FAST Initiative Officer for Super Pollutants

Status: Full-time, Exempt/Two Year Term
Reports To: Senior Program Officer for Climate and Energy, Pisces Foundation
Location: San Francisco, CA (Temporarily Remote)
Apply by: August 6, 2021

Pisces Foundation and ClimateWorks Foundation are collaborating to hire a self-directed, strategic, and proactive innovator to help us make a step-change in super pollutant mitigation through the Fast Action on Super Pollutant Today (FAST) Initiative.  This is a unique opportunity to join a fruitful partnership at a critical time in the climate movement united by a collective goal to double resources dedicated to these efforts within the next three years. 

About the Pisces Foundation

At the Pisces Foundation, we believe if we act now and boldly, we can quickly accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. We support organizations, advocates, and activists who, working together, are doing what’s necessary to have clean and abundant water, a safe climate, and kids with the environmental know-how to create a sustainable world. By mainstreaming powerful new and equitable solutions, we will spark immediate gains and lasting benefits for people and nature. We know that our Foundation’s vision, of people and nature thriving together, can only be realized in an equitable and just world.  To learn more about Pisces please visit: piscesfoundation.org  

About the ClimateWorks Foundation

ClimateWorks is a global organization committed to ending the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy. Since 2008 we have directly awarded over $1 billion in grants to 500+ organizations advancing climate solutions around the world and have advised/assisted our climate mitigation funding partners in allocating $6.7 billion more. For more information, please visit climateworks.org

About Super Pollutants

Pisces and ClimateWorks have prioritized mitigation of super pollutants, a class of fast-acting, powerful climate warming agents including methane, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons (F-gases or HFCs).  They are also referred to as short-lived climate forcers or non-CO2 pollutants.  Mitigating super pollutants is the fastest way to slow the pace of climate change, to avert tipping points, and to get the world on track to limit average global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  Mitigating super pollutants will also improve air quality and avoid millions of premature deaths in communities most impacted by fossil fuel pollution.  Pisces’ super pollutant strategy aims to boost super pollutant mitigation in the U.S., China, India, and globally, while supporting movement-building for climate and environmental justice and strengthening overall field capacity. ClimateWorks’ super pollutant initiative tracks closely with Pisces’ effort with the addition of implementation work in Kenya and Central Asia. Together, Pisces and ClimateWorks are striving to bring more attention and resources to this effort. Our goal is to double total philanthropic investment in super pollutant mitigation within the next three years.      

FAST Initiative Officer 

We are seeking a self-directed, strategic, and proactive innovator – ideally, with previous experience in collaborative, philanthropic endeavors – to help us make a step-change in super pollutant mitigation.  We commissioned an in-depth review of the existing super pollutant campaigns including: focal areas, strategic objectives, communication strategies, and overall alignment with current and emerging funder interests.  That work yielded important insights that are primed to advance to the next stage through the Fast Action on Super Pollutant Today (FAST) Initiative: a field-wide effort to vet, prioritize, and scale work in this area.  The goal is to increase the scale and speed of super pollutant mitigation by doubling resources dedicated to these efforts within the next three years.  

This two year, limited-term position was created to build off existing learnings and networks and develop creative strategies to catapult this critical work. The successful candidate will help us refine our strategy for doubling overall funding to the field by reviewing our current work and then proposing and implementing a fundraising strategy to achieve our goals. The review would include our positioning, strategic communications, and the use of webinars, summits and other gatherings or mechanisms to stimulate funder interest.  With guidance from existing and potential grantees, the candidate would develop a fundraising strategy that would include an attractive portfolio of impactful investment opportunities reflecting the super pollutant potential to achieve climate, public health, sustainable development, equity, and social justice goals. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Take a fresh look at the commissioned review of super pollutant opportunity for funders (first 3-6 months):  Did our consultants get it right?  If so, how should we implement their programmatic recommendations?  Do recent events require a significant adjustment either to what we’re doing or how we talk about it?  Are we deploying our collective assets in the best way possible to achieve our fundraising goals?  We are interested in a fresh perspective on these topics, unfettered by past or current super pollutant investment priorities.
  • Identify ways to center equity and social justice in the FAST Initiative (by end of first year):  The goal here is to articulate equity and social justice benefits in the super pollutant sphere that either align with what other climate foundations are doing, or which push the envelope on what is possible in the philanthropic space to center equity and social justice.
  • Develop and implement fundraising strategy (by middle of second year):  Pisces actively networks with other foundations, encouraging them to join the super pollutant effort.  ClimateWorks has its own development team and is a core partner of the Climate Leadership Initiative, which is attempting to attract high-net-worth individuals to support climate mitigation.  The Initiative Officer will identify and evaluate additional ways to increase the visibility and attractiveness of investing in black carbon, methane and F-gas mitigation specifically.     
  • Help build portfolio of impactful projects (ongoing):  Moving money quickly and effectively is harder than it looks.  The Initiative Officer will help us build an up-to-date pipeline of shovel-ready and other projects able to absorb at least $20 million in additional funding (ideally more), and will create a system for keeping that pipeline current and relevant to evolving events.  

