Development and Program Manager


Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $52,000 - $60,000 per year
Deadline Apr 17, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Are you passionate about fundraising, program management, and equitable change? Join Climable and help drive progress in the climate and energy sector! We're seeking a Development and Program Manager to support our mission-driven work. This position offers the opportunity to make a major impact on our fundraising and donor base while also leading educational programs. Enjoy the flexibility of either full-time or part-time hours in this role and be part of our close-knit team!

Position Description

Climable is a small woman-run nonprofit with a mission to make climate science and clean energy understandable, actionable, and accessible for everyone. Our end goals are energy democracy (public participation in the energy transition) and climate resilience (improved avenues for anticipating, preparing for, and responding to climate disasters). We focus on 1) clean community microgrid development projects (solar and battery storage) in Environmental Justice (EJ) communities, 2) educational programs for students, children, and adults, and 3) stakeholder engagement and community outreach. Climable works hard to make sure people and communities are not left behind in the clean energy transition.

Climable is looking for a Development and Program Manager to join our tight-knit team. The Manager will support interns, volunteers, and fundraising at Climable. This is a two-part role with the opportunity to manage volunteers and interns, plan events, and lead educational programs, and with the opportunity to support fundraising and donor development. The ideal candidate will have experience with fundraising, development, or grant writing, and be excited to work in an organization focused on climate change and environmental justice.

Climable is a small team with four permanent staff members. Due to the small size of the organization, teammates wear many hats, and you will too. This position is an excellent opportunity to focus on mission-driven work while shaping our fundraising strategy, supporting operations, and leading educational programs. We are happy to consider either full-time or part-time (about 30 hours/week) employment for this role.

Roles and Responsibilities

This is a dynamic role that supports our important work. The Development and Program Manager is expected to work on a variety of tasks alongside teammates including fundraising, development, grant writing, event planning, operations, intern management, volunteer coordination, and project management.

Fundraising and Development:

  • Develop, lead, and evaluate the implementation of Climable’s development plan, which includes donor management, grants, event attendance, event planning, and communications
  • Proactively identify and cultivate new funding sources and opportunities to deepen existing funder relationships
  • Maintain Climable’s grants calendar; monitor progress and ensure that all deadlines are met 
  • Share Climable’s stories with current and prospective donors
  • Work closely with Climable team members to stay current on all program successes, innovations, and impact information
  • Manage a portfolio of donor and prospect relationships; provide strategic support to senior leaders and board members in their responsibilities for managing donor relationships
  • Support the Board with their giving, networking, and participation in Climable’s fundraising events and campaigns  
  • Oversee the preparation of grant applications, proposals, and letters of interest alongside team members
  • Collaborate with staff to write and edit grant applications
  • Monitor the effectiveness of development operations, identifying opportunities to further refine processes as necessary 
  • Support the Executive Directors and Board leadership on board recruitment, potentially identifying and cultivating relationships with prospective board members
  • Lead the coordination and strategy for our annual fundraiser
  • Manage and update our donor management system
  • Coordinate venue scheduling and logistics for occasional in-person events
  • Manage interns as needed, providing coaching and support

Operations and Program Management:

  • Support the internship and fellowship hiring, recruiting, and onboarding processes
  • Develop a volunteer engagement program and manage volunteers
  • Lead some of our educational programs with a focus on energy efficiency education (Mass Save) and community resilience
  • Support stakeholder engagement efforts on behalf of clients which could include arranging event space, supporting event logistics, raising awareness, and more
  • Represent Climable at events, fundraisers, and professional development opportunities


We recognize that women and People of Color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification. Climable is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive work environment. If you are excited about this opportunity, but our desired qualifications do not align perfectly with your experience, we still encourage you to apply! If you think you meet about 70% of the qualifications below, please apply! Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.


  • A minimum of two years of fundraising/development experience, but we are also open to non-traditional candidates with excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and passion for development work
  • A Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • A self-driven and kind work style, and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively 
  • Nonprofit, grant-making, or foundation work experience
  • Comfort speaking to and engaging with donors and funders
  • Passion for mission-driven nonprofit work
  • A strong commitment to equity, both in growing your understanding and in contributing to Climable’s work
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and priorities
  • Dedication to collaborative work
  • Experience cultivating relationships to support fundraising goals, using oral and written communication skills as needed
  • Problem solving: ability to tackle problems independently, using sound judgement, and recommend and implement solutions to improve processes
  • A high level of follow-through and organization

Beneficial Qualifications (helpful but not required):

  • Project and process management experience; ability to follow a project budget and scope
  • Experience with prospect donor research and engagement, specifically regarding foundations
  • Background in climate change, environmental science, energy, or stakeholder engagement
  • Experience or interest in energy education and outreach

Climable is a small organization and is not able to provide visa sponsorship at this time. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship.


To apply, please use this form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Category Admin & Leadership , Sustainability
Tags Outreach , Climate Change