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Available Positions: Communications Director | Director of Individual Giving | Behavioral Research Scientist | Digital Outreach Lead 


Communications Director

Climate Central is looking for a senior communications leader to direct all aspects of our external communications and media relations work, with concentration in three main areas—organizational positioning and branding, federal government relations, and local media relations.

Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement a strategic positioning plan for the organization to build, grow, and protect the Climate Central brand
  • Work with Climate Central’s staff researchers, senior science writers, news editors and climate scientists to develop a consistent voice and execute messages and media strategies across all platforms for our content. These include research reports on climate and energy, work with TV weather forecasters nationwide, the World Weather Attribution program, Surging Seas level-rise program, and relationships with external partners, including other climate change communications groups
  • Build and maintain relationships with key reporters, producers, bloggers and writers, with a strong emphasis on local media coverage of Climate Central content around the nation
  • Expand media coverage and impact of all Climate Central content across all platforms, including social media
  • Manage Climate Central’s ongoing tracking of media pickup and evaluation of the impact and success of our communications and reporting
  • With CEO and consultants, develop and manage an effective federal government relations strategy and program

Qualifications:

  • Professional education, training, and experience in developing and executing communications plans for public information campaigns. Specific experience in media relations, government relations, and strategic communications highly desirable, but not necessarily all three required
  • Flexibility, entrepreneurship, and capacity to learn new skills critically important
  • 5-10 years leadership and management experience in a multi-service communications group
  • Relationships with key players in environmental, energy, and mainstream media, demonstrated success in leading efforts to build brand identity, and media coverage of an organization
  • Ability to lead a team dealing with breaking stories in the news cycle, in a deadline environment

Climate Central is a growing, non-profit organization of scientists and communicators with an entrepreneurial atmosphere whose mission is to convey the science and impacts of climate change to wide audiences. We are dedicated to delivering strong, clear, fact-based messages and scientifically founded content on climate change and energy to a broad, general audience and to decision-makers across the political spectrum. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization and does not lobby or support any specific legislation, policy or bill.

Location: This position is located at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ.

Compensation: Climate Central offers a very competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position, along with a resume, to Iveta Weinberg at iweinberg@climatecentral.org. Refer to Communications Director Job in the subject line. All correspondence will remain confidential.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application. Applicants will be contacted if selected as a candidate for this position. No phone calls please.

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.


Director of Individual Giving

Climate Central is seeking an energetic, strategic, and seasoned fundraiser who can strengthen its individual giving program by building the major gift prospect pipeline and taking the existing portfolio of individuals to the next level of philanthropy.
The Director of Individual Giving reports to the Managing Director of Development and will serve as a key member of the development team. S/he 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.

Responsibilities: 

  • Identify, engage and solicit individuals and families capable of making gifts at the six- and seven-figure level
  • Align prospect interests and philanthropic goals with Climate Central’s current and emerging funding priorities
  • Leverage board and staff relationships to maximize development opportunities, including designing and executing high-level solicitations
  • Grow and develop the organization’s major gift prospect pool
  • Travel regionally (California, Colorado, among other locations) to qualify, cultivate, and solicit donor prospects on a monthly basis, with a goal of securing 90 – 100 individual visits per year
  • Serve as an ambassador of the organization to prospects and funders throughout the country, involving the leadership and staff of the organization as appropriate in outreach, cultivation and solicitation activities
  • Identify and work closely with volunteers, providing them with direction and support in activities that will maximize major gift fundraising
  • Prepare an annual portfolio plan in consultation with the Vice President to review top prospect strategies
  • Oversee donor stewardship efforts for select prospects/donors, helping to promote a culture of gratitude among internal and external constituents
  • Effectively utilize the prospect management system to record prospect/donor activity and other relevant data in a timely fashion
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred
  • A minimum of five years of development experience, with a strong record of raising major gifts
  • Experience identifying giving opportunities and thinking creatively to establish matches between donors and programs and funding priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects/donors and effectively move them through the development cycle
  • Experience raising support for science/technology programs or projects, including research initiatives is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and support volunteer leadership with their efforts in fundraising, consultation, and advocacy
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience utilizing fundraising database programs

