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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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Experience:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • 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 developmentjobs@climatecentral.org 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.

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Development Operations Manager

Position Overview:

Climate Central, an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about the changing climate and its impact on the public, is seeking a Development Operations Manager. This vital position is responsible for managing and implementing centralized fundraising functions, including data systems, prospect research, stewardship, donor events, and administrative services. S/he will oversee all fundraising operations that support the day-to-day functioning of the Development team.

Database Management and Administration:

The Development Operations Manager will manage, analyze, and disseminate information and data that inform Climate Central’s fundraising strategy. This will include:

  • Overseeing all aspects of the CRM database systems, such as its management and maintenance to ensure accuracy and relevancy, gift processing, and varied reporting activities
  • Processing donations and maintaining donor and prospect records in the CRM database system, using quality control methods to ensure accuracy across the system
  • Using advanced technical tools, including queries, dashboards, data services and reports, to prepare reports and data exports related to donations, prospect research, prospect management, prospect and donor data projects, and other priorities
  • Conducting ongoing reviews of donor data for consistency and enhancements
  • Developing and implementing system-wide processes and methods for data entry, including gift entry, receipting, and acknowledgements

Prospect Research:

Additionally, the Development Operations Manager will support Climate Central’s fundraising efforts through prospect research, including tracking critical information related to potential donors. To that end, the Manager will help enhance the systems and procedures for effective research and prospect development activities by:

  • Advancing processes for the identification, research, tracking, assessment, cultivation, and stewarding of individual donors
  • Researching and writing profiles and background briefings on individual donors
  • Identifying and qualifying new prospective donors

Event Planning:

As part of the donor cultivation and stewardship plans, the Development Operations Manager will work with Development Officers to actively plan and coordinate various smaller-size events in Princeton, New York City, and strategically chosen cities across the country. Responsibilities include:

  • Planning and coordinating all logistical aspects of the events, including venue, catering, speakers, and guest lists, in coordination with the host and lead fund raiser(s)
  • Coordinating the design and sending of invitations as well as follow-up thank you notes
  • Ensuring guest lists, attendance lists, invitations, and follow up items are accurately reflected in the CRM database

Donor Stewardship:

To ensure a high-quality donor experience, the Development Operations Manager will implement an overall stewardship plan that includes:

  • Maintaining systems that track donor and gift records and document stewardship efforts
  • Ensuring that automated and standardized acknowledgement letters are sent in a timely manner
  • Coordinating with the development writer to ensure that customized acknowledgement letters are written and sent according to defined procedures

Team Coordination and General Support:

To ensure the Department functions effectively and Climate Central achieves its goal of increased philanthropic support, the Development Operations Manager is responsible for:

  • Managing the department-wide calendar, which will list department meeting, internal meetings, major external meetings, and deadlines
  • Planning department meetings, including their scheduling, agenda setting, recording and sharing meeting notes with team members
  • Coordinating bi-annual departmental retreat in collaboration with the VP of Development
  • Assisting with the preparation of reports for the CEO and Board of Directors as well as departmental documentation
  • Making travel arrangements for fundraisers and assist with meeting arrangements that include the Vice President of Development and/or the CEO
  • Provide limited general support to the Vice President for Development

Requirements:

This is a full-time position, reporting to the Vice President for Development. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand. The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience working with donor CRM systems
  • Great problem-solving skills, data gathering and organizational skills
  • Strong written and interpersonal skills and a high degree of professionalism
  • Exceptional attention to detail; accuracy, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to be proactive and to prioritize tasks
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), CRM databases (SalesForce preferred), and use of web browsers
  • Prior experience in a fundraising setting
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise a high level of discretion in dealing with sensitive material
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three to five years of relevant practical experience

About Climate Central:

Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization. We do not lobby, and we do not support any specific legislation, policy or bill. Climate Central is a qualified 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Location: This position will be based in Princeton, NJ.

Compensation: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, link(s) to any relevant online identity (e.g. LinkedIn), and salary expectations to developmentjobs@climatecentral.org with the subject line referencing referencing “Development Operations Manager” (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.

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Director of Enterprise

Princeton, NJ / Greater NYC-to-Philadelphia area

Climate Central seeks a highly entrepreneurial individual with significant private-sector experience to lead our nascent “Enterprise” initiative. We seek late-junior-to-mid-career candidates, or senior candidates eager to contribute to a critical cause. Through this initiative, Climate Central seeks to sell our best-in-class climate-impacts data and related services, simultaneously generating a growing stream of revenue to build up our mission-driven programmatic work, while also directly helping communities and companies worldwide to enhance their resilience to climate change. Top candidates will have a track record of success in the business world, the ability to engage in depth regarding our highly quantitative and science-based work products, and genuine enthusiasm for working with Climate Central’s mission-focused program staff, including those in our internationally recognized sea-level rise program.

Initially, Enterprise products will be grounded in Climate Central’s sea-level rise program. Our peer-reviewed sea-level rise research has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. Our research, web tools and expert perspectives have appeared in more than 10,000 stories in publications ranging from the New York Times and national TV news to China Daily and 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.

Our key datasets include an AI-based global coastal digital elevation model far more accurate than comparable datasets produced by NASA, the Japanese aerospace agency, and other research groups, which grossly underestimate coastal flood exposure both today and tomorrow, as sea levels continue to rise. We see value here for direct sales to researchers and others. The data also put us in a unique position to assess coastal risks globally and in key geographies such as Asia – risks to the facilities, portfolios and other interests of major corporations, development banks, the insurance industry, real estate investors, bond investors, and others.

