Philanthropy Partnerships Lead, US

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

The Fund Management team is responsible for developing and managing sustainable impact funds, as well as other facilities, vehicles and platforms for investments in climate action. Our scope of expertise covers a variety of topics related to sustainable land-use, low-carbon energy, climate-smart cities and/or clean technology, to name just a few. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic sustainability professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!

Job summary:

Philanthropy partnerships enable South Pole to carry out its mission to accelerate the transition to a climate-smart society. Our newly established Funding Team in South Pole’s Innovation Unit is looking for an experienced philanthropy partnerships manager to lead on South Pole’s strategic partnerships with US-based Foundations. The Philanthropy Partnerships Lead (US) is a new role in the team, and the successful candidate will be responsible for securing funding from US-based Foundations, including impact investments for climate impact funds, grants for multi-stakeholder climate action platforms, and developing and delivering long term, high-value strategic partnerships on climate projects and innovative climate finance solutions. 

Over the past years, South Pole developed a number of valued relationships with leading US philanthropic foundations, so you will pick up and manage a number of existing accounts, in addition to building a pipeline for developing new relationships. Working closely with, and reporting to the Associate Director of Fundraising and Partnerships, you will lead on building and developing relationships with Foundations in the US, positioning South Pole as the partner of choice for strategic advisory, impact investments, grants and project development. Using your excellent organisational and networking skills you will also represent South Pole when attending events and develop and grow your local networks.

 Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead on the regional fundraising and partnership strategy for US-based Foundations, including researching, identifying, and approaching prospective new partners
  • Proactively build strong relationships with your portfolio of US-based Foundations, creating opportunities to maximise impact and developing long-term strategic partnerships
  • Lead on grant management, contracting and reporting for US-based Foundations, working closely with colleagues across South Pole to ensure monitoring and evaluation meets the requirements of funders and conditions of all funding are complied with
  • Building strong relationships with other teams within South Pole in order to understand the work and projects and identify and build compelling cases for support
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the wider Funding Team strategy, working closely with other colleagues in the team
  • Build relationships with peers who can share knowledge and experience



  • A bachelor's degree or higher, ideally with a focus on climate and/or sustainable development
  • Relevant work experience (the expectation is a minimum of 7 years) in strategic partnership development and/or fundraising with US-based Foundations, ideally with a focus on climate and/or sustainable development
  • Outstanding written communication skills, with proven expertise in structuring persuasive cases for support and creating high-quality written proposals and reports
  • Experience of obtaining and managing funding partnerships with US-based  Foundations, securing 6- and 7-figure grants and/or impact investments
  • Demonstrable experience of maximising opportunities, from researching prospects to generating meetings, developing highly personalised relationships along the way
  • Knowledge of current fundraising methods, best practices, and experience with online databases and/or client relationship management tools such as Salesforce 
  • Ability to work independently, managing own time, deadlines and priorities in a small but growing team
  • Outstanding relationship builder and networker both internally and externally.  
  • Positive “can do” attitude and willingness to support others where needed and work across both high-level strategic tasks, as well as smaller administrative tasks
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English
  • Demonstrated interest, enthusiasm and passion for climate action and sustainable development


  • Experience working with US-based Foundations
  • Experience with impact investment fundraising
  • Good understanding of, or experience in, environmental sustainability and/or sustainable development
  • Industry-relevant connections, with a network of potential funders such as US-based Foundations
  • Good working knowledge of Google Suite applications
  • Good people and team management skills with the ambition to grow and manage a regional team over time
  • Able to work flexible hours where needed as the central team and key colleagues are based in Europe

 What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make; South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

Additional information

  • Remote status

    Flexible remote

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

New York City

261 Madison Ave
10016 New York Directions View page

Life as a Penguin on the Iceberg

With such an important mission, we expect a lot from our employees, and strive to give a lot in return. Because we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet.

  • Health & Wellbeing

    We believe that health is central to happiness. We organise many wellbeing activities such as yoga, meditation sessions, sports groups, healthy snacks, active breaks, etc.

  • Work-life balance

    From flexible working hours to flexible workplace (home office), with above-average vacation allowances, we strive to make the work and family life puzzle an easy one for our employees.

  • We practice what we preach

    From Vegan Days to plastic-free lunches, off-setting our own Company emissions and countless other initiatives, we fully live our values and lead by example on a daily basis.

  • Company outings and events

    It is not only hard work, we also have lots of fun! We frequently get together to celebrate our successes, do activities together and get to know each other better

What makes us unique

At South Pole, we are first and foremost a purpose-driven Company. People join us because they believe in our mission and want to be part of a community that fights together for our shared values and beliefs. But that is not the only reason why working at South Pole is such a rewarding experience...

  • We know that our vision to help create a greener world is both bold and challenging. To achieve it, we settle for nothing less than the absolute best. We form a Community that is stronger than the sum of its parts.
  • Entrepreneurial at heart. It’s not just our founders who are entrepreneurs. We actively promote an innovative mindset at all levels of the organisation, where each and every employee is encouraged to challenge the status quo and empowered to make decisions.   
  • Growing employees in a growing company. With a team of smart, passionate and engaged colleagues, as well as an increasing demand from our clients, opportunities to learn, develop our skills and grow our careers are endless. 
  • All for one, and one for all! Above all other things, what truly drives our dedication and commitment to our purpose is our colleagues.  We learn from each other and grow together. Because that is who Penguins are.

Already working at South Pole?

Let’s recruit together and find your next colleague.