Program Associate, Energy Optimization and Markets more...
Location:San Francisco, CA
Company:Energy Foundation
First posted:November 29, 2020


Energy Foundation's mission is to secure a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis. We envision a healthy, safe, equitable economy powered by clean energy. We believe a thriving clean energy economy can create sustainable opportunities, spur innovation, and protect our climate-for today and future generations.

Energy Foundation supports education and analysis to promote non-partisan policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency while opening doors to greater innovation and productivity-growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. For more than 25 years, Energy Foundation has supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the benefits of a clean energy economy. Our grantees include business, health, environmental, labor, equity, community, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, think tanks, universities, and more.

We are a complex, multi-site, multicultural nonprofit organization with big plans for the future. Under the leadership of our CEO, Energy Foundation has embarked on a major strategy refresh, a prioritized commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and rapid geographic expansion.

Our comprehensive approach advances energy efficiency and renewable energy in the power, transportation, and buildings sectors. Our programs focus on developing innovative policies and campaigns to help propel clean energy development in these sectors. The Venues team is a cross-disciplinary team of policy, communications, and campaign experts dedicated to advancing strong state and regional climate and clean energy policies. The Policy team works to deliver strategy and network support services to our issue-focused grantees and funding partners. And the Strategic Communications team develops powerful narrative and communications strategies designed to build support for our work regionally and nationwide.

Energy Foundation's founding office is in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; and Las Vegas, NV.


The Program Associate's (PA) primary responsibility is to support the work of the Program Director (PD), Energy Optimization and PD, Clean Energy Markets. Serving as "air traffic control" for these programs, the PA will arrange meetings with grantees, consultants, and funders; track and manage the program budget; review grant proposals; draft reports; and communicate with grantees and funders on a variety of issues. The PA will be the administrator for the two programs above, in addition to collaborating and coordinating with other teams and programs. The PA will also have the opportunity to organize convenings with Energy Foundation partners and grantees, and also contribute to institutional efforts.

Energy Foundation actively seeks to expand Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within our organization and through our work. We encourage people of color and candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply.



  • Consistently and accurately process proposals, reports, grants, contracts, and invoices/reimbursements from start to finish in appropriate systems.
  • Working collaboratively with other PAs and PDs, create and manage program budgets; reconcile budget to actuals.
  • Assist senior program staff to conduct due diligence on proposals or prospective grantees. Request additional information as needed.


  • Schedule and handle logistics for calls and meetings, and correspond with grantees and partners professionally.
  • Support PD to foster information-sharing and learning networks among grantees and thought leaders.
  • Prepare initial drafts of documents and presentations for internal and external audiences, such as board dockets, agendas, discussion documents, blogs, proposals, and presentations.

Build the Team

  • Generate and implement ideas for systems, program, and operational improvement.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues. Contribute to a positive working environment.
  • Project manage activities and events in coordination with colleagues.
  • Conduct research to support strategy development and grantmaking.
  • With guidance from supervisor and others, design their learning and development plan. Identify and seek out professional development opportunities, including networking, informational interviews, trainings, conferences, projects, etc.

Program Associate Progression to Senior Program Associate 

Through time, increased efficiency, proficiency, and autonomy in the role, there is a possible promotion to Senior Program Associate.


  • Reports to the Program Director, Energy Optimization and is a critical member of the National Policy team.


  • Two years' experience in a relevant role.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: buildings, equity, energy efficiency, climate justice, demand response, building electrification, utilities, electricity markets and regulation, renewable energy, climate, transportation, or public policy or candidate campaigns.
  • Technical skills: advanced skills using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, preferably in a Mac environment; familiarity with Google Drive, Box, Docs, and Sheets. Experience using cloud-based relational database systems, such as Salesforce, preferred.
  • Multitasking: experience supporting multiple priorities and juggling a variety of tasks for one or more individuals in a team environment.
  • Pluses include:
    • Experience working on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
    • Program management experience
    • Internet savvy, including digital and social media, online survey tools, etc. 


In the post-pandemic era, an ability to travel two to three times a year for two to three business days at a time.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to spend extended hours at the computer.

This position requires low to moderate levels of domestic travel.


The Energy Foundation's San Francisco office is located at 301 Battery St, 5th Floor, San Francisco, 94111. The office environment is in an office building downtown with some shared workspace, some individual offices, shared kitchen facilities, with moderate noise levels and a collegial atmosphere. On occasion, there are activities or events after work hours.

Staff are currently working at home during COVID-19 and decisions to re-open offices will be made in accordance to state and local guidance.

This job position is no longer available.