Other Enterprise opportunities tied to current capabilities include marketing current and future coastal flood risk indices; real estate value projections; software and online tools and maps for consultants, governments, and others to explore threats and solutions; high-tech flood and sea level visualizations; and consulting. Over time, we aim to add climate risks beyond coastal ones.

The Director of Enterprise will be responsible for shaping all elements of the new program, from developing a business plan to executing it and building a team as revenues grow. He/she will lead business development and identify opportunities to build additional products that suit customer needs, working closely with our ace data analysts and programmers. He/she will need to develop a deep familiarity with our datasets and analytic methods. The Director of Enterprise will report to the Vice President for Programs, and will also work closely with Climate Central’s CEO, who founded its sea level program.

Climate Central is a respected nonprofit and non-advocacy organization dedicated to researching and publicizing key findings on climate science, impacts and solutions. Our scientists and communicators work together to reach large and important audiences using all tools at our disposal – including, through the Enterprise Initiative, sales of data and related services to the private sector (developers, insurance companies, real estate), investors, governments at all levels, intergovernmental organizations such as international development banks, impact investors, philanthropists, academics, and other users.

Responsibilities: 

Generate a significant and growing revenue stream that will support continued growth of both the Enterprise initiative and Climate Central’s mission-driven programming, by:

  • Developing and implementing a business plan, including strategies for markets, products, marketing and pricing
  • Developing scalable products based on Climate Central’s intellectual capital
  • Identifying and engaging with potential customers for those products
  • Managing all aspects of relationships with customers, from contracts and closing to support

Qualifications:

  • MBA or similar degree
  • At least 10 years’ experience in business settings, with demonstrated record of accomplishment
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage comfortably with large quantitative datasets and to translate potential implications of those data for customers, including those who are not quantitatively oriented
  • Some familiarity with climate issues and/or science background is helpful but not essential; bachelor’s or master’s degree in the sciences is a bonus
  • Self-starter and independent worker also able to take direction and work in a small team

Location: The location for this position is Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ (within commuting range from New York City or Philadelphia).

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 ; and contact information for three references familiar with your work, to jobs@climatecentral.org with the exact subject line, “Director of Enterprise” (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.

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Researcher/Technical Writer

Climate Central is seeking an energetic junior-to-mid-level individual with significant expertise in desk research and exemplary writing skills to join our unique climate science research and communications team. Top candidates will have a demonstrated capacity to extract key insights from a variety of data sources and to produce clear and compelling language describing those insights. Working closely with our data analysts and other team members, the researcher/analyst will serve as lead author of brief research reports, backgrounders, and similar materials that distill information on climate science, impacts and solutions. The researcher/writer, who will report to our Director of Special Projects, will also conduct background research to assist our production of in-depth journalism.

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: 

  • Serve as principal researcher/writer of products as assigned
  • Coordinate with our graphics, social media and web production team to achieve timely completion of products
  • Conduct background research to support features journalism team
  • Assist with tracking and analysis of media use of Climate Central materials
  • Over time, take on project coordination responsibilities

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated capacity to engage comfortably with large quantitative datasets and to identify potential implications of those data
  • Exemplary writing skills, including significant experience in writing about data-heavy science topics for lay audiences
  • MA or similar degree in a relevant field, or BA plus at least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Familiarity with climate issues is a distinct plus
  • Self-starter and independent worker also able to take direction and work in a small team
  • A highly 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 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, “Researcher/Technical Writer” (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.

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Data Analyst

Climate Central is seeking an energetic and self-motivated junior- to mid-level data analyst to join our unique climate science research and communications team. Top candidates will have a demonstrated capacity to handle large data sets and statistical analysis, and to extract key findings from those analyses. They will also have an interest in and talent for identifying and acquiring relevant datasets, framing key questions, and identifying newsworthy aspects of the resulting analyses. The analyst will focus primarily on the U.S.

The analyst will work closely with team members to produce brief research reports, backgrounders, and similar materials that distill information on climate science, impacts and solutions. The analyst, who will report to the Senior Data Analyst, will also assist with analyses for our in-depth journalism.

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: 

  • Identify, obtain, and analyze large climate and weather data sets, and other primary data relevant to climate change, from government and other publicly available sources
  • Be a key member of a team of scientists, journalists, and graphics designers that produces regular climate change content, analyses, and data visualizations for TV, print, the web and mainstream media outlets
  • Recognize and develop interesting scientific findings and story lines that can be translated into reports and visuals
  • Assist with tracking and analysis of media use of Climate Central materials
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Either a Master’s degree in statistics, computer science, environmental science or related field with 1-2 years of research and quantitative analysis experience, or a Bachelor’s degree in statistics, computer science, environmental science or related field with 4+ years’ experience
  • A demonstrated talent for creative analysis and clear presentation of interesting newsworthy findings from complex data sets, including quantitative data analysis experience
  • Fluency with basic software requirements (for example, R, Matlab and ArcGIS) and an ability to learn new ones
  • Experience simultaneously juggling more than one multi-disciplinary project
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with datasets on climate impacts (including heat, drought, flooding, wildfires, health effects, etc.) and/or low-carbon solutions (including energy, transportation, agriculture, etc.) a definite plus
  • Self-starter and independent worker also able to take direction and work in a small team
  • A highly 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 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, “Data Analyst” (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.