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Sea Level Rise Program Director


Job Description

Lead the growth of a highly dedicated and successful team working at the intersection of climate change science, mass media, online data visualization and public service. The Director of Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise will advance the program’s strategic direction and engineer its growth under the overall leadership and reporting to the Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts. Major program activities will include serial strategic communications initiatives; expansion of a government and NGO stakeholder program; development of an earned revenue stream; and taking the program onto the global stage through international work. 

Climate Central’s sea level rise program is a recognized leader in both climate science and communication. Program research and web applications have repeatedly been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Associated Press, including multiple front-page stories, as well as on NBC, CBS and PBS national evening news programs, NPR, and many hundreds more print, TV and radio outlets. We have testified in the U.S. Senate, and our tools are being used in practical ways at the local level in numerous coastal states.

Climate Central is a rapidly 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.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with VP for Sea Level and Climate Impacts to develop and advance program strategic direction
  • Manage all aspects of sea level rise program operations, including budget, staffing, and team management and development
  • Lead implementation of domestic program to achieve major U.S. media coverage and spur use of the program’s analysis and tools by local, state and federal governments
  • Manage development of a new global sea level program achieving significant international media coverage and stakeholder use of Climate Central analysis and tools
  • Lead new effort to develop major earned revenue stream leveraging the program’s analytic capabilities and supporting further growth
  • Lead transformation of sealevel.climatecentral.org into a true micro-site to improve branding, user experience and traffic, and provide flexible platform for program growth
  • Interact with other Climate Central directors and support organization-wide integration
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • MBA, MPA or equivalent education/experience
  • Significant leadership and management experience (10+ yrs), demonstrating effectiveness and growth in authority and responsibility over time, including senior level responsibility for operations and strategic planning in successful organizations/units
  • Experience with design and implementation of successful strategic communications campaigns (online and offline components) and websites
  • Experience managing organizational growth
  • Successful track record juggling numerous and multi-disciplinary projects and priorities
  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working as a team
  • Approachability and openness to input from all levels of staff
  • Intellectual curiosity and track record of fast learning
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Degree and/or experience in science and quantitative data analysis
  • Passion for the mission of Climate Central

Location

The location for this position is Climate Central’s Princeton, N.J. 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.

Apply 

Please send your cover letter, resume and salary expectations to jobs@climatecentral.org, with the exact subject line, “Sea Level 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. 

Search will close when successful candidate is recruited to fill this position.



Editor


Job Description

Climate Central seeks a creative, experienced editor to join our team of journalists in New York. Candidates must understand the digital news landscape, come to the table with natural curiosity and fresh ideas, be both a great editor and headline writer, and play a leading role with our social media campaigns -- all while upholding the highest possible journalism standards. The best candidate will lift the level of our work, exhibit critical thinking and personal integrity and work well in a collegial environment with our small but growing team. Climate Central's editorial staff is journalistically independent of the organization's research and communications programs. Its veteran journalists report daily on climate science and the facts about our changing climate and the impact on the American public.

Responsibilities

  • Story assignments for daily and long-range content focused mainly on climate science.
  • Help coordinate photos and graphics to accompany stories.
  • Edit on a quick-turnaround basis for daily web content, with an eye toward capturing and holding the attention of busy web readers.
  • Help produce content via our CMS.
  • Write SEO-friendly headlines.
  • Help coordinate our social media efforts.
  • Coach our news team, providing meaningful feedback that results in better stories and higher-quality journalism.
  • Work with the research team to help create reports and interactive graphics.
  • Help the production team keep site updated and fresh throughout the day.
  • Work with the VP for Global Communications and the Director of Digital Media on strategic development for all digital properties.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and real-world experience as an editor for a digital news or print property.
  • Must enjoy working as a team player in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Proven ability not only to edit copy in AP style, but to improve staff copy as well.
  • Must have a solid understanding of story structure, news writing, and embrace highest journalistic standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under deadline pressure and prioritize responsibilities appropriately.
  • Understanding of, and experience with SEO best practices.
  • Experience engaging audience on myriad social media platforms.
  • Must have the ability to work independently while maintaining close communication with Director of Digital Media.
  • Experience publishing content via content management systems.
  • Be a critical thinker who is also results-driven and highly organized.

About Climate Central

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

Location

This position will be located in our office in Soho, New York.

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 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.

Apply 

Please send your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to 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.

Search will close when successful candidate is recruited to fill this position.



State Program Director


Job Description

Be the leader of a team of analysts and communications professionals evaluating climate change vulnerability and readiness in all 50 states. Produce a series of original, newsworthy, influential reports designed to generate substantial media coverage and inform the public debate on climate change impacts, vulnerability and preparedness.

Climate Central is looking for a strong, energetic, enterprising State Program Director. Top candidates will have experience in climate science and policy research, incisive quantitative and analytical skills, and a record of creatively communicating science to the public and policy makers.

