Program Manager for State Politics and Environmental Justice

Who we are: We’re a multidisciplinary team working together to research and fund strategic leverage points in the fight against climate change. On paper, ours is a medium-sized family foundation that makes grants and investments to its portfolio, ranging from angel investments to impact investments to progressive political contributions to philanthropic grants. We’re a distributed team, and we come together online to debate the best approaches to making the world a better place. Whether it’s debating the merits of capitalism, negotiating a political vs private investment approach, or discussing new ways to bring more diverse voices into decision making, we often find ourselves far more critical of philanthropy than perhaps would seem the norm. But we like it that way, and we’re looking to add several more voices to the team this year.

Who we’re looking for: We’re looking for someone who has strong opinions about leveraging the power of state and local policies to make significant progress toward climate adaptation, mitigation, remediation, and justice. This position will entail working with other team members to determine investment strategy through c3, c4, PAC, and direct campaign contributions. In addition, the Program Manager will lead our outreach and partnerships with state and local-level electeds, candidates, and social justice groups to bolster climate justice and progressive movement building efforts, especially in frontline communities. Our goal is to help build politics that respond to the moral imperatives and scientific realities of climate change.

Please apply if: you excel at analyzing local and state politics and policies, and building relationships with a diversity of stake-holders. The ideal candidate will have experience in several of the following areas, but we encourage applications from exceptional people with non-traditional backgrounds:

Community organizing
Candidate or issue campaigning
State or local government
Environmental science
Environmental justice
Policy analysis
Networks in key states and cities

What we’re reading: These articles have been particularly stimulating in our discussions as we craft our approach for 2021:

After Climate Alarmism

Short Circuiting Policy

Democrats, Here’s How to Lose in 2022. And Deserve It

Averting Climate Collapse Requires Confronting Racism

It’s Time to Think Seriously About Cutting Off the Supply of Fossil Fuels


Some other things to know: While we’re focused on growing our climate portfolio, we also invest heavily in public health, especially family planning. We also support progressive politics and movement building, at both the domestic and international levels. Our office is in San Francisco, but you are welcome to work from anywhere, as long as you can attend our afternoon Zoom meetings. We highly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. Finally, please know that we’re a small shop, and we’re just at the beginning of our journey. We will deeply value your insight and expertise to help us build a great place to work. This may be a fulltime or parttime position depending on the needs of the successful candidate.

Compensation: We hope you will love this job because you know that every day your contributions will be felt by our team and pushed out into the world. You will have decision-making power, as opposed to being stuck somewhere deep inside an org chart. We also recognize that more traditional forms of compensation matter as well. To that end, we offer a competitive salary (commensurate with field and experience), healthcare and dental insurance, generous PTO, and all of the lively debate about how the world works and the best way to make change that you can handle.