Project Director - Climate Disaster Response Fund

Location: Berkeley, CA

Department: ClimateLab

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

About the CEL Climate Lab

The CEL Climate Lab was formed in 2011 to create hard-hitting, tech-savvy organizing and communications projects 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 the anti-fracking movement.

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 then use the distribution of those funds to create media stories that connect extreme weather to climate change. The fund will not provide direct relief, but will instead funnel resources to community-based relief efforts through a brand that connects the relief to the source of the disaster: human-induced 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 implementing the fund, recruiting and coordinating with partners, managing additional staff and consultants, and evaluating the fund's impact. 

You Will

  • Recruit a broad array of partner organizations to participate in the fund and facilitate their ongoing participation.
  • Work with consultants to facilitate a branding process for the fund including naming and logo development.
  • Coordinate a steering committee of select partners to give input on key fund decisions.  
  • 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 coordinating rapid response online fundraising, quickly and responsibly deploying funds raised to affected communities, and gaining media attention for the fund’s work.

You Have

  • Coalition/project management experience. This project will involve lots of moving parts, including getting a large number of organizations moving together in the same direction. Excellent people skills and a proven track record developing and managing coalitions are a must.
  • 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. They will need a high tolerance for long hours, continual testing and iteration, and overcoming naysayers.
  • Online campaigning/rapid response expertise. The core work of the fund will involve raising large amounts of money online in a short period of time, so the ideal candidate will have a track record in relevant work, including the proven ability to write compelling email outreaches. 
  • Experience in disaster response or adaptation work. We have a preference for a candidate with experience in disaster relief and/or climate adaptation, who can speak from a firsthand perspective about how climate change is creating increased disaster response needs. We will, however, consider candidates without this experience.   

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. 

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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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