Program Manager, Drawdown Philanthropists and Investors Network

About Project Drawdown

The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Since the 2017 publication of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, the organization has emerged as a leading resource for information and insight about climate solutions. Cities, universities, corporations, philanthropies, policymakers, communities, educators, activists, and more turn to Project Drawdown, as they look to advance effective climate action. We aim to support the growing constellation of efforts to move climate solutions forward and move the world toward drawdown—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible


Project Drawdown is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Project Drawdown does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by law, and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We strongly encourage all qualified persons to apply for this position. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and the organization’s need.


Position Summary

Project Drawdown is seeking a passionate, committed, and experienced individual to join the Drawdown Labs team and help us launch a new network of climate philanthropists and investors. The person in this new role will work to develop and operationalize a new program and network of climate funders (including philanthropists, impact investors, venture capitalists, family offices, and others) to direct catalytic capital to strategic climate solutions. The successful candidate will help design, organize, and manage this program and assist us in building and engaging a powerful network of climate funders. The role will also be responsible for planning, curating, and executing webinars, workshops, reports, and online courses, and will work with others in the organization to help develop new science-based tools and insights that would be helpful to this community.
 
The position will report to the Director of Drawdown Labs and work closely with the Executive Director and Science team.

This candidate will be a skilled network builder and highly organized project manager who understands and appreciates the complexity and value of private funding for climate solutions. We seek candidates who have experience building learning communities and disseminating best practices, and who demonstrate a commitment to working across sectors to advance solutions to global challenges. Direct experience working with philanthropists and investors is a requirement.
 
The ideal candidate will be self-driven and thrive in a highly collaborative setting, with experience building and managing networks while driving toward a shared goal. We especially welcome applicants who will have worked in climate, philanthropy, venture capital, or impact investing. As a small organization with a big mission, this role will need to work with independence and self-direction yet thrive in a team environment to lead and manage simultaneous projects, meet deadlines, and contribute to achieving organizational objectives.

Project Drawdown welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in helping the world reach drawdown quickly, safely, and equitably. We are a 100% remote organization based in the U.S.; candidates must possess U.S. work authorization. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (U.S. citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the U.S. may apply.

Essential Responsibilities

The Program Manager, Drawdown Philanthropists and Investors Network will focus on the following responsibilities:

Project Management

  • In coordination with other key internal leaders, design and build a program to engage, coordinate, and support a large and growing group of philanthropists, impact investors, venture capitalists, family offices, and others working to direct catalytic capital to climate solutions.
  • Build the flow of ongoing engagement with this community, including setting up regular meetings and planning & hosting workshops, webinars, and other programming.
  • Help create and curate written reports, web-based educational materials, and compelling presentations to advance investor and philanthropist engagement.
  • Grow the reach and influence of this network with key institutions and individuals.

Partner Engagement

  • Develop and implement an engagement strategy to regularly convene and draw themes from a growing and diverse network of philanthropists and investors.
  • Help build a thriving learning community of climate funders – by organizing events, workshops, webinars, on-line courses, and onboarding new investors and philanthropists.
  • Represent Project Drawdown in virtual and in-person workshops, convenings, and conferences.

Writing and Communications

  • Develop and contribute to learning materials, including hosting webinars, case studies, videos, and mini courses.

Education and/or Experience

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s (preferred) in relevant field, such as sustainability, environmental studies, business administration, finance, etc.
  • 4-6 years of professional experience in a relevant field, such as business management, finance, philanthropy, or a related field.
  • Experience in philanthropy, impact investing, venture capital, or family offices.
  • Experience working with and supporting high-net-worth individuals, foundations, family offices, venture capitalists, impact investors, or other investors. Experience “meeting them where they are” is critical.
  • Experience working on climate solutions is a plus.
  • Demonstrated expertise in building and maintaining networks is required.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven dedication to centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in their work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The qualifications listed here are necessary to perform this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • bility to synthesize and communicate a wide range of best practices related to climate solutions funding and create concise, high quality written products and presentations.
  • Ability to develop tools and products used in network building and database management.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategy, and project plans.
  • Experience creating and organizing databases
  • Possess excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills to engage effectively within Project Drawdown and with external collaborators/stakeholders.
  • Possess strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage workflow on deadline.
  • Self-starter with an ability to work independently and as a member of a remote team.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and can-do attitude.
  • Strong passion for helping the world achieve drawdown.
  • Fluency in English.

Location

As with all positions at Project Drawdown, this will be 100% remote. Employees can work anywhere within the United States. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (US Citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the US may apply.

Compensation

This is a full-time position with a salary range of $90,000-120,000 / year. In addition, Project Drawdown provides exceptional benefits including 4 weeks PTO in your first year plus 6 sick days, 13 holidays, and a paid holiday closure December 26–30, health/dental/vision insurance (employee premium 100% paid), a 401k program with company match, a parental leave benefit, a professional development program, and a home-office connectivity stipend.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete our online application form here. 

All candidates will need to upload a cover letter, their most recent resume, as well as work samples as described below:

  • Cover letter that communicates your background and fit for this role
  • Resume detailing your professional and educational background

Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2022. The application process may be closed at any point after that date.

If you have questions, contact us at jobs@drawdown.org. Please, no phone calls.