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Director of Development (full or part-time)

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). Please note if you are interested in full-time or part-time work. 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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Experienced Full Stack Engineer

Take a world-changing job. Play a pivotal role in a dedicated and successful team working at the intersection of climate change, digital media, scientific computing and interactive data visualization. We are looking for an energetic, multi-talented software engineer fluent in JavaScript and Python who can also tackle a wide array of other technologies to support back-end scientific computing and front-end UI development. The engineer’s main role will be to support Climate Central’s sea level rise program by taking lead responsibility to maintain, improve and expand the Surging Seas web tools and scientific research infrastructure.

Climate Central’s sea level program is a recognized leader in both climate science and communication in the US and globally. 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 online, print, TV and radio outlets in 89 countries. We have testified in the U.S. Senate, and our tools are being used in practical ways at local through federal levels and internationally.

Responsibilities: 

  • Enhance, improve and expand the Surging Seas maps and Risk Finder web tool, both in their back- and front-ends
  • Lead cloud migration effort and improve research-to-product pipeline
  • Create small web visualizations to supplement scientific articles
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience, plus at least 5 years
  • Strong Linux experience
  • Experience with cloud computing services (Amazon Web Services, or similar)
  • Programming languages: JavaScript (ES2015), Python 2.7, SQL
  • Web technologies: HTML5/CSS, React, Node.js, D3, Flask
  • Database experience: PostgreSQL, MySQL, or similar (we use Postgres)
  • You are highly self-motivated, and work well independently and in a small team
  • You are attentive to detail, constantly curious, and open to tackling tasks large and small

Highly Desired Qualifications:

  • Functional programming enthusiasm, and experience with map-reduce computing methodology and associated tools
  • Experience with mapping software and tools such as Mapnik and GIS
  • A good touch with UI design and/or data visualization for broad audiences
  • Data analysis or scientific computing experience, esp. using the SciPy stack

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: Climate Central is headquartered in Princeton, NJ. We are open-minded about remote work arrangements but prefer candidates who will be able to work in the office at least 1-2 days per week for team cohesion. Both NYC and Philadelphia are within reach.

Compensation: Compensation is competitive, with very generous benefits.

How to 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.

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.