Breakthrough is currently hiring for the following positions: Events and Development Manager, Energy Analyst, and part-time Office Manager. See the descriptions below. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV/Resume including references to info [at] thebreakthrough [dot] org with the subject line "Job Application: [Events and Development Manager/Energy Analyst/Office Manager]." 

Events and Development Manger

Job Description:

Breakthrough consists of a small, dynamic team of researchers, analysts, and writers and is seeking to hire an Events and Development Manager to provide event production and fundraising support for the organization.  This is a great position for a smart, capable person with experience in event production and nonprofit fundraising.  Experience and passion for issues related to the environment, energy, conservation, and human development is preferable.

The event side of the position will organize and produce Breakthrough’s annual conference, the Breakthrough Dialogue, which takes place in June, and all other events that convene various groups of Breakthrough’s network including meetings, workshops, panel discussions, dinner and cocktail receptions, and other small conferences. The development side will include grant management, funder stewardship, prospect research, contribution processing, and work directly with staff and key stakeholders to maintain and increase support for the organization.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of producing successful events and running successful fundraising efforts. This position will report to the Executive Director, and will have an opportunity to join the senior team and be involved in institutional decision-making and strategies. This person should be able to see the big picture while focusing on the details; be a genuine and direct communicator; be a team player, adhere to goals, objectives and deadlines; be a creative problem solver; and be well versed in managing multiple projects from idea stage to implementation.

This is a full-time position in our office in downtown Oakland. Salary commensurate with experience.  Ideally, the candidate would be available to start as soon as possible.


-Organize, design, and execute annual conference, including guest lists, invitations, speakers, content, vendor coordination, and visuals

-Manage and execute various other events throughout the year including meetings, workshops, donor events, VIP dinners, smaller scale conferences, and internal retreats

-Possibility of planning events with partners in DC, New York, Silicon Valley and internationally

-Manage grant reports and proposals, keep track of foundation funding cycles, and be a primary contact for all individual donors and foundations

-Manage donor stewardship and prospect cultivation, including funder communications

-Other responsibilities related to development and fundraising needs

-Work closely with fundraising and event consultants and vendors


-4 year college degree

-5+ years experience in event planning and production

-2+ years experience in nonprofit fundraising and development

-Superior organization and communication skills

- Knowledge of database management, Dropbox, Macbooks, MS Office, Google apps and Slack


Energy Analyst

Job Description:

Breakthrough consists of a 7-10 person, dynamic team of researchers, analysts, and writers and is seeking to hire a full-time analyst to work in our energy research program.  

The Energy Analyst will assist the Director of Energy in performing quantitative and qualitative research that facilitates our understanding of energy and climate policy questions. Tasks will include data analysis, simple calculations and modeling, literature reviews, internal memo writing, project scoping, and writing popular pieces for our website.

The ideal candidate will have experience with a broad range of analytical and research methods from statistical analysis of large datasets, critical reviews of academic studies, to memo writing and strong presentation skills. Ability to take direction and work in a group is essential.

This role is full time, preferably in our office in downtown Oakland.  Ideally, the candidate would be available to start as soon as possible.


-Perform analysis on energy data sets, study trends, and make projections

-Evaluate quality of and summarize academic literature on technical topics

-Write short memos evaluating policies or answering questions of interest to the energy program

-Make professional presentations of results to staff and outside experts.

-Write short popular pieces for the website on relevant energy news or light analysis.


-Auhtorization to work in the US

-Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in relevant field preferred

-Quantitative analysis skills demonstrated through past projects with statistical or data analysis

-Comfort with collaborative software like Google Drive, Slack, Asana, and Mendeley

-Strong presentation skills, both written and oral, for internal and external communication

-Most importantly, strong critical thinking skills and the ability to challenge conventional thinking around environmental and energy issues


Office Manager

Job Description:

 Breakthrough consists of a 7-10 person, dynamic team of researchers, analysts, and writers and is seeking to hire a part-time Office Manager to provide administrative support and upkeep for the organization.  This is a great position for a smart, capable person with experience managing day-to-day administrative tasks and general office processes. Some nonprofit  experience preferred. [MB1] 

The Office Manager will organize and coordinate office procedures to maintain all ongoing operational needs of the organization. The office manager will contribute to a number of different areas, including office upkeep, staff needs, tracking finances, scheduling, some event assistance, and handling vendor and contract relationships.

 The ideal candidate will have experience handling a wide range of administrative tasks and support and will be able to work independently with little to no supervision.  This person will report to the Executive Director, and will have contact with all staff and be available to assist with general staff needs. This person should be organized, flexible, and enjoy the challenge of supporting an office that is evolving in culture and structure. 

 This role is part time, up to 25 hours a week, preferably three days a week in our office in downtown Oakland. Exact timing and days are flexible.  Ideally, the candidate would be available to start as soon as possible.


-Serve as the point person for maintenance issues, mailing, supplies, equipment, bills, and errands; answer the office door and phone; work with building and liaise with neighboring tenant to make sure all office needs and repairs are met.

-Organize and schedule meetings and appointments for Executive Director and internal staff meetings. Be aware of all staff schedules.

-Assist in implementing office policies according to office handbook, and update office policy documents as needed.

-Assist with staffing needs, both onboarding and exits, visas and legal needs as it relates to office structure, payroll and document filing. 

-Organize office operations and procedures for invoice processing and expense reporting. There will be implementation of processes, but this role can customize procedures and systems in ways that work for them and the organization.

-Maintain office equipment and cloud including dropbox accounts, gmail accounts, computers, phones, office furniture, desk setups, removal of old furniture, and any office remodels

-Manage relationships with vendors, service providers, and be a point of contact in consultant relationships

-Manage contract negotiations with office vendors, service providers, consultants, fellows, and office lease

-Track all expenses and contributions, help provide accounting with all information needed to provide financial reports, keep track of the general budget and cash flow to assist senior team in decision making.

-Manage database including contacts, contributions, groups, and any list updating needs that are requested by the communications team.

-Provide general support to entire staff for planning and coordination of the Breakthrough Dialogue, our annual conference that takes place in June.

-Support research and communications teams, as needed, with general office tasks like filing, printing, shipping, organizing, and coordinating various projects.


-Some office management, administrative or assistant experience

-Knowledge of office management systems and procedures

-Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work

 -Attention to detail and problem solving skills

 -Excellent written and verbal communication skills

-Strong organizational and planning skills

-Proficiency in MS Office

-Bookkeeping experience a plus

-Knowledge of database management, Dropbox, Macbooks, and Slack