Climate Nexus was created as a behind-the-scenes connector, to ensure coherent, effective climate communications and to elevate the work of a broad network of partners, including youth groups, environmental justice allies, cities and state leaders, and more. Climate Nexus provides pro bono support to organizations that work on climate change and clean energy and believes the “story” of climate change is the foundation on which meaningful action is built. Our job is to tell that story to as many people as possible. Climate Nexus has an $11M budget with a trajectory to grow to $15M over the next five years.
Climate Nexus is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
Climate Nexus is looking for our first full-time Development Director (DD). The DD will be charged with advancing our mission by increasing the level of involvement and philanthropic commitment from foundations and individuals. This position will be responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting significant philanthropic gifts, cultivating prospects and stewarding donors – working closely with executive and senior staff – using moves management. The DD will build on the strong base of funding and create a robust development program.
Strengthen and expand prospect and
donor engagement strategies to broaden the scope of foundation
Build a robust major gifts program
engaging individual philanthropists of high net worth dedicated to
impacting climate change;
Maintain and grow a portfolio of 150+
donors; create opportunities for donor cultivation and
Develop pre-meeting strategies and
provide guidance to staff and peers in advance of donor meetings to
ensure maximum engagement.
Partner with the team to engage a
minimum of six to eight meaningful donor contacts and an average of
two solicitations per month.
Conduct ongoing prospect research to
expand the donor pool, diversify funding streams, and create and
update donor strategies;
Engage with the Donor Advisory Group
members, in coordination with leadership, to identify known
prospects linked to each member to introduce and engage new
prospects to Climate Nexus;
Serve as the central hub of
fundraising and development efforts across the team;
Provide ongoing training and support
to Climate Nexus senior staff working with donors to guide moves
management and deepen engagement with high level donors, cultivate
prospective donors, increase engagement with current donors and
revitalize past donors;
Prepare and review letters of intent,
proposals and other donor-related materials as needed;
Track appropriate follow-up after
meetings in a timely manner, including post-event follow up, thank
you letters and responses to special requests from prospects;
Collaborate with the Director of
Finance, as well as other senior members of staff, on proposal
budgets and the development of the yearly revenue strategy aligned
with the operating budget.
Ensure that fundraising data is
entered into the CRM HubSpot, working with a data entry
Stay abreast of philanthropy trends
and issues affecting established interest areas of Climate
Create and maintain the fundraising
calendar, including renewals, new prospects, and reporting
deadlines. Coordinate materials with contact managers, finance, and
At least 8-10 years of major gift and
institutional fundraising experience with demonstrated success in
personal solicitations of $100,000 and above;
Ability to identify and engage
high-net-worth individual donor prospects and move them through the
Able to identify, cultivate, solicit
and steward prospects and donors;
Experience building new donor
programs, identifying giving opportunities and thinking creatively
to establish matches between donors and Climate Nexus’ programs and
Excellent verbal, written
communication and public speaking skills;
Ability to engage and support
volunteer leadership with their efforts in fundraising,
consultation and advocacy;
Exceptional organizational skills and
the ability to manage multiple priorities; and
Experience managing up, collaborating
with team members and taking initiative with minimal
Ability to grasp and articulate
complex programs in a way that meets the interests and passions of
Unquestionable integrity and
commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to responsibly
handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
Skill in successfully managing
multiple projects on tight deadlines and under pressure in a
dynamic and open environment;
Knowledge of and experience of
environmental and climate change issues;
Experience with Hubspot or other
fundraising tracking software; and
Comfort with G-suite, Slack and other
Flexible. Climate Nexus has Washington, D.C. and New York City offices, although our staff is currently fully remote. Remote candidates will be considered, although occasional travel to our New York and D.C. offices will be required when it is safe.
$120,000 - $150,000, commensurate with experience. Climate Nexus offers a generous benefits package, including paid vacation, personal and sick leave; standard health, dental, and vision packages; generous employer contributions to 401k retirement accounts; parental leave and commuter transit benefit.
Please submit your resume, cover letter and two writing samples – including a grant proposal and a sample of donor correspondence – to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3/31/21.