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Program Director

Climate Central seeks a program director to coordinate all aspects of our internal efforts and our outreach work with the environmental and scientific communities regarding impacts of failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement a research and outreach strategy to enhance the positioning of our work in the environmental and scientific communities
  • Work with Climate Central’s Senior Staff and Programs Directors to establish short and long-term goals—and execute to meet those goals—toward our overall internal research and outreach strategy to the scientific, media, policy, business, and environmental communities.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key counterparts at major environmental and scientific organizations and institutions to integrate their ongoing communications needs with Climate Central’s ability to meet them.
  • Under the leadership of VP of Creative Production, and with support of Associate Program Director, manage and coordinate Climate Central’s research and multimedia production on localized impacts of climate change, focused on the needs for local, state, and national-level campaigns.
  • Coordinate the research and communications efforts of a network of scientists throughout the nation to calculate and communicate the costs of failure to carry through commitments to address climate change.
  • Work with the Communications Director to develop and execute messages to expand our media coverage, and that of our scientific partners.
  • Report to the VP of Creative Production.

Qualifications:

  • At least eight years experience and demonstrated success coordinating multi-line staff and managing outreach campaigns for environmental, scientific, or other non-profit organizations.
  • Leadership and management experience in a large, multi-service communications or science advocacy group.
  • Strong relationships with key players in environmental and energy sectors.
  • Experience working on environmental outreach at local, state, and national levels considered as especially valuable.
  • Lead and respond in a team setting to breaking events in the news cycle, and work in a deadline environment.
  • Advanced degree or credible experience managing those with one.

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: 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 Program 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.


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.

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