Head of Donor Relations (Part-time)

Potential Energy Coalition - New York, NY


Head of Donor Relations (Part-time)

Reports to the CEO

Potential Energy Coalition

New York, NY

Climate change is one of the most intractable challenges that civilization has ever faced: how to get people to care about climate change and take urgent action to address this existential threat.

Potential Energy Coalition is taking on this challenge by tapping the best minds in marketing, media and creative to change attitudes and beliefs and motivate substantive action on climate change. To do so, we are building an industry-wide marketing capability, driven by insights and supported by a coalition of the very best talent in academia and industry, to launch and support campaigns about this issue.

The Director of Funder Relationships role is essential to the mission and success of Potential Energy. This person will serve in a lead role in representing Potential Energy within the funder community, leading outreach, supporting fundraising and managing and cultivating relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the CEO, staff and governing board to develop an overarching strategy for foundation, corporate and individual giving.
  • Manage and grow existing funder relationships. Plan and implement effective stewardship to strengthen funder affinity toward Potential Energy and build multi-year partnerships.
  • Expand the portfolio of funders including foundations, corporations and individuals. Effectively advocate for Potential Energy’s unique value proposition and offering with funders. Draft proposals that are strategic, compelling, and executable.


  • BA/BS degree.
  • At least 10 years of demonstrated success in managing and cultivating relationships with foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals.
  • Excellent writing, organization and project management skills.
  • High level of emotional intelligence.
  • Strong communicator; has passion, a point of view, conviction and persuasion skills.
  • Entrepreneurial, comfortable working in a fast-moving environment and positive ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Ability to travel 10-20%.

Potential Energy Coalition is a project of Windward Fund, a 501(c)3 organization.

Job Type: Part-time


  • relevant: 10 years (Preferred)


  • New York, NY (Preferred)