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I.T. Project Manager/Information Systems Technologist (Consultant)

Climate Central — a respected non-advocacy NGO that produces sophisticated information products on climate change science, impacts and solutions for U.S. and global audiences – is looking to contract with an I.T. Project Manager, who will establish high-performance software + product development/ update processes for our new and existing science-based materials (reports, media content, and web products).

We are looking for people who are inspired by and can contribute to innovative thinking about using technology to communicate on one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. You’ll address the full lifecycle of software development, so you need to have demonstrated competence in gathering, facilitating and documenting software requirements. In addition, you will develop and manage test protocols and define user-support service levels, and be responsible for managing new product launches and cutover to new updates for existing products.

In conducting your work, you will apply Agile methods, understanding that our scientific applications require detailed specifications, are computationally intensive (limiting rapid iteration) and require rigorous testing. You will use Atlassian’s Jira for issue and activity tracking and Atlassian Portfolio for managing our portfolio of products and programs. We use Python, Matlab, SQL and JavaScript for coding, Django framework, PostgreSQL, custom GIS, our own Linux servers, AWS cloud, ExpressionEngine (CMS) and Github.

Here's what success looks like:

  • Rapid, efficient delivery of new products and updates to existing products
  • Documented requirements and test criteria
  • Written specifications sufficient for internal developers and contracting external developers
  • Well-organized repository of requirements, user stories, specifications, test criteria and service levels
  • Well-established development methods, terms, tracking and reporting
  • Efficiently engaged across a diverse staff that includes developers, scientists, data analysts, graphics specialists and media experts
  • Management visibility across all development activities and resources
  • Responsible, data- and fact-based basis for saying “yes” to new product requests

Responsibilities: 

  • Engage stakeholders to document product requirements
  • Document development work breakdown structure, resource requirements and timeline, entering them in Jira and Portfolio
  • Develop specifications and test criteria that can be handed-off to developers on staff or contract
  • Manage development timeline, raising and resolving issues
  • Maintain a weekly or 2 week Portfolio view for all internal stakeholders of development program current progress, resources and commitments
  • Set up and maintain a repository for requirements, user stories, specifications, test criteria and service levels

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of project management experience using well-established software development methods. Knowledge of Agile techniques
  • Academic background or demonstrated professional experience in software engineering, information technology or computer science
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. We use technology but the critical success factors are people
  • Good judgement and emotional intelligence. We have a climate to fix and never enough time or resources

This is a contract position reporting the VP for Programs or her designee.

Location: This position will require frequent in-person meetings at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, N.J..

About Climate Central: Climate Central uses a wide variety of tools to help make climate personal and relevant for a wide variety of audiences. Current initiatives include Climate Matters, which each week provides a network of more than 650 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 science, engineering, 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.

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter including compensation expectations; your resume; a detailed description of your experience with software requirements; an example of specifications that has not been edited by anyone other than yourself (a draft is fine, and confidential information may be redacted or generalized); and contact information for three references familiar with your work, to jobs@climatecentral.org with the exact subject line, “IT Project Manager” (no quotes). Due to the volume of responses, Climate Central is unable to reply to each response individually. Individuals will be contacted directly if selected for further consideration.

Vice President for Development

The leading climate change communications and research group, Climate Central, seeks a senior leader to be its chief development officer and a key member of the senior-staff leadership team. The VP will be responsible for all fundraising and development activities, from planning to soliciting to stewardship and reporting of accomplishments to staff, board, funders and prospects. The VP will work closely with the CEO, colleagues on the senior staff team, and members of the Board of Directors to plan, develop, and execute a comprehensive program of fundraising. Emphasis will be on major and principal philanthropic giving from individuals and foundations, but it will also include government grants and new funding programs to diversify the portfolio of revenue streams over time.

Climate Central is an independent group of scientists and science translators who research and report the facts about our changing climate and how it affects people’s lives. We use science, big data, and tech to generate thousands of local storylines and compelling visuals that make climate change relevant and show what can be done about it. We address climate science, energy, sea level rise, extreme weather, and related topics. We collaborate nationwide with TV meteorologists, journalists, and other respected messengers, reaching broad audiences through local voices. Our programs spurred more than 2,000 TV spots in the U.S. over the last 12 months. Media have covered our global sea level research, maps, and imagery in at least 89 nations. We see major and timely opportunities to continue to grow our impact.

Working with members of the Board, the CEO, and senior staff, the VP will orchestrate and drive plans for solicitations of prospective donors. The VP oversees a development team and will lead efforts with development staff, members of the senior staff team, and other staff members as appropriate to develop specific funding proposals and carry out solicitations. For current and new funders, the VP will develop and manage a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.

The VP will also play a key role with the CEO, senior staff and the Board in developing the overall strategy for Climate Central, with an eye to what may attract funding interest.  The VP will work as a member of the senior staff team to help develop communications strategies that reach and move large geographically and ideologically diverse US and global audiences as well as key decision-makers to understand and act on climate change at a level commensurate to its great threat.  As a team, they will develop specific strategic goals for the organization, for Board review. Collaborating with the CEO and with input of fellow members of the senior staff, the VP will set fundraising goals and strategies, and will be accountable for reaching funding targets agreed to in the planning and budgeting processes.     

The VP will report and share on a regular basis with senior staff fundraising information on prospects, proposals, and progress, to insure that all members of the leadership team are aware of fundraising plans and their responsibilities in them.  The VP will hold regular review meetings regarding fundraising with the leadership team.

The VP will manage a major gifts team. In addition to supporting existing and new relationships with foundations and individuals, the team handles events, development communications, and a nascent annual giving program. With his/her direct reports, the VP will set and monitor progress toward individual fundraising performance goals, helping each team member achieve excellent results through empowerment, continuous staff development, and mentoring.

Additionally, the VP will work with Programs, Finance and Administration, and other internal groups to provide necessary support to achieve shared objectives. These include, among others, contributing to creating a consistent, high-quality brand for Climate Central across all program areas and platforms; developing and reporting on budgets with support of the VP for Finance, and setting annual organizational goals and regularly reporting progress toward those goals.

Along with the senior staff, the VP will assist the CEO in forming the agenda for board meetings. Further the VP will assist the CEO in working with the Nominating Committee to create a robust list of potential Board nominees and plans to cultivate them towards membership.  The VP will manage a Development Committee of the Board.

The VP will represent Climate Central in external meetings and conferences as appropriate.  Working together with colleagues or independently, the VP may be called upon to help initiate possible partnerships between Climate Central and other groups working toward similar objectives including environmental groups, civil society organizations, businesses, and state and local jurisdictions. These may range from strategic alliances to informal collaborations at local, national, or global scale. The VP will advise the CEO and senior staff of such arrangements on a regular basis.

Location

Climate Central’s headquarters are in Princeton, N.J. A meaningful amount of presence at headquarters will be important, but majority-time remote work is an option for this position.

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, “VP for 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.