GRANTMAKING FOR CLIMATE ENVIRONMENT PORTFOLIO
Epic is looking for a senior level director of programs and grantmaking for our climate and
environment portfolio The director will report to the Chief Programs Officer and will hold
responsibility for designing and managing Epic’s forthcoming grant portfolio focused on the
address of climate action and environmental preservation by leading nonprofits.
● Director will hold responsibility for the strategic management of Epic’s environment
focused grantmaking portfolio which will aim to center granting around four key areas of
conservation and climate related focus: Agriculture and Food Systems, Forests, Oceans,
and Clean Energy.
● Director will conduct annual selection processes of prospective grantee partners,
including comprehensive due diligence on the operations, governance, and programmatic
leadership of nonprofits.
● Director will manage ongoing trimester monitoring of portfolio organizations, interviews
and ongoing analysis of overall performance, growth and evolution of the organization,
providing ad-hoc technical support to organization as relevant and desired
● Director will be deeply linked to and continuously integrated with the non-profit
community addressing the environment and stay abreast of emerging best practice,
evidence and programmatic experiences relevant to our portfolio ].
● Director will collaborate with broader programs teams to streamline grantmaking,
selection, monitoring and reporting practices across all of Epic’s grantmaking.
● Director will contribute to external relations, donor acquisition and retention strategies
of Epic’s Development, Engagement and Marketing and Communication teams to support
our promotion of the work of our grantee partners to prospective and existing donors.
● Director will lead development of internal and external knowledge management related
to environment and climate change.
● 8-10 years experience in non-profit program management and grantmaking in areas of
environmental protection and climate action with 3-5 years in increasing management
responsibility. Deep technical expertise in at least but preferably 2-3 areas of our topical foci (
Agriculture and Food Systems, Forests, Oceans, and Clean Energy.)
● Strong relationships and understanding of non-profit community working on relevant
conservation and climate issues.
● Confidence in public speaking and serving as a public spokesperson on subject matter expertise
related to climate change, philanthropic practice and grantmaking in those spaces
● Strong writing skills and ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences
● Strong analytical and evaluative skills
● Robust network of relationships in non-profit and philanthropic sectors as they pertain to
● Understanding of good practice in philanthropic practices and strategies for supporting climate
● This is a full time position in either based in Paris or New York.
● Benefits are location specified based on country of employment but include paid
vacation, health insurance where relevant.
About Epic and our Climate Goals
Epic exists to drive positive change in the world and does so by serving as a bridge
between those on the ground non-profits forging solutions to today’s most pressing
challenges and the donors – individual and corporate – who are essential to fueling that
We find, select and fund leading non-profit organizations who are designing and
implementing essential solutions to most pressing global challenges. As a grantmaker,
we have historically dedicated our funding to the issues affecting children and youth in
regards to their human development – their education, economic empowerment,
health, rights and protection. In constant reflection of the realities facing children,
youth and families, we acknowledge the greatest existential threat to current and
future generations is climate change. As such, we endeavor in our 2022 expansion plan
to build a second flagship portfolio within Epic which will specifically fund nonprofits
targeting environment and climate action. As done in our flagship portfolio on Children
and Youth, our Environment and Climate portfolio will be designed by a curated team
with expertise in grantmaking, programmatic design and subject matter expertise
specific to the portfolio with a dedicated aim to securing a more sustainable, equitable
and responsible management of earth’s resources.
Apply to the position
Interested parties should email resume and cover letter to Kate Riordan, Chief
Programs Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2022.