Jobs

Meteorologist

Join a high-impact organization on the front lines of addressing the climate challenge. Climate Central seeks an energetic, experienced meteorologist who is passionate about communicating the science behind climate change and how it affects people, particularly the weather/climate connection. Strong candidates will have experience analyzing multiple sources of weather and climate data, on-air experience, strong relationships with the broadcast meteorology community, and demonstrated skills in translating the science for both professional and lay audiences. The meteorologist will be an integral part of our impactful Climate Matters program, reporting directly to the Director. 

About Climate Central 

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, sea level rise, extreme weather, energy, and related topics. We collaborate nationwide with TV meteorologists, journalists, and other respected messengers, reaching broad audiences through local voices. Founded in 2008, we work in almost every U.S. media market and our research and imagery have appeared in well over 100 nations. 

Key responsibilities 

  • Function as a key member in the organization’s Climate Matters program which provides climate information, resources, and support to local television meteorologists and journalists 
  • Help to develop climate-science-based story lines, graphics, animations, and other resources for the fast-growing Climate Matters network 
  • Work with scientific staff to identify priority areas of research and relevant data sets
  • Provide meteorology expertise in support of Climate Central’s other program areas including Realtime Climate, Weather Power, and Sea Level Rise
  • Be a voice and liaison for the organization to both the operational and research-based weather community
  • Serve as principal contact for network of local television meteorologists 
  • Collaborate and support the Communication team in the organization’s social media strategy and execution
  • Represent Climate Central in media interviews 
  • Represent the organization at conferences and workshops 

Essential qualifications 

  • Degree in Meteorology; understanding of climate science 
  • 2-3 years of experience as an on-camera meteorologist; CBM and/or NWA seal preferred 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively conduct outreach with professional colleagues
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong relationships within the local TV weather community
  • Must enjoy working as a team player in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Willingness to travel occasionally is required 
  • Ability to translate weather and climate information into Spanish a plus

Location 

Climate Central’s headquarters are in Princeton, N.J. A meaningful amount of presence at headquarters will be important, but hybrid and partial-time remote work are options 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, “Meteorologist” (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.

Major Gifts Officer

Take a world-changing job. Climate Central is seeking an energetic, strategic, and seasoned fundraiser to join its development team. Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Major Gifts Officer will manage a portfolio of prospects and donors that have the capacity to make six- and seven-figure gifts to support the organization’s mission and goals. 

About Climate Central

Climate Central is an independent, dynamic science, technology 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. 

As an independent, non-partisan science organization, Climate Central researches and reports the facts about climate change impacts, such as extreme weather, drought, flooding, wildfires, 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:

  • Effectively manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors that have the capacity to make six- and seven-figure gifts. 
  • Create strategies for cultivation, solicitation, closure and stewardship, including the design and execution of complex, high-level solicitations. 
  • Make a minimum of ten meaningful donor contacts per month and an average of two major gift solicitations per month.
  • Seek new, promising prospects through research and leveraging the organization’s impressive board, donor, and staff network. 
  • Align prospect interests and philanthropic goals with Climate Central’s current and emerging funding priorities
  • To further cultivation efforts, manage a limited number of major donor events to attract new prospects and deepen engagement with current donors.
  • Oversee donor stewardship efforts for select donors, helping to promote a culture of gratitude among internal and external constituents.
  • Manage a small portfolio of foundations. Oversee the development of compelling proposals and stewardship plans.
  • Enhance professional skills through training and mentorship.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5-8 years of development experience, with a strong record of closing six-figure gifts; experience closing seven-figure gifts is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors and effectively move them through the gift 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 with both highly engaged donors and well as with making qualification calls. 
  • 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.  
  • Experience in foundation fundraising is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience utilizing fundraising database programs.

Qualifications: 

  • A high level of initiative, organizational skills, and meticulous 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

Currently, our work is being conducted remotely. When conditions allow, the Senior Development Officer must be able to spend significant amount of each month traveling, with a focus on New York and surrounding states, and be able to have a periodic presence at the Princeton, NJ headquarters.

Compensation

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Diversity

Climate Central embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a workplace that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We recognize that diverse teams make the strongest teams, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. 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

Climate Central is working with the Development Guild to fill this position. Please send your cover letter, resume, links to any relevant online identity (e.g. LinkedIn), and salary expectations to climatecentral@developmentguild.com.

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. Due to the volume of employment applications, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application individually. The search will close when a successful candidate is recruited.

General Manager, Realtime Climate

Lead a major new media and technology effort to scale climate communications that work.

Climate Central, an influential climate communications and research group, seeks an entrepreneurial leader to become General Manager for its Realtime Climate initiative, aimed at making science-based, effective, climate change content ubiquitous in local media, social media, and extensive non-media channels in the US and internationally. We see this effort as essential to growing and sustaining the public will needed for driving a major decades-long effort commensurate with the unmatched threat from climate change – and with the great opportunities posed by its solutions.

