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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.

Chief Technology Officer

The time is now to join a high-impact effort addressing the challenge of our time: climate change. Scientists agree that what we do over the next ten years will be critical for civilization and the planet—and that meaningful responses are possible. The next 2-3 years will be key for setting direction.

Climate Central seeks a Chief Technology Officer to help us decisively grow our impact nationally and globally. You will lead technical development for all software, analytics and digital products; work with senior staff across the organization; engage with cutting-edge climate science and communications;  and provide leadership and oversight for our engineering and IT staff, while also contributing directly to software development. As first in this new role, you will have the opportunity to build key elements of culture and process from the ground up, as well as grow your team over time. You will report to the CEO, and your first big deliverable will be to build a major new mission-critical platform, our most ambitious to date. We are small and scrappy, so, especially early on, this job will blend hands-on work with leadership. 

The new platform will involve real-time monitoring of multiple large data streams; scientific data processing and event assessment; sophisticated decision logic; algorithmic text and image generation; advanced customer relationship management (CRM); and extended testing and evaluation capabilities. It will become a critical instrument for our goals to spur an unprecedented and sustained increase in climate change content in media and beyond; widespread understanding that climate harms and solutions are here and now; and responses that rise to the level of the threat. This complex and important project will nonetheless enjoy a relatively relaxed technical engineering environment, as the flexible platform will require little live software and user interface, will permit limited downtime, and will grow incrementally.  

About us. Climate Central is an independent nonprofit organization comprised of top 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 collaborate nationwide with TV meteorologists, journalists, and other respected messengers, reaching broad audiences in hard-to-reach places through trusted local voices. For example, television is largely a climate news desert, yet our visuals were used on more than 2,000 US TV spots over the last 12 months, after doubling each of the last two years (and going). Media in more than 85 countries and 25 languages have covered our research, maps and imagery, including front-page/homepage/network-news stories in top outlets. We know we are only scratching the surface of what we can do.

Opportunities and responsibilities will include:

  • Lead software development team and IT staff; design and supervise contract work. Add several development and analytics staff over time, subject to organizational fundraising success
  • Participate with senior staff in setting organizational strategy, as it relates to tech and beyond
  • Be the organizational voice of technology
  • Lead development of a major new mission-critical software system plus tech aspects of all projects (e.g. apps and tools for web and social media, multimedia content generation, and metrics tracking; support for scientific computing)
  • Build culture around entire software development lifecycle, including requirements, design, development, documentation, testing, release, maintenance 
  • Participate in hands-on development creating deliverables 
  • Audit programs and activities for opportunities to grow impact through improved tech
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends and competitive landscape

Experience and qualifications that we’re looking for include:

  • 5+ years professional experience in software development, including roles such as Senior/Lead Software Engineer, Engineering Manager, Director of Engineering, Chief Technology Officer
  • B.S. or advanced degree in engineering, computer science or similar technical field
  • 1+ years of experience in a leadership or management role with a record of success for leading effective, efficient and spirited teams with high levels of trust and communication
  • Experience with many of the following: data science; data visualization; advanced CRM; algorithmic news or marketing; modern web architecture; Infrastructure as Code; sophisticated analytics and testing
  • Technical proficiency in many of the following: at least one modern web stack, AWS and/or Google cloud, JavaScript, Python, HTML, CSS, and Linux. Also strong data skills (e.g. SQL) and self-teaching ability. Familiarity with CRM/SalesForce programming a plus
  • You juggle priorities and deadlines with the best of them
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including with non-technical audiences 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and track record of effective teamwork with peers, bosses and reports; a sense of humor is a plus
  • Creativity and initiative
  • Unquestionable integrity and commitment to professional ethics
  • A real commitment to addressing climate change

Location

Climate Central’s headquarters are in Princeton, NJ, the middle of the northeast corridor.  A meaningful presence at headquarters is required, but majority-time remote work is an option for this position. 

Compensation

Compensation is competitive for a mission-driven nonprofit organization, 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, “CTO” (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.