Director of Development & Communications (DDC)
Center for Clean Air Policy - Washington, DC

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About the Center for Clean Air Policy Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Its mission is to significantly advance cost-effective and pragmatic air-quality and climate policy through analysis, dialogue and education to reach a broad range of policy-makers and stakeholders worldwide. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policy-makers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air-quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests. More information about CCAP can be found at .

Position overview Reporting to the President, the Director of Development and Communications position (DDC) is newly created to centralize and align strategic development and communications and to advance the CCAP vision and mission. As part of the senior management team, the Director of Development and Communications will manage, oversee, direct and implement all fundraising and communications activities. Specifically, the Director will be charged with sustaining and increasing resources from foundation, corporate and government sources on domestic and international levels, and with ensuring professional and effective oversight and implementation of communications strategies and tools.

Key responsibilities The DDC will provide leadership, direction, integration and management of all fundraising and communications for CCAP. In partnership with the President and the senior management team, the DDC will be expected to design, implement and manage an integrated development and communications plan that builds upon CCAP’s successful track record, and to establish a robust Development and Communications operation. The DDC will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, sustaining and stewarding existing and new donors/funders to the institution. The DDC will also be responsible for heightening the visibility of the institution through strategic communications directed to key stakeholders and the media. The DDC will supervise a staff of four to implement logistics, coordinate grants and carry out daily development and communication activities. Specific DDC responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Development The DDC will provide senior strategic leadership in all development activities. In addition, s/he will:
  • Establish short- and long-term development goals, strategies and tasks as part of an integrated development and communications plan.
  • Provides senior strategic leadership in all aspects of fund-raising to attract and retain government, foundation and corporate resources.
  • Facilitate staff engagement in the development process throughout the organization, providing training and guidance as needed to ensure that all CCAP staff understand the development process and are equipped to support and advance development success at any stage in the fundraising cycle – identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Provide strategic senior development insight and expertise in evaluating opportunities as they arise and, if appropriate, designing the related strategies for success.
  • Initiate fundraising strategies and advance progress/results, including appropriate follow-up by phone, in person and/or through proposals, correspondence, reports as necessary to promote new donor engagement, funder retention and ongoing stewardship.
  • Diversify funding by increasing revenue from government, foundation and corporate donors.
  • Design and implement strategies to increase unrestricted funds and secure funds to defray budgeted operating expenses.
  • Manage and oversee international and national government grants including cultivation, stewardship, proposal design, and grant writing and reporting.
  • Write and edit new material and repurpose existing material for use in development proposals, reporting and stewardship work.
Communications The DDC will provide senior strategic leadership of all communications activities. In addition, s/he will:
  • Establish short- and long-term communications goals, strategies and tasks as part of an integrated development and communications plan.
  • Design and implement strategies to underscore CCAP’s leadership position in international climate policy, distinguish CCAP from others working in the field, and engage key stakeholders, through targeted emails and other electronic communications, press releases and statements, web site updates, blogs, policy reports and briefings, and constituent outreach strategies to advance awareness among key stakeholders.
  • Promote CCAP leadership and accomplishments among energy and environmental media including facilitating strategic speaking opportunities, overseeing video production and implementing other strategies to increase exposure for CCAP president and key senior staff, as appropriate.
  • Manage the partnership with CCAP’s public relations consultant.
  • Oversee the design and logistics support of all CCAP constituent outreach events.
  • Oversee development of communications materials for the CCAP Board (develop/maintain/update board book).
  • Work with senior policy and program staff within CCAP to leverage their expertise, motivate their engagement and edit and shape new and existing content for communications and/or development purposes.
  • Edit staff-generated content to ensure consistent messaging and, as appropriate, to repurpose existing materials for development and communications purposes.
  • Manage messaging, timing and appropriate packaging for release of timely and relevant information (e.g., blog, Web site only, press release, email blast).
  • Manage all communication materials and channels, including collateral, web properties and electronic publications; ensure high-quality and consistent design and editorial standards.
  • Manage and motivate the Development and Communications staff.
  • Collaborate with the president, senior management and program and policy staff.
  • Ensure quality and consistency of message and style for all CCAP’s development and communications.
  • Oversee regular updating to increase effectiveness of CCAP’s Web site as the organization’s most visible public face.
  • Oversee external contractors and service providers as needed – e.g., consultants, print designers, writer/editors, web developers and programmers, and database vendors and support providers – to ensure exceptional service and results for CCAP’s investment.
  • Oversee webpage maintenance and updating for three Web sites: , and . Ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
  • Ensure proper maintenance and categorization of both the development and communications databases to facilitate consistent, targeted outreach.
  • Hire and supervise development and communications staff, consultants, and intern(s).
Qualifications and characteristics
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten years hands-on development and communications experience and nonprofit management experience.
  • Demonstrable experience with senior strategic development and communications leadership.
  • A track record of leading a nonprofit through demonstrated growth in revenue.
  • Experience in securing results from government, foundation and corporate funders.
  • A strategic thinker with outstanding verbal, writing, editing skills.
  • Ability to represent the organization in senior level meetings and to be an effective ambassador for its mission and programs.
  • Ability to make decisions, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks and deadlines and to shift gears as opportunities arise.
  • A hands-on implementer, team player and a skilled manager and motivator of others
  • Detail-oriented and exacting with a creative bent.
  • Versatility and flexibility in dealing with the realities of smaller, fast-paced organizations.
  • Mature, self-confident and flexible with a sense of humor.
  • Prior experience in and knowledge of the clean air industry and/or related environmental and policy issues preferred.
Compensation A competitive salary and benefits will be provided.

To apply Please submit a position specific cover letter and resume to Judith Fiske Moak, by November 20, 2013.

CCAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and firmly supports and recognizes the value of diversity. EOE/m/f/d/v

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