About Us

Climate Breakthrough identifies extraordinary leaders and empowers them to launch bold new strategies to address the climate crisis. Each year, we select several exceptional strategists from around the world to receive the Climate Breakthrough Award: a US $3 million-dollar grant and tailored support over three years to bring visionary strategies from idea to fruition. We believe that many of the most capable leaders have not yet been given sufficient time, space, support, and funding to develop the kind of climate strategies our world desperately needs. Our program is designed to give these brilliant strategists exactly that opportunity. Our mission is reliant on reaching beyond established networks and approaches to empower a diverse range of voices, perspectives, and strategies.

Climate Breakthrough is funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, IKEA Foundation, Quadrature Climate Foundation, JPB Foundation, Vere, and the Good Energies Foundation. Launched in 2016, Climate Breakthrough has issued seventeen awards to date. For more information about Climate Breakthrough and our awardees, please visit www.climatebreakthrough.org.  

About the Role

Reporting to the Manager of Candidates & Partnerships, the Project Coordinator, Candidates will support all aspects of Climate Breakthrough’s candidate pipeline process. The Project Coordinator will support the day-to-day operations of the candidate pipeline, conduct research into emerging climate mitigation topics relevant to candidate ideas and strategies, and eventually conduct candidate evaluation. Candidate sourcing and evaluation for the Climate Breakthrough Award is core to the organization, and the Project Coordinator will play a key role in ensuring an organized and efficient evaluation process. The ideal candidate has strong project management and organizational skills, is comfortable communicating with a variety of stakeholders, and is knowledgeable and passionate about solving the climate crisis. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the day-to-day operations of the candidate pipeline:

    • Manage candidate profiles through Asana, CiviCRM, and other relevant software.

    • Support the Manager of Candidates & Partnerships in the timely movement of candidates through the evaluation process.

    • Support scheduling candidate interviews and reference checks.

    • Support the creation of candidate and scout materials for different stages of the evaluation process (e.g., briefs, presentations, informational guides, and templates).

    • Ensure candidates are notified of their progress through the evaluation process.

  • Support outreach activities, including but not limited to

    • Support the plan and launch of the annual call for scouts.

    • Prep interview guides and outreach materials for sourcing conversations.

    • Manage contracts for translation and interpretation services.

  • Support the Manager of Candidates & Partnerships in developing pipeline strategy:

    • Conduct qualitative research and synthesis of specific climate issues and philanthropic trends.

    • Track climate news and topics of interest relevant to candidate and awardee strategies.

    • Track metrics related to the candidate pool for ongoing internal learning.

  • Candidate evaluation:

    • Conduct basic desk research on candidates, their current work, and topics of interest.

    • Eventually, be able to conduct reference checks and candidate vetting.

  • Additional program team support as needed and necessary.


  • A bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of relevant work experience, including internships, fellowships, etc.

  • Content knowledge and professional interest in climate change mitigation, climate justice and movement building, and/or global climate affairs 

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, with the ability to work independently

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively communicate across internal teams and with external stakeholders with diplomacy and enthusiasm

  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to approach situations with creativity and openness, willingness to engage in strategic conversations related to the candidate pipeline, and desire to grow in the field of candidate evaluation 

  • Proficiency in qualitative research methods (e.g., interviews, expert consultation, case studies)

  • Experience with recruiting, leadership programs, or fellowships, a plus

  • Written and verbal fluency in English required, second language a plus

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and awareness

  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity

Position Details

This role can be performed from anywhere in the US, with the understanding that availability during West Coast business hours may be expected. The preferred location for this role is the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Please note that Full Time at Climate Breakthrough is 35 hours/week; we also have a 31.5 hour/week option (90% time), for which salary is adjusted accordingly. The desired start date for this position is November 2022.

The expected salary for this role is $65,000 (with a geographic differential applied based on location, up to $75,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area). Climate Breakthrough offers a generous benefits package that includes the following:

  • 35-hour workweek, with a reduced hour workweek option available

  • Medical (PPO and HMO), Dental, and Vision plans with 100% employee coverage and >50% coverage for dependents

  • 20 days paid vacation per year, with 25 days after two years

  • 10 days paid sick leave per year

  • All federal holidays observed, plus the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, as well as two floating holidays and birthday off

  • 401k plan with 6% employer contribution

  • Long-term disability and life insurance

To Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter to the job posting.

Climate Breakthrough is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

As a result of Climate Breakthrough’s development over the last six years, we are growing and making valuable structural changes as an organization. As part of this transition, Climate Breakthrough has codified principles and is establishing practices that reflect our strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our current team and new hires work together closely to set the standards to which we hold our work and ourselves.

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