Who We Are
The Solutions Project amplifies the ideas and energy of the people working at the frontlines of the climate crisis. We invest in and amplify community solutions, using culture as a tool to get people to pay attention to what’s working and join the broader cause.
We envision a world where everyone has affordable housing, meaningful work, and a healthy place to live. A world created for the people, by the people. 100% for 100%. We make grants to the dozens of organizations closest to the problems of and solutions to pollution and climate change. We also help our partners tell their stories in the media so people everywhere can see what’s working in the most unlikely of places. Finally, we get the best climate solutions in front of decision makers in government, business, and philanthropy so they put their money behind what works. Let’s create the future we want!
Our Cultural Values
Transparency, Efficiency, Respect, Connectedness, Feminine Leadership
How We Roll
Be bold. We are aspirational, creative, and always proactive. Those at the frontlines of pollution, extraction, and the shared urgency of climate change deserve nothing less.
Be inclusive. We shine the light and invite everyone we can onto the path to a regenerative economy. We follow the leadership of those rooted in frontline communities who are showing the way.
Duplicate nothing. We leverage and strengthen the field, connecting dots and resourcing others, as needed. Our movement’s assets are many and must be shared for collective impact.
Advance equity. We center equity-rooted strategies, community benefits, diverse leadership, and just transitions. The transition to a regenerative economy must center and directly benefit those people most impacted by pollution, extraction, and climate change.
Program Leadership & Management:
- Lead the development of the program team’s strategic framework for grantmaking, movement building/organizing, and advancement of culture-led narrative solutions in alignment with the organization’s vision
- Enhance, flesh out, and implement programmatic vision as established in The Solutions Project’s Strategic Plan
- Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence with clarity, teamwork, and accountability defining day to day practice
- Demonstrate consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the program goals
- Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performing and diverse team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance
- Work with staff to develop systems to ensure consistent, high-quality program management
- Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth
- Hold strong the vision of a regenerative economy for all program teams and ensure the values of a regenerative, restorative, and reparative economy (diverse voices, policy from the ground up, empowering, and building strong communities in place) are integrated into all program plans
- Work with the VP of Brand and Partnerships to integrate brand, organizational communications, and meta-narrative strategies with frontline-serving programs; assist with the professional development of the program staff
- Work with the philanthropic trustees to select proposals and grantmaking opportunities
- Work with the Operations Manager to plan staffing patterns and address staffing needs
- Review assigned staff performance in writing at least annually and recommend salary merit adjustments
- Responsible to represent the organization in most field convenings and participate as needed in the cultivation of new and existing funders or media opportunities
- Track major field trends, dynamics, and impacts to ensure the Executive Leadership Team can make informed decisions and that the organization is both relevant and focused in our field-wide presence
- Manage relationships with programmatic partners, including grantees, other national intermediaries or networks, sometimes other funders, etc.
- Develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge and impact that is generated by the programs
- In collaboration with the VP of Brand & Partnerships, identify processes and practices for sharing our thought leadership, program outcomes, and organizational learning with a broad range of stakeholders, including digital presence; ensure the organization is a trusted and high-integrity steward of grantee communications content (stories, visual assets, and other content)
- Ensure that key project outcomes and/or policy, advocacy, and legislation are evaluated and leveraged for maximum community and organizational impact
- Work collaboratively with the Executive Leadership Team to integrate cross program activities and functions
Specific Requirements Include:
Program Leadership and Management. This individual will have taken a hands-on approach in leading a variety of initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a track record of effectively leading a performance-based and outcome-based program and staff. They will have developed and operationalized culture and narrative change strategies that have taken a program or organization to the next stage of growth. Given the social and political climate that we are in, this person will have to understand the nuances of philanthropy, movement building, and organizing within impacted communities and will adapt program outcomes to reinforce community resiliency and empowerment.
Team Building and Development. The successful candidate will have recruited, managed, and developed a strong team of staff and program/project managers. This individual will serve as a “player/coach” to motivate and mentor his or her team and foster a culture of learning and belonging on their team.
Exceptional Communication and Influencing Skills. As a voice/advocate for The Solutions Project, the VP of Programs will have strong written and verbal communication skills. They will be a persuasive, credible, and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills. This individual must work collaboratively with internal as well as external partners and other organizations, providing exposure for program impact in a variety of media outlets. Ideally, this person will have served as an effective spokesperson in field convenings and networks at the national level.
- Advanced degree, with at least 10 years of management experience; preferably but not required experience in philanthropy and/or organizing and power building
- Experience leading culture change efforts with narrative strategies and stories that are multidimensional and ethically authentic to its community origins
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational and project management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget
- Steadfast commitment to racial justice and equity
- Experience building relationships across a wide range of stakeholders and a commitment to uplifting the voices of community partners
- Strongly demonstrated fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including advisory groups, coalitions, forums, trade associations, foundations, corporate sponsors, and practitioner groups
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
- Ability to actively listen, a willingness to invite participation, and comfort with complexity and ambiguity
- Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for The Solution Project’s mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals
- Solid judgment and apparent leadership skills
- A team player, who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
- An individual who is able to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities
- Impeccable integrity
- Strong analytical skills, basic business intuition, and common sense
- Strong work ethic
This is a full-time, exempt position, ideally based in the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles. Compensation package, including benefits, is competitive, and salary is commensurate with experience. The Solutions Project is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages leaders of color, women, and those who identify as LGBTQI to apply.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “VP, Programs” in the subject line.