Program Associate to the President

  • 100 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Sequoia Climate Fund is a new philanthropy that seeks to decarbonize the world economy at a speed and scale equal to the problem. We support bold strategies and efforts that will have both near-term impact and the greatest probability of long-term success. We believe that solving climate change requires the adoption of ambitious, evidence-based policy solutions that transform markets, advance clean technology, and lead to large‐scale change.

Job Description

The Program Associate provides high-level, comprehensive strategic and administrative support to the President while maintaining a high level of confidentiality. This role is responsible for managing calendars, helping with prioritization of tasks, serving as the gatekeeper for requests, staying abreast of the latest climate trends and updates, and ensuring that the principal is adequately prepared for all meetings. This role exists to increase the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the President to better serve Sequoia Climate Fund and external partners.


  • Communicates with key partners, the Board and outside organizations.
  • Drafts routine correspondence and properly maintains records.
  • Provides comprehensive administrative support to the President including outstanding communication and responsiveness.
  • Drafts routine correspondence and properly maintains records.
  • Keep the President apprised of most critical internal deadlines as well as external areas of interest that impact Sequoia Climate Fund’s programs.
  • Ensures all staff requests to the President are addressed properly, efficiently, and judiciously, tracking progress until resolved.
  • Drafts executive-level correspondence and reports on behalf of the President.
  • Assists with communication, including writing proposals, business development outreach, communication strategy and implementation.
  • Coordinates event planning and implements all logistical elements as needed.
  • Arranges travel bookings, webinar sign ups and trainings as needed for the President.
  • Prepares and distributes meeting agendas to key stakeholders and follows up in a timely manner to ensure attendees receive meeting minutes.
  •  Streamlines and improves current processes to increase the efficiency of the President.
  • Collaborates with associates and other staff to support the goals of the organization.
  • Demonstrated initiative and foresight in planning.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Some travel (1-2 times per quarter) may be required.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree, graduate degree preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience in an operational role supporting executives. Quantitative experience is highly preferred.
  • Administrative support and program/project management experience

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Sequoia Climate fund’s institutional culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion

Sequoia Climate Fund believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. We actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity, and inclusion that we seek to amplify in the larger world.

Sequoia Climate Fund hires, promotes, and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by Sequoia’s service needs and business requirements. All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law, e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

COVID-19 Hiring update

We have temporarily transitioned to a work-from-home model, and this role is expected to begin as a remote position. To ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency. Once circumstances allow, staff will be required to work full-time from our office in Irvine, California. We are flexible and willing to discuss the logistics and financial considerations raised by relocation, if needed. 

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