Desirable Skills and Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5-7 years of professional experience within philanthropy, non-profits, or other change-making endeavors, in the private or public sectors with a bachelor’s degree or higher or experience in excess of the minimum. 
  • Experience with and aptitude for collaboration across a range of colleagues and stakeholders including:
    • Ability to build relationships with staff, board members, funding partners, grantees, and other stakeholders in a respectful and authentic manner. 
    • Experience working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 
  • Demonstrated successful fundraising experience with strong results-orientation.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and the flexibility and emotional intelligence to adapt those skills to different cultural environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and work independently and effectively and to plan, prioritize, follow through, and track multiple work streams in a dynamic environment. 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • General experience in/knowledge of climate, energy, air quality and/or environmental justice related advocacy, policy, interventions and/or movement-building. 
  • Commitment to the mission of accelerating and deepening super pollutant mitigation.
  • Specific expertise and relationships in super pollutants preferred but not required. 
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to work through solutions when there is no obvious path. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and accuracy. 
  • Adept in Microsoft Office Suite—Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook—and ease with databases.  
  • Ability to attend early morning and/or late evening virtual events to accommodate international colleagues and the ability to travel occasionally (once it is safe to do so). 
  • Desire to help create an impactful philanthropic program.

Title, Location and Reporting Relationship

The successful candidate will serve as an Initiative Officer at Pisces (partially underwritten by ClimateWorks), working both independently and in tandem with the Pisces’ and ClimateWorks’ super pollutant teams.  Guidance will be provided by Pisces’ Senior Program Officer for Climate and Energy, as needed.  The candidate will work remotely until the San Francisco County Public Health Officer approves returning to normal office operations and, at that time, will consult with Pisces and ClimateWorks as to the desirability of working out of its offices in San Francisco or continuing to work remotely. 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing this position, the employee is regularly required to operate a personal computer for up to 8 hours a day, to talk on the telephone or webcam for multiple hours per day, to travel by plane and car service, and to have the ability to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 

Compensation

Pisces offers an excellent compensation package including platinum-level health and welfare benefits, generous retirement contributions, and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and reflects our geographic location and field. Pisces Foundation participates in multiple compensation surveys for grantmaking organizations and conducts an annual review of market-based salary trends.  The salary range for this position will be pegged at the Program Officer level.  

How to Apply

Pisces and ClimateWorks are partnering with Walker and Associates Consulting – a values-aligned, Bay Area-based, Black woman-owned and -led strategic consultancy – for this search.  To apply, email a cover letter; resume; short, relevant writing sample (no more than 1-2 pages); and a list of three references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to references) to FAST@walkeraac.com by 5:00 pm PT on Friday, August 6, 2021. Questions or Nominations? Email Jeannine N. Walker, President and CEO, at jwalker@walkeraac.com. Candidate review begins immediately. 

  • Use the subject line “FAST Initiative Officer.” 
  • One combined PDF file is preferred. 
  • Writing sample will ideally demonstrate fluency in climate advocacy, policy, and/or research or in fundraising (e.g. an appeal or development plan) and may be shared as a link to a blog or multimedia piece.

Program Officer, Water

San Francisco, CA
Full Time

About the Organization

At the Pisces Foundation, we believe if we act now and boldly, we can quickly accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. We support organizations, advocates, and activists who, working together, are doing what’s necessary to have clean and abundant water, a safe climate, and kids with the environmental know-how to create a sustainable world. By mainstreaming powerful new and equitable solutions, we will spark immediate gains and lasting benefits for people and nature. We know that our Foundation’s vision, of people and nature thriving together, can only be realized in an equitable and just world. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a foundation.

The Pisces Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations to further our goal of creating a world where people and nature thrive together. The Foundation’s 990-PFs provide information about our finances, operations, and grantmaking. To learn more about Pisces’ work and collaborations—including our grant recipients—visit our website, follow us on Twitter, and consult Pisces’ profiles on GuideStar and LinkedIn. On our blog you can read more about our commentary on recent events and our vision for a One Water future. You can also access news stories that discuss our work.

Program Officer

The Foundation seeks a Program Officer to lead its Water Program. This position reports to the President and will play an important role in a dynamic philanthropy. The position is based in San Francisco when it is safe to reconvene in the office.

The Water Program focuses on transforming water management in the United States so that all water is managed holistically, inclusively, and sustainably. We want to make One Water, also known as Smart Water or Integrated Water Management, the standard across the country. This means that all water has value; a focus on achieving multiple benefits: economic, environmental, and social; making decisions with a systems approach; utilizing watershed-scale thinking and action; and relying heavily on partnerships and community engagement—especially with communities impacted by environmental justice issues.

