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Senior Development and Grant Writer

Climate Central is looking for a skilled development and grant writer to manage all aspects of our communications to donors, with concentration in three main areas — grant and proposal writing, annual appeals and stewardship writing.

Climate Central is a 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.

General Responsibilities:

The Senior Development and Grant Writer is a critical member of the Development Team and is responsible for writing a variety of development communication vehicles including grants, proposals, reports, fund raising and marketing correspondences, presentations and correspondence for the CEO. S/he will focus primarily on producing compelling grants and proposals for foundations and high net worth individuals and secondarily on grant and donor reports as well as collateral material, annual appeals and other donor communications. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, s/he will work closely with members of the staff to be sure that all donor communications contain the highest-quality, most accurate, most up-to-date content. S/he will also work closely with Finance to ensure that all grant proposals and reports contain timely, accurate financial information.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop strong, compelling development communications pieces designed to build, grow, and protect the Climate Central brand
  • Writes donor-centric communications to support Foundation and Individual Giving activities and goals, with a focus on grant proposals and reports but also including acknowledgement updates, newsletter/annual report articles, cultivation letters, and collateral material. Drafts donor communication for the CEO
  • Gathers content, assimilates it, and turns it into compelling narrative
  • Collaborates with Development fundraising teams and with the Programs team to collect and incorporate site and program content
  • Collaborates with the Finance team to secure accurate financial reports and grant budget information for reporting compliance and tracking
  • Collaborates with Development Team and program managers to help identify, streamline and satisfy data needs for both proposals and reports
  • Collaborates with the Communications team to share content and ensure consistency of messaging and presentation among communication streams and across Climate Central platforms
  • Collaborates with social media team to create news alert messaging designed for donors as well as solicitations
  • Utilizes fundraising software to track and report on proposal/report deadlines and requests for information from the signature programs, finance, and development teams
  • Helps to build a knowledge management system so that written materials and content is shared and accessible to the Development team members

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. An advanced degree and science education is preferred
  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years of related writing experience, with experience in the sciences strongly preferred
  • Experience writing successful grants, proposals and compelling reports
  • Superlative writing and editing skills and experience collaborating with program managers and designers to produce high quality promotional and informational materials
  • Ability to create and manage time-intensive writing processes and prioritize multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively with many diverse teams
  • Strong computer skills, including fluency in Microsoft Office

Location: This position is located at Climate Central headquarters in Princeton, NJ with an opportunity to telecommute several days a week.

Compensation: Compensation is competitive, with generous benefits.

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.

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, a writing sample and any other materials to developmentjobs@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. Search will close when successful candidate is recruited to fill this position.

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Communications Director

Climate Central is seeking an energetic individual with at least 10 years of communications experience to join our unique climate science research and communications team. Top candidates will have a demonstrated capacity to work strategically and effectively with TV, radio, print, social and other digital media, and to oversee sophisticated web operations. The Communications Director, who will report to the Vice President for Programs, will set and guide strategy for all communications and collateral. In doing so, the Communications Director will work both to enhance media coverage and other communications about climate change, and also to articulate Climate Central’s mission to key audiences, the media, and the general public.

Climate Central is a respected non-profit organization that works to reach large and significant audiences using a wide variety of tools to help make climate personal and relevant. Current initiatives include Climate Matters, which each week provides a network of more than 600 local TV meteorologists with data and broadcast-quality graphics about the linkages between local weather events and climate change; the program is expanding to include local journalists and news directors through Climate Matters in the Newsroom. Our work on sea level rise is advancing the local accuracy of global sea level rise threat assessments, researching the intersection of social and physical vulnerability on the U.S. coast, and pioneering a new generation of online tools, all designed to help bring climate change home. Our highly interdisciplinary staff have backgrounds in the sciences, data analysis, journalism, graphic design, web production, and other fields. Our non-partisan, non-advocacy approach is rare among climate groups and critical for our credibility and wide reach, particularly with the media.

