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Digital Content Manager

Climate Central is seeking a creative, detail-oriented junior/mid-level staffer to serve as website producer, social media lead, and email campaign manager to support our communication of climate science, impacts and solutions. The position requires prior experience in web production, social media management, database management, email marketing, and performance metrics reporting. Top candidates will have a demonstrated capacity to meet deadlines, proactively solve problems and generate new ideas.

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 local TV meteorologists with data and TV-ready graphics about climate/ weather linkages for their use on-air and via social media; the program recently expanded 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. coasts, and pioneering a new generation of online tools.

Climate Central’s highly interdisciplinary work is conducted by a team whose backgrounds include natural and social sciences, data analysis, journalism, graphic design, web production and other fields.

Primary Responsibilities

Web Production:

  • Post new content developed by program staff on our multiple existing sites, using typical CMS/hosting platforms, occasionally in HTML/CSS
  • Assist in upcoming processes to (re)design and (re)launch existing and future sites
  • Monitor and traffic inquiries and site feedback

Social Media Management:

  • Under guidance of program staff, develop and post Climate Central-originated and other content as basis for multiple daily postings to engage our 100,000+ Twitter followers and 150,000+ Facebook followers, as well as audiences on other platforms
  • Conceptualize and work with designer to occasionally develop novel graphics, animations, and videos for posting
  • Monitor audience interaction and manage response/escalation under direction of program staff
  • Analyze and report on social media metrics; advise program leaders on best-performing content and tactics

Email Campaigns Management:

  • Work with our Climate Matters team to distribute camera-ready graphics to our 2000+ participating broadcast meteorologists and journalists
  • Oversee additional email and integrated social media campaigns from conception to delivery
  • Manage multiple subscriber lists and ensure consistency with master databases
  • Contribute to marketing strategy employed in email and social media campaigns to increase engagement with content and increase subscribers
  • Develop responsive emails—often containing dynamic content—within typical ESP platform, occasionally using HTML and CSS
  • Improve upon current email templates within published guidelines and ensure consistent branding across multiple email campaigns
  • Conduct A/B testing to enhance email campaigns

Cross-cutting:

  • Regularly track, report, and review performance metrics across web, email, conventional and social media to identify trends and areas of improvement
  • Stay current with latest design and development trends
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience with direct responsibility for digital content management
  • Administration of content management systems, and HTML/CSS skills are essential; experience with Gatsby/JAMstack development and knowledge of JavaScript, PHP a plus
  • Well-versed in email campaign production and administration, including mobile responsive coding, dynamic content management, database and list management, and familiarity with data hygiene, privacy, and deliverability best practices
  • Social media expertise as page manager/editor/admin across all major platforms, with strong knowledge of audience development and engagement tactics, and standard performance metrics; ideal candidate will have experience using social monitoring and measurement platforms to track and report on KPIs
  • Knowledge of digital marketing strategies, focus on email/social media channels a plus
  • Understanding of media monitoring and measurement, using common platform (i.e., Cision, Meltwater News, Muck Rack)
  • Ability to successfully manage a range of activities across different programs
  • Experience in debugging cross-browser/cross-platform compatibility issues
  • Strong eye for opportunities to automate, and abilities needed for implementation
  • General proficiency in Photoshop; additional Adobe design programs a plus
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, deadline driven
  • Familiarity with climate issues is a distinct plus
  • A highly collegial attitude is essential, and a sense of humor is a plus

Location

This position is located at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, N.J. We are willing to consider telework arrangements. 

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 500 words (may be an excerpt of a longer document) that has not been edited by anyone other than yourself; link(s) to any relevant online identity (e.g. LinkedIn), and contact information for three references familiar with your work, to jobs@climatecentral.org with the exact subject line, “Digital Content Manager” (no quotes). Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application individually.


Vice President for Development

The time is now to join a high-impact effort addressing the great challenge of climate change.

Climate Central, an influential climate communications and research group, 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, senior staff, 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 plan and orchestrate solicitations of prospective donors, engaging most closely or directly for principal gift work. The VP oversees a development team including local and remote staff, and will lead efforts of development and other staff from proposal creation through stewardship activities. With 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. The VP will serve as key liaison between development staff and the CEO and senior staff.

The VP will 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.     

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. 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.

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 development experience, with a strong record of raising major and principal gifts from both individuals and foundations, and success in all stages of the development cycle
  • 5+ years of experience in a senior leadership/executive role with a record of success for leading effective, efficient and spirited teams with high levels of trust and communication
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and support Board and other high-level volunteers
  • Demonstrated success in building new donor programs 
  • Fundraising success and issue knowledge specifically for climate change, scientific research, communications, and/or media preferred
  • A clear and deeply held commitment to addressing climate change
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, time management and communications skills
  • Creativity and initiative
  • Unquestionable integrity and commitment to ethics; responsibility with sensitive information
  • Able to travel and extend work hours for critical priorities
  • Advanced degree preferred

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.


Climate Scientist

Use science to help transform the climate conversation. Climate Central seeks a highly motivated, creative, mid- to senior-level natural or social scientist to play a major role in our most ambitious effort to date. The mission: to make accurate and effective climate communications ubiquitous.

You will spearhead a strategic effort to build an unprecedented library of ways to link diverse local observations and events to climate science, impacts, and solutions for dissemination to social media, journalists, and other key messengers, in near real-time. Other audiences will include public and private decision-makers. This work will require efficient identification of authoritative literature in fields across the natural and social sciences; a nose for significant emerging science; and active research collaboration in high-value cases. Robust engagement with a broad research community will be critical.

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. Our programs spurred more than 3,500 TV spots in the U.S. in 2019. Media have covered our global sea level research, maps, and imagery in well over 100 nations. We see major and timely opportunities to continue to grow our impact.

Key responsibilities 

  • Provide scientific leadership and inputs for a major new initiative leveraging technology to deliver compelling climate content to the right people at the right time in the right place, again and again

  • Support all Climate Central programs providing science-based content and context to broadcast meteorologists, journalists, and other key amplifiers, plus decision-makers and clients

  • Identify authoritative recent research and datasets to inform effective local communications

  • Track, advise, and participate in key relevant emerging research

  • Conduct high-priority research and analysis 

  • Advise and participate in translation of science to broadly accessible words and visuals

  • Engage with outside scientists in a diverse variety of fields 

  • Represent Climate Central in the media and in external meetings and conferences

Essential qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a relevant natural or social science plus more than 10 years of research experience

  • Fast learner comfortable at identifying authoritative information and at working in new areas

  • Wide familiarity with literatures on climate science, impacts, and solutions 

  • High creativity; able to find relevant science, stories, and climate connections in unexpected places

  • Highly productive and able to handle multiple concurrent initiatives 

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills including for lay audiences

  • Driven to impact the climate conversation and to pursue a work agenda shaped accordingly

  • Able to travel and extend work hours for critical priorities

  • Good interpersonal skills 

Additional qualifications.  Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Prior experience interacting effectively with media and public audiences

  • Strong data science and/or data visualization skills

  • Familiarity with localizable health impacts, economic impacts, and/or solutions

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, “Climate Scientist” (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.