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Senior Development 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 Senior Development 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.

Front-end Web Developer

The time is now to join a high-impact effort addressing the great challenge of climate change. Climate Central is an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public. We are seeking the services of a talented, UX-oriented, front-end web developer to assist us with a variety of new projects.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Designing intuitive web interfaces and experiences for Climate Central web tools
  • Iterating on design ideas and proofs-of-concept with Climate Central colleagues
  • Implementing fast, maintainable frontend web code

This position is fully remote, on a 6-month term, independent contract basis. The position is paid on an hourly basis. 35-40 hours per week will be expected for the duration of the contract, with availability required during US Eastern time standard business hours. At the end of the contract, renewal is possible, depending on Climate Central needs and mutual interests.

Essential qualifications for this role:

  • 5+ years professional experience in frontend development
  • Keen design sense and willingness to own both UI/UX design and implementation phases
  • Experience with modern web design tools and techniques
  • Thorough knowledge of essential modern web technologies: HTML5, CSS3, ES6+ JavaScript
  • 2+ years experience with ReactJS
  • Experience with frontend unit testing
  • At least some familiarity with web mapping libraries such as Google Maps, Mapbox, and Leaflet
  • A history of working effectively with other developers, project managers, and a variety of project participants
  • Commitment to tasks assigned
  • Thorough communication

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Have substantial experience with web data visualization, using libraries such as D3.js, Plotly, etc. or lower-level interfaces such as SVG, canvas, etc.
  • Have experience with user testing of UI/UX designs, and associated tools
  • Have full-stack development experience and comfort on the Linux command line

Location
This position is fully remote. Climate Central’s headquarters are in Princeton, N.J., operating under standard US Eastern time business hours. Substantial overlap with these operating hours is preferable, but we are flexible. Candidates must be authorized to work as an independent contractor in the United States.

Compensation
Compensation is competitive for a mission-driven non-profit. Hourly rate will depend on qualifications.

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 hourly rate expectations and your resume to jobs@climatecentral.org with the exact subject line, “Front-end Web Developer for Climate” (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.

Development Communications Officer

Take a world-changing job. Climate Central is seeking an energetic, experienced writer to join its development team. Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Development Communications Officer will be responsible for content produced for prospect and donor audiences, with concentration in three core areas: grant and proposal writing; stewardship reports; and fundraising appeals. The Officer will prepare additional written and designed material to support Climate Central’s fundraising objectives, including but not limited to program and project overviews, brochures, web content, and PowerPoint presentations. 

General Responsibilities:

The Development Communications Officer is a critical member of the Development team and is responsible for written material in support of our fundraising goals. S/he will produce high-quality, compelling proposals for high-net-worth individuals and foundations, as well as create tailored donor reports and updates that often include extensive collateral. The Officer will prepare material that persuasively and passionately conveys the case for philanthropy in a polished presentation that meets Climate Central’s high standards. S/he will produce original content or tailor existing content into engaging material for prospective donors; research, interview, write and edit as needed; and partner with colleagues to manage and maintain a core library of proposals and other content. 

The Officer will also be responsible for drafting annual appeal letters and emails, as well as other personalized donor communications as needed. S/he will work closely with members of the staff to be sure that all donor communications contain the highest-quality, most accurate, most up-to-date copy, including timely information on grant expenditures and project activities.  

The ideal candidate will be curious and resourceful, pay strong attention to detail, and have a proven track record working effectively in a collaborative, fast-paced environment.  

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create or tailor gift and grant proposals, working collaboratively with multiple colleagues to develop a polished, final product, and ensure that all materials meet high standards and achieve the goals and objectives as defined for each written product.
  • Write or update project and program descriptions that include persuasive content to make the case for funding.
  • Write compelling reports to donors, both for individual audiences and foundation donors.
  • Review, edit and proofread content for style, clarity, tone, and accuracy, as well as for brand and message alignment. 
  • Help to maintain and update a library of proposal content, with attention to ways to repurpose, and disseminate core content for multiple uses, such as concept papers, PowerPoint presentations, and other content as needed.
  • Prepare fresh, engaging content to acknowledge and update donors, such as through acknowledgement letters, e-newsletters, stewardship mailings, and other similar content and collateral.
  • Write appeals for both print and email campaigns. 
  • Work collaboratively with Programs and Communications colleagues to leverage existing stories, design, photos, web, video and other materials to enhance donor communication materials and refresh web content.
  • Collaborate with Finance staff to secure accurate gift and grant expense information for reporting purposes.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Communications colleagues to share content and ensure consistency of messaging and presentation across Climate Central platforms.
  • Partner with Development Operations Manager to track deadlines and deliverables.
  • Manage high volume and deadlines, and adapt readily as needs and priorities shift.
  • Other communications duties as assigned.

