| May 16, 2024

Associate Director, Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI)

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  • Full Time
  • United States
  • $130,000 - $140,000 USD / Year

Website ClimateWorks Foundation

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 working to advance 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 www.climateworks.org.



About Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at ClimateWorks

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) team leads an ambitious, proactive, cross-cutting practice of integrating JEDI into the foundation’s culture, policies, programs, and services. In accordance with ClimateWorks’ JEDI Principles and Values, the JEDI team engages with all levels within the organization and with external partners to advance JEDI. We engage in active learning, cross-functional collaboration, strategy development, and relationship building to ensure just and equitable outcomes for ClimateWorks staff and communities most impacted by climate disasters. We strive for equitable practices with implementing partners and grantees and in how we design our internal and external collaborative engagements.

To realize these commitments, the Associate Director, JEDI will support the organization by leading ambitious and proactive efforts to integrate justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging into the foundation’s practices, programs, and services. Additionally, in close collaboration with the JEDI Team, the associate director, JEDI, will engage in initiatives that promote JEDI across the ClimateWorks network and climate philanthropy landscape. This position reports to the Chief of Equity, Justice, and Culture and functions on a collaborative team that models ClimateWorks’ JEDI Principles and Values.


Job Summary

The Associate Director, JEDI oversees the implementation of key JEDI-related projects and ClimateWorks’ JEDI Strategy with the support of the ClimateWorks Chief of Equity, Justice, and Culture. The central focus of this position is to oversee all operations for the emerging JEDI strategy, including managing the initiative’s internal synergies across departments and teams, providing cross-regional coordination, and fostering increased engagement with external partners. The position requires operations, collaboration, and communication skills with a commitment to strong process management. The Associate Director will be responsible for building a strong culture of collaboration, communication, transparency, trust, encouragement, and learning among multiple internal and external partners. This position also supports the team in preparing materials, including reports and presentations for meetings with internal and external partners.


Essential Tasks 
The Associate Director, JEDI, will:

●      Collaboratively design processes and organization-wide learnings that promote a deep sense of belonging among ClimateWorks staff and align with ClimateWorks’ JEDI principles and values;

●      Design pathways for supporting ClimateWorks teams and departments to meet JEDI goals and develop associated metrics to track the impact of support;

●      Act as a trusted thought partner and coach for ClimateWorks’ staff on JEDI issues, ensuring leaders model ClimateWorks’ commitments to equity;

●      Oversee the production of JEDI communications materials for internal and external audiences;

●      Collaborate with internal and external partners on develop and track grantmaking trends in the climate justice space;

●      Liaise with funder-facing partners to develop learning opportunities and other collaborations;

●      Design and facilitate convenings focused on ClimateWorks’ JEDI efforts




●      Develop and maintain strategic partnerships. This includes but is not limited to partnerships that center:

○      Developing non-extractive learning pathways with new organizations

○      Developing relationships with organizations in the global south that focus on climate equity and climate justice

○      Model trust-based and anti-oppressive practices for engagement with new partners

●      Attend meetings, conferences, and seminars with climate justice, environmental justice, and philanthropic leaders to deepen the JEDI Team’s community-informed approach to achieving its goal



●      Co-develop and implement a pathway for monitoring grants from the JEDI Pilot Fund Learning;

●      Collaborate across ClimateWorks departments to measure the success of the JEDI Pilot Fund with specific attention paid to the decision-making body, the application process, fund disbursement, grantee engagement before, during and after the grant lifecycle, and impact of trust-based approaches; document learnings and disseminate;

●      Collaboratively design processes for new grantmaking funds;

●      Support narrative development, including impact metrics and narratives, trust-based granting process evaluation and narrative, staff engagement, and narrative shift in the climate philanthropy landscape


Required Qualifications
The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

●        Skilled in diplomacy and relationship building.

●        Ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects at once

●        Willingness to be flexible, adaptable, and proactive in a dynamic work environment.

●        Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as needed

●        A global outlook and the sensibility to empathize with and adjust to different cultures.

Skills and Qualifications
●      8+ years of relevant experience

●      Direct experience with or an understanding of how to apply justice and equity approaches internationally and to different country contexts.

●      Demonstrable experience in leading, developing, or coordinating across multiple functions

●      Ability to think strategically in seizing opportunities, with experience assessing risk and streamlining processes and procedures.

●      Experience working in a hybrid (virtual and in-person) environment

●      Demonstrated comfort in effectively communicating with invested parties in verbal and written form

●      Commitment to the mission and values of ClimateWorks Foundation


Preferred Qualifications 
While not required, applicants with the following qualifications are welcome:

●        Experience with philanthropic and non-profit organizations and management.

●        Experience with meeting design and facilitation techniques to maximize engagement and actionable outcomes.




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