Vacancy at ClimateWorks Foundation: Program Communications Director, Clean Air, Clean Energy

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31 January 2018
Closing Date: This position will remain open until filled.
Position: Program Director Communications, Clean Air, Clean Energy
Institution: ClimateWorks Foundation
Location: San Francisco, CA


ClimateWorks Foundation is seeking strategic communications expertise and project management support for its Clean Air, Clean Energy campaign (“the campaign”).  The Program Director Communications, Clean Air, Clean Energy (“Program Director Communications”) 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 Director Communications 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 Director Communications 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.


The Program Director Communications 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.
  • 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 in a relevant field
  • 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


For further details, please see the Job Description.