The successful professional will have or be:

  • A high level of initiative, attention to detail and strong organization skills
  • Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to work as part of a collaborative team
  • Skill in successfully managing multiple projects on tight deadlines and under pressure in a dynamic and open environment
  • Experience interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Unquestionable integrity and commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Ability to grasp and articulate multi-layered 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
  • A working knowledge of environmental issues and science
  • Able to travel extensively and undertake occasional weekend work

Climate Central is an independent, dynamic and growing research and journalism organization. Founded in 2008 by academic leaders at Princeton, Yale and Stanford, Climate Central brings together top-notch journalists and internationally recognized scientists to provide a bridge between the public and climate scientists and contribute in a pivotal way to the national and international efforts to communicate the facts of climate change.
Climate Central’s team of scientists and journalists publish and report on climate change impacts such as extreme weather, drought, flooding, wild fires, and sea level rise, as well as alternative energy systems and transportation.

Location: This position is located at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ.

Compensation: A competitive salary and generous employee benefits package.

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, salary requirements and any other materials to to Iveta Weinberg at iweinberg@climatecentral.org. Refer to Director of Individual Giving Job in the subject line. All correspondence will remain confidential.

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 to fill this position.

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.


Behavioral Research Scientist

Climate Central’s Behavioral Science and Assessment team is looking for a behavioral scientist to take part in conducting research and overseeing our organizational assessment efforts. The Behavioral Research Scientist will develop and implement research studies pertaining to climate change communication, public responses, and behavior. This position will also take on a leadership role in developing and overseeing our nascent assessment efforts, including identifying metrics and processes that the organization will use to measure its success, and ensure that our internal assessment efforts and data are of the highest quality.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, implement, analyze, and publish behavioral science research projects
  • Oversee obtaining IRB approval, recruiting participants, and collection of data
  • Participate in research meetings, discussions of theory and development of research questions, background research, design and methodology, and analysis
  • Participate in preparing and publishing research articles

Assessment Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee Climate Central’s organization-wide assessment efforts
  • Work with programmatic teams to establish clear, quantifiable goals and metrics that meaningfully align with their theories of change, and update these on a continuing basis
  • Develop systems and processes to establish, expand and, where possible, automate collection of relevant program assessment data
  • Track and analyze metrics for programs across the organization on an ongoing basis, with an emphasis on media tracking
  • Conduct user testing of materials for programs across the organization

Qualifications:

  • PhD in a communications-relevant behavioral science field, or an advanced degree with demonstrated applied research experience
  • Quantitative research experience is required, including design, implementation, and analysis of research studies; qualitative research experience a plus
  • Data analysis skills, including fluent knowledge of a statistical package
  • Excellent academic and professional writing skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Flexibility, entrepreneurship, and capacity to learn new skills critically important.
  • Commitment and dedication to working on climate change issues at the intersection of science and public communication

About Climate Central:

Climate Central is a growing, non-profit organization of scientists and communicators with an entrepreneurial atmosphere, whose mission is to convey the science, impacts, and solutions to climate change. We are dedicated to delivering strong, clear, fact-based messages and scientifically founded content on climate change and energy through innovative programs and messengers to a broad, general audience and to decision-makers across the political spectrum. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization and does not lobby or support any specific legislation, policy or bill.

