The 11th Hour Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued and supported.  We believe that diversity brings about greater sustainability on all levels and aims to use its resources to generate greater social and environmental diversity through its grant-making and other related investments.



The Director of Emerging Strategies is a newly created role at the Foundation, leading the effort to sharpen our strategies and impact across the organization. Serving as a thought partner to the Executive Director, this position supports all strategic priority areas. The role brings together elements of program strategy and insight, research, impact measurement, and learning, and communications for both internal and external audiences. As such, this position offers a rare opportunity to play an essential part in framing the Foundation’s messaging and shaping future direction. 

View the full position profile here:  

To Be Considered

Candidates with a minimum of seven years’ professional work experience from diverse backgrounds that might include foundations, nonprofits, successful start-ups, or social purpose companies are invited to apply. Candidates should have demonstrated success driving social change initiatives, especially using strategic philanthropy. A bachelor’s degree is required, an advanced degree is an asset. Experience in issue-related work is valued, as is expertise identifying the philanthropic levers that will optimize impact and advance social change. 

Please submit your resume and cover letter that expresses both your passion for the mission and fit for the role via Waldron’s candidate web portal.

Cover letters should be addressed to Melissa Merritt. 


We are looking for an exceptional person to execute the grant-making in our Food & Agriculture Program, which supports a transition of food and agriculture systems from consolidated, fossil-fuel intensive industries toward regenerative, regionalized food economies that provide compounding ecological, social, and health benefits to all communities. The Program Associate must have an excellent work ethic, be highly skilled at setting priorities, and possess a willingness to jump in with both feet. The successful candidate will be confident, smart, and highly productive; a quick study who thrives in a high-performing organization.

This position reports to the Program Director for the Food & Agriculture Program.


Program Strategy & Grants Management

Provide administrative assistance to program staff; handling functions such as responding to email/telephone inquiries, composing memos and other general correspondence, maintaining program files, documents and contracts, and coordinating logistics for all meetings and special events
Maintain grant files, including contact management, evaluations and metrics reporting; use an online database (FLUXX) to manage individual grant information. Review and analyze grant proposals. In partnership with program team members, evaluate partner and grantee organizations including site visits and/or travel to grantee organizations, 
conferences, events, and meetings. Gather and analyze monitoring and evaluation data to assess program impacts, gaps, and challenges in the program’s strategy, and generate learning that informs future grant-making. Organize content preparation for website and social media. Assist with other projects and activities as assigned.

Network Building

Maintain positive and productive partner and grantee relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals
Travel periodically to attend conferences, networking, and professional development activities

Organizational Management

Work closely with grants administration and finance teams to ensure grants are processed and managed in a timely, accurate and compliant manner
Foster a dynamic, collaborative environment with other members of The 11th Hour Project teams and TSFF management to work together to achieve program goals as well as TSFF goals overall. Participate in foundation-wide initiative on racial justice.


Brings a passion for the mission of The 11th Hour Project, and The Schmidt Family Foundation
Strong ability to work through administrative processes with a keen attention to detail
Ability to work effectively in a small organization with an emphasis on teamwork
Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
Ability to speak, read, and write effectively in English
Strong interpersonal skills to work professionally with a diverse array of internal and external contacts, including grantees, vendors, and fellow team 
Flexibility to work simultaneously on a wide range of projects and ability to prioritize tasks, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines
Ability to work both as a team member and individually, with a high level of self-motivation
Ability to work legally in the United States
Ability to work in Menlo Park, California
Comfort with occasional periods of intensive travel


College degree in a relevant field, with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for this position 
Excellent word processing skills and fluency with MS Office 
Proficiency with social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc. 
Experience using an online database strongly preferred
1-3 years relevant administrative experience strongly preferred
1-3 years relevant experience with and knowledge of environmental justice strongly preferred
Non-profit experience and/or volunteering experience strongly preferred

The position is based in Menlo Park, CA. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits provided. To apply, email resume and cover letter to jobs@11thhourproject.orgwith the job title in the subject line. No phone calls please.