Development Officer, North America

About the role

The Climate Group (TCG) is seeking a development professional with a background in relationship and grant management. This role will work within the Global Development & Fundraising team to help increase The Climate Group’s impact in accelerating climate action by securing strategic funding via targeted prospecting and high-quality proposal development. 

S/he will support income generation from all major funding sources including charitable foundations, institutional funds, individual major donors, and philanthropic partnerships with corporations. As Development Officer, s/he will build and manage a portfolio of funders, development pipelines, and fundraising campaigns/event plans to meet the financial and non-financial targets of TCG’s programs in line with global strategy. This will involve identifying, researching, and cultivating new sources of as well as maintaining and deepening relationships with existing partners to increase income. S/he will be well organized, proactive and ambitious, and detail oriented. 

The Development Officer will report to The Climate Group’s Head of US Fundraising.

About The Climate Group

Our Mission

Accelerating climate action. 

Our Goal 

A world of no more than 1.5°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all, without delay. 

How we do it 

  • We bring together powerful networks of businesses and governments, which shift global markets and policies, towards this goal.

  • We act as a catalyst to take innovation and solutions to scale. And we use the power of communication to build ambition and pace. 

  • We focus on the greatest global opportunities for change. 

The Climate Group is an international non-profit, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in ongoing prospect research for funding partnerships considering strategic as well as funding goals;
  • Work directly with the Global Fundraising Team to cultivate, steward, and solicit an existing network of individuals, institutions, and corporate partners to diversify and grow income streams;
  • Work closely with program teams to meet cultivation, and proposal deadlines for institutional funding opportunities;
  • Manage stewardship and reporting for portfolio funding including working with relevant staff to gather narratives and financial and impact reports;
  • Secure individual support at a range of levels but maintaining particular focus on prospects with the capacity to give major gifts;
  • Develop and execute on new short- and long-term income generation opportunities in line with organizational funding strategies and programmatic priorities;
  • Work independently and with global teams to develop ongoing suite of materials and assets, including; concept notes, project proposals, and funding campaign collateral, often utilizing complex financial and scientific data;
  • Engage in best practices and processes for donor recognition, outreach, and response;
  • Propose and engage in a variety of events and activities thoughtfully representing TCG and building strategic networks;
  • Engage in best practices to track data with the highest degree of security meeting all federal standards and regulations;
  • Meet ambitious funding goals under tight deadlines. 


About you


  • 3-4 years of experience in non-profit environments with strong professional communications skills;
  • Experience in revenue generation through solicitation and grant writing within a high-value (major giving, trusts and foundations, corporate) fundraising environment; 
  • Experience in sophisticated relationship management and with strong return on income generation outcomes;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - fluent written and spoken English;
  • Ability to analyze, prioritize, and strategize using information gathered from donors to give effective guidance to program and communications teams in the development of funding opportunities;
  • Strong organizational skills with a methodical approach to working on a number of tasks simultaneously and within hard deadlines; 
  • Strong research skills; ability to gather and analyze material and present findings in a concise manner;
  • Exceptional attention to detail; 
  • A strong team player under pressure; 
  • Proactive self-starter and able to work independently; 
  • Strong CRM skills and proficient knowledge of SalesForce or similar database.


  • Understanding of and/or demonstrable interest in a field relevant to The Climate Group’s work;
  • Experience in fundraising internationally;
  • Languages other than English;
  • Ability to start March 2019. 



You will be based in our New York City offices in central Manhattan.

Terms and Conditions

This role is a full-time permanent position. We offer a competitive salary, depending on experience. In addition, the role holder will benefit from:

  • 5 weeks paid vacation, plus federal holidays
  • Generous benefits package including health, dental, and 403b


How to apply

Use the 'Apply' button to apply for this vacancy. Should you require further information or an informal discussion, please contact Margot Gould, Head of US Fundraising, at 

Applications for the position should come in the form of a CV and cover letter. The expected closing date for applications is 31st March 2019.

The requisite eligibility criteria, or work visa to work in the US are a requirement for this position and no relocation costs with be borne by The Climate Group.