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

The application deadline is 2/28/2021 (candidates selected for an interview will be contacted following the end of the application period.)

No phone calls please.

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Evaluation & Learning Manager

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

Job Summary

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. Sequoia Climate Fund is active in major emitting geographies, including (but not limited to) China, the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are located in Irvine, California.

Sequoia Climate Fund is seeking an Evaluation and Learning Manager to join our growing Evidence & Learning unit. Our Evidence & Learning unit seeks to integrate the latest science and data into robust, compelling analyses that meaningfully shape real-time decision-making in an emerging philanthropy. The Evaluation and Learning Manager will play a critical role in designing Sequoia Climate Fund’s learning frameworks and processes, as well as leading the design and implementation of credible evaluations of interventions in complex systems.

The Role

The Evaluation and Learning Manager will lead the implementation of credible, mixed-methods evaluations to support adaptive action. They will draw on systems-thinking concepts to facilitate the development of evidence-informed theories of change and action by Sequoia Climate Fund’s staff and their grantees. They will implement and/or guide the implementation of appropriate evaluative principles and approaches including Blue Marble Evaluation, Developmental Evaluation and Bayesian Contribution Tracing. They will support the design and facilitation of organizational learning sessions (e.g., “pause-and-reflect” practices). They will report to the Director of Evidence and Learning and work closely with colleagues across Sequoia Climate Fund, as well as with external partners including peer funders and grantees. They will be based in Irvine, CA.

Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitate the development of evidence-informed theories of change and action by Sequoia Climate Fund staff and grantees.
  • Implement and/or guide the implementation of developmental evaluation and other approaches well-suited to evaluating systems-transformation interventions.
  • Lead the integration of quantitative and qualitative data to understand the impact of interventions via Bayesian Contribution Tracing.
  • Foster iterative experimentation and learning in grantee organizations by providing technical support and guidance on (a) setting credible outcomes and objectives, (b) selecting appropriate indicators of systems change, and (c) supporting reflective learning practices.
  • Coordinate evaluation and learning processes across Sequoia Climate Fund’s program teams.

Candidate Profile

Sequoia Climate Fund seeks an individual with an urgency to act and a passion about the essential role monitoring, evaluation and learning play in advancing ground-breaking philanthropy. The successful candidate will be proficient in and ardent about the meaningful integration of both quantitative and qualitative data into evaluative and learning frameworks that drive individual and organizational learning. They will display a strong intellectual curiosity and an appreciation for a thoughtful, courageous and active approach to philanthropy. They will possess a genuine passion for decarbonizing the world as quickly as possible.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of seven years working in climate change or similarly complex field.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience in systems thinking and systems change approaches to evaluation (including, for example, Blue Marble Evaluation).
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing developmental evaluation and qualitative causal inference techniques (e.g., Bayesian contribution tracing) required.
  • Expertise in the development and interrogation of evidence-informed theories of change and action.
  • Experience facilitating the development of evidence-informed theories of change and organizational learning sessions.

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

Setting Strategy

  • Comfort working in an organization that emphasizes the importance of quantitative analysis and insights while also possessing the confidence to challenge the team to ensure adequate integration of qualitative data and focus on learning.
  • Interest in engaging in in-depth discussions about the assumptions and implications of both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the field.

Executing for Results

  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and work independently and collaboratively. Exceptional project management, prioritization and planning skills.
  • Adept at setting clear, challenging goals and committing the organization to improved performance, coupled with a willingness to be accountable for the oversight of implementation.
  • Ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always taking into account what is best for the organization and mission.
  • Viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in their decision-making approach.

Leadership

  • Ability to motivate a nimble, matrixed team and collaborate effectively across organizational teams.
  • Self-reflective and aware of their own limitations; leads by example and seeks continuous improvement by being open to feedback.
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Relationships and Influence

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial and effective working relationships with colleagues and external collaborators, exhibiting strong EQ and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • A partnership mindset and service mentality.
  • Highly collaborative. 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, Equity 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 Heath 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.

