Donor Relations and Impact Manager

Posted on 12 August 2022
Salary: Competitive, dependent on experience and location
Location: Remote - Ember’s future growth is in Asia, so being based in Asia is an advantage but not essential. Some international travel may be required to attend donor events and/or meetings - but most of our work is done via videoconference.
Hours: 35
Closing date: 11 September 2022
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As the Donor Relations and Impact Manager you will lead Ember’s relationship with our current funders, and explore new opportunities for charitable foundations to support our work, as the organisation continues to expand in Asia and internationally. 

Ember already enjoys an excellent reputation with funders –  we are known for high-impact, innovative analysis which makes a real impact in accelerating the transition to clean energy, especially in Asia. You will help us expand this reputation, as well as growing our capacity to evaluate and learn, so we can have even greater impact in future.

An externally focused, relationship management role, the postholder will be responsible for cultivating, engaging and stewarding high level relationships with charitable Trusts and Foundations, in partnership with Ember’s leadership team. 

You will also lead reporting; collating data from teams in order to support them to submit bids with clarity; and articulating the impact of Ember’s work in creative and compelling ways.

Ember has a culture of constant learning, and you will help expand our Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, so as we grow, we continue to become more effective at reversing the climate crisis. 

Key responsibilities

  • Prepare regular grant reporting
  • Develop and embed a calendar of donor events and periodic reporting
  • Support with the biannual Impact Report
  • Identify the potential size and scope for high-value giving at Ember. Create, implement and manage a donor cultivation programme with a view to supporting Ember’s further growth
  • Work across all teams to develop strong, articulate, winning bids for timely submission
  • Share your knowledge and skills with other organisations we work closely with, including designing shared bids
  • Participate in the development of a funding strategy in support of the successful achievement of Ember’s organisational strategic direction
  • Ember’s work aims to follow a series of principles to keep us effective, including an aim to influence gigatonne-scale emissions cuts, and to focus on neglected areas of climate policy.
  • You would develop our monitoring and evaluation, so we can better understand the impact we’re having
  • You would also design a programme to ensure we earn better from our mistakes and constantly improve our output

Must have

  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrable experience of account managing a portfolio of donors with a successful track record in delivering six figure charitable donations
  • Lived examples of strong ethics and altruistic approach
  • Proven experience of researching, identifying and engaging new high value donors, cultivating the relationship and inspiring them to make a grant
  • Proven track record of collaborative working across teams to develop personalised funding proposals and tailored communications demonstrating the impact of donations
  • Experience in Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluating and Learning
  • Ability to communicate impact through excellent story-telling
  • Able to accurately analyse and interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data, presenting summary information in a clear and concise format
  • Financial administration/budget monitoring experience
  • Ability to prioritise your own work with challenging deadlines
  • Support Ember’s commitment to equality of opportunity and empowerment through own behaviour

Nice to have

  • Other language skills, especially in Asia, where the bulk of Ember’s growth is happening
  • Work experience in Asia
  • Project management experience
  • Passionate about the global electricity transition

Deadline for applications

The application closes at 23:59 (UK time) on 11 September 2022.

How to apply

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Full job spec

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Working at Ember

Ember is an independent energy & climate think tank, using data to drive down carbon emissions from electricity generation and to phase out coal. We gather, curate and analyse data on the global power system – and use our findings to improve energy and climate policy.

You’ll be joining us at a period of rapid growth, and be part of an innovative team that’s having a global impact in tackling climate change. We are also a founding member of Subak, the world’s first non-profit accelerator that scales climate impact through data, policy and behaviour change.

We are especially keen to encourage applications from people underrepresented in climate change analysis and campaigning. Climate change is a race issue, a class issue, and a gender issue. We welcome applicants with lived experiences of these issues.