Program Communications Director (CWF)

ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) is a global non-governmental organization that partners with leading funders to be more strategic, efficient, and effective in their response to global climate change. The organization offers a suite of services:

  • Provides a Global View: CWF aggregates, synthesizes, and presents emissions data and political, social, technical, and economic analyses in a way that offers insights for climate philanthropy. These insights help funders prioritize opportunities to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, develop strategies that are robust under different future scenarios, adapt strategies to changing conditions, and track progress towards climate goals.
  • Develops Strategies and Makes Grants: CWF collaborates with partners globally to develop portfolios of philanthropic investments designed to achieve large-scale greenhouse gas emissions reductions. With their partners, CWF evaluates insights from a wide range of sources, develops informed strategies, and clusters strategies into diversified, high-impact portfolios for philanthropic investment. CWF makes strategic grants that support transnational initiatives and organizations addressing climate change in critical parts of the world. They then monitor progress and apply candid assessments to drive learning and improvement.
  • Facilitates Funder Collaboration: CWF facilitates collaboration among influential philanthropic funders—creating opportunities for them to interact with their peers, compare strategies, generate ideas, and coordinate investments that target the biggest drivers of global climate change.
  • Grows Climate Philanthropy: CWF helps increase the number of foundations working to address climate change and grow the overall size of philanthropic investment directed towards climate action. Central to this effort is the organization’s work with funders to help them evaluate investment opportunities that are aligned with their interests and priorities, and to connect them to like-minded peers.

As experts in climate science, public policy, economic and social analysis, and strategic philanthropy, CWF’s staff understands the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities of climate change. They are researchers, strategists, collaborators, organizers, and grantmakers who care passionately about the mission.

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Program Communications Director, Clean Air, Clean Energy

ClimateWorks Foundation is seeking strategic communications expertise and project management support for its Clean Air, Clean Energy campaign (“the campaign”).  The Program Communications Director, Clean Air, Clean Energy (“Program Communications Director”) will be dedicated to the campaign, which aims to help with the transition to healthy, low carbon prosperity through encouraging deployment of clean energy options. The campaign will achieve this goal by supporting NGOs, working directly with consultants, managing important communications partnerships with external stakeholders and, where appropriate, working with key opinion leaders to elevate campaign messaging. Working cross-functionally with relevant organizations and stakeholders, the Program Communications Director will construct influential and persuasive external messaging and support CWF’s strategic partners in delivering this content across geographies to diverse audiences. 

The successful candidate will have global experience and established networks developed through past engagement in air quality communications. S/he will bring a commanding integration of thoughtful and strategic insights, and an innate understanding of, and passion for, climate action. The selected candidate will be a concise, honest, and thoughtful communicator who instinctively understands nuanced messaging in an often complex and politically tenuous environment. S/he will be a proven manager and executor of multiple streams of communications work, possessing the acumen to evaluate return on investment and prioritize accordingly.

The Program Communications Director will report to the Portfolio Director, Clean Air, Clean Energy and be supported by a campaign-dedicated Program Associate, contracted individuals or organizations, and existing CWF staff.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Communications Director will be responsible for the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Oversee the development of a creative communications strategy for the global campaign focused both on direct communications about the campaign by CWF, as well as broader communications through partner organizations.
  • Lead website development and other targeted online communications strategy components.
  • Identify key target audiences and craft tailored storytelling pieces for use across a variety of communications channels, including, but not limited to, the website and social media sites.
  • Generate and/or support Power Point presentation development and analysis for external audiences.
  • Identify and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure and evaluate communications strategy impact.
  • Develop, standardize, and manage quarterly internal and external campaign reporting updates.
  • Ensure and maintain consistent messaging and branding across internal and external campaign materials.
  • Develop and manage a network of external relationships with key stakeholders including NGOs, consultants, journalists and others supporting the implementation of a communications strategy.
  • Strategize with the Portfolio Director on key public opportunities for external engagement including public speaking events, blogs, and reports as well as liasing with key campaign funders communications staff on special events.
  • Drive the campaign’s media and public relations strategy, maintaining consistency with the CWF brand.
  • Create campaign messaging strategies in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to ensure alignment around campaign work.
  • Coordinate regular meetings with CWF Director of Marketing and Communications to ensure any external messaging associated with the CWF brand is coordinated and aligned with broader institutional priorities.
  • Work with grantees on their strategic communications plans. 


  • 8+ years’ experience in domestic and international climate and clean air communications
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent, professional experience)
  • Strong personal network of thought leaders, journalists, and other communications professionals that can be utilized to support campaign goals
  • Demonstrated understanding of current air quality and climate narratives and debates in the international press
  • Understanding of emerging air quality monitoring technologies, the role of coal in the power system, and the energy development context of one or more developing countries
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data related to communications goals (i.e. Google search trends, Twitter trends, etc.)
  • Strong, hands-on experience with Power Point and Excel preferred
  • Strong understanding of novel digital media strategies, both domestic and international
  • Demonstrated ability to get articles and news placed in leading outlets
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently manage multiple activities simultaneously and to navigate through complex, multi-stakeholder environments
  • Willingness and ability to travel (approximately 15% of the time), both domestically and internationally
  • Prior experience working with philanthropy and NGOs helpful
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language

Compensation and Location

ClimateWorks Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in San Francisco, CA. 

To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting ClimateWorks Foundation with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary expectations through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.

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, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, education, and geographic location. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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