- Director of Individual Giving, NJ, USA

Director of Individual Giving
Climate Central

Location: USA – Princeton, NJ


Climate Central is seeking an energetic, strategic, and seasoned fundraiser who can strengthen its individual giving program by building the major gift prospect pipeline and taking the existing portfolio of individuals to the next level of philanthropy.
The Director of Individual Giving reports to the Managing Director of Development and will serve as a key member of the development team. S/he will develop and drive Climate Central’s individual gifts program and raise funds to implement an ambitious vision to expand the organization’s research and communications programs.


  • Identify, engage and solicit individuals and families capable of making gifts at the six- and seven-figure level
  • Align prospect interests and philanthropic goals with Climate Central’s current and emerging funding priorities
  • Leverage board and staff relationships to maximize development opportunities, including designing and executing high-level solicitations
  • Grow and develop the organization’s major gift prospect pool
  • Travel regionally (California, Colorado, among other locations) to qualify, cultivate, and solicit donor prospects on a monthly basis, with a goal of securing 90 – 100 individual visits per year
  • Serve as an ambassador of the organization to prospects and funders throughout the country, involving the leadership and staff of the organization as appropriate in outreach, cultivation and solicitation activities
  • Identify and work closely with volunteers, providing them with direction and support in activities that will maximize major gift fundraising
  • Prepare an annual portfolio plan in consultation with the Vice President to review top prospect strategies
  • Oversee donor stewardship efforts for select prospects/donors, helping to promote a culture of gratitude among internal and external constituents
  • Effectively utilize the prospect management system to record prospect/donor activity and other relevant data in a timely fashion
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred
  • A minimum of five years of development experience, with a strong record of raising major gifts
  • Experience identifying giving opportunities and thinking creatively to establish matches between donors and programs and funding priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects/donors and effectively move them through the development cycle
  • Experience raising support for science/technology programs or projects, including research initiatives is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and support volunteer leadership with their efforts in fundraising, consultation, and advocacy
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience utilizing fundraising database programs

The successful professional will have or be:

  • A high level of initiative, attention to detail and strong organization skills
  • Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to work as part of a collaborative team
  • Skill in successfully managing multiple projects on tight deadlines and under pressure in a dynamic and open environment
  • Experience interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Unquestionable integrity and commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Ability to grasp and articulate multi-layered programs in a way that meets the interests and passions of donors,
  • A creative, enthusiastic team member with a clear commitment to the mission of the organization
  • A working knowledge of environmental issues and science
  • Able to travel extensively and undertake occasional weekend work

Climate Central is an independent, dynamic and growing research and journalism organization. Founded in 2008 by academic leaders at Princeton, Yale and Stanford, Climate Central brings together top-notch journalists and internationally recognized scientists to provide a bridge between the public and climate scientists and contribute in a pivotal way to the national and international efforts to communicate the facts of climate change.
Climate Central’s team of scientists and journalists publish and report on climate change impacts such as extreme weather, drought, flooding, wild fires, and sea level rise, as well as alternative energy systems and transportation.

Location: This position is located at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ.

Compensation: A competitive salary and generous employee benefits package.

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, salary requirements and any other materials to to Iveta Weinberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Refer to Director of Individual Giving Job in the subject line. All correspondence will remain confidential.

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 to fill this position.

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.

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Posted on 12 July 2017
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