Program Associate, Climate and Clean Energy (HSF)


The Program Associate (PA) provides administrative and program-related support to the Foundation’s Climate & Clean Energy (CCE) team. The goal of the Foundation’s CCE program is to protect people and the planet from the worst impacts of climate change by cutting pollution and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future. We aim to help make energy clean, affordable, safe, and reliable for all.


In 2021, the CCE team made 61 grants totaling approximately $25M in grant funding through the Foundation and 17 grants totaling $10.4M through the Heising-Simons Action Fund. It is anticipated that the volume and amount will increase from 2021 to 2022. In 2022, the CCE team will be staffed by two PAs, two Program Officers (PO), and the Program Director (PD). This role will work in partnership with the current and outgoing PAs to provide support to the team’s PD and POs. Although the majority of this role will work with the CCE Team, the PA will also support POs in other program areas as needed.


The anticipated start date for this position is on or around March 1. This full-time (37.5 hours per week) non-exempt (hourly) position reports to the PD of the CCE team. This position can be located in either our Los Altos or San Francisco office. In 2022, the Heising-Simons Foundation will be piloting a hybrid work environment. During the pilot, this position may work remotely and/or from one of our Foundation offices. Staff will be required to be on-site for a minimum of 10 days per quarter and as needed to successfully fulfill their responsibilities. We will re-evaluate this hybrid work scenario for 2023.


This position is an opportunity to learn about the fields of climate and clean energy and philanthropy. Candidates are not expected to have experience in all areas listed in the job posting. The primary responsibilities of the Program Associate are to:

  • Serve as the first point of contact for grantees and grant seekers.
  • Work closely with the Grants Management team to ensure that grantmaking adheres to the Foundation’s grantmaking and contracting policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Provide administrative support to the Program Officer and Program Director, ranging from calendaring to research.



The target starting salary for this position is $74,000-$87,000 per year, depending on geographic location and experience.



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  • Michael Quan
    published this page in Job Board 2022-01-08 09:43:36 -0500