The Water Program seeks to catalyze a systems change in water management by investing in a portfolio of projects that includes networks scaling successful strategies, cities that are “ready to move,” funder collaboratives supporting movement-building, and coalitions advancing policies at all levels to ensure we meet the water needs of people.

Essential Duties

  • Oversee, implement, and regularly evaluate the Foundation’s Water strategy:
    • Implement, improve, and evolve the Program’s strategic plan to achieve program goals by overseeing grantmaking, including planning, research and development, partnership building, and due diligence.
    • Implement Foundation systems for learning and evaluation of grants and the effectiveness of the overall strategy, including site visits (when appropriate).
    • Develop and launch approaches for accessible grantmaking, like request for proposals and other participatory grantmaking strategies working collaboratively with external partners.
    • Work with President and colleagues in the Environmental Education and Climate & Energy Programs to develop cross-program and Foundation-wide grant initiatives.
    • Provide clear, concise, and insightful written analyses of grant proposals and reports, and organize grant dockets for review and approval.
    • Effectively manage consultants as needed.
    • Work with the President and other staff on non-grantmaking aspects of the strategy, including convenings.
  • Represent the Foundation to external entities:
    • Cultivate equitable and effective relationships with new and existing partners and grantees.
    • Communicate directly with Pisces Foundation stakeholders via speaking engagements, written blogs, social media, and more.
    • Build strategic relationships with other foundations, organizations, and consultants, presenting Foundation views or providing technical expertise, and promoting collaboration and coordination between entities.
    • Manage relationships with partner and grantee organizations and the implementation of program concepts with responsiveness and approachability.
    • Provide clear communications and guidance to grantees, applicants, and other interested parties.
    • Contribute to the Foundation’s presence in relevant funder, NGO, academic, and for-profit networks.
  • Internal management, learning, and collaboration:
    • Work with colleagues to contribute to a culture of learning within the Foundation, including developing ongoing learning agendas for staff and trustees and preparing presentations and written and oral analyses.
  • Collaborate with the Water Program Associate, demonstrating excellent management, communication, professional development, and mentoring skills:
    • Create an inspiring program team environment with an open communication culture, providing effective guidance.
    • Set clear team goals, delegate tasks, and set deadlines for internal program team.
    • Act proactively to ensure smooth team operations and effective collaboration.
    • Suggest and organize team-building activities and encourage a culture of creativity and growth.
    • Coach and mentor the Program Associate, providing and inviting regular feedback.
  • Maintain currency and fluency in key issues in the field, especially on water management and philanthropy best practices:
    • Maintain and share knowledge within the Foundation related to current events, state and federal water policy, research, trends, and relevant political landscapes.
    • Attend or plan training and networking events with grantees and funding partners.
  • Support organizational development by assisting the Chief Operating Officer with select internal operational tasks, as needed.
    • Lead occasional foundation-wide projects that advance the Foundation’s organizational goals.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of water and environmental research, policy, and practice;
  • Demonstrable commitment to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Strategic and creative thinker with experience in the development and execution of strategy to achieve social goals and forge new ground;
  • Understanding of social movements and capacity to iteratively improve program implementation by thinking critically about theories of change;
  • Understanding of the complex interactions among the water, environmental, and social justice fields, and a depth and range of contacts across relevant organizations;
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills with attention to detail and commitment to high quality work;
  • Self-starter, highly-motivated, resourceful, and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Advanced degree preferred and at least 10 years’ relevant experience in nonprofit, private, or public sector, including some experience directly managing others;
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, formally and informally, in meetings and over email. Experience adapting communication style to different cultural environments.
  • Experience with and aptitude for collaboration across a range of colleagues and stakeholders. Ability to represent the Foundation and build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, partners, and grantees with a respectful and authentic manner. Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Flexibility, emotional intelligence, and a willingness to help others.
  • Ability to accommodate travel (once it is safe to do so).

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing this position, the employee is regularly required to operate a personal computer for up to 8 hours a day, to talk on the telephone or webcam for multiple hours per day, to travel by plane and car service, and to have the ability to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Compensation

Pisces Foundation offers an excellent compensation package including platinum-level health and welfare benefits, parental leave, and generous retirement contributions. Our salaries are competitive, reflect our geographic location and field, and are commensurate with experience. Pisces Foundation participates in multiple compensation surveys for grantmaking organizations and conducts an annual review of market-based salary trends.

How To Apply

Applicants may send a PDF document including a cover letter, resume, and relevant supporting documents (e.g., writing sample, speeches, publications, podcasts) to hiring@piscesfoundation.org with the subject line, “WATER PROGRAM OFFICER POSITION.” See http://www.piscesfoundation.org/ for more information on the foundation.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

We know there are strong candidates who may not have all the qualifications above. If you have skills and experiences that we have not thought of and would be an asset to the role, please apply. The Foundation encourages people of color, those from under-resourced communities, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and others with diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.