Experience:

  • Must have experience writing successful proposals and compelling reports in a development setting. Experience writing fundraising appeals and similar content a plus.
  • Experience working with subject matter experts on a wide variety of content for myriad audiences. Ability to communicate complex science and technology material in clear, accessible language is critical for success in this role. Experience working with science, technology, or media experts is a plus.
  • Proofreading experience in a work setting is a plus.
  • Must be able to work independently and in collaboration with multiple internal stakeholders.
  • At least 5 years of professional writing experience, preferably for a development or advancement office and ideally in a large and/or complex, non-profit institution.

Qualifications:

  • Superlative writing, editing, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Superb attention to detail, ability to manage a high volume of projects, superior organizational skills, and an ability to work under tight deadlines are essential. 
  • Strong computer skills, including fluency in Microsoft Office. Basic proficiency with graphic design and layout tools. Advanced design skills and experience using visual elements to enhance written content is preferred.  Strong proficiency with design and layout software is preferred, as is proficiency with PowerPoint and InDesign.
  • Ability to create and manage time-intensive writing processes and prioritize multiple deadlines.
  • Must be a team player with a flexible, collaborative workstyle. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Background working in a science organization or higher education degree in the sciences is a plus. 

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.

Location: Currently, our work is being conducted remotely. When conditions allow, the Development Communications Officer will be based in the Princeton, NJ headquarters.

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: Development Communications Officer

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.

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. 

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.

Paid Internships - Climate Central  

Climate Central seeks creative, passionate interns to help develop climate communication materials that are both compelling and scientifically rigorous.  Several paid internships are available for summer and fall 2021 on a full- or part-time basis.  Depending on project needs, internships may last between a few weeks and up to six months.  Internships will generally be remote. 

About Climate Central

Climate Central is a climate research and communications non-profit organization. We provide a bridge between the public and climate scientists, contributing in a pivotal way to the national and international efforts to communicate the facts of climate change. 

As an independent, non-partisan 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. We are a non-advocacy organization and do not take positions on specific policies or technologies.

Internship projects

  1. Research, identify and compile a database on state-specific experts, media, agencies, organizations and key areas of interest to populate a regional database, and have the opportunity to sharpen writing skills by developing state-focused fact sheets and topic briefs. 
  2. Learn about our tools for evaluating sea level rise and coastal flood risk and then use these tools to analyze the risk of coastal flooding to locations of public interest, such as schools, medical facilities, law-enforcement facilities, and more. Working with our team, the intern will incorporate their analyses into Climate Central reports and materials.
  3. Catalog Climate Central content on specific subjects such as agriculture; sports; environmental justice; renewable energy; and energy efficiency to support the curation of collections, such as Topical Toolkits.
  4. Help service inbound requests for Climate Central’s data products. This includes vetting requesting organizations to see if they qualify for non-commercial licenses as research and academic institutions. It also includes checking the requesting individuals to see if they are on U.S. Government sanctions lists (website) as required under U.S. export laws. Provided the request qualifies and is not restricted by export laws, fulfill the request using automated workflow software used by Climate Central. This operation will be closely supervised and supported by one of our science team members.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:  

  • currently enrolled at a degree-granting institution
  • currently on leave from a degree-granting institution, or 
  • have graduated no earlier than January 2021.  

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

Please send a cover letter and resume to internships@climatecentral.org. In your cover letter, please specify which of the above-listed internships is of interest to you and your relevant qualifications. Please also specify which of the above-listed eligibility criteria you meet. 

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. Due to the volume of inquiries, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application individually.

Editor/Writer 

Join a high-impact effort addressing the great challenge of climate change. Climate Central is seeking an energetic, experienced editor/writer to join our Climate Matters team of data analysts, scientists, graphic designers, and writers. Each week, the team produces packages of data, production-ready graphics, text explainers, and more reporting resources for use by thousands of meteorologists and journalists across the U.S., often localized to individual media markets.  The Editor/Writer, who will report to the Climate Matters Director, will be responsible for ensuring that the weekly production process operates effectively and on deadline. They will also serve as lead writer for several Climate Matters packages each month and producer for associated monthly webinars.  

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 

  • Coordinate production of weekly Climate Matters media packages, working closely with team members to ensure that data analysis, graphics production, text development and review, distribution and posting remain on deadline and occur smoothly
  • Serve as lead writer for two or three Climate Matters media packages each month
  • Produce approximately one webinar per month, leading the identification and recruitment of relevant experts and coordinating run-of-show and related tasks in close collaboration with other team members

Essential qualifications 

  • Excellent project management skills and demonstrated capacity to effectively coordinate an interdisciplinary team of professionals producing high-quality content on deadline
  • Excellent writing and research skills 
  • Demonstrated capacity to accurately translate scientific information into compelling, easy-to-understand language
  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines 
  • Minimum 3 years of writing/reporting experience required
  • Substantive familiarity with climate change is a plus but not required

Location 

Climate Central’s headquarters are in Princeton, N.J. A meaningful amount of presence at headquarters will be important, but partial-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, “Editor/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 successful candidate is recruited.