Program Manager, Adaptation and Resilience

United States - Remote

About the Organization

ClimateWorks Foundation is a global organization committed to our mission: to end the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy. Since our founding in 2008, we have awarded over $1.8 billion in grants to more than 850 organizations advancing climate solutions around the world. We helped grow the field of climate philanthropy to where it stands today, establishing infrastructure, global networks, and momentum for continued growth. Through our Global Programs and Services, we equip philanthropy with global knowledge, networks, and solutions to drive climate progress.

·         Scaling solutions: Our collaborative Global Programs — focused on solution areas including carbon dioxide removal, cooling, industry, transportation, and more — produce results that are bending the greenhouse gas emissions curve. From the U.S. to Europe, China, Brazil, and beyond, we collaborate with a diverse community of funders, NGOs, and climate leaders to accelerate just and equitable climate solutions.


·         Guiding and supporting funders: Our Global Services provide funders with comprehensive resources to assess, build, evolve, and execute high-impact climate-giving strategies. Our Global Intelligence service equips funders and the climate community with climate insights to pinpoint opportunities for impact and philanthropic insights to help identify investment priorities. We facilitate Global Collaborations that enable funders to increase individual and collective impact. Our Global Grantmaking services enable funders to invest in climate solutions around the world. 


·         Fostering collaboration, exploration, and growth: Our collaborative approach and commitment to learning ensures that we continuously explore innovative ideas and emerging opportunities — all with the aim of scaling philanthropy-supported initiatives to help end the climate crisis.

As experts in climate science, public policy, economic and social analysis, and strategic philanthropy, ClimateWorks’ staff understands the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities of climate change. We are researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grantmakers who care passionately about our mission. For more information, please visit

Job description

Based on the foundation’s evolving strategy, growing funder interest, and urgent need, ClimateWorks has been leading a coalition of philanthropic actors on climate change adaptation and resilience and is well positioned to continue to shape and build this emergent philanthropic field.

Job Summary

The ClimateWorks Foundation Program Manager, Adaptation and Resilience, will support the Adaptation and Resilience team in their efforts to build out global adaptation as a new focus area for the foundation and philanthropy writ large, ensuring delivery of all aspects of the initiative to accelerate philanthropic attention and investment in this area. The person will work in a small team dedicated to adaptation and resilience, with a strong culture of collaboration, communication, transparency, trust, humility, independence, encouragement and learning. The Program Manager will closely collaborate with other ClimateWorks programs and staff and work cross-functionally within ClimateWorks. This position reports to the Senior Director of Adaptation and Resilience.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Working closely with the Senior Director and other team members, the Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating all activities of the adaptation and resilience initiative, including the adaptation and resilience funder collaborative, grants, partnerships, and internal relationships and initiatives.  Specific responsibilities include:  

  • Managing all tasks, timelines, inputs and outputs associated with the Adaptation and Resilience Funder Collaborative and associated funder learning series
  • Work closely and liaise with Funder Collaborations, Operations, and IT teams at ClimateWorks to ensure successful task management and delivery of events and convenings. 
  • Conduct research on topics related to adaptation and resilience, including research on potential grantees, conferences, specific areas of topical interest, etc.
  • Managing contracts and grants with recipients of funding, including maintaining regular communications with funding recipients, developing and tracking contracts and agreements, and ensuring reporting requirements are met. 
  • Writing , or overseeing the creation of, initiative plans and assets
  • Keeping close track of milestones and deliverables under the various adaptation workstreams
  • Coordinating internal activities related to the initiative
  • Supporting the Senior Director for meeting preparations, briefing materials and other activities as needed
  • Preparing internal and external communications relevant to the work
  • Preparing reporting outputs, including supporting key processes and maintaining and updating appropriate information, systems and databases
  • Liaising closely with our internal colleagues and external partners when needed


The most qualified candidates for this position will possess:

