Director of Strategy, Impact, and Learning

ClimateWorks FoundationFlexible

Overview of ClimateWorks Foundation

ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) is a global organization committed to its mission: to end the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy. Since its founding in 2008, CWF has awarded over $1.3 billion in grants to more than 600 organizations advancing climate solutions around the world. The organization has helped grow the field of climate philanthropy to where it stands today, establishing infrastructure, global networks, and momentum for continued growth. Through CWF’s Global Programs and Services, the organization equips philanthropy with global knowledge, networks, and solutions to drive climate progress.

  • Scaling solutions: CWF’s 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, CWF collaborates with a diverse community of funders, NGOs, and climate leaders to accelerate just and equitable climate solutions.
  • Guiding and supporting funders: CWF’s Global Services provides funders with comprehensive resources to assess, build, evolve, and execute high-impact climate-giving strategies. Its 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. CWF also facilitates Global Collaborations that enable funders to increase individual and collective impact and its Global Grantmaking services enables funders to invest in climate solutions around the world.
  • Fostering collaboration, exploration, and growth: CWF’s collaborative approach and commitment to learning ensures that the organization continuously explores 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. The organization employs researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grantmakers who care passionately about the mission. For more information, please visit

The Opportunity

The Director of Strategy, Impact, and Learning is a newly created role and will be responsible for:

  • Guiding and supporting ClimateWorks’ organizational strategy work;
  • Overseeing the measurement, evaluation, and learning functions and team;
  • Supporting strategy alignment across CWF’s extensive programs and services; and
  • Facilitating global field-wide strategy, impact, and learning opportunities.

In this position, the Director reports to Managing Director Shawn Reifsteck and collaborates closely with the Executive Team, Leadership Group, and other key departments and staff. In doing so, the Director will be operating an in-house strategy function that facilitates internal collaboration and processes necessary to drive effective strategy and deliver outstanding results across the organization as well as the broader climate philanthropy ecosystem. Success for this position will mean that CWF’s strategies create measurable, sustainable change in the climate sector and that CWF continues to be a best-in-class learning organization that can expertly respond to emerging opportunities and challenges in the field.

CWF is part of a community ecosystem of funders, intermediaries, and grantees, with a unique set of roles supporting climate philanthropy globally. This position supports ClimateWorks’ strong relationships with philanthropy, and the shared goal of reducing carbon emissions in the most efficient and equitable manner possible. The ClimateWorks ecosystem is unprecedented in scale and impact, and the Director will work with peers and colleagues in partner organizations to collaborate on joint projects and bring best practices to the community. The Director should possess a proven ability to think holistically and flexibly, a demonstrated record of success building integrated strategy and learning systems, and the ability to work with a diverse group of staff, contractors, funders, and stakeholders.

This is a truly exciting opportunity to develop innovative approaches that translate CWF’s theories of change into actionable strategies that increase the organization’s impact and that of the broader philanthropy community. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for institutionalizing learning pathways and culture in an organization that believes learning is a key function when operating in rapidly evolving and dynamic systems.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy Development

  • In partnership with the Managing Director, facilitate an integrated ClimateWorks strategy development process for organization-wide efforts, including, but not limited to, ClimateWorks’ strategic planning efforts which are slated to begin in 2024.
  • Develop and implement an agile, inclusive, and results-oriented strategy support function that enables CWF’s programs and services to create smart, robust, iterative, and effective strategies.
  • In concert with other key departments and staff, support ClimateWorks’ strategy efforts designed to enable the broader climate philanthropy ecosystem to work in a more aligned and effective manner.
  • Prepare materials and communicate effectively internally and externally about CWF’s strategic direction and its approach to measuring success and impact.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, Measuring Progress, and Learning

  • Utilize and improve the CWF Results Framework, working across all departments and other departments to recommend and improve measures as well as streamline data collection and reporting on organization impact and results.
  • Bring innovative approaches to incorporating evaluation and learning into programs and services to improve delivery and strengthen impact. Support the dynamic and fast-paced approaches to scale impact with right sized approaches. Steward vision and implementation of CWF as a learning organization. Support setting a learning agenda in collaboration with department leaders and other internal stakeholders.
  • Ensure that evaluation is connected to strategy and used as a learning and management tool.
  • Actively create and support opportunities to turn learning into collective knowledge, both for CWF and the broader climate philanthropy ecosystem.
  • Network and collaborate with partners, experts, and stakeholders to integrate best practices and improve monitoring, evaluation, and learning within CWF and with its ecosystem partners.

Build a High Performing Team

  • Supervise the Impact and Learning team.
  • Through coaching, mentoring, and onboarding, support staff in professional development in order to create a high performing, cohesive team.
  • Build a supportive service-oriented and collaborative working relationship with internal and external partners, creating a strongly connected team with all CWF departments.

Ideal Candidate

ClimateWorks Foundation seeks a Director of Strategy, Impact, and Learning who can be a nimble, cutting-edge, and yet practical strategist to help build the organization’s systems-based approach for its programming. Working closely with the Managing Director, this position will support a thoughtful, balanced, and long-term view of strategy for CWF. A veritable thought partner, the new Director will work collaboratively with organizational leadership to help frame and guide decision-making around strategic choices coupled with deploying a system of learning and impact measurement.

The ideal candidate will bring logic and structure to organizational planning and strategy development processes and have excellent problem-solving abilities, while also able to pivot in response to unanticipated opportunities
and challenges. Because CWF works in areas that can change unpredictably and quickly, a high degree of flexibility and willingness to work through strategy development in an evolving / iterative manner is essential. The Director must also be an outstanding implementer who can execute on a broad array of initiatives simultaneously.

Experience managing or influencing teams across disciplines and functions is essential. Candidates must be superb communicators (verbal and written) and able to seamlessly motivate and inspire others. Outstanding interpersonal skills are required, including a willingness to listen to and learn. CWF seeks candidates who are well organized, analytical, self-directed, and team players who
share information and collaborate effectively with both internal and external partners.

The Director will be passionate about CWF’s mission and values, and have demonstrated success in the international social impact sector. Cultural competence to work with colleagues and partners across the globe is essential. CWF seeks candidates who are familiar with the foundation world and the grant making process.  A broad knowledge of the organization’s practice areas of climate change is highly desirable.

Additional qualifications for the Director include:

  • A minimum of 10-12 years overall work experience leading strategy development for complex organizations or issues in the philanthropic sector is required, which can come from an internal role or external consulting context.
  • An understanding of the key issues and/or broad-based experience working in the climate change field is highly desirable, as is a demonstrated ability to navigate these issues diplomatically.
  • Experience building internal communications and tracking systems.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize, and multi-task.
  • Managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and workload / project management.

Commitment to Racial and Social Justice

At CWF, the organization is driven by its 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 CWF strives for will be impossible to realize so long as systemic racism and anti-Blackness persist.

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

To Be Considered

Position Salary, Location, and Travel

CWF offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience (geographic differential applied based on location). Anticipated salary range is $225,000 – $250,000.

ClimateWorks Foundation is based in the San Francisco Financial District. This position is classified as U.S. Flexible with a preference for work in San Francisco. Exceptional candidates can work from the SF office or from other locations. The ability and flexibility to travel throughout the U.S. and internationally is necessary.

Submit Materials

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.

All qualified candidates who contribute to this broad commitment to diversity are strongly encouraged to submit their materials for consideration.

Director of Strategy, Impact, and LearningClimateWorks FoundationFlexible

The search for the Director of Strategy, Impact, and Learning is being led by:

Jeff Waldron
Senior Advisor

Alison Kaneko
Vice President