Energy Program Manager Posted Jul 30
The Schmidt Family Foundation - 11th Hour Project , Palo Alto, CA
The Position
The Energy Program at the 11th Hour Project prioritizes two linked goals in its approach to combating climate change: fighting the development of fossil fuels and supporting the distribution and adoption of renewable energy systems. The Program takes a human- and community-centered approach that maintains an ever-present emphasis on how to best protect and support communities most severely impacted by the extraction of fossil fuels, while also providing new opportunities to access more resilient energy systems.

In this newly created position reporting to the Energy Program Director, the Energy Program Manager will oversee a growing portfolio of grantmaking focused primarily on the deployment of renewable energy sources, while also supporting the Foundation’s broader grantmaking work fighting the extraction and use of fossil fuels. Whether halting the development of the petrochemical sector, backing anti-fracking efforts, or shifting climate policy at the state level, this role represents a unique opportunity to identify and support frontline community organizations and movements that are central to sustainable progress in the renewable energy space.

The successful candidate will bring strong technical expertise in domestic renewable energy systems, particularly as it relates to deployment and equitable access. With a significant portion of this portfolio focused on small scale renewable energy projects, the Program Manager must also bring a deep and nuanced understanding of distributed energy resources. In addition to the required technical competencies, the ideal Program Manager will have strong knowledge of the current political landscape around renewable energy. As such, they will bring an informed perspective on the strategic policy shifts needed to create the systems and structures that can support a more sustainable, accessible, and equitable transition to renewable energy and away from fossil fuels.

While prior work in philanthropy is not required, candidates must have experience setting programmatic strategy and direction, as well as experience executing against that strategy in tangible ways. The incoming Program Manager will possess a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and environmental justice, and leverage their sector and strategic expertise to add immediate value via fresh perspectives on the issues, approaches, and landscapes surrounding renewable energy and fossil fuels.

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A minimum of five to seven years of experience in an environmental nonprofit or policy organization is required, with demonstrated knowledge of renewable energy. Additional knowledge of environmental policy, utilities, and the fight again fossil fuel extraction is highly desirable. Experience working with or for environmental justice organizations is strongly preferred.

Candidates must bring strong project management skills and the ability to prioritize demands in a fast-paced environment. Experience managing budgets and overseeing programs is essential. The ability to operate independently and with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders is key.

This position can be based in Palo Alto or Los Angeles, California. In the near future, the 11th Hour Project will relocate its main office to Menlo Park, California and open a second office in Santa Monica, California.

To Apply
Cover letters expressing your interest in the 11th Hour Project and how you would succeed in the role of Energy Program Manager should be addressed to Alison Kaneko. Please submit your resume and cover letter via Waldron’s Candidate Web Portal (

About the Organization
The 11th Hour Project, a grant-making entity of The Schmidt Family Foundation, is committed to promoting a responsible relationship with the planet’s food, water and energy resources. Their work focuses on exposing and addressing the human and climate costs of destructive energy, agricultural, and mining practices, while supporting efforts to advance more ecological and people-centered models. They believe that diversity brings about greater sustainability on all levels and aim to use their resources to generate greater social and environmental diversity through grant-making and other related investments. 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.

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