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Deputy Director of Development for the Climate & Energy Program, Development & External Affairs


Development & External Affairs

Third Way is a national think tank that was founded back in 2005 to champion modern center-left ideas. Our work is grounded in the mainstream American values of opportunity, freedom, and security.

We are proud of the organization that we have built and continue to seek out talent who contribute to our ambitious mission. We are deeply committed to promoting a culture of results and respect where every employee has opportunities to contribute, develop, and grow professionally.

Third Way’s Development & External Affairs team is looking for a highly organized and collaborative individual with a track record for setting the strategic vision, growth, and managing an established, successful institutional and individual philanthropic development program for climate and clean energy issues. This includes setting a multi-year plan for Climate & Energy Program development, stewarding more than three dozen existing and prospective donors, identifying and recruiting new potential individual donors, and expanding development communications and events. This position oversees our development advisor and works with a team that includes a grant accounts manager, Senior Vice President for Climate, and Climate policy and communications teams.

As the Deputy Director of Development, a typical day might include…

  • Setting and overseeing the execution of the development strategy for the Climate & Energy Program to maintain and grow our individual donors and foundation fundraising, working with the Senior Vice President for Climate, Third Way’s development, and the Climate policy and Communications teams;
  • Identifying and building relationships with new donor prospects;
  • Cultivating and stewarding relationships with individual and philanthropic donors to the Climate & Energy Program, in conjunction with the Development Advisor and Senior Vice President for Climate;
  • Acting as Third Way’s liaison to leaders in climate and clean energy philanthropy;
  • Analyzing trends in individual and institutional climate philanthropy and identifying opportunities for Third Way’s Climate & Energy Program to position itself as a thought leader in this space;
  • In coordination with the Climate Program Communications team, overseeing the development and implementation of donor-specific communications, products, and events;
  • Overseeing the Development Advisor who manages institutional philanthropic giving and grant accounts manager’s fulfillment of all relevant grants.

Requirements

This might be the job for you, if you…

  • Have 5 plus years of relevant experience;
  • Are passionate about addressing climate change and Third Way’s approach;
  • Want to contribute towards Third Way’s mission;
  • Practice extreme attention-to-detail;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally;
  • Can work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines;
  • Take pride in and ownership of your work;
  • Are curious and eager for professional development;
  • Think on your feet and adapt to changes effortlessly; and
  • Want to make a difference and an imprint as Third Way’s newest Deputy Director of Development.

In the Third Way Culture, we are looking for…

  • Self-starters: People who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.
  • Collaborators: People who work in teams—sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.
  • Creators: People who fosters divergent thinking; that aren’t afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.
  • Results-oriented: People who function with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.
  • Respectful: People who embrace the diverse perspectives of everyone and fosters the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at all times.

Third Way is committed to the health, safety and wellness of all employees, candidates, stakeholders, and communities. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 full vaccination. Proof of full vaccination status will be required after an offer of employment is extended and accepted. Failure to provide proof of full vaccination prior to the start date will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Third Way offers a flexible, hybrid work environment to support our employees’ healthy work\life balance.

Interested?

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.