Vice President for Development

Climate Central, seeks a senior leader to be its chief development officer.


Date posted

July 19, 2019 12:00 am

Application deadline

Aug. 19, 2019 12:00 am


Climate Central


  • United States

Job description

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.

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

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