Responsibilities

  • Lead major new state program initiative examining climate change vulnerability and preparedness
  • Design and direct a wide variety of data-driven, quantitative vulnerability and impacts assessments across multiple impacts in a number of different states
  • Produce a series of reports detailing the findings of these analyses
  • Work collaboratively with team of climate scientists, analysts, and communications professionals to ensure that the results of these analyses generate substantial media interest and meet communications and public education objectives
  • Develop relationships with influential scientists and other experts in key states
  • Represent the organization in key meetings and other fora and communicate the principle findings of the project to the media and other important audiences in the states and nationally
  • Oversee team of analysts and communications professionals. Responsible for hiring, training, goal-setting, and assessing performance of direct reports.

Qualifications

  • MS or higher in climate science or related field
  • Eight to ten years management experience leading relevant research programs, demonstrating an increasing level of authority and leadership
  • Five years’ experience in climate science or closely related field
  • Experience in quantitative data analysis
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Must enjoy being part of a team in an entrepreneurial environment

About Climate Central

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

Location

The position will be located at Climate Central's headquarters in Princeton, N.J.

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 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.

Apply 

Please send your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to 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.

Search will close when successful candidate is recruited to fill this position.



Meteorologist


Job Description

Climate Central seeks an energetic, experienced meteorologist who is passionate about communicating the science behind weather and the weather/climate connection. Strong candidates will have experience analyzing multiple sources of weather and climate data, on-air experience, strong relationships with the TV weather forecasting community, and demonstrated skills in translating the science for both professional and lay audiences.

Responsibilities

  • Function as a key member in the organization’s Climate Matters program which provides climate information to local television meteorologists.
  • Help to develop climate-science-based weather graphics, animations, and other tools for this fast-growing network of TV meteorologists.
  • Forecast nationally and globally, identifying extreme weather events.
  • Record and produce videos on extreme weather and climate for our website.
  • Provide meteorology expertise in support of climate change content development across multiple platforms.
  • Be a voice and liaison for the organization to both the operational and research-based weather forecasting community.
  • Work with senior scientific staff to identify priority areas of research.
  • Travel to occasional conferences and workshops on behalf of the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science.
  • 2 -3 years of experience as an on-camera meteorologist; CBM seal preferred.
  • Strong relationships within the local TV weather community.
  • Experience using and analyzing National Weather Service data.
  • Must enjoy working as a team player in an entrepreneurial environment.

About Climate Central

Climate Central is a 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 will be located in our Princeton, N.J. office.

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 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.

Apply 

Please send your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to 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. 

Search will close when successful candidate is recruited to fill this position.



Deputy to Chief Scientist


Climate Central is seeking to recruit a Deputy to the Chief Scientist to be based in Princeton, NJ. 

About Climate Central

Founded in 2008 by leading scientists and communications experts at Princeton, Yale and Stanford, Climate Central brings together award-winning journalists and internationally recognized scientists to report the science and impacts of climate change through cutting edge research delivered in clear, compelling language and images. Climate Central tackles the misperception that climate change is a distant thing — affecting other people and other places — by harnessing the power of science to make climate change real and local for audiences across the country.

As a result of Climate Central’s strategic planning, a new area of opportunity has emerged which will have a dramatic impact on the organization’s reach. Identifying a human fingerprint in individual extreme weather events — a field known as attribution science — has been a goal of the scientific community for more than a decade. In 2004, Stott et al. published a paper in the journal Nature showing that climate change at least doubled the risk of the record-breaking European heat wave that killed more than 70,000 people in the summer of 2003. Since the publication of that paper, improvements to climate models have led to tremendous advances in the field of attribution science. Climate Central’s goal with this important new program, is to objectively and transparently assess certain types of extreme weather events around the globe and equip journalists and scientists with the tools to provide the larger global warming context while there is media interest.  

About the Position

Reporting to the Chief Scientist and serving to help advance the Attribution Program, the Deputy will occupy an important leadership role at multiple levels — ranging from working at the highest strategic level to managing work flow at the operational level. 

With regard to the Attribution Program, the Deputy will provide timely program and staff management as well as support the Chief Scientist in the strategic execution of the overall program. The Deputy will serve as the Chief Scientist’s program and management facilitator and partner and work to ensure Climate Central meets key program, operational and fundraising goals with regard to the Attribution Program. 

The Deputy should ideally possess the following set of professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • A deep commitment to the mission of Climate Central.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills that inspire and motivate both internal and external stakeholders.
  • M.Sc. required, MBA or Ph.D. preferred, in science-related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership in operational management and strategic planning as a senior leader in a corporate or non-profit organization of significant size.
  • Experience with the design, implementation and execution of strategic communication campaigns.
  • Experience working to increase efficiency, strengthen employee knowledge, and abilities, improve leadership and maintain the overall health of an enterprise.
  • Record of entrepreneurial spirit and innovations that achieve important impacts and a commitment to a collaborative leadership style.
  • Demonstrated experience identifying and remediating organizational/strategic issues that result in measurable improvements.
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary matrixed team environment, managing multiple projects and priorities and working cooperatively to satisfy internal and external requests.
  • Ability to interact as a trusted partner with a diverse community: government agencies, corporate, media, academic organizations, foundations and individual funders.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Intellectual curiosity, approachability and openness to input from all levels of staff.
  • Excellent oral and written communication/presentation skills.

