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Impact & Reporting Manager

New Energy Nexus

New Energy Nexus

United States
Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2023

The Organization

New Energy Nexus (NEX) is an international not-for-profit organization that supports clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators and networks. We started in California and have expanded operations into China, India, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. Our mission is to support diverse entrepreneurs to drive innovation and build equity in the global clean energy economy. Our goal is to support 100,000 startups to succeed by 2030 – a decisive decade in our collective struggle with climate change. With our network, we directly boost hundreds of entrepreneurs annually while uplifting thousands more. Since 2004, New Energy Nexus (up until recently known as California Clean Energy Fund) has leveraged $1.5 billion in investment, invested in over 100 clean energy enterprises, and launched industry leading centers for solution collaboration.

The Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced creative and quantitative professional to lead the Monitoring & Evaluation for the The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development Initiative (CalSEED). Administering nearly $48M, the CalSEED program funds early stage clean energy entrepreneurs across California and is expected to grant awards to up to 200 entrepreneurs by 2027. Each entrepreneur is creating a positive impact in the world - from increasing access to clean energy technology, reducing electricity costs to creating jobs and increasing the safety and reliability of our electric grid.

This is where you come in. Building on existing tools including templates, an established database, and reporting formats, we are looking for someone who will play a pivotal role within the CalSEED team and who will contribute significantly to New Energy Nexus-wide evaluation and learning goals. The individual in this role will guide and oversee all aspects of CalSEED’s impact and reporting requirements and manage impact evaluations, design and facilitate learning within the team and with partners. The Impact & Reporting manager will be responsible for all monitoring & evaluation responsibilities including but not limited to; conducting data analysis, preparing data visuals and briefing reports, communicating results, and ensuring our ability to continue to track progress on core deliverables, as well as iterate upon on existing high-impact metrics to inform our reporting, storytelling and general strategic communication efforts within and beyond CalSEED. This role requires a creative and incisive evaluation strategist who is comfortable designing impact measurement and monitoring & evaluation frameworks for complex, non-linear strategies.

The Impact & Reporting Manager will work closely with everyone on our small, tight-knit team to evaluate, strengthen, grow, and evolve the CalSEED and CalTestBed initiatives while assuring the timely completion of funding reporting requirements. The ideal candidate is passionate about clean energy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and understands multiple social and economic benefits of clean energy and the potential for social impact and energy equity outcomes that can result from scaling new clean energy technology. She/he/they finds joy in bringing clarity to complexity and excels at helping others do their best work.

This position is temporarily remote but will be located in Oakland, CA

Duties & Responsibilities

Systems management, standards, best practices:

  • CalSEED utilizes an existing framework to collect impact data from grant recipients, including training grantees, managing templates, conducting quality assurance, and reporting. This involves close collaboration with consultants, the California Energy Commission, and CalSEED Marketing & Communications Manager.
  • Manage evaluation and learning projects, including managing consultants.
  • Create and drive M&E/impact implementation, systems development and best practices.
  • Provide impact, measurement and evaluation strategy & leadership in creating efficient processes and workflows for California Energy Commission funded and California-wide programming.
  • Support collaborative design in creating shared indicators using theories of change and results frameworks.

Data management, reporting and stories by numbers:

  • Oversee, on a quarterly & annual basis, all CalSEED funder reporting requirements, including communicating with grantees and sub-contractors.
  • On a quarterly basis, pull data from the CalSEED database management system; oversee, protect and safeguard all data being pulled from CalTestBed and subsequent California-wide programming.
  • Streamline and maintain data exports for various “databases” (SmartSimple, airtable, live G-sheet).
  • Oversee collaborative design and use of quantitative and qualitative grant outcomes and indicators to track progress that demonstrate results and areas of growth.
  • Act as the “gatekeeper” of all data being utilized in team or NEX-wide Fundraising, Communications & Marketing and storytelling efforts.
  • Work in collaboration with CalSEED and CalTestBed team leads, grants & impact
  • Upholds internal controls with attention to accuracy for all qualitative and quantitative data being used in external or internal communications.

Cross-organization and team working groups & projects:

  • Act as lead representative for CA programs on NEX global impact working group to ensure organizational impact alignment.
  • Guide work on energy equity and social impact: support deepening incorporation of diversity, equity and inclusion racial, social and environmental justice approaches and metrics into CalSEED and CalTestBed’s work.
  • Partner with Marketing & Communications on storytelling strategy and tactics.
  • Facilitate learning: design and support in-person and virtual meetings and workshops, using adult learning methods.
  • Respond to ad hoc requests for reports, memos, slide decks and other materials to communicate with a variety of stakeholders including NEX Board of Directors, NEX fundraising efforts and California Energy Commission.

Preferred Qualifications & Skills Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree required.
  • 5-7 years of relevant, professional experience focused on monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Familiar with carbon accounting, life cycle assessment, or GHG inventories and comfort with projections.
  • Collaborative, with high level attention to detail completing projects in a timely manner and strong project management skills.
  • Experience with government reporting and impact assessments.
  • Experience working in climate change, clean energy, public policy, economic development, and/or racial and social justice in philanthropic, NGO, coalition, legislative or advocacy communities.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis skills, including survey design.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills.
  • Strong facilitation, interpersonal, intercultural and team building skills with a record of success in matrix environments where there are not direct reporting relationships.
  • Ability and willingness to do the day-to-day administrative aspects of the role.
  • Enthusiastic and natural team player with the ability to work with cross-functional, virtual, and diverse teams.
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, G-Suite, Asana, Databases.

We compensate competitively, provide great benefits and offer a supportive culture.

NEX values and celebrates diversity among our employees and in the work we do. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, family/marital status or veteran status. To be considered, click on the "APPLY FOR THIS JOB" button at the bottom of the application page. Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing why you’re right for the role.

*Only applications including both resume and cover letter will be reviewed.