Climate Central is seeking an energetic, strategic, and seasoned Director of Development to raise funds in support of the organization’s mission to communicate climate change science, effects, and solutions to the public and decision-makers.
Climate Central is a dynamic science, technology, and communications organization. Its staff of leading scientists, tech experts and communication professionals are dedicated to researching and reporting on climate change and its impacts and solutions. Founded by top scientists at Princeton, Yale, and Stanford and a generous philanthropist in 2008, 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.
Thousands of scientists have declared that the planet is now facing a climate emergency — and that how humanity responds this decade will shape every aspect of our common home for hundreds of years to come. No past generation has been in a position to make such a profound and lasting difference for so many people.
Climate Central’s team is a leader in developing and delivering effective, science-backed climate communications via trusted messengers to diverse key audiences across the U.S. and around the world.
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. In addition to its policy-neutral, non-partisan stance, its values include scientific and journalistic integrity and the importance of informing the public, effective communication, and collaboration.
Climate Central is exceptional in reaching large audiences with localized information that makes the impacts of climate change relevant and personal. The organization uses science, big data, and technology to generate thousands of local storylines and compelling visuals that make climate change relevant and show what can be done about it. Content is delivered through trusted local messengers at scale, including in areas with below-average levels of climate understanding and concern. The goal: to catalyze a response in proportion to the problem.
Philanthropy at Climate Central has been growing steadily over the last few years, as the organization has laid the groundwork to support long-term growth and diversification of revenue sources. Climate Central has historically relied heavily on its board and a number of major foundations including the MacArthur Foundation, Kresge Foundation and Hewlett Foundation. More recently, under the leadership of the Vice President for Development, Jessica Cashdan, it has expanded its focus to increase annual and major donor support. Climate Central raises on average $9-10M annually.
Climate Central is seeking an energetic, strategic frontline fundraiser to join its development team. Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Director of Development 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. The portfolio will be a mix of foundations and individuals. This position offers an exceptional and entrepreneurial candidate the chance to make a difference by growing resources for an organization with a powerful track record.
In the coming year, Climate Central plans to emphasize major and principal philanthropic giving from new individuals and foundations to diversify its portfolio of revenue streams. It is also focused on growing its annual giving program. To support overall fundraising growth, the organization is investing in marketing communications strategies to more effectively engage prospect and donor constituencies. Climate Central’s Programs, Finance, and Administration teams work closely with Development to support the fundraising success.
Climate Central’s headquarters are in Princeton, NJ. Some presence in the office is preferred; in person attendance at staff retreats is required. Climate Central does not require in-person presence in the office when health conditions create enough risk to warrant concern, as measured by third-party public health agencies.
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.
Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to: ClimateCentral@developmentguild.com
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