Director of Development
Take a world-changing job. Climate Central, Inc. is seeking an energetic, strategic, and seasoned fundraiser who can strengthen its development efforts by advancing an individual giving program that emphasizes major gift prospects. The Director of Development will build and execute regional development strategies in support of the organization’s mission and goals.
The Director reports to the Vice President of Development and will serve as a key member of the development team. He/she will develop and drive Climate Central’s individual gifts program and raise funds to implement an ambitious vision to expand the organization’s research and communications programs.
Climate Central is an independent, dynamic science and communications non-profit organization with an entrepreneurial atmosphere. Founded in 2008 by academic leaders at Princeton, Yale and Stanford, Climate Central provides a bridge between the public and climate scientists and contributes in a pivotal way to the national and international efforts to communicate the facts of climate change.
We are an independent, non-partisan science organization that researches and reports the facts about climate change impacts, such as extreme weather, drought, flooding, wild fires, and sea level rise, as well as alternative energy systems and transportation. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization and does not lobby or support any specific legislation, policy or bill.
- Grow and develop the organization’s major gift prospect pool and seek new prospects to engage and solicit at the five, six- and seven-figure level
- Align prospect interests and philanthropic goals with Climate Central’s current and emerging funding priorities
- Leverage board, volunteer and staff relationships to maximize development opportunities, including designing and executing high-level solicitations
- Identify, cultivate, and solicit donor prospects both locally and regionally. As part of a cultivation plan, manage a limited number of donor events to attract new prospects and cultivate current prospects
- Oversee donor stewardship efforts for select prospects/donors, helping to promote a culture of gratitude among internal and external constituents
- Manage a small portfolio of foundations and corporate prospects and funders
- Together with the Development writer, create and implement a modest annual giving plan
- A minimum of five years of development experience, with a strong record of raising major gifts
- Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects/donors and effectively move them through the development cycle
- Experience building new donor programs, identifying giving opportunities and thinking creatively to establish matches between donors and Climate Central’s programs and funding priorities
- Experience in making “cold/qualifying” calls as well as developing donor-centric cultivation and solicitation strategies
- Demonstrated ability to engage and support volunteer leadership with their efforts in fundraising, consultation, and advocacy
- Strong record of raising support for science/technology programs or projects, including research initiatives is preferred
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience utilizing fundraising database programs
- A high level of initiative, organizational skills and attention to detail
- Skill in successfully managing multiple projects on tight deadlines and under pressure in a dynamic and open environment
- Unquestionable integrity and commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
- Ability to grasp and articulate complex programs in a way that meets the interests and passions of donors
- A creative, enthusiastic team member with a clear commitment to the mission of the organization
- Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
- Experience interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds
- At a minimum, a working knowledge of environmental issues and science
- Able to travel and undertake occasional evening and weekend work
- A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
Location: This position will be based in Princeton, NJ.
Compensation: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.
How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, link(s) to any relevant online identity (e.g. LinkedIn), and salary expectations to email@example.com with the subject line referencing “Director of Development” (no quotes). Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.
The search will close when a successful candidate is recruited.
Diversity: Climate Central strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and as such do not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.
Scientist: Sea-Level Rise Impacts
High-profile research that matters: Climate Central seeks a highly productive junior-to-mid-career natural or social scientist dedicated to making a strong societal impact. Top candidates will be creative and quantitative thinkers with excellent written and spoken communications skills plus a high-quality track record of peer-reviewed publications. The scientist will sit within Climate Central’s nationally recognized sea-level rise program and conduct critical research, writing and outreach for our U.S. and global work.
Research areas will include the interaction of sea-level rise and coastal flooding, and impacts on real estate, social equity, hazardous waste sites, coastal storm damages, wetlands and biodiversity, with a focus in the U.S. but extending globally in cases. In addition to generating high-impact papers, work will support ongoing co-development of online maps, tools and visualizations of findings for public and coastal stakeholder audiences.
Climate Central is a respected nonprofit and non-advocacy organization dedicated to researching and publicizing key findings on our changing climate, its impacts and related solutions. Our scientists and communicators work together to reach large and important audiences using all tools at our disposal.
Climate Central’s sea-level rise program is a recognized leader in both climate science and communication. Our peer-reviewed research has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. Our research, web tools and expert perspectives have appeared in more than 10,000 stories ranging from covers of the New York Times to local TV news features to China Daily to The Hindu. Our web assets have won more than 100 million page views, including wide and extensive use of our online tools by NGOs and governments at every level.
- Conduct scientific research on sea-level rise impacts
- Collaborate with in-house and extramural scientists
- Lead and contribute to peer-reviewed papers
- Write and edit lay-accessible reports and science-based copy for web tools
- Serve as expert voice for media and coastal stakeholders
- PhD in a relevant scientific field (need not yet be a sea-level expert)
- Strong quantitative and data-analytic abilities
- Facility with Matlab, GIS, python, R or similar; skilled in data visualization/figures
- Excellent written & oral communication skills; public & media speaking experience a plus
- Self-starter and independent worker also able to take direction and work in small team
Location: The location for this position is Climate Central’s Princeton, NJ headquarters.
Compensation: Compensation is competitive, with very generous benefits.
Diversity: Climate Central strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.
How to Apply: Please send your cover letter including salary expectations; your CV including a publication list; and contact information for three references familiar with your work, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the exact subject line, “Sea level scientist” (no quotes). Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.
Search will close when successful candidate is recruited to fill this position.