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.  

Current Openings:

Program Manager – Energy Program (Full-Time)


The 11th Hour Project, a Menlo Park-based program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, is committed to promoting a responsible relationship with the planet’s food, water and energy resources. The Foundation’s Energy Program is focused on two linked goals: reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and accelerating a transition to renewable energy. We are looking for an exceptional person to manage the program’s efforts to support a faster and more equitable renewable energy transition. The Program Manager 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 Energy Program.


·      Manage the program strategy for a defined area within a broader program, including a detailed theory of change with logic model, tactics and outcomes

·      In collaboration with team members, identify potential opportunities for transformational change and develop grant recommendations to achieve program objectives

·      Foster a dynamic, collaborative environment with other members of the team and TSFF management to work together to achieve program goals as well as TSFF goals overall

·      Present grant strategy and recommendations to the Executive Director and Board

·      Solicit, review and analyze grant proposals

·      Prepare and complete grant documentation for approval by the Program Director

·      Maintain grant files, including contact management, evaluations and metrics reporting

·      Work closely with grants administration and finance teams to ensure grants are processed in a timely, accurate and compliant manner

·      Lead positive and productive partner and grantee relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals

·      Manage and execute site visits to regions of geographical focus

·      Maintain and share knowledge of current events in the assigned strategic area as it relates to programmatic outcomes

·      Build, maintain and expand upon an existing network of thought-partners and advisors

·      Represent the Foundation at conferences and gatherings

·      Other projects as assigned


·      Brings a passion for the mission of The 11th Hour Project, and The Schmidt Family Foundation

·      Ability to work effectively in a small organization with an emphasis on teamwork

·      Proven oral and written communication and presentation skills, with the ability to actively participate in group meetings

·      Critical thinking, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills to interface and coordinate professionally with a number of diverse internal and external contacts, including grantees, vendors and fellow team members

·      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 speak, read, and write effectively in English

·      Ability to work legally in the United States

·      Ability to work in Menlo Park, California

·      Comfort with occasional periods of intensive travel


·      Bachelor's Degree in a related field, or equivalent education, with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for the position

·      4 - 6 years of relevant experience

·      Strong technical expertise on renewable energy systems and familiarity with environmental policy

·      Experience with and knowledge of environmental justice strongly preferred

·      Demonstrated project management skills with experience in administration strongly preferred

·      Fluent in Microsoft Office programs

·      Demonstrated expertise in successfully managing a budget

·      Experience using an online database strongly preferred

·      Non-profit experience and/or volunteering experience strongly preferred


This position does not supervise any employees at this time.

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.



The Managing Director will will be responsible for developing all areas of the Foundation’s impact and program related investing strategy and portfolio construction process, both in the US and internationally, in alignment with the foundation’s mission of creating a more responsible relationship with the planet’s natural resources.

Working closely with the Foundation’s Program Directors, the Managing Director of Impact Investing will be responsible for identifying, originating, structuring, and executing investments that deliver real social impact. The Foundation has a high-touch, relationship driven investment approach which applies internally in its collaborative relationship with grant making programs, externally with potential co- investment partners and, most importantly, with portfolio companies in the form of welcome, on-going support.

The Managing Director will be an active investor, manager, and collaborator within the Foundation, and a credible and effective advocate for innovative blended financing strategies among the broader philanthropic and social sector community. S/he will contribute to building the strategy, culture and operating approach of the investment team to complement the overall programmatic work of the Foundation. This is a hands-on entrepreneurial role requiring flexibility, creativity, and nimbleness from the Managing Director and his/her team.

This position oversees a team of four, the Schmidt Marine Technology Partners (3 staff) and a Director of Program-Related Investments (1 staff).

This role is based in Palo Alto, CA and reports directly to the Foundation’s Executive Director, Joe Sciortino.

Additional responsibilities include:

•   Overseeing and further developing the portfolio of mission-related investments (currently 35 active investments totaling $20 million in outstanding and committed investments), including Program- Related and Mission-Related Investments (collectively, “mission investments”).

•   Preparing a strategy and plan for growth in the impact investing of the Foundation.

•   Formulating the investment strategy, identifying and sourcing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, recommending investments to the Board or other applicable body, negotiating the terms, and monitoring the performance of all mission investments. Providing technical assistance to investees as needed (e.g. Business Plan review; etc.)

•   Serving as Board observer or Board representative, as applicable.

•   Ensuring the right balance of innovation, charitability, return expectations, and appetite for risk, which together help distinguish our mission investments as an investment tool and the foundation as an impact investor.

•   Working with program teams to align grant-making strategies and outcomes with mission investments.

•   Managing the policy portfolio and investment guidelines for mission investing.

•   Developing metrics for assessing performance of mission investments and effective reporting for internal and external relations, including coordinating with relevant internal and external experts on defining and measuring impact in various fields. Regularly communicating and presenting the investment portfolio's activities, results, strategy, and lessons to the Executive Director and Board.

•   Proper documentation of investments and valuations for accounting and audit purposes.

•   Serving as a leader in the field, seeking opportunities to share learning and experience in field- building efforts.

•   Building a team (including analysts and other experts) to support due diligence and monitoring of investments.

•   Coordinating with other family office and related foundation entities to serve as a resource and to collaborate with experts across the Schmidt organization.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and entrepreneurial team leader with an established reputation and deep experience in impact investing and program related investing. S/he will ideally bring experience leading similar efforts in an endowment, foundation, impact investment fund, or similar organization.

We are looking for a skilled strategic investor and leader with a deep sense of social justice, a belief in the Foundation’s mission of creating a more responsible relationship with the planet’s natural resources, and a set of personal and professional values that align closely with the Foundation’s core values. S/he will have strong analytical skills, financial and business acumen, and the knowledge, experience and judgement to make reasoned, well-articulated, and impactful investments.

The Managing Director will have an excellent reputation, the highest ethical standards, and the stature, credibility and mission orientation to interact with social entrepreneurs, operating management, co- investors, advisors and other partners.

Qualifications include:

•    High degree of honesty and integrity and commitment to the Foundation's mission

•    Extensive network of social investors and experience collaborating with other funders and investors in the US and abroad

•    Superior understanding and proficiency in negotiating, structuring, and overseeing equity and debt investments, including program related investments and impact investing

•    Superb entrepreneurial skills demonstrating experience and competencies in start-up efforts

•    Extensive experience managing small, highly accomplished teams to drive investment results.

•    Demonstrated leadership presence; visionary with strong skills in verbal and written communication, relationship building, networking, and public speaking

•    Team player who works well in a collegial environment

•    An MBA and/or CFA designation is preferred, with a strong grounding in finance and investing

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.