Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports To: Executive Director
Location: San Francisco, CA
Based in downtown San Francisco, Tempest Advisors provides
professional philanthropic consulting services to Sea Change
Foundation and Sea Change Foundation International – the
climate-focused philanthropies of Nat Simons and Laura Baxter
Simons. Consulting support is focused on the serious threat posed
by climate change and the role of philanthropy in climate change
mitigation. The Tempest team is high performing, collaborative, and
mission driven. We foster a pragmatic, solution-oriented culture
and a willingness to develop creative approaches to addressing
As a Program Strategist at Tempest Advisors, you will work with
a small team helping to advise our clients to develop and assess
grants focused at the forefront of mitigating climate change.
Although this Program Strategist position will be a generalist with
respect to our climate mitigation strategies, this position will
likely focus more heavily on clean transportation and reducing
fossil fuel dependence domestically and internationally. Program
Strategists report to the Executive Director and must be able to
work effectively with colleagues across multiple disciplines (both
internally and throughout the philanthropic community), balancing
the need for immediate action with our clients’ desire to maximize
impact through philanthropic investments.
■ Proactively cultivate, review, and assess climate grantmaking
opportunities; conduct rigorous due diligence, including site
visits to meet with current and potential grant recipients, and
view active and pending projects across an array of climate and
clean energy philanthropic strategies.
■ Lead development and assessment of grantmaking strategies by
identifying promising grant concepts, providing critical analysis
of project strengths, weaknesses, and risks, presenting grant ideas
for review by Tempest Advisors’ staff members, partners, and
clients (including principals), and working with potential grant
recipients to improve the clarity and quality of their grant
proposals and documentation.
■ In addition to other strategy areas to be assigned, lead
development and assessment of strategies on clean transportation
and reducing fossil fuel dependence.
■ Attend and present at certain client grant decision-making
■ Stay current on emerging issues, trends, interventions, and
innovations related to climate change and clean energy in order to
advise Tempest Advisors’ clients on effective strategies to advance
■ Provide peer feedback to other Program Strategists and other
funders on projects and grant proposals and solicit peer reviews of
your work from others.
■ Help to plan and implement learning opportunities for grant
recipients, Tempest Advisors’ employees and clients, and other
■ Work with and manage external consultants.
■ Develop progress indicators with grant recipients; monitor
ongoing grants and initiatives; evaluate progress and report to
Tempest Advisors’ employees and clients.
■ Collaborate with other funders, advisors, and grant recipients
to facilitate the exchange of information and maximize lessons
■ Convene meetings of stakeholders, including grant recipients,
subject matter experts, community representatives, governmental
representatives, funders, and others, to learn from each other, and
compare and coordinate strategies where appropriate.
■ Ensure compliance with IRS regulations and any other legal
requirements, as well as client reporting requirements for all
■ Respond to additional client requests as needed, including
■ Complete other projects as assigned, including some related to
Tempest Advisors’ internal operations and planning.
■ Outstanding strategic thinking and planning skills; ability to
think creatively about developing and implementing philanthropic
solutions to complex problems.
■ An understanding of key issues in the climate change field,
especially transportation policy, as well as international,
national, and state/provincial policy-making processes.
■ Experience designing, executing, and evaluating issue-focused
and advocacy programs required. Direct experience in climate
advocacy, including clean transportation and reducing fossil fuel
dependence, is a plus.
■ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
■ Experience in private, public, or nonprofit sectors.
■ Strong analytic and decision-making experience. A minimum of
10 years of relevant work experience with interdisciplinary
■ Undergraduate degree required, an advanced degree in a
relevant field preferred.
■ Experience in project management.
■ Energetic, flexible, team player with a direct, honest, and
respectful approach to problem solving; able to foster
collaboration and contribute to a strong sense of community among
Tempest Advisors’ employees, partners, and clients.
■ Ability to work independently and as a team member in a
collegial atmosphere where differing viewpoints and give-and-take
are expected and encouraged.
■ Ability to analyze, synthesize and effectively communicate
complex information, and develop strategic and operational plans
based on that analysis.
■ Willingness to travel, as needed, to conduct research, meet
with grant recipients and other partners, and represent Tempest
■ Poise, professionalism, and discretion. Ability to effectively
represent Tempest Advisors, its clients, and its work in public
settings, while protecting confidentiality.
Compensation, Benefits & Work Requirements
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with expertise and
previous experience. Excellent employer-paid benefits, including
medical, dental and vision and a 2:1 matching retirement plan. This
is an exempt position and requires presence in the San Francisco
office on a full-time basis. Additionally, domestic and
international travel a few times per year is likely. A background
check, full COVID-19 vaccination, and acceptance of a
non-disclosure agreement will be required.
The Application Process
Tempest Advisors is partnering with Walker and Associates
Consulting – a Bay Area-based Black- and woman-owned strategic
management consulting and search firm – to facilitate this search.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and list of three
references (references will not be contacted without your advanced
notice) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line:
Program Strategist. Please submit PDF or Microsoft Word files only,
preferably with all materials in one combined file. Resume review
Questions or Nominations? Contact Jeannine N. Walker at email@example.com.
Tempest Advisors is an equal opportunity employer who encourages
leaders with unique perspectives and backgrounds that are
underrepresented in the climate space to apply and considers all
applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender
identity, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected