| May 16, 2024

Director, Climate Philanthropy – Global Intelligence

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  • Full Time
  • United States
  • $180,000 - $200,000 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.



Job Summary

Under the direction of the Vice President of Global Intelligence (GI) and in close partnership with other departments, the Director, Climate Philanthropy will work with ClimateWorks Global Intelligence team and senior staff to design to design, develop, and support historic, current, and future looking databases and information related to climate philanthropy. The Director will stay at the forefront of new emerging topics in climate philanthropy, and through effective partnerships will demonstrate leadership on thought products that positions the insights from the GI assets to further philanthropic investments. They will manage the team of three currently, as well as consultants to support the projects. They will work collaboratively with other departments, including senior staff to develop a set of compelling, integrated, and clearly positioned climate philanthropy products that meet the information needs of key audiences.

With the team, the Director will provide guidance on how best to use assets, products and services deemed core and high priority, as part of ClimateWorks’ GI Function. Additionally, they will support the development of analysis and insights needed for ClimateWorks’ Program team. The Director, will also support the Information and Systems team, advising initiatives to improve ClimateWorks’ internal database and data process, identifying opportunities for efficiencies, and supporting best practices around data protocol and confidentiality.

The Director will engage with a variety of funders and other partners to share insights and trends from the landscape and other supporting data.  As such, this is an excellent opportunity to represent ClimateWorks both internally and externally and the individual must be professional and comfortable in front of funders and high-level partners. They should also possess good judgment and excellent communications skills in dealing with a broad spectrum of stakeholders.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities 
Includes the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Lead the team in the development of a strategic vision and plan for CWF’s Climate Philanthropy and Grantee Intelligence assets, service, and product offerings.
    o   Articulate CWF’s unique value add and niche in the ecosystem.

o   Understand information needs of key customer segments and support development of underlying assets, and the services and product roadmap to address the needs.

o   Develop guidance on ways to mitigate potential risks to delivery of intelligence products.

o   With the Programs team, ensure the strategy and plan can scale to meet the needs of the expanding ecosystem of funders, partners, and content areas.


  • Develop an integrated annual plan with other GI asset owners (this includes other key departments –Information and Systems and Programs)
    o   Engage teams to ensure alignment and feasibility of systems, data, and information management critical to delivering on GI products.

o   Work with internal and external stakeholders to leverage intelligence products that serve multiple audiences.

o   Develop strong team partnerships with key data providers, and where possible, support collaborations that strengthen the fields’ ability to leverage information for maximum collective impact.

o   Manage detailed project plans including scope, objectives, timelines, and budgets, specifically for the climate philanthropy datasets.


  • Build a strong and compelling brand for the products
    o   Work with the communications team to develop and implement a messaging and communication plan targeted to key segments and audiences.

o   Utilize offerings and team core competencies to demonstrate innovation and effectiveness as part of CWF global services and programs offerings.

o   Creatively identify, source, and incorporate new strategic climate- and philanthropy-related datasets as needed to help deliver targeted, data-supported insights and briefs to a community of climate funders.

o   Supervise the development and ongoing management of an integrated landscape of philanthropic datasets.


  • Demonstrate leadership to showcase impact and use of climate philanthropy products
    o   Work directly with senior leaders at ClimateWorks and at other institutions to determine the strategic implications of funding data; prepare briefings, background notes and presentations as needed.

o   Participate in high level funder discussions and respond efficiently to stakeholder requests for information.

o Create public reports based on analysis of CWF’s assets, including annual funding trends report.

o   Steward implementation of the expanded product strategy for philanthropic data, including collaborations with other departments.


 Other Responsibilities:

  • Relationship Management
    o   Create strong, positive relationships with internal and external partners to support and grow the ClimateWorks Global Intelligence function.

o   Build relationship with new funders and maintain relationship with key partners.

o   Collaborate effectively and regularly with internal colleagues in numerous teams (specifically the Information and Systems team and the Programs team) on various projects.

  • Personnel Management
    o   Supervise three or more staff; proactively nurture staff talent through co-construction and management of performance goals, formal annual performance feedback, and co-creating and implementing professional development plans.

o   Oversee contractors as needed.



Required Qualifications

This is a senior position including management of staff and contractors. The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • 10-12 years of experience in a business/research/data analyst or similar role
  • Passion and aptitude for creatively applying data to social sector issues. Previous history working in, or knowledge of climate-specific issues is a plus.
  • MS or MA degree or equivalent.
  • Ability to write compelling briefs with excellent communicate and presentation skills.
  • Experience working in service to broad range of clients and stakeholders. Solutions-focused, collaborative personality.
  • Demonstrated success liaising with high-level stakeholders including boards or senior staff and experience providing high level customer service to clients.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion, as well as an understanding of donor confidentiality issues.
  • Experience leading projects and programs, including independent decision-making, particularly in analytical and customer-facing roles. Experience managing staff a plus.
  • Strong analytical and programming skills demonstrated ability to learn quickly.
  • High Proficiency on MS Excel and PowerPoint. Proficiency or demonstrated ability to learn Salesforce preferred.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills, including strong project management skills.
  • Strong writing, editing and communications skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • A commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment.



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