San Francisco, CA or Washington, D.C. strongly preferred

Global Coal Initiative Director, Climate Imperative Foundation

The Organization


Climate change is governed by physical facts—about carbon sources, accumulation, impacts, and timing, and more importantly, about solutions that work. These facts must inform strategy: they show that avoiding dangerous climate change is only possible through strong policy to cut carbon, promptly, in the biggest countries. Climate Imperative is driving to win the most important climate policy decisions. Each Climate Imperative initiative aims to save at least three billion tons of CO2e cumulatively by 2050. For each initiative, we are convening and supporting a talented, proven team of grantees, and supporting them to do whatever is needed to win by providing: world-class technical advice, direct financial support, targeted communications, and/or public support. The decisions targeted represent the largest near-term carbon abatement opportunities around the world. This Global Coal Initiative is focused on the near-term opportunity to end the construction of new coal-fired power plants globally. The goal is to replace plans for new coal-fired plants across approximately three dozen countries with plans for clean energy alternatives including wind, solar and batteries. And, to do so with equity at the fore, recognizing that those most impacted by the climate crisis must benefit first from solutions. To address these issues, Energy Innovation was established in 2012 as a clean energy and environmental policy firm to provide timely research and analysis on energy policy options to policy makers, thought leaders, and members of the media. Energy Innovation also works with clients to facilitate philanthropic investments in advocacy that helps reduce carbon pollution. Energy Innovation will be the employer for this role, and the position is wholly dedicated to the Climate Imperative project.


Climate Imperative Foundation seeks a skilled, creative, and innovative climate change professional with well-honed strategic campaign skills to serve as its Global Coal Initiative Director, with a specific focus on working with policy makers and advocates to end the rush to build new coal-fired power plants globally. The successful candidate will have strong leadership and diplomacy skills, outstanding communications abilities, and a disposition toward finding and driving solutions in a complicated arena. This Initiative Director will report to the Executive Director of Climate Imperative and be responsible for leading grantmaking efforts, working in concert with other members of the team and global funding partners. Climate Imperative Foundation has contracted with Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC (Energy Innovation) for its staffing needs.

How To Apply


To apply or nominate a candidate, please send a resume and cover letter to search consultant Cathy Schreiber at with “Global Coal Initiative Director” in the subject line. Submission in a combined PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred. This position is open until filled, with an initial application deadline of Feb. 28, 2022.

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