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Head of Programs

New Energy Nexus

New Energy Nexus

Berkeley, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2023


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, East and West Africa, and Australia. 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 to surface and support as many climate solutions as possible. Through our global 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, supported over 900 clean energy startups, and launched industry-leading centers for solution collaboration.


New Energy Nexus California is seeking a Head of Programs who will be entrusted with the strategic leadership, oversight, and growth of a portfolio of innovative and impactful programs in climate tech acceleration and deployment. This pivotal role involves guiding programs through conception, fundraising, implementation, and scaling phases, ensuring seamless progression and optimal impact. As a key driver of success, the Head of Programs plays a crucial part in developing new initiatives that align with organizational goals, navigating funding sources and funder relationships, and leveraging the team’s expertise to ensure excellence in the implementation of new and existing programs.

Additionally, the role includes the management and mentorship of a high-performing team, fostering a collaborative and growth-oriented environment. The Head of Programs will adeptly navigate cross-team collaboration, ensuring cohesive efforts and knowledge-sharing across departments. External collaboration with partners and stakeholders is a key facet of this role, requiring effective communication and relationship-building skills to further enhance the impact and reach of our programs.


In your role as the Head of Programs, your typical day will be dynamic and multifaceted. You'll collaborate with program teams to set priorities and review their progress, engage with entrepreneurs and stakeholders to identify opportunities for new initiatives or to grow our existing programming, participate in strategic planning sessions with the leadership team, and address any operational and personnel issues within the program teams. Your day will be marked by strategic thinking, hands-on leadership, and a commitment to supporting diverse entrepreneurs leading the way to 100% clean energy for the 100%.


Working at New Energy Nexus California is an opportunity to make a positive impact in the clean energy industry and be part of a supportive and forward-thinking community. It will offer an innovative and collaborative work environment, fostering networking opportunities and providing diverse roles that allow for personal and professional growth.

This job is located in Oakland, CA. New Energy Nexus California offers a flexible work environment with this position being based in Oakland/Bay Area, CA and with an expectation to work out of our physical office minimum 2 designated days a week. Unfortunately, relocation assistance is not available for this role.

In addition, candidates for this role should be comfortable with international travel, as the position may involve travel to support New Energy Nexus’s work in the Global South.


Program Oversight and Strategic Leadership

  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight to a portfolio of entrepreneur support programs, ensuring alignment with organizational goals.
  • Lead the entire program lifecycle from ideation to scaling, even amid organizational restructuring and evolving team dynamics.
  • Leverage experience in deploying technology and entering new markets, aligning programs with global market needs and trends with the ability to navigate a changing regulatory and funding landscape
  • Translate the strategic vision into actionable plans for program teams.
  • Navigate ambiguity and guide teams to optimize collaboration and efficiency.

Enhance Program Effectiveness

  • Work together with the Head of Strategy and Partnerships to support regular monitoring and evaluation by collecting and analyzing data and metrics related to program performance as well as impact reporting as a program deliverable.
  • Assess the effectiveness of each program against predefined goals and benchmarks, using concrete data to guide decision-making.
  • Implement continuous improvement by utilizing insights gained from data analysis to make informed decisions for enhancing program outcomes.
  • Identify areas where programs can be optimized, improved, or adjusted to achieve better results.

Seasoned Team Leadership and Mentorship

  • Provide strong leadership and mentorship to program leads, setting a high standard for excellence in program execution.
  • Support the professional growth and development of team members and foster a collaborative and high-performing team culture.
  • Address operational and personnel issues within program teams promptly and effectively.
  • Create a positive and productive work environment where challenges are met with solutions and teamwork.

Strategic Leadership

  • Develop and articulate a clear and compelling strategic vision for a portfolio of programs to build an inclusive innovation ecosystem to support diverse entrepreneurs and a just and equitable clean energy transition in CA and beyond.
  • Develop our ramps and career pathways programming for innovators and entrepreneurs in disadvantaged and frontline communities.
  • Work with our labor and industry partners to implement workforce training partnerships that support the acceleration and deployment of climate solutions alongside the creation of high-quality family-supporting jobs.
  • Provide effective leadership by offering clear and purposeful guidance to program teams.


  • Strong dedication to New Energy Nexus's mission, showcasing a profound understanding and alignment with organizational goals
  • 8-10 years of extensive experience in climate tech acceleration, deployment and supporting clean energy entrepreneurs, including a minimum of 5 years in a Senior Director role
  • 8-10 years of experience in developing and overseeing a portfolio of innovative and impactful programs, ensuring alignment with organizational goals and objectives
  • Proven track record in successfully navigating programs from ideation through fundraising, implementation, and scaling
  • Engineering degree or related science and technology background
  • Adept at evaluating emerging technologies and navigating the challenges associated with bringing innovative solutions to market
  • Ability to assess program effectiveness, make data-driven decisions, and drive continuous improvement of program outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience in securing program funding through diverse channels, including state and federal government and/or philanthropy
  • Expertise in developing and managing program budgets, optimizing resource allocation, and ensuring financial sustainability
  • Exceptional leadership and management skills, providing effective guidance and supervision to program leads while fostering a collaborative and high-performing team.
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Willingness and excitement to collaborate with external partners and travel regularly for speaking engagements as a New Energy Nexus ambassador worldwide


Competitive compensation of $150 - $175K annually plus generous benefits including, medical, dental, vision, unlimited PTO, paid holidays and 401(K)


  • Submit your resume, cover letter and responses to our application questions.
  • Click the “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” button below to begin your application.
  • Application deadline: Priority deadline is December 15th, 2023 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled.
  • Target start date: March 2024
  • Interview process: Qualified applicants will participate in a series of interviews via Zoom. There will be 2-3 rounds of interviews.
  • Accommodation: If you require accommodations during the interview process, please contact us with your request.

New Energy Nexus is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, citizenship status, disability status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression of an otherwise qualified individual, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law. New Energy Nexus hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. We strongly encourage diverse applicants to apply.