About the organization
Energy Foundation China’s (EF China) vision is to achieve prosperity and a safe climate through sustainable energy. Its mission is to achieve greenhouse gas emissions neutrality, world-class air quality, energy access, and green growth through transforming energy and optimizing economic structure. They deliver their mission by serving as a grantmaker, facilitator, and strategic advisor.
With a view to assisting China in coping with development, energy, environmental, and climate challenges, EF China supports policy and standard research, capacity-building, and international cooperation across seven fields: power, industry, transportation, cities, environmental management, low carbon economic growth, and strategic communications. In addition to the sector-by-sector work, the Foundation also contributes to crosscutting and integrated issues that have big impacts on China’s decarbonized development through six task forces: Long-Term Strategy for Decarbonization, Belt and Road Initiative, Track II Cooperation, Electrification, Air Quality, and Urbanization.
Previously known as the China Sustainable Energy Program, EF China was initiated in 1999 with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as part of Energy Foundation U.S. (EFUS). EF China has achieved steady growth due to increasing commitments from a number of funders, reaching cumulative grantmaking through 2019 of more than $330 million for 2,893 projects operated by over 760 grantees, including leading policy research institutes, academies, industry associations, local energy efficiency institutions, and NGOs in China and abroad. As part of this growth trajectory, EF China now operates as an independent organization while maintaining strong ties to its sister organization, EFUS. A majority of EF China’s nearly 50 staff sit in Beijing, with a small team sharing the EFUS office in San Francisco, California.
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EF China seeks a U.S.-based Director of Grants Management and Finance to serve as a key business partner to EF China’s Beijing teams. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer in Beijing, the incoming Director will provide both strategic and tactical grants management support, while also overseeing the U.S.-based Finance function and staff. EF China is an intermediary foundation registered in the U.S. and a vast majority of its funding partners (both institutional and individual) are based in the U.S. As such, EF China requires a U.S.-based team to manage and oversee financial and legal compliance in the U.S.. To date, EF China’s grants management and finance support has been provided by EF China’s sister organization, Energy Foundation U.S.
Moving forward, the new Director will develop EF China’s own Grants Management and Finance team in the U.S., seizing on this transition as an opportunity to ensure the systems and processes are customized to meet the unique needs of the organization. The Director will be expected to bring an informed perspective on how to best optimize systems and processes to drive impactful change. The mandate of this new team is to ensure best-in-class grants and finance management services to EF China staff, funders, and grantees and uphold the utmost levels of compliance and oversight for IRS, GAAP, and donor reporting regulations that are unique to the U.S. The Director will bring essential expertise in U.S. laws and regulations while partnering with Program and Finance teams in Beijing and the Strategic Partnerships team in the U.S. to provide full-cycle grants management and financial services.