Environment and Conservation, Fundraising and Advancement, Marketing and Communications, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Program Manager, Strategic Communications and Engagement

  • Sequoia Climate Foundation
  • Irvine, CA
About Sequoia Climate Foundation

Sequoia Climate Foundation is a new philanthropy that seeks to decarbonize the world economy at a speed and scale equal to the challenge. We support bold strategies and efforts that will have both near-term impact and the greatest probability of long-term success. We believe that solving climate change requires the adoption of ambitious, evidence-based policy solutions that transform markets, advance clean technology, and lead to large‐scale change. Our focus areas include power, transportation, buildings, industry, land use, agriculture and forestry, finance, communications, and public engagement. Sequoia Climate Foundation is active in major emitting geographies, including China, the United States, India, the European Union, among others. We are dedicated to building the political will and powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions. Our office and staff are based in Irvine, California.

For more information on Sequoia Climate Foundation, please visit the website here.

The Opportunity

The Program Manager, Strategic Communications and Engagement (Program Manager), will report to and work closely with the Program Director, Strategic Communications and Engagement, and collaborate with Sequoia Climate Foundation leadership to manage grantmaking portfolios and will manage productive relationships with grantees, communicating openly and engaging directly with them and with other key stakeholders. The Program Manager works with leadership to both develop and execute strategies and plans aligned with the organizational mission and vision. They will develop, support, and execute strategies as needed, compile the research and evidence necessary to assess their potential impact and chances for success, and identify the organizations best positioned to execute them. They will support in leading a team and work with peer networks, government officials, thought leaders, and key stakeholders to assess emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities in the field.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Develop, support, and execute goals, strategies, and grantmaking portfolios, compile the research and evidence necessary to assess their potential impact and establish and monitor metrics.  
  • Lead and support initial screening of potential grantees, including analyzing and assessing background information, soliciting, and developing funding proposals, and determining appropriate funding levels.
  • Supports the development of funding strategy for the program and adapts strategy as priorities change.
  • Consistent with Sequoia’s “learning and evidence approach,” keep in regular contact with funded partners, including through site visits, and support execution consistent with goals in mind, supporting adaptive management by partners as needed.
  • Work with the Program Directors to undertake or commission sector-relevant research and analysis and implement wide-ranging communication strategies that support the effective development, delivery, and evaluation of programs, internal and external communications, and initiatives.
  • Writes strategy recommendations and background papers, as well as presents to proposed grantees for funding.  
  • Builds an external network with experts and opinion formers within the climate change and sector-specific community to identify potential grantees and ensure decision-making is shaped by up-to-date insights and research. 
  • Identifies appropriate partners and collaborations to advance grantmaking strategies, including, as appropriate, active participation in collaboratives, conferences, and workshops.  
  • Supports the development of an annual administrative budget to anticipate and plan for programmatic expenses.  
  • Build long-term relationships with key influencers and thought leaders, including peers, NGO partners, academics, and other stakeholders.
  • Interact, builds, and foster relationships with media, NGOs, funders, and consultants and speak on the organization’s behalf as required, advising on meaningful engagement opportunities and managing risk.
  • Manages team, including other program staff, and delegates work as needed.  
  • Performs other duties as required.    


  • Agile: Ability to adapt to the organization and employees’ needs and prioritize tasks.
  • Collegiality: Strong work ethic and experience building and working collaboratively with and across a team.
  • Efficiency/Initiative: Ability to learn quickly, juggle multiple tasks, prioritize effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Innovative: Problem-solving aptitude; Actively stays on top of industry innovations and shares such findings with the broader team. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Inspirational Leadership: Demonstrated values-based, results-driven leadership.
  • Integrity: Commitment to Sequoia Climate Foundation’s mission and values.
  • ·    Quality: Attention to detail and timelines in a fast-paced environment with the ability to organize and prioritize tasks.
  • Systems savvy: Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and virtual meeting software, with the ability to learn new or updated software.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • A minimum of eight years of relevant experience in climate advocacy or policy, preferably with a focus on communications.
  • Experience in communications strategies, including media, digital communications, PR, advertising, and non-profit communications required. 
  • Experience in advocacy or an understanding of grassroots organizing and campaigns is highly preferred.
  • Understanding of global climate organization eco-system preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
Compensation & Location

The salary range for this role is $149,000 – $186,000.

Sequoia Climate Foundation offers a generous benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We provide competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, and other perks to promote work/life harmony. We operate in a hybrid model, which means both workdays from home and in the office for our Irvine, California, location.  The expectation is this role will be our beautiful office at least three days a week (though never five, lots of opportunities to still work remotely a few days a week). We can be flexible on relocation timelines and offer a small amount of relocation assistance.

Please note, at this time, our preference is that applicants have the authorization to work in the United States.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

Sequoia Climate Foundation requires its employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless they are approved for an exemption as allowed under federal and applicable state law. Unless approved for an exemption, new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the time of hire and offers of employment will be contingent on compliance with Sequoia Climate Foundation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.  


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Sequoia Climate Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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