About the Organization
The Energy Foundation’s nonprofit mission is to serve the public interest by building a strong clean energy economy. Pragmatic and nonpartisan, the foundation supports education and analysis to promote policy solutions that build markets for clean energy technology. Advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other solutions can open doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution.
A partnership of leading foundations launched the Energy Foundation (EF) in 1991 and Energy Foundation China (EF China) in 1999. In the U.S., EF advances energy efficiency and renewable energy in the power, transportation, and buildings sectors. The Policy and Public Engagement programs focus on strategy development, policy innovation, and campaign design, while the Strategic Communications Program develops capacities and strategies in regions and nationally. The States and Regions Team is a cross-disciplinary team of policy, communications, and campaign experts dedicated to advancing strong state and regional climate and clean energy policies.
For more than 25 years, EF has supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy. Grantees include business, health, labor, environmental, faith, equity, free-market, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, military organizations, think tanks, and universities.
EF’s founding office is in San Francisco, CA, with additional offices in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; and Las Vegas, NV. The EF China office is located in Beijing, China. To learn more about EF, visit www.ef.org.
Energy Foundation seeks a Grants Officer to manage and execute the tactical and strategic aspects of grantmaking and contracting for Energy Foundation in the United States. This role reports to the Senior Director of Grants and is part of the Grants Management team based in EF’s San Francisco office.
The Grants Officer, US joins EF at a transformative moment for its grants management function. The team has selected GivingData as EF’s new grants management system (GMS), and the system migration project is in early stages. Throughout the implementation process and beyond, the Grants Officer will take a consultative approach to tailor the policies, procedures, systems, and processes to the needs of the grantmaking across all offices while remaining attentive to the compliance needs of US laws and regulations.
As an expert in, and advocate for, grants management best practices, the Grants Officer, US will ensure efficient and effective grantmaking while documenting and assessing current practice. Building on existing expertise, systems, and processes, this individual will optimize processes and policies to tailor grantmaking to EF’s evolving needs.
The Ideal Candidate
EF seeks a grants management professional with a deep understanding of grants and contracting policies, systems, and processes that comply with US laws and regulations. Candidates must have a practical understanding of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and how public charities are regulated in the United States – particularly grant-making and grant-receiving organizations – and be able to adapt these policies into program operations.
Ideal candidates will have a strong systems orientation, with a track record of improving and enhancing existing grants management technologies and developing new solutions, and maintaining awareness of platforms on the market. Related is the ability to train colleagues on systems and related processes. The Grants Officer, US must have the ability to maintain data within a database and to produce high-quality reports. Keen attention to detail and accuracy are imperative. Experience using GivingData’s GMS is a strong plus, but not required.
Successful candidates will have a proven track record of designing, planning, and implementing process improvement initiatives, along with a collaborative approach to problem-solving and process design. Project management skills, including a demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex projects, are essential.
The ideal candidate is someone who leads through influence and thrives in a role that is both autonomous and highly collaborative, bringing emotional maturity to skillfully navigate a wide variety of perspectives and stakeholder needs to achieve positive outcomes. Because EF is a multi-site, national organization, this individual will need to be skilled at time management and managing expectations in order to be successful across time zones.
The Grants Officer, US does not need to have experience in the climate and energy sectors. Candidates will preferably have a meaningful personal connection to the pursuit of climate solutions and a commitment to EF’s mission and values.
Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of grants and contract management experience within a nonprofit grantmaking context. Strong familiarity with data systems and business processes, especially related to grantmaking, is essential.
The Grants Officer, US is located in EF’s San Francisco, CA office. This position may require occasional travel.