Ideal candidates will bring the ability to lead and manage a complex, scalable media and technology enterprise; product and marketing experience; and editorial savvy encompassing traditional and social media and visual design. Robust achievement in several of these areas is a must. Past professional experience focused on climate change is not required. 

The GM will report to the CEO and oversee efforts from a team of scientists, journalists, designers, and technologists who have been pioneering climate communications for over a decade. This is a chance to build something new and make an outsize difference on the issue of the century. 

About Climate Central

Climate Central is an independent group of scientists and communicators 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 3,700 TV spots in the U.S. during 2020, growing during the pandemic year while national climate coverage dropped sharply. Climate Central’s global sea level research, maps, and imagery have made news in at least 120 nations. 

About Realtime Climate

Realtime Climate is a new initiative designed to systematically inject climate effects and solutions into conversations everywhere, across subjects, at the right times and places, delivered by trusted voices. The Realtime Climate platform monitors daily local weather, renewable energy generation, and many other data streams. It is built to identify events relevant to climate, small or large, and quickly deliver tailored, bite-sized, science-based graphics and language to, and through, local and national journalists, social media influencers, and others, including NGOs, educators, and public figures who want to communicate more effectively about climate in local settings. The US is the initial focus, with future plans for international and global expansion. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead all aspects of Realtime Climate, including strategy, planning, execution, and evaluation, relative to content, technology, media outreach, and technology and media partnerships;
  • Set strategic priorities and high-level calendar for content by topic, geography, and frequency, driving areas of research to mine and related events to track; 
  • Provide editorial strategy and oversight for visual and verbal content for TV, digital journalism, and social media, including a templating system to automate tailored content generation; 
  • Set priorities and calendar for continuing development of the Realtime Climate technology platform;
  • Set priorities and calendar for outreach to journalists and social media influencers;
  • Oversee development of media and technology alliances and partnerships to scale content production and outreach, including potential licensing arrangements to support expansion through regional or international sister efforts;
  • Oversee evaluation of Realtime Climate performance and assessment of user needs and feedback, to inform product strategy, development, and refinement;
  • Support efforts to accrue financial resources for Realtime Climate operation and growth, including philanthropic fundraising and earned revenue initiatives;
  • Serve as liaison for Realtime Climate to the Climate Central Board of Directors, and oversee development of any external advisory groups for Realtime Climate;
  • Represent Climate Central in external meetings and conferences as appropriate;
  • Manage, advise, and hire key staff; and
  • Perform other duties as needed.

What Success Looks Like: Impact

Within 2-3 years, Realtime Climate becomes a core piece of infrastructure for communications on climate change and its solutions in the US. Hardly a journalist covering climate is unaware of the tool, which has made integration of a climate angle routine into stories across beats from health to business to equity to sports. Apps reaching hundreds of millions use our API to deliver climate change information daily. Social media pulses with science-backed climate context for current events and discussions down to the local level, while small and large NGOs alike employ Realtime as a key tool powering their own timely, tailored communications. New partnerships and outreach campaigns regularly add new user communities in education, government, and business. Public viewpoints align more strongly with the scientific consensus on climate than for any previous period, and this alignment is sustained. Climate Central has begun conversations with major international research institutes and NGOs about collaboration or franchising to expand focused efforts in key countries like India, while a lightweight version of Realtime Climate already functions globally. The Realtime Climate team has grown and diversified, while remaining a relatively small group of collegial and high-performing individuals.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Experience and qualifications should be commensurate with a position of this great importance and seniority within the organization. Representative (but not strict) requirements follow:
  • 10+ years of experience in an organizational or senior leadership role with a record of success guiding effective, efficient and spirited teams with high levels of trust and communication;
  • 5+ years of high-level experience in at least two of the following areas: product, marketing, or sales (especially in media); design (esp. television, web, data visualization); technology (various, media technologies, algorithmic marketing); social media (robust direct use);
  • 5+ years of high-level editorial experience strongly preferred;
  • 10+ years of this collected experience working within or providing products or services to media organizations focused on traditional or social media;
  • Demonstrated success in creating, growing, and sustaining key external relationships
  • with individual and institutional clients, customers, partners, and advisors;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, time management, project management and communications skills;
  • Creativity and initiative;
  • Unquestionable integrity and commitment to ethics;
  • A clear and deeply held commitment to addressing climate change;
  • Strong familiarity with climate change or other area of science a plus;
  • Advanced degree preferred.

Diversity

Climate Central embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a workplace that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We recognize that diverse teams make the strongest teams, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. 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.

Location

Climate Central’s headquarters are in Princeton, N.J. Work will be remote until the threat from COVID-19 is largely eliminated. After that time, a meaningful amount of onsite presence is likely to be valuable, but majority-time remote work is an option for this position. 

Compensation

Compensation is competitive, with generous benefits.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter including salary expectations to jobs@climatecentral.org using the exact subject line, “General Manager”. 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.