Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Energy Foundation Remote

About Energy Foundation

Energy Foundation’s (EF) mission is to secure a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis. They envision a healthy, safe, equitable economy powered by clean energy. EF believes a thriving clean energy economy can create sustainable opportunities, spur innovation, and protect our climate—for today and future generations.

EF supports education and analysis to promote non-partisan policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency while opening doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. For more than 30 years, EF has supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the benefits of a clean energy economy. Their grantees include business, health, environmental, labor, equity, community, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, think tanks, universities, and more.

At EF, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are top organizational commitments. They are working daily to uproot racism and other forms of oppression and create equitable systems that support people to flourish. They aim to bring humility, transparency, respect, and an appreciation for others’ lived experiences to its interactions with colleagues, grantees, and partners.

EF is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and their more than 90 staff members are based in locations throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Western regions where they can best serve their programs, partners, operations, and other functions.

About Energy Action Fund

Energy Action Fund (EAF) works in partnership with Energy Foundation, to build clean energy markets and reduce carbon emissions through policy wins. EAF provides 501(c)(4) lobbying and accountability resources required to deliver significant legislative victories, cultivate bipartisan policy leadership, and build political power for climate action at all levels of government. EAF resources support successful lobbying strategies by the most powerful voices for change: business, conservative, equity, labor, environmental, and other advocates. Our funding also supports consultants who manage coalitions, design and execute political strategies, and support communications strategies. Grants are deployed based on the conditions in states with the most significant opportunities with a goal of focusing resources to achieve the most meaningful progress.

The Opportunity

As a result of the EF’s ongoing success and growth, and recognizing that so much more needs to be done to address climate change, the Strategic Partnerships (SP) team continues to expand and scale its efforts nationally. The Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships (Sr. Manager) is a newly created role and will be joining an innovative and agile team at EF working to further build and evolve their capabilities to coordinate and support the organization’s results-driven partnerships and donor relations.

This is an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to one of the country’s leading philanthropic organizations in a critical decade for climate. Reporting to the Director, Strategic Partnerships, the Sr. Manager will be an external-facing member of the SP team and will support a variety of projects and assignments related to the cultivation and stewardship of EF funders. While this role is situated at EF, the Sr. Manager also will be a primary point of contact for EF’s sister 501(c)(4) organization, Energy Action Fund (EAF), splitting roughly half their time between EF and EAF activities.

Overseeing a portfolio of funders and prospects across various program issue areas, the Sr. Manager will engage directly with funders, track funder engagement, draft materials, and contribute to meeting and event planning. In addition to working with the SP team, the Sr. Manager will have the opportunity to collaborate with EF/EAF program colleagues on funder-related projects as well as contribute to other institutional efforts, such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work teams, event planning teams, and others.

EF actively seeks to expand DEI within the organization and through its work. They encourage people of color and candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to implementing innovative and comprehensive plans for cultivating philanthropic support by managing an existing portfolio of funders, prospects, and program issue areas.
  • In collaboration with the SP team and external consultants, build and manage an active pipeline that identifies and continually brings in new prospective funders to EF and/or EAF.
  • Proactively capture and track all follow-up issues and action items that emerge from external funder meetings and stakeholder convenings, as well as internal EF/EAF meetings, independently and in collaboration with SP and EF/EAF colleagues.
  • Staff the SP team and EF/EAF leadership in preparing for key meetings, including agenda preparation, scheduling support, and collaboration with the team to gather background research on current and prospective funders.
  • Collaborate with the SP Communications team and other staff to create, edit, and maintain drafts of funder-facing collateral.
  • Help organize key funder events, briefings, forums, and meetings by creating invitation lists, drafting invitations, scheduling support, and tracking RSVPs.
  • Serve or participate in cross-functional teams—including those focused on DEI—to improve and integrate SP into foundation processes and implement new systems.

Ideal Candidate

EF seeks a Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships who brings a passion for the role that philanthropy plays in promoting an equitable clean energy future and who is excited about stepping into a new position that will build upon EF and EAF’s capabilities with funder ecosystems. This role requires an individual who brings relevant fundraising and/or relationship management/advising experience in a non-profit or foundation setting, and has fundraised for both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) entities. A successful track record securing gifts at the six- and seven- figure level and above is required. Knowledge of climate and clean energy issues is preferred.

The ideal candidate must bring experience communicating and collaborating with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures, including high-profile individuals and institutions. Furthermore, they will bring a deep understanding of how to create and deliver tailored materials to engage funders and support their giving strategies. The Sr. Manager will be highly detail-oriented and an organized communicator, and ideally bring experience translating complex topics into relatable, compelling content for funders.

Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects, timelines, and priorities is critical to success. The incoming Sr. Manager must display an aptitude for anticipating needs, team collaboration, tracking progress, and diligent follow up. Both leading and supporting various workstreams requires that this person move easily between strategic thinking and hands-on execution.

The SP team and EF/EAF are committed to fostering a workplace where equity and inclusion are core values. As such, they seek a Sr. Manager who feels passionate about contributing meaningfully to this organizational culture, bringing humility, a learner’s mindset, and a genuine commitment to collaboration and authentic relationships.

Compensation

This is a full-time position. The target salary range is $171,000 – $190,000 for a candidate based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and $153,000 – $170,000 for national candidates in other areas of the U.S. The exact salary will depend on level of experience. EF provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous paid time off, and a matched 403(b) retirement plan.

EF offers support for remote work, professional development, and a driven, highly collaborative, supportive work environment.

Location and Work Environment

EF is a remote-first work environment. Employees have the option to work remotely, or in their offices in San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; or Raleigh, NC.

The office environments include some shared workspace, some individual offices, shared kitchen facilities, with moderate noise levels and a collegial atmosphere. On occasion, there are activities or events after work hours.

Ability to travel 2-3 times per year domestically for 2-3 business days at a time is required.

Energy Foundation’s EEO Statement

At EF, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are top organizational commitments. They are working daily to uproot racism and other forms of oppression and create equitable systems that support people to flourish. They aim to bring humility, transparency, respect, and an appreciation for others’ lived experiences to our interactions with colleagues, grantees, and partners.

To Be Considered

Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and fit for the role via the Become a Candidate button.

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GoodCitizen has been exclusively retained by Energy Foundation to lead this search. For questions, please contact:

Jeff Waldron
Senior Advisor
jeff@goodcitizen.com

Alison Kaneko
Vice President
alison@goodcitizen.com