Grants Specialist Programs

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

  • Scaling solutions: Our 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, we collaborate with a diverse community of funders, NGOs, and climate leaders to accelerate just and equitable climate solutions.
  • Guiding and supporting funders: Our Global Services provide funders with comprehensive resources to assess, build, evolve, and execute high-impact climate-giving strategies. Our 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. We facilitate Global Collaborations that enable funders to increase individual and collective impact. Our Global Grantmaking services enable funders to invest in climate solutions around the world.
  • Fostering collaboration, exploration, and growth: Our collaborative approach and commitment to learning ensures that we continuously explore 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. We are researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grantmakers who care passionately about our mission.

Department Summary

 The ClimateWorks Programs Team drives innovation and climate solutions that scale. Through our portfolio of global and transnational climate mitigation strategies and grantmaking, we help funders maximize their philanthropic impact. ClimateWorks supports climate change mitigation efforts from early explorations to scaled initiatives. We help develop innovative and high-impact solutions, fund their implementation, and scale up those that show the greatest promise.

The ClimateWorks Programs Team is nearly 60 strong and growing. It includes 12 senior experts (Program Directors and Strategists), each of whom engages partners in many countries to advance climate solutions globally. Senior Programs staff are sought after international experts, authors, speakers, and network-builders.

Job Summary

The Grants Specialist will help ensure the smooth and effective completion of a wide range of programmatic tasks and functions related to grants management. The Grants Specialist will report to the = Director, Programs Operations. The Specialist will support a wide variety of grants, contracts, and gifts across the Programs team and a variety of initiatives which combined support several million dollars in grants annually. The Specialist may also support grantmaking in China, India and/or Indonesia. The Specialist should be detail-oriented, collaborative and self-directed team member with strong time management skills. The Grants Specialist will coordinate closely with ClimateWorks Foundation’s Programs and Finance teams to ensure smooth processing and administration of grants and contracts. Occasionally Grants Specialists may be asked to support programmatic efforts on an as-needed basis.

Essential Tasks

Grants and Contracts Administration

  • Processing and entering data related to grants, contracts, and organizational records using shared resources such as Fluxx, Google Drive, and Salesforce
  • Reviewing supporting documents (including budgets and financial statements on grant submissions) to ensure compliance guidelines are met, sometimes working directly with grant and contract requesters to resolve issues
  • Maintaining metrics for grants and contracts processing
  • Coordinating on grantee update reports – sending report reminders, reviewing and compiling reports, and tracking submission metrics
  • Managing annual grantmaking budgets across multiple programs on a monthly basis
  • Providing other grants and contracts-related assistance as needed
  • Acting as first point of contact to frequent internal inquiries regarding grant and contract processing, awards, and amendments

Required Qualifications

  • 2+ years of relevant work experience is required, ideally in grants and contracts administration
  • Experience with Fluxx or similar systems is a must; Google Drive, Slack, Asana, and Salesforce is a plus
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and teamwork skills; ability to reach out to different organizations of the ClimateWorks network and to interact with diverse profiles at external organizations
  • Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to management requests
  • Bachelor’s degree and interest in or experience with environment a plus
  • Experience in non-profits grants administration is a plus, including grantmaking in China, India and/or Indonesia
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision
  • A commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience (geographic differential applied based on location).

Salary Range: $68,000 – $78,000 annually ***ClimateWorks strives to create an equitable culture of transparency and fairness.


ClimateWorks Foundation is based in the San Francisco Financial District. This position is classified as US Flexible. If US Flexible: Exceptional candidates can work from the SF office or from other locations, geographic differential applied to compensation based on local cost of labor.