About Energy Foundation
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 China. 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 China Sustainable Energy Program, now known as EF China, was initiated as an EF program in 1999 with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In 2019, EF China is becoming a legally separate entity, yet will maintain a strategic and operational relationship with EF.
EF China’s grantmaking has been managed by the US-based Grants Management team at EF. The Grants Officer, China will have the opportunity to transition the grants management function to oversight by the Beijing office, taking a consultative approach to tailor the policies, procedures, systems, and processes to the needs of the grantmaking in China while remaining attentive to the compliance needs of U.S. laws and regulations.
As an expert in, and advocate for, grants management best practices, the Grants Officer, China will ensure efficient and effective grantmaking while documenting and assessing current practice. Building on the existing expertise, systems, and processes of EF’s US-based organization as well as existing processes and procedures for grantmaking in China, this individual will optimize processes and policies to adapt grantmaking to the China market.
A priority project for the Grants Officer, China will be to assess the current grants management system (GMS), with support from the US-based Grants Management team and in consultation with the Operations and Program teams at EF China. Expected follow-on work would be to identify and recommend a replacement GMS, migrate current grantmaking to the new system, and train and support staff in the use of the new system. The Grants Officer, China will facilitate stakeholder engagement across the EF China team to design, develop, implement, and integrate grant tracking technologies, workflows, and data management systems, working to optimize the data and systems for reporting and analysis, while being aware of the constraints of applying technological solutions within China, particularly for grantees.
The Ideal Candidate
EF seeks a grants management professional with a deep understanding of grants and contracting policies, systems, and processes that comply with U.S. laws and regulations. Candidates must have a practical understanding of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and how public charities are regulated in the U.S. – particularly grant-making and grant-receiving organizations – and be able to adapt these policies into EF China’s 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 who maintain awareness of platforms on the market. Related is the ability to train colleagues on systems and related processes. The Grants Officer, China must have the ability to maintain data within a database and to produce high-quality reports. Keen attention to detail and accuracy are imperative.
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 an autonomous role in a cross-cultural environment, bringing emotional maturity and cultural sensitivity to skillfully navigate ambiguity and uncertainty to achieve positive outcomes. Given the remote nature of the relationships, this individual will need to be highly skilled at time management and managing expectations in order to be successful across time zones.
Strong pluses are Mandarin-language skills; and/or an understanding of, and affinity for, Chinese culture.
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, China is located in EF’s San Francisco, CA office. This position requires international travel.