  • Excellent project management skills with strong attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize working on multiple projects simultaneously while meeting internal and external deadlines.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Must be able to interact effectively with donors, external partners, management, and colleagues at all levels.
  • Ability to work successfully and contribute to the team while operating in a virtual or hybrid environment.
  • Strong critical thinking, research, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with project management tools, excel and Microsoft tools, and salesforce/Fluxx is preferable.
  • At least 7 years of work experience in a fast-paced environment.
  • A commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment
  • Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to management requests

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in climate change policy, preferably with a focus on and interest in adaptation preferred.
  • Lived experience or work experience in the Global South strongly preferred 
  • Experience in climate change policy, preferably with a focus on and interest in adaptation.
  • Experience in non-profits or foundation, particularly international organizations is a plus


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience (geographic differential applied based on location).

Salary Range (Bay Area / NYC): $105,000 - $110,000 annually

Salary Range (Other US): $95,000 to $105,000 annually

***ClimateWorks strives to create an equitable culture of transparency and fairness.


ClimateWorks Foundation is based in the San Francisco Financial District. This position is classified as US Flexible. Exceptional candidates can work from the SF office or from other locations, geographic differential applied to compensation based on local cost of labor.

Commitment to Racial and Social Justice

At ClimateWorks Foundation, we are driven by our vision of creating a thriving planet for all living beings for generations to come. We aim to foster an inclusive workplace that values diverse lived experiences and emphasizes the voices of marginalized people — especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color — who are most vulnerable to climate impacts, and whose voices, ideas, and leadership are crucial to winning the climate fight.

To ensure that we are making meaningful progress, we have made a set of diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments across all dimensions of our work to further our mission and realize our vision. For more information, please visit: 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at ClimateWorks Foundation and as such we are committed to creating a diverse and multi-cultural work environment. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race (including traits historically associated with race), ethnicity, religion, color, sex (including childbirth, breast feeding, and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniform service member and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, age, protected medical condition, genetic information, disability, or any other protected status in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

This policy extends to all aspects of our employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, discipline, termination, promotions, transfers, compensation, benefits, training, leaves of absence, and other terms and conditions of employment.

ClimateWorks Foundation is committed to complying with all laws protecting qualified individuals with disabilities, as well as employees’ religious beliefs and practices. This policy extends to all aspects of our employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, discipline, termination, promotions, transfers, compensation, benefits, training, leaves of absence, and other terms and conditions of employment. ClimateWorks Foundation will provide a reasonable accommodation for any known physical or mental disability of a qualified individual and/or employees’ religious beliefs and practices, as required by law.

If you require an accommodation, please notify Human Resources. Once ClimateWorks Foundation is aware of the need for an accommodation, it will engage in an interactive process to identify possible accommodations.

Application Process

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter. This position will remain open until filled.


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package:

Healthcare Plans:

Multiple options available through Kaiser & UHC

  • HMO - 100% coverage for employee and dependents
  • POS - Employee pays difference beyond HMO coverage (3 out of 4 POS options are at 100% coverage for employee and dependents)
  • Dental –100% coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vision – 100% coverage for employee and dependents

Fertility Benefit

  • Fertility care through Carrot Fertility. Access to on-demand doctor-approved content, pregnancy support, and virtual chats with medical, legal, and regulatory experts.

Disability Benefit (long and short-term)

Life Insurance (3x base salary up to $750k for employee only)


  • 20 days (1st year)
  • 25 days (2nd - 8th year)
  • 30 days (9th year)


  • 11 Observed and 2 floating

401k Plan

  • After 6 months of service, CWF automatically contributes 9% of gross earnings per pay period to retirement fund*
  • After 6 months of service, CWF matches 100% of employee contributions up to a max of 6% of gross earnings per pay period*

Job Profile


North America


United States

  • Conduct research
  • Coordinate funder collaborative
  • Fostering collaboration
  • Manage grants and partnerships
  • Oversee adaptation and resilience initiative
  • Supporting funders

Analytical Climate change adaptation Climate science Collaboration Communication Operations Program Management Project Management Public Policy Research Resilience Salesforce Strategic philanthropy


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