How to Apply

For further information on or to express an interest in this opportunity, please contact Katie Nivard or Tory Clark at Russell Reynolds Associates via[email protected]

The application deadline is 2/28/2021.

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Program Associate

Reports to: Program Director
Location: Irvine, CA
Status: Full Time

About the Organization

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. Sequoia Climate Fund is active in major emitting geographies, including (but not limited to) China, the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are located in Irvine, California.

The Role

Program development, delivery and performance

  • Conduct research and analysis on specific programs and climate sector trends to support Sequoia Climate Fund in determining strategic priorities and setting operational plans.
  • Provide and communicate global and regional analysis verbally and in writing, including developing presentations, graphs and charts to contribute to the strategy and planning process.
  • Assist in the development of programmatic strategies, background papers and summary reports for different sectors and geographies.
  • Participate in all aspects of grant-making, including initial screening of potential grantees, analyzing background information, soliciting and developing funding proposals, preparing grant recommendations, serving as a focal point on select grantee relationships and conducting site visits.

Sector knowledge and profile-building

  • Proactively build and maintain external knowledge and networks to ensure decision-making is shaped by up-to-date insights and research.
  • Monitor developments in the field to identify emerging needs, gaps and opportunities.
  • Support geographic or sector-relevant research and analysis to inform the effective development, delivery and evaluation of programs and initiatives.

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.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of five years of experience working in climate change or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about how to drive ambitious climate action.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field, or equivalent by experience, is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial and effective working relationships with colleagues and grantees of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Understanding of grantmaking is preferred.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, analytic abilities and organizational skills.
  • Comfort with quantitative information and data, including budgets and financial information.
  • Understanding and embodiment of Sequoia Climate Fund values, including humility and teamwork.
  • Willingness to learn, initiative, resourcefulness, flexibility and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to work in our Irvine, CA office.

Limitations and Disclaimer

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The team member may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.

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 Heath 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.

How to Apply

For employment consideration, please submit your application to [email protected] Subject Line: “[Your name] — Program Associate.”

All applications must include:

  • A resume
  • A thoughtful cover letter, including salary requirements (specifying salary amount or range) and how you became aware of this opportunity

Sequoia Climate Fund Institutional Culture of Respect, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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 Foundations’ 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.

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

The application deadline is 2/28/2021 (candidates selected for interview will be contacted following the end of the application period.)

No phone calls please.

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Data Visualization Associate

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

Job Summary

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. The Sequoia Climate Fund is active in major emitting geographies, including (but not limited to) China, the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are located in Irvine, California.

Sequoia Climate Fund is seeking a Data Visualization Associate to join our growing Evidence & Learning unit. Our Evidence & Learning unit seeks to integrate the latest science and data into robust, compelling analyses to meaningfully shape real-time decision-making in an emerging philanthropy. The Data Visualization Associate will play a critical role in translating the outputs of quantitative analyses into clear, compelling data products and decision-support tools that directly inform bold climate action. 

The Role

The Data Visualization Associate will be responsible for supporting the analysis of internal and external datasets and the development of clear, compelling data products to inform evidence-based strategies for climate change mitigation. These data products may include reproducible figures, reports and presentations as well as interactive data visualizations and dashboards. Under the supervision of the Director of Evidence and Learning, they will collaborate closely with Sequoia Climate Fund’s subject matter experts and data analysis staff to translate analytical outputs into data products that directly inform real-time decision-making. They will be responsible for developing and maintaining reproducible data workflows that facilitate collaborative analysis with Sequoia Climate Fund’s peer funders, grantees, industry experts and academics.

