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Climate and Land Use Alliance

Washington, DC, United States 馃嚭馃嚫


About the Organization

The Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) is a philanthropic collaboration between the ClimateWorks Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to help realize the potential for mitigating climate change through improved land use. The Good Energies and Margaret A. Cargill Foundations also award grants in alignment with the CLUA Strategy.

CLUA focuses on high leverage opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that benefit and/or prevent harm to indigenous peoples and other local communities. Geographically, CLUA focuses on Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Central America. For more information, please visit

Program Assistant

The Program Assistant plays a key administrative role in facilitating the work of CLUA鈥檚 Director of Programs. The Program Assistant must be able to work independently and possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Commitment to CLUA鈥檚 mission and experience providing administrative support are essential.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Assistant will be responsible for the below duties.

路        Attend meetings and join conference calls with Director to develop notes and track follow-up action; includes coordinating CLUA team calls and meetings by consulting with team leads, distributing agendas, and preparing/circulating notes;

路        Ensure that the Director is prepared for meetings, events, and trips by providing or obtaining background information for these commitments;

路        Assist with communications, presentations and document preparation;

路        Track Director鈥檚 review of grant proposals ensuring that proposal feedback is relayed to Program Officers;

路        Manage the Director鈥檚 calendar, including direct responsibility for complex scheduling of meetings and conference calls with colleagues in both domestic and international locations;

路        Research and book domestic and international travel: air flights, visas, hotels, ground transportation, any needed logistics for the Director, and compile expense receipts for monthly expense reports;

路        Undertaking special projects as assigned, based on need and competence.

Opportunities for additional responsibilities will be determined by the Director of Programs, based on qualifications and experience of the selected applicant.


The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor鈥檚 degree
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience in either an administrative or programmatic support role
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work tactfully and effectively with a diverse group of staff and partners
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

路        Experience working with international colleagues a plus

路        Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion

路        High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Location: Washington, D.C. preferred

Application Process

Send application (cover letter, resume, and writing sample) to [email protected]

Applications due January 10, 2018.

Climate and Land Use Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

[email protected]

Send application (cover letter, resume, and writing sample) to [email protected]