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16 Aug 2023

Temporary Fellow, Environment

Pisces Foundation – Posted by CEA San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

About the Organization

At the Pisces Foundation, we believe if we act now and boldly, we can quickly accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. We support organizations, advocates, and activists who, working together, are doing what’s necessary to have clean and abundant water, a safe climate, and kids with the environmental know-how to create a sustainable world. By mainstreaming powerful new and equitable solutions, we will spark immediate gains and lasting benefits for people and nature. We know that our Foundation’s vision, of people and nature thriving together, can only be realized in an equitable and just world. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a foundation.

This summer marks the ten-year anniversary of our first grantmaking. As we celebrate a decade of impact, we are looking ahead to see how we can further accelerate change. In the coming year, we will engage with our trustees and colleagues in the field in deep thinking and strategic planning to frame, launch, and elevate new initiatives that deepen our impact.

To learn more about Pisces’ work and collaborations—including our grant recipients—visit our website, follow us on Twitter, and consult Pisces’ profiles on GuideStar and LinkedIn. The Foundation’s 990-PFs provide information about our finances, operations, and grantmaking. On our blog, you can read more about our strategy and our vision for the future. You can also access news stories that discuss our work, including a recent article about the Donors of Color Network’s Climate Justice Funders Pledge, which Pisces Foundation participates in, and a conversation on the Volts podcast about movement infrastructure with our president David Beckman.

Fellow, Environment

We are seeking a collaborative, impact-focused self-starter with a passion for environmental issues to join our mission-driven team as a Fellow. The Fellow will be a utility player who supports the Foundation’s programs through projects including grantmaking, learning and evaluation, and launching initiatives. The Fellow position is an excellent opportunity to make a significant contribution while gaining a broad range of experience within philanthropy.

Projects may include research to support the development and launch of philanthropic initiatives, preparing recommendations and approvals for leadership team and board meetings, designing models for cashflow management and budgeting projections, and more.

The position will work in a hybrid remote and in-office format in our San Francisco office. This is a limited-term position through June 2024 and will report to program officers across the programs. Please note that, due to the limited-term nature of this role, Pisces Foundation is not able to provide work authorization assistance for this position.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Program Implementation

  • In partnership with and in support of program colleagues, work to achieve the goals established in the program’s strategic plan through grantmaking, convening, partnerships, and other field-building activities.
  • Conduct research, analysis, and written synthesis in support of the goals.
  • Collaborate with program colleagues on assessing grantee and program progress toward goals.

Grants Management

  • Collaborate with and support the Chief Operating Officer, the Grants Manager, and fellow program staff on Foundation-wide grants management.

Foundation Support

  • Contribute to Foundation operations by working with colleagues on board meeting preparation, staff committees, and organizational development (contacts and mailing lists, team building, recruiting/training).
  • Execute special projects as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal skills and qualities:

  • Commitment to the Pisces Foundation’s mission; interest in environmentalism and environmental justice issues
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years’ professional experience
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and accuracy
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to work through solutions when there is no obvious path
  • Thrives on variety and wearing multiple hats, and is comfortable in a dynamic start-up environment
  • Familiarity with environmental and policy research
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability and desire to help create an impactful philanthropic program by integrating the impacts on and perspectives from the communities most affected by environmental issues
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including the ability to think and work independently and effectively and to plan, prioritize, follow through, and track multiple work streams under deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively to a range of audiences in meetings, over email, and through formal work products and presentations
  • Experience with and aptitude for collaboration across a range of colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Ability to represent the Foundation and build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, partners, and grantees in a respectful and authentic manner
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Flexibility, emotional intelligence, positive attitude, enthusiasm, willingness to help others, and a sense of humor
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office Suite – Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook

Compensation and Benefits

Pisces Foundation offers an excellent compensation package including platinum-level health, dental, and vision insurance; FSA; life insurance; bereavement leave; paid time off; and holidays.

The expected salary range for this position is $75,000-$80,000 depending on skills and experience. Our salaries are competitive, reflect our geographic location and field, and are commensurate with experience. Pisces Foundation participates in multiple compensation surveys for grantmaking organizations and conducts an annual review of market-based salary trends. If required, location assistance will be considered.

How to Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting Pisces Foundation with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates need to click the link below to submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter. Relevant writing samples will be collected from candidates prior to moving to the client interview stage.

The position is available immediately and we will prioritize candidates whose applications are submitted by Tuesday, September 4th, 2023. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled.

Please direct all questions to CEA Recruiting: [email protected]

We know there are strong candidates who may not have all the qualifications listed above. If you have skills and experiences that we have not thought of and would be an asset to the role, please apply. The Foundation encourages people of color, those from under-resourced communities, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and others with diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Job Categories: Environment / Climate Change. Job Types: Temporary. Job Tags: foundation support, Grants Management, implementation, and program. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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