Key Responsibilities

  • Wrangling and synthesis of large external datasets (e.g., climate scenarios; energy projections) to support internal analyses.
  • Development of clear, compelling data visualization products (including figures, reports and presentations).
  • Development of decision-support tools and products (including dashboards and interactive visualizations).
  • Develop and maintain reproducible data workflows (via GitHub) for both external and internal datasets.
  • Other duties as required.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of three years of experience working in climate change, environmental or social quantitative data analytics or a related field.
  • An advanced degree in relevant social, environmental or climate sciences, or equivalent by experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency in RMarkdown and RShiny is required. Knowledge of Tableau and GitHub strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in the handling and management of large and/or sensitive datasets and the development of clear, compelling data visualization and synthesis products.
  • Familiarity with climate and energy datasets (and their assumptions/limitations) is preferred.
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and work both independently and collaboratively (including in collaborative data coding environments).
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial and effective working relationships with colleagues and external collaborators.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.
  • Willingness to engage in in-depth discussions about data/methodological validity, and to co-create analytical outputs.
  • Openness to new ideas and learning new skills.

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 Heath 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.

How to Apply

For employment consideration, please submit your application to [email protected] Subject Line: “[Your name] — Data Visualization Associate.”

All applications must include:

  • A resume 
  • A thoughtful cover letter, including salary requirements (specifying salary amount or range) 
  • Sample data visualization code in R or Python.

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

The application deadline is 2/28/2021 (candidates selected for an interview will be contacted following the end of the application period.)

No phone calls please.

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Program Manager (China and Asia Pacific)

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

About the Organization

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. Sequoia Climate Fund is active in major emitting geographies, including (but not limited to) China, the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are located in Irvine, California.

The Role

The Program Manager will assist in developing cutting edge, impactful, and evidence-based strategies and plans that achieve transformational change. They will be responsible for several grantmaking strategies across Sequoia Climate Fund. They will report to one of Sequoia Climate Fund’s Program Directors. They will communicate openly, engage directly and manage productive relationships with grantees. The Program Manager will work closely with Sequoia Climate Fund leadership to contribute to research, portfolio development and management related to grant-making. They will be based in Irvine. The Program Manager (China and Asia Pacific) will have an initial focus on China and the Asia Pacific region, as well as national and international policy advocacy towards a net-zero carbon future. The position-holder may work on additional issues as required on a matrix reporting system, and the scope of work could change over time.

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

Program development, delivery and performance

  • Assist in developing, directing, implementing, managing and monitoring results-based grantmaking portfolios of Sequoia Climate Fund, including setting out a theory of change, clear goals and applicable metrics.
  • Work with the measurement, evaluation and learning team to put processes in place 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 the Program Director and Senior Executive Team.
  • Advise on and participate in the strategic direction of Sequoia Climate Fund, including long-term planning.
  • Work alongside the Program Director to: 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 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 community to identify potential grantees and ensure decision-making is shaped by up-to-date insights and research.
  • Monitor developments in the field to identify emerging needs, gaps and opportunities.
  • Work with the Program Director to undertake or commission sector-relevant research and analysis to inform the effective development, delivery and evaluation of programs and initiatives.

External relations

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

Financial stewardship, supervision and management  

  • Work integrally with staff in accomplishing tasks, managing junior staff as needed.
  • Support the development of an annual administrative budget to anticipate and plan for programmatic expenses.
  • Prepare and lead relevant Sequoia Climate Fund presentations.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as requested.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of seven years working in climate change or a related field; philanthropic and/or advocacy experience is desired.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  • Experience working in China and Asia Pacific. Proficiency in Chinese or at least one other Southeast Asian language is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial and effective working relationships with colleagues and grantees of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.
  • Proven experience interacting with senior management.
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Understanding of grant-making.
  • Excellent analytic abilities and organizational skills.
  • Comfort with quantitative information and data, including budgets and financial information.
  • Excellent English language writing, synthesizing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural, team environment.
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, flexibility and a sense of humor.

Limitations and Disclaimer

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The team member may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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 Heath 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.

How to Apply

For further information on or to express an interest in this opportunity, please contact Katie Nivard or Tory Clark at Russell Reynolds Associates via: [email protected].

The application deadline is 2/28/2021

Sequoia Climate Fund Institutional Culture of Respect, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

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.

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

The application deadline is 2/28/2021 (candidates selected for an interview will be contacted following the end of the application period.)

No phone calls please.

Apply