Jobs

Researcher/Writer

An extraordinary opportunity to use research and writing skills to make a strong societal impact: Climate Central seeks an energetic junior-to-mid-level individual with significant expertise in desk research and exemplary writing skills to join our unique climate science research and communications team. Top candidates will have a demonstrated capacity to extract key insights from a variety of sources and to produce clear and compelling language describing those insights. Working closely with our data analysts and other team members, the researcher/writer will serve as lead author of brief research reports, backgrounders, and similar materials that distill information on climate science, impacts, and solutions. Over time, the researcher/writer, who will report to our Director of Communications, will become responsible for managing cross-organizational projects, planning and tracking their progress and ensuring that their components are delivered successfully.

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 a network of more than 500 local TV meteorologists with data and broadcast-quality graphics about linkages between weather events and climate change; the program has recently expanded to include local journalists and news directors through the Climate Matters in the Newsroom. Through our Partnerships Journalism program, we partner with local news outlets to produce science-based feature stories. 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. coast, and pioneering a new generation of online tools. The researcher/writer’s work will touch on all areas of Climate Central’s activities.

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

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as principal researcher/writer of products as assigned
  • Over time, take on responsibility for planning and managing cross-organizational research projects
  • Coordinate with our graphics, social media, and web production team to achieve timely completion of products
  • Conduct background research to support journalism team
  • Propose and pursue ideas for reports, backgrounders, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Exemplary writing and research skills, including significant experience in writing about data-heavy science topics for lay audiences
  • MA or similar degree in a relevant field, or BA plus at least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Familiarity with climate issues, and the ability to comfortably work with data, are distinct advantages
  • Self-starter and independent worker also able to take direction and work in a small team
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Experience of, or capacity for, project management
  • A highly collegial attitude is essential

Location

This position will be located at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, N.J.

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 3 pages (may be an excerpt of a longer document) that has not been edited by anyone other than yourself; and contact information for three references familiar with your work, to jobs@climatecentral.org with the exact subject line, “Researcher/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.

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.