Program Manager - Energy Program (11HP)


The 11th Hour Project, a Menlo Park-based program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, is committed to promoting a responsible relationship with the planet’s food, water and energy resources. The Foundation’s Energy Program is focused on two linked goals: reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and accelerating an equitable transition to renewable energy. We are looking for an exceptional person to manage the program’s work supporting adoption of renewable energy and ensuring strong community benefit from this transition. Our work on renewable energy includes support for distributed generation, a focus on access and ownership opportunities for underserved places and scrutiny of utility structures. The Program Manager must have an excellent work ethic, be highly skilled at setting priorities, and possess a willingness to jump in with both feet. The successful candidate will be confident, smart, and highly productive; a quick study who thrives in a high-performing organization.

This position reports to the Program Director for the Energy Program.


  • Manage the program strategy for a defined area within a broader program, including a detailed theory of change with logic model, tactics and outcomes
  • In collaboration with team members, identify potential opportunities for transformational change and develop grant recommendations to achieve program objectives
  • Foster a dynamic, collaborative environment with other members of the team and TSFF management to work together to achieve program goals as well as TSFF goals overall
  • Present grant strategy and recommendations to the Executive Director and Board
  • Solicit, review and analyze grant proposals
  • Prepare and complete grant documentation for approval by the Program Director
  • Maintain grant files, including contact management, evaluations and metrics reporting
  • Work closely with grants administration and finance teams to ensure grants are processed in a timely, accurate and compliant manner
  • Lead positive and productive partner and grantee relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals
  • Manage and execute site visits to regions of geographical focus
  • Maintain and share knowledge of current events in the assigned strategic area as it relates to programmatic outcomes
  • Build, maintain and expand upon an existing network of thought-partners and advisors
  • Represent the Foundation at conferences and gatherings
  • Other projects as assigned


  • Brings a passion for the mission of The 11th Hour Project, and The Schmidt Family Foundation
  • Ability to work effectively in a small organization with an emphasis on teamwork
  • Proven oral and written communication and presentation skills, with the ability to actively participate in group meetings
  • Critical thinking, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills to interface and coordinate professionally with a number of diverse internal and external contacts, including grantees, vendors and fellow team members
  • Flexibility to work simultaneously on a wide range of projects and ability to prioritize tasks, manage time effectively and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work both as a team member and individually, with a high level of self-motivation
  • Ability to speak, read, and write effectively in English
  • Ability to work legally in the United States
  • Ability to work in Menlo Park, California
  • Comfort with occasional periods of intensive travel


  • Strong technical expertise on renewable energy systems
  • Familiarity with environmental policy
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field, or equivalent education, with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for the position
  • 4 - 6 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with and knowledge of environmental justice strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated project management skills with experience in administration strongly preferred
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office programs
  • Demonstrated expertise in successfully managing a budget
  • Experience using an online database strongly preferred
  • Non-profit experience and/or volunteering experience strongly preferred


This position does not supervise any employees at this time.


Approximately 90% of time spent on the job involves use of a video display terminal; therefore, the candidate must be able to sit for extended periods and to utilize standard ergonomics practices. This position primarily works in an office environment, requiring the following activity: lifting and carrying materials weighing up to 15 pounds, kneeling, and bending. Must be able to use standard office equipment such as copiers and faxes.


The 11th Hour Project is committed to using its philanthropic resources to deepen and expand its relationships with organizations led by people of color - both operationally and programmatically. The 11th Hour Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued and supported.

The 11th Hour Project believes that diversity brings about greater sustainability on all levels and aims to use its resources to generate greater social and environmental diversity through its grant-making and other related investments.


Employees must adhere to all applicable Foundation policies and procedures. Regular and predictable attendance is required. Willingness and ability to travel and work non-standard business hours, such as nights and weekends, on an as-needed basis is required. Employees must be able to cope effectively with deadlines and multiple demands.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits provided.


To apply, email resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

No phone calls please.

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