Head of Programs

Spark Climate Solutions Published: July 10, 2024
Location
Remote (Bay Area), Anywhere w/in the USA or internationally
Skill Level
Senior Level, Mid Level
Job Type
Full-time
Categories
Climate Change / Program Management
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Description

Spark accelerates progress in emerging, high-impact climate fields. By working directly with scientists, policymakers, and peer organizations, Spark supports the growth of emerging fields with the potential to limit warming, monitor and manage Earth systems risk, and help enable our return to a safe climate. Spark focuses on expanding the portfolio of mitigation and adaptation approaches that enable our return to a safe climate and minimize environmental and social risks along the way.

Spark’s first programs focus on large, under-addressed methane areas that currently represent unmanaged risks to our overall climate trajectory, including work on enteric methane mitigation, atmospheric methane removal research, natural systems feedbacks, and additional innovation areas to assist efforts to mitigate super climate pollutants.

Spark's work is made possible through support from the Grantham Foundation, Quadrature Climate Foundation, Spitzer Charitable Trust, Astera Fund, Additional Ventures, and additional generous and audacious funders.

About the role

The Head of Programs will shape overall program vision and direction at Spark, in partnership with the rest of the leadership team. You’ll be on the forefront of identifying what climate solutions are needed next, and then empowered to build the programs that accelerate the development of the fields that will bring those solutions to fruition. This role will be a key member of the Spark executive team, playing a central role in planning, setting strategy, and building organizational culture for Spark as a whole. 

The Head of Programs will build, lead, and develop a team of strong Program Leads responsible for each major program area (e.g. currently enteric methane, and atmospheric methane removal). The Program Leads manage the development of a strategic, cross-sectoral roadmap that identifies the highest-leverage interventions to shape the long-term trajectory of in their respective fields and then are translated into new projects and partnerships to drive toward tangible outcomes.

We’re looking for a leader who can both build and manage. As a young organization, our ideal fit is someone who’s eager to invest heavily in organization- and team-building efforts, and also excited to get their hands dirty digging into the details of programs and picking up pieces of operational work as needed. For the right candidate, that kind of ‘porpoising’ from the big picture to the nitty gritty will be exciting. We want a thought partner with demonstrated systems thinking who comes in with opinions and pattern recognition from having built ambitious programs in other contexts, but who simultaneously models the kind of curiosity, growth mindset, humility, and flexibility that is at the heart of Spark’s culture. 

Responsibilities

  • Set overall program direction and priorities, including existing programs and partnering to identify new program areas to add. 
  • Steward the development and success of Spark’s programs.
  • Build, lead, and develop a team of high-performing Program Leads.
  • Support new program areas to get off of the ground through both direct early work and hiring a dedicated team.
  • Build shared knowledge of how to build fields, learning from existing practitioners, and helping Program Leads develop and execute best practices and creative new ideas.
  • Build and own relationships with Spark’s most important science and policy partners to collaborate on roadmaps, research agendas, and granting opportunities.
  • Mentor, collaborate with, and manage interdisciplinary teammates and contractors.

Experience and Background

  • 7+ years programmatic leadership experience, including building new programs, or organizations from early stages
  • 4+ years people management experience, including experience managing and developing managers and leading, managing, and mentoring in a manner that centers a growth mindset, collaboration, empathy, and equity.
  • Existing engagement in the climate ecosystem, in any capacity (professional or personal), and deep knowledge of the climate system and solutions.
  • Proven ability to work across disciplines and effectively manage a diverse set of external stakeholders.
  • Scientific literacy and comfort working with scientific material and collaborating with scientific partners
  • Excellent written, speaking / presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Insatiable curiosity about the climate problem; open-mindedness in exploring all possible climate solutions; and the flexibility, creativity, and tenacity to drive the solutions forward.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Eligibility
  • Able to work as a W2 employee for a US non-profit.
  • At least 4 overlapping work hours with US Pacific time work day (9a-5pm PT).

Compensation

This is a full-time position with benefits. Spark Climate Solutions provides exceptional benefits including flexible PTO, sick time, holidays, generous health insurance coverage, 401(k) with employer match, and full-covered dental/vision/life insurance, and parental leave.

Location

As with all positions at Spark Climate Solutions, this will be 100% remote. Employees can work anywhere within the United States, or internationally with approval. Our center of gravity is in the SF Bay Area. Expected travel for this role is 3-4 days/quarter.

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