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.
To learn more about EF China, visit their website.
This is an opportunity for a sophisticated accounting professional with exceptional communications skills and the aptitude to successfully handle a variety of technical accounting and finance tasks with rigor and attention to detail. The Controller will operate at the strategic finance level and enjoy digging into daily accounting details to build comprehensive systems, processes, and reporting capabilities. This new position reports directly to the EF China Director of Grants Management and Finance, who will also be based in the EFUS San Francisco office.
The Controller will join the organization as it builds out the U.S.-based Grants Management and Finance teams, designed to oversee the full grants management cycle and support Foundation-wide finance capacity. The Controller will leverage a moment of organizational transition to reflect on financial systems and processes used to date, then iterate, refine, and optimize the finance work to authentically reflect the specific needs of EF China. The Director and the Controller will play critical roles in ensuring proper processes, reporting, compliance, quality control, and data management across their respective functional areas of expertise in grants management and finance. The Controller will also provide required finance and accounting expertise to meet the highest standards of compliance with U.S. donor and tax regulations. Together with the Director of Grants Management and Finance, the Controller will ensure the department establishes best practices in finance and grants management.