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14 Feb 2023

Full-Time Portfolio Manager, ECI

prime.coalition – Posted by prime.coalition Anywhere

Job Description

Portfolio Manager, ECI

About Early Climate Infrastructure

The Early Climate Infrastructure (ECI) program at Prime seeks to unlock barriers to scale climate solutions faster, galvanizing the global elimination of greenhouse gas emissions. ECI will do this by investing catalytic capital into climate solution commercialization projects that are promising but cannot or will not receive traditional financing, and by curating, funding, and actively managing specific grant-funded systems innovation work in support of scaling those solutions. “Early Climate Infrastructure” is initially defined as solutions for mitigating climate change that are ready for initial commercialization activity, or that are fully commercial but need additional support to move to massive scale. The ECI program and team is currently in early startup mode, and seeks an impact-passionate, climate-knowledgeable individual to help define and execute the set of interventions ECI will make.

About the Job

The Portfolio Manager will be instrumental in building the ECI portfolio from the ground up. The Portfolio Manager will support ECI’s Director and Senior Lead through an 18-month period of exploring the boundaries of what is possible through pilot interventions and recommending design features of a larger-scale program based on lessons learned.

The Portfolio Manager will be responsible for research and diligence associated with potential ECI investments and systems innovation work. This will include both designing and managing a collaborative research effort on high-priority climate solution areas, and evaluating investment and project opportunities that come to ECI from outside sources. As ECI transitions from portfolio construction to execution, responsibilities will include ownership of executing one or more ECI project elements.

Prime embraces the differences between people of varied races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, and sexual orientations. We also acknowledge the value that different life experiences bring to our organization as a workplace, and to our ability to understand and advance our mission. Prime is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage all applicants who share our values to apply.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to [NOTE: The portfolio manager will not be expected to do all of these things all at once – the intent is that the work of ECI will move from construction to execution, to evaluation]:

1. Leading research and analysis work in support of the Director of ECI and the ECI Senior Lead to construct the ECI design phase portfolio

  • With the Director of ECI and Prime senior leadership, constructing and implementing the systems process for identifying program/investment targets for ECI, in order to focus on high-impact interventions that are additional to the ecosystem of climate scaling activity
  • Leading ECI research work: identifying the need for and conducting research on target areas of interest for ECI, including climate solution spaces, barriers to scale for those climate solutions, and possible actions ECI could take to accelerate solution scaling
  • Conducting research on investment structures that could be relevant to support ECI project elements
  • With the Director of ECI and ECI Senior Lead, prioritizing and selecting 3+ pilot interventions
  • Working with Prime’s Impact team to identify programs/projects that have extraordinarily high impact potential for GHG reduction beyond the initial 3+ pilot interventions and assessing fit for potential Prime/ECI funding now or in the future

2. Supporting the Director of ECI and the Senior Lead, ECI Program in executing the ECI design phase portfolio

  • Identifying and executing de-risking, exploratory, analytic studies, or initial demonstrations that serve ECI’s broader goal of high-impact pathways to GHG reduction, and/or that will support the initial ECI pilot projects
  • With the Director of ECI and ECI Senior Lead, implementing the chosen pilot projects – including responsibilities around active project management

3. Supporting the Director of ECI and the Senior Lead, ECI Program in evaluating the ECI design phase project portfolio and constructing the permanent program

  • With the Director of ECI and Prime’s Director of Impact, establishing key performance indicators relevant to ECI
  • Documenting and sharing learnings, insights, and processes developed – including in public arenas, as appropriate
  • Supporting the ECI Director in identifying design, strategy, legal, and fundraising questions related to the next phase of ECI’s work and making a plan for how to answer them

4. Centering equity and building a strong culture within ECI and Prime

  • With the Director of ECI and all Prime staff, centering and establishing practices to ensure equity in ECI’s activities in addition to centering equity as a core element of program outcomes
  • Promoting a culture within Prime of accountability, strong integrity, high performance, meaningful collaboration, and continuous improvement



Education & Experience

  • Deep knowledge of climate innovation
  • Fluency in climate-relevant technology, markets, finance, policy, and community needs
  • Graduate degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field or other relevant discipline preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships with external organizations and execute work – through contracting and partnership mechanisms
  • Orientation toward systems thinking
  • Experience with investing preferred (ideally project finance, blended finance, or venture capital)


Core Skills & Characteristics

  • Intrinsic, driving motivation to address climate change
  • Passion for building new organizations and thinking big
  • Relentless research focus – ability get to the bottom of a research question quickly
  • Willingness and ability to “cold call” and form relationships with climate ecosystem stakeholders in order to perform diligence, identify barriers, and answer questions of critical importance to ECI portfolio research
  • Readiness to challenge the status quo and think creatively toward the implementation of solutions
  • Adaptable to change as Prime develops as an organization
  • High degree of emotional intelligence
  • Commitment to excellence and ability to coach others to high standards
  • Able to work independently and navigate ambiguity
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, methodical, with strong time management skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

Shared Expectations

  • A commitment to Prime’s mission and values
  • Assertive ally for racial equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Collaborative with a sense of humility
  • Self-motivation and flexibility
  • Willingness to be a productive member of a team, respecting differences while working toward shared goals

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications?

Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement.

If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to the field, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or taking the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest and what you hope to bring to this role.

Please submit your cover letter and resume here.

If you have questions about the hiring process, please contact Wendy Hernández at

NOTE: Prime does not negotiate on salary. Salary will be set based on experience level.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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