Director of Planning

ClimateWorks Foundation Published: December 10, 2021
Remote, United States of America
Skill Level
Senior Level, Mid Level
Job Type
Analyst / Research / Planning / Land Use / Policy
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ClimateWorks Foundation (ClimateWorks) 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 billion in grants to more than 500 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: We provide 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.

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Job Summary

The Director of Planning (Director) is responsible for leading planning, evaluation and learning for ClimateWorks which includes:

  • leading the process for setting annual organizational priorities, and the learning and evaluation processes for goal setting, reporting and measuring progress which align with our mission, goals, and values.
  • supporting organizational health and learning, including external evaluation on behalf of the Foundation, and
  • leading the processes that align organization priorities, plans, and resource allocation to the strategic plan.

ClimateWorks is part of a community ecosystem of funders, regrantors and NGOs supporting climate philanthropy in unprecedented scale and impact with the shared goal of reducing carbon emissions in the most efficient manner possible.  The Director works closely with partner organi-zations to collaborate on joint projects and bring best practices to the community.  The Director should possess a proven ability to think strategically, a demonstrated record of success building integrated planning and measurement systems, and the ability to work with a diverse group of staff, contractors, funders and stakeholders.

The Director collaborates with the Executive Team and senior managers to deliver outstanding results across the organization and reports to the Vice President of Operations and Planning.

Essential Tasks 

Organization planning and goal setting

  • Collaborate with the Executive Office, Finance & Administration, and Human Resources, to develop and manage an integrated planning, priority setting and resource allocation process across departments.
    • Work with Executive Team and department leaders to adopt and use approaches in alignment with ClimateWorks’ values, expectations, and mission.
    • Identify and implement tools and processes to connect integrated planning with budgeting, resource allocation, department priorities, and individual goal setting.
    • Support a practice of resource allocation that aligns resources to the highest priorities.
    • Recommend extensions to business model and financial analyses that aid decision making.
    • Develop and maintain organizational processes; right-size process with staff capacity.
    • Recommend and implement tools and systems to support and streamline processes and improve user experience
  • Work with Global Programs, Global Services, and other departments to utilize and improve the ClimateWorks Results Framework to become a important componet for organization-wide planning and decision making.
    • Recommend and improve measures, streamline data collection and reporting on organization impact and results.
    • Maintain and regularly update the ClimateWorks programs and services framework; implement a change management approach that ensures clarity and communication, understanding impact on systems, processes and practices.
  • Prepare materials to effectively communicate internally and externally, about planning, decision-making, evaluation processes, and approach to measuring success and impact.

Monitoring, evaluation, reporting, measuring progress, and learning

  • Support team in development of innovative approaches to incorporating evaluation and learning into programs and services to improve delivery and strengthen impact.
  • Support dynamic and fast-paced learning to scale impact with right-sized approaches.
  • Collaborate with department leaders and other internal stakeholders to steward a vision and support implementation to strengthen ClimateWorks as a learning organization.
  • Manages ClimateWorks’ Evaluation and Learning function to actively create and support opportunities to turn learning into collective knowledge.
  • Ensure that evaluation is connected to strategy and used by leadership as a learning and management tool.
  • Guide the planning and tracking the effectiveness of processes, products and services, including development of metrics and success indicators.
  • Network and collaborate with partners, experts, and stakeholders to integrate best practices and improve monitoring, evaluation, and learning internally and with our ecosystem partners.

Build a high-performing, collaborative team

  • Coach, mentor, onboard, and supervise the Planning and Evaluation team.
  • Support staff through transitions and in seeking professional development opportunities in alignment with personal and professional goals.
  • Build a supportive, service-oriented working relationship with internal and external partners.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years’ work experience in a similar role; masters or other advanced degree preferred
  • An understanding of the key issues in the climate change field, and a demonstrated ability to navigate these issues diplomatically
  • Experience leading priority setting and planning processes for complex organizations or issues
  • Experience building internal communications and tracking systems
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize, and multi-task
  • Managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and workload management
  • Proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively in English
  • Superlative interpersonal skills, including a willingness to listen to, and learn from, internal and external constituents
  • Intellectual curiosity, approachability, and openness to input from all levels of staff
  • High energy level, personable, trustworthy, and diplomatic
  • Exceptional managerial, analytical, strategic, and tactical ability
  • Proven team player and leader able to motivate and inspire staff and colleagues
  • Ability and flexibility to travel throughout the United States and internationally approximately four times per year
  • A deep commitment to solving the challenge of global climate change
  • Commitment to ClimateWorks’ mission and values


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary (starting range of $220-240,000 per annum negotiable and subject to experience). Geographic differential applied based on location.


ClimateWorks is based in the Financial District of San Francisco, CA. Our offices are closed due to Covid-19, and employees are currently working from home. This role is open to being based anywhere in the United States, though candidates must be able to reliably work within the normal working hours of the Pacific Time Zone.

Commitment to Racial and Social Justice

At the ClimateWorks Foundation, we are driven by our vision of creating a thriving planet for all living beings for generations to come. At the center of this vision are people who are currently marginalized, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, who are most vulnerable to climate impacts, and whose voices, ideas, and leaders are crucial to winning the climate fight. Simply put, the future we strive for will be impossible to realize so long as systemic racism and anti-Blackness persist.

To this end, we have made a set of commitments across all dimensions of our work to further our mission and realize our vision. For more information, please visit: Fostering Racial and Social Justice in Pursuit of our Mission.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should click "Apply on Company Website" below and follow the link below to submit a resume and cover letter. This position will remain open until filled.

ClimateWorks Foundation has enlisted the recruiting team at CEA Consulting to assist with this search. Questions should be directed to:

ClimateWorks Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. The Foundation recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work and views diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender/gender identity, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, education, and geographic location. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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