Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Science Communications Manager for Foundation and Corporate Relations in Millbrook, New York

Science Communications Manager for Foundation and Corporate Relations

Full-Time inMillbrook, NY

Founded in 1983, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is one of the world’s leading independent environmental research organizations. We focus on understanding how ecosystems work. Special attention is given to resources important for human well-being: our staff are global experts in disease ecology, the ecology of freshwater and forests, and urban ecology. We have a deep understanding of the key drivers of ecological change, among them climate change, invasive species, and human influence on land and water. We seek to enhance the ecological literacy of students, decision makers, and the public, and to train the next generation of ecologists and resource managers.The Cary Institute seeks candidates for the position of Science Communications Manager for Foundation and Corporate Relations. The Science Communications Manager will work closely with scientists to communicate their work to potential funders, collaborators and the general public, helping to prepare and polish grant applications, follow up reports, and share the results of the funded work. Under the direction of the Senior Director of Advancement the Manager will assist scientists to secure the increased revenue needed to perform cutting-edge ecological research. This will involve implementing creative approaches to attract new corporate and foundation donors.The Manager will possess a Bachelors degree and at least 3 years of relevant science writing experience [grant/foundations experience a plus], a strong commitment to the environment, and to the role that science plays in improving policy and management decisions. S/he will have and will:

  • Be an exceptional writer, able to translate and align scientific research with the stated goals and outcomes of foundation and corporate donors;

  • Stay informed on current and proposed research by Cary Institute scientists to guide foundation and corporate cultivation efforts;

  • Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for new and previously identified foundation and corporate prospects;

  • Implement and manage an effective, comprehensive engagement plan, including: scheduling and attending introductory meetings and visits between Cary Institute management and scientists and various foundation and corporate program officers;

  • Steward relationships and gifts with current and future foundation and corporate donors;

  • Identify the need for, and work with staff to create, collateral materials that present a compelling case for foundation and corporate support of the Cary Institute;

  • Prepare background and giving histories, assemble PowerPoint presentations and other marketing materials, and provide relevant materials to management staff in preparation for prospect meetings;

  • Oversee and coordinate a schedule for submission of foundation- and corporate-related letters of intent, proposals and reporting, including: preparation of budgets with Grants Office, scientific proposal details with scientists; required reporting and/or follow-up submissions on various letters of intent and proposals;

  • Monitor and track progress toward institutional goals, including follow-up on meetings and events, and provide required internal statistical reports as requested;

  • Participate actively in the identification of funding opportunities by corporations and private foundations to bring relevant, high priority initiatives to the attention of Institute management and scientific staff;

  • Work as part of a small, but growing, team to assist with other development functions as requested and as time permits.

The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills and strong written and oral communication abilities. An understanding of and passion for the sciences is a plus. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, possess a strong knowledge of fundraising principles, be able to conduct prospect research on foundations, their officers, and Boards, and have proficiency with programs such as: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook); IWave; Foundation Directory Online (FDO); and relationship management systems such as the Raiser’s Edge database. The ideal candidate will also have excellent organizational skills, a professional demeanor, an eye for detail, and the ability to oversee and track multiple tasks simultaneously.The position will require travel within the United States. The position will report to the Senior Director of Advancement and will be expected to work closely with the senior scientific and administrative staff, as well as the President. Salary commensurate with experience.This is an exempt, benefitted position. All candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Finalist candidates must successfully complete a post-offer, pre-employment background check. This position is open until October 20, 2017 or until filled.Please submit job application via include a single PDF file consisting of a cover letter which includes Job Code 17031-I, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. In your correspondence, please include citations of prior work.The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.