About the Behavioral Science and Assessment team:

The Behavioral Science and Assessment team seeks to bolster the effectiveness of the organization’s programs by utilizing cutting edge behavioral science and centralizing program evaluation functions. The team produces applied social science research not only for the organization itself, but also to advance the state of knowledge about the psychology of climate communications for the broader community. The team has a three-fold function in the organization. We undertake social science research in collaborations and partnerships with leading academics and research organizations, and communications groups. Current and recent partnerships include a large, multidisciplinary research program with the National Academies of Science and the Carnegie Mellon University on the roots of skepticism of mainstream science; a collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund focused on communicating extreme weather attribution; and a project with the Skoll Global Threat Fund’s Risk Engagement Project focused on climate message framing. These endeavors seek to expand our understanding of psychological dynamics of skepticism and engagement with climate change beyond the domain of specific applied programs to better serve the community as a whole. On a day-to-day level, the team acts as a crosscutting support unit across the organization, working on multiple research projects with each of the programmatic teams. We ensure that all of Climate Central’s programming is cognizant of behaviorally informed best practices. As an extension of this mandate, we also run smaller tests and experiments focused on tactical questions – such as user experience tests and user surveys – to improve the quality of our offerings and increase use of, and engagement with, our materials. In addition, the team is developing capacity for centralized tracking of program metrics and progress towards goals. Currently, program evaluation is handled separately by each of the programmatic teams within the organization. The Behavioral Research Scientist will expand on and integrate these efforts, with an eye toward additional research opportunities, and will assume overall responsibility for the timely reporting and communication of metrics to the programmatic and development teams. In addition, we have begun an exciting innovative project focused on social media analysis, which is opening a host of research and application possibilities.

Summary of Responsibilities of the Behavioral Science and Assessment Team:

1. Plan, design, and implement large scale climate communication research projects informed by the behavioral sciences.
2. Engage in research partnerships with other communications organizations and academic researchers.
3. Work with programmatic teams to identify opportunities for improving products with insights from behavioral science.
4. Run internal experiments pertaining to usability, message testing, and effectiveness.
5. Oversee assessments efforts through the selection and collection of program metrics and evaluation of performance.

Location: This is a full-time position based at Climate Central’s Princeton, NJ office. However, there may be some flexibility in the location and applicants who cannot relocate to Princeton should apply (please explain your situation in the cover letter).

Compensation: Climate Central offers a very competitive salary that is commensurate with experience, an excellent benefits package, and a rewarding work environment.

How to Apply:Please submit a cover letter and CV/resume via email to ifeygina@climatecentral.org and reference the Behavioral Research Scientist Position in the subject line.

Deadline:Review of applications will begin May 22nd, 2017 and will close when a candidate is recruited to fill the position.

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.


Digital Outreach Lead

Climate Central is seeking a creative, detail-oriented lead to serve as point person for our email campaigns, a vital tool in our organization for communicating the science and effects of climate change. The position requires prior experience managing multiple email lists, and email marketing. Ideal candidates will have the tenacity to meet deadlines, proactively solve problems and provide new ideas while growing Climate Central’s digital engagement.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee email campaigns from conception to delivery
  • Contribute to marketing strategy employed in email campaigns to increase engagement with content and increase list-serve subscribers
  • Develop responsive HTML emails (often containing dynamic content) and HTML and CSS for email elements connected to the web
  • Regularly track, report, and review activity metrics to identify areas of improvement
  • Improve upon current email templates and ensure consistent branding across multiple email lists and browsers
  • Conduct A/B testing to enhance email campaigns
  • Stay current with latest design and development trends to keep Climate Central competitive
  • Other duties as assigned, including the possibility of web design

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience
  • Strong HTML and CSS skills necessary; knowledge in JavaScript and PHP a plus
  • Well-versed in mobile responsive email coding techniques
  • Experience in debugging cross-browser/cross-platform compatibility issues
  • Ability to successfully manage a range of activities across different programs
  • Familiarity tracking and digesting activity metrics
  • Knowledge of digital marketing strategies, focus on emails a plus
  • General proficiency in Photoshop; additional Adobe design programs a plus
  • Familiarity tracking and digesting activity metrics
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, deadline driven

Climate Central is a fast-growing, non-profit organization with an entrepreneurial atmosphere. We are an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the American public. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization and does not lobby or support any specific legislation, policy or bill.

Location: This position is located at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ.

Compensation: Climate Central offers a very competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply: Please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Iveta Weinberg iweinberg@climatecentral.org. 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.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application. Applicants will be contacted if selected as a candidate. No phone calls please.

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.