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 and a resume to Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at resumes@explorecompany.com.  Refer to CC/Deputy in the subject line. No phone calls please.


 
* Climate Central has partnered with Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute on a new initiative called World Weather Attribution. These positions will be located in Oxford, England.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Analysis and Interpretation of Large Model Ensembles for Extreme Weather Event Attribution

School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Grade 7: Salary in the range £29,837 – £34,565 p.a.

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with demonstrable expertise in the analysis of climatological data and the implementation and interpretation of climate model projections. Applicants may come from a range of backgrounds including natural sciences, engineering, statistics or applied mathematics.

The particular focus of this work is the development and implementation of methods for regular probabilistic attribution analysis of extreme events with a focus on heat waves, floods and droughts from regional climate model outputs. This will include issues of initialisation, validation, bias correction and quantification of uncertainties.

Applicants will have a doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant subject. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates without a doctoral degree will be considered, but may be appointed on a lower salary scale (Grade 6) for which the range is £26,527 - £31,644 p.a. (with an appropriate adjustment of duties). You will be able to propose and develop new theoretical approaches and implement them in computer code. You will have a background in atmospheric physics, meteorology and have good scientific programming skills. You must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team. 

This post is fixed-term until 31 May 2016 in the first instance.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 10 July 2014. It is intended that interviews will be held week commencing 14 July 2014.

Apply here


Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Computational Model Development for Extreme Weather Event Attribution

School of Geography and the Environment and Oxford e-Research Centre, Oxford

Grade 7: Salary in the range £29,837 - £34,565 p.a.

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with demonstrable expertise in the development of and experimentation with general circulation models and very good programming skills in C++ and Fortran. Applicants may come from a range of backgrounds including computer sciences, natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

This post is fixed-term until 31 May 2016 in the first instance.

The particular focus of this work is to develop the current regional climate modelling distributed computing set-up to allow for quasi-real time simulation of very large ensembles of weather under different climate conditions.

Applicants will have a doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant subject. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates without a doctoral degree will be considered, but may be appointed on a lower salary scale (Grade 6: £26,527 - £31,644 p.a.) with an appropriate adjustment of duties. You will be able to propose and develop new theoretical approaches and implement them in computer code. You will have practical experience of running and interpreting the outputs from complex computer models.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 11 July 2014. It is intended that interviews will be held week commencing 14 July 2014.

Apply here



Software Engineer: Scientific Computing and Web Development


Job Description

Take a world-changing job. Play a pivotal role in the growth of a dedicated and successful team working at the intersection of climate change, mass media, scientific computing and interactive data visualization. We are looking for an energetic, multi-talented software developer fluent in Python and C++ who can also tackle a wide array of other technologies to provide support in back-end big data scientific computing and front-end online user interface development. The developer’s main role will be to support the sea level rise program by maintaining, improving and expanding the Surging Seas web tools and analysis system for the U.S. and then globally.

Climate Central’s sea level rise program is a recognized leader in both climate science and communication. Program research and web applications have repeatedly been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Associated Press, as well as on NBC, CBS and PBS national evening news programs, NPR, and many hundreds more print, TV and radio outlets. We have testified in the U.S. Senate, and our tools are being used in practical ways at the local level in numerous coastal states.

Climate Central is a rapidly 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.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain, improve and expand the Surging Seas 2.0 map and Risk Finder web tool
  • Operate and improve the back-end sea level rise data analysis system
  • Assist in expanding Surging Seas tools and analysis for international applications
  • Build small web interactives to supplement scientific articles
  • Assist in generating figures for scientific papers and articles
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • A B.S. in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Strong Linux experience
  • Programming Languages: C++, Python, Javascript, Bash Script
  • Web Technologies: HTML/CSS, D3, Server Deployment/Administration
  • Experience developing under Object-Oriented paradigms
  • Parallel Programming / High Performance Computing experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to work well in a small team, as well as independently is essential

Highly Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Matlab/R and ability to create publication-quality graphics
  • Scientific computing experience
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) experience
  • Experience with mapping software and tools such as Mapnik and GIS
  • Design experience

Location

The location for this position is Climate Central’s Princeton, N.J. 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.

Apply 

Please send your cover letter, resume, link(s) to any relevant online identity (e.g. Github) and salary expectations to jobs@climatecentral.org, with the exact subject line, “Climate coder” (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.