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Jan 26 / BARD CEP

Project Director – Climate Disaster Response Fund-Berkeley, CA

Organization: Citizen Engagement Laboratory  

Position Title: Project Director

Location: Berkeley, CA

Hours & Compensation: Full time

Application Deadline: Not listed 


About the CEL Climate Lab

The CEL Climate Lab was formed in 2011 to create hard-hitting, tech-savvy organizing efforts that build the cultural and political will for climate action in the United States. We employ a variety of strategies including issue-based organizing, constituency-based organizing, digital media production, and technology innovation. We believe deeply in partnerships and work closely with a host of other organizations to develop campaigns. Our work includes convincing more than 20 corporations to drop the Heartland Institute, the election-focused Climate Silence campaign, a new project focused on mobilizing parents, and media production to support anti-fracking work in NY.

About the Climate Disaster Response Fund

The Climate Disaster Response Fund (name may change during a branding process) is a new, collaborative fundraising effort that would bring together multiple organizations to raise money for the victims of climate-fueled extreme weather and use the distribution of those funds to create media stories that connect extreme weather to climate change. The fund will not provide direct relief. Rather, it will add a fundraising “layer” to funnel resources to existing relief efforts through a brand that connects the relief to the source of the disaster: fossil-fueled climate change.

We Are Looking For

The CEL Climate Lab is hiring a Project Director to head up all aspects of the Climate Disaster Response Fund (CDRF). The Project Director will play the lead role in designing the fund, recruiting and coordinating with partners, managing additional staff and consultants, and evaluating the project’s impact. The ideal candidate has considerable experience and deep relationships with organizations involved in the climate, environmental, and progressive organizing, as well as a strong communications background.

You Will

  • Recruit a broad array of partner organizations to participate in the fund and coordinate their participation.
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for how the fund will operate: what kinds of disasters will qualify, how funds will be collected, how funds will be distributed, how communications efforts will be deployed.
  • Work with consultants to facilitate a branding process for the fund including naming and logo development.
  • Produce written and visual materials for all aspects of the fund’s work—strategic plans, web site and other marketing content, email outreaches and social media content.
  • Manage all aspects of the fund’s implementation, including quickly and responsibly deploying funds raised to affected communities and gaining media attention for the fund’s work.

You Have

  • Relationships and people skills. The ideal candidate will have strong existing relationships with prospective partners and a proven track record developing and managing coalitions.
  • Strategic thinking. There are many unanswered strategic questions about how the CDRF will function. The director will need to take the lead in developing the best possible answers to these questions.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit. The Project Director will be asked to turn the idea of the
  • CDRF into a concrete reality: develop and implement a plan, make quick and thoughtful decisions, learn from successes and failures, and be an evangelist to colleagues and partners.
  • Excellent writing ability. A great deal of what this job entails—strategic plans, email outreaches, press materials, web content—requires clear, precise, and compelling writing.

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be determined by experience and qualifications. Competitive benefits package includes generous vacation, full health, dental, vision and flex benefits, ongoing training opportunities, and unlimited Yerba Mate in our Berkeley office.

Reports To

This is a senior management position that will report to the Director of the CEL Climate Lab.


This position is located in CEL’s Berkeley office. Exceptions may be made for candidates with a demonstrated ability to work effectively in remote situations.

How to Apply

Think you are the one for the job? Click this link to apply. Be sure to attach your resume where prompted, and attach a cover letter and writing sample (3 pages max). Applications without all three of these materials will not be considered. )

CEL is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as central to our work, and we encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.


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