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide strategic input into Climate Central’s overall external communications efforts
  • Develop and implement communications plans around release of key reports and products
  • Coordinate closely with our design, social media, and web production team to achieve timely completion of products
  • Coordinate closely with our development staff on donor-facing materials
  • Play a leadership role in managing an upcoming overhaul of Climate Central’s websites to improve their effectiveness and functionality for multiple audiences
  • Manage development, distribution, and updating of all print and electronic organizational collateral including brochures, annual reports, e-newsletters, websites, and other materials
  • Write and/or edit press releases and other materials
  • Respond to media inquiries
  • Design and execute strategies for expanding awareness and use of Climate Central materials by media outlets and other user groups
  • Mentor and manage a team member responsible for Climate Central’s website administration and coordination
  • Design and oversee implementation of streamlined strategies for tracking external use of Climate Central materials
  • Design and implement tests of the effectiveness of various communications vehicles
  • Assure consistent implementation of style guide and brand

Qualifications:

  • Ability to take scientific information and transform it into exciting and useful messages for key audiences, to identify effective distribution channels for reaching those audiences, and to successfully utilize those channels
  • Experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Exemplary writing and editing skills, including significant experience with data-heavy science topics for lay audiences
  • Demonstrated capacity to oversee complex websites working with internal and external web developers; prior experience in managing a nonprofit website build or overhaul-with-relaunch a distinct plus
  • Familiarity with climate change issues a distinct plus
  • Creative thinker, analyst and problem-solver with good judgement and common sense
  • Self-starter who enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • A highly collegial attitude and at least a modicum of a sense of humor is essential

Location: This position will be located at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, N.J. We are also willing to consider options under which some work would be conducted remotely after an initial period of several months.

Compensation: Compensation is competitive, with generous benefits.

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.

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter including salary expectations; your resume ; a writing sample of no more than 3 pages (may be an excerpt of a longer document) that has not been edited by anyone other than yourself; and contact information for three references familiar with your work, to jobs@climatecentral.org with the exact subject line, “Communications Director” (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.

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Executive Assistant

Climate Central seeks a thoughtful, experienced and effective Executive Assistant to provide valued administrative support for the CEO of Climate Central, and to Vice Presidents, as needed. The Executive Assistant will also play an important office-management role in support of the daily operations of the organization. This position reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Climate Central is a respected non-advocacy, non-profit organization that works to reach large and significant audiences using a wide variety of tools. Current initiatives include Climate Matters, which each week provides a network of more than 500 local TV meteorologists with data and broadcast-quality graphics about linkages between weather events and climate change; the program is expanding to include local journalists and news directors through the Climate Matters in the Newsroom. Climate Central’s work on sea level rise is advancing the local accuracy of global sea level rise threat assessments, researching the intersection of social and physical vulnerability on U.S. coast, and pioneering a new generation of online tools.

Climate Central’s highly interdisciplinary work is conducted by a team whose backgrounds include physical, natural and social sciences, data analysis, journalism, graphic design, web production and other fields.

Responsibilities: 

- Provide administrative support for the CEO and Vice Presidents as needed:

  • Manage and support calendar and contact database
  • Support meetings and calls, including logistics, written materials, food, supplies
  • Coordinate meetings of the Board of Directors and its Executive and Finance Committees
  • Communicate with Board members and their support staff
  • Plan travel and assemble expense reports
  • Seek, identify and fulfill other opportunities to support CEO & senior team effectiveness

- Support the running of the office:

  • Order office supplies, including helping with vendor selection for quality, support, pricing
  • Interface with landlord for office-related issues, e.g., keys, repairs, parking passes
  • Monitor and maintain pantry supplies; manage petty cash
  • Monitor phones and faxes; manage mail and shipping

- Support Human Resource functions:

  • Support recruiting efforts – placement of ads and monitoring of responses
  • Maintain annual PTO (Paid Time Off) schedules for all employees and monitor balances

Qualifications:

  • 10 years of prior experience as an Executive Assistant
  • Bachelor’s degree a plus
  • Ability to work with diverse teams
  • Strong computer skills – a fast learner comfortable with tech. Current applications include: Microsoft Office suite and Google G Suite (Mail, Sheets, Docs, Calendar, etc.), Salesforce, a range of online tools for banks, vendors, donors, and range of other apps and add-ons for organization, productivity, email, etc.
  • Good listener, insightful, takes initiative
  • A highly positive and collegial attitude is essential

Location: The location for this position is Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ.

Compensation: Compensation is competitive, with generous benefits.

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.

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, link(s) to any relevant online identity (e.g. LinkedIn), and salary expectations, to jobs@climatecentral.org with the exact subject line, “Executive Assistant” (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 candidate is successfully recruited to fill this position.