Head of Fundraising

Permanent employee, Full-time · Brussels, Remote - EUR

Our mission
Carbon removal, alongside emissions reductions, is absolutely essential to preserving a stable climate. We’re focused on addressing the knowledge, policy, and ambition gaps that are holding us back from a carbon removal ecosystem that delivers real progress on climate change.
Leadership from European countries - including the UK - is critical, both for ensuring that carbon removal can reach the scale necessary to achieve global climate goals, and for ensuring that a progressive vision of carbon removal can emerge that is not dominated by fossil or other corporate interests.
Europe needs carbon removal in order to:
  1.   meet its net-zero targets
  2.   address its historical emissions that are already in the atmosphere causing warming 
Carbon removal needs Europe because no other region has both the financial muscle and the political will to scale crucial new climate solutions. Europe needs carbon removal, and carbon removal needs Europe, but neither has a dedicated and honest voice speaking for carbon removal on behalf of the climate. Carbon Gap will be that voice.
The role
Carbon Gap is an independent carbon dioxide removal (CDR) advocate in Europe, with a large number of policy professionals dedicated exclusively to CDR. Located in our Brussels-based, EU Carbon Removal Policy Centre and selected European capitals, Carbon Gap has established itself as a leading organisation in CDR policy advocacy as well as being a beacon in the scientific research and analysis which underpin our policy positions and interventions.

Since our launch at COP26 in Glasgow, we have published a series of public assets such as policy papers, thought leadership pieces, policy trackers etc. Our experts have been featured in the mainstream and climate media, and we have been selected on various EU CDR-related expert groups. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of a decades-long mission to make Europe a global carbon removal leader and deliver the capacity necessary to meet Europe’s net zero commitment.

We are continuing to build out a team of experienced professionals and are looking for an individual with a track record of successfully delivering charitable / NGO funding within the context of an EU or UK entity. If you have the ambition to match our mission and are seeking a platform to scale your personal impact in a high empowerment and high accountability environment, we want to talk to you.

We are creating a new role for a Head of Fundraising and Grant Management who will be leading our efforts to stabilise core, unrestricted funding as well as building on our ambition with our current programmatic and project funding. You will work together with our senior leadership team to manage all aspects of the fundraising lifecycle from prospecting to pitching as well as managing the relationships and delivering impact-led reporting.

We will support you in leveraging your experiences and skills to help us bring our CDR mission to life in Brussels, the EU and beyond. Your prior work in climate, environment or sustainability will quickly make you an invaluable member of the fundraising efforts towards the knowledge, policy and ambition gaps that we are on a mission to bridge.
You will be accountable for leading our fundraising initiatives, as well as becoming a key advisor to the management team. In this role you will;

  • Be our strategic fundraising leader:
    • Ensure that you understand the organisation to be able to leverage fundraising opportunities that complement and build on the work we already do
    • Spearhead our fundraising strategy, employing innovative approaches to identify and secure new funding avenues
    • Expand our funding network by forging and nurturing relationships with philanthropic entities, peer organizations, and other relevant stakeholders across the UK and EU
    • Educate prospective funders and expand the pool of philanthropic funders that are meaningfully engaged on the topic of CDR, both for the benefit of Carbon Gap’s mission and to ensure more funding is available to the wider CDR NGO ecosystem

  • Lead our communication with existing and prospective funders:
    • Develop a variety of publications, pitch decks and other materials to regularly engage with, and pitch to, potential future and existing funders
    • Produce materials of the highest quality which is clear and accessible and represents our brand
    • Develop relationships with partner NGO’s, philanthropists, and other organisations to widen your existing network
    • Provide direction to the communications team to ensure that we broaden our reach to further your outreach and engagement activities through PR, and social media
  • Be an expert advisor to our strategic finances:
    • Develop a deep understanding of our budget and forecasting processes and be an active contributor
    • Actively manage our funding pipeline and prospects and directly contribute that pipeline to our plans for growth within our current strategy as well as contributing to widening that strategy
    • Work collaboratively with our operations team

  • Be a detail-oriented project and workstream manager
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues to encourage high quality outputs and provide constructive feedback
    • Create detailed plans and manage resources in your workstream effectively
  • Build a meaningful network with industry, labour, activist groups, (environmental) NGOs, and other stakeholders to deeply understand the needs of the wider CDR community and galvanise support for carbon removal policy.
Your profile
  • You have a minimum of five years of fundraising in a relevant field. You will have gained your experiences ideally raising funds within the context of philanthropy and you will be able to demonstrate your leadership skills within the context of a small team. You will bring an inclusive style that encourages collaboration as well as being a trusted and autonomous member of the leadership team taking complete ownership of our funding activities.
  • You are committed to climate action. You can demonstrate previous work and passion for any area of climate, environmental or sustainability communications and action. You don’t need to be an expert in carbon removal, but you do need to understand the climate crisis and have a desire to repair the damage we’ve done to the planet.
  • You have a good understanding of the fundraising opportunities available to us, as well as demonstrable experience of delivering funding. You ideally have a great network of contacts and some tangible ways of showing us how your previous funding strategies have been effective.  
  • You’re comfortable with new material. Diving into a new field, learning new acronyms and concepts, and digesting scientific papers don’t scare you. You want to become a master of new ideas and concepts.
  • You make complicated things simple. You have a knack for understanding big, complex issues and distilling them into what your audience needs to know, especially through writing.
  • You obsess about the bigger picture. You’re not satisfied unless your work leads to tangible results and always want to know how what you’re doing now serves the long-term goal.
  • You’re a relationship-builder at heart. You proactively make and maintain genuine connections, always looking for ways to help, and work well with diverse groups of people.
In your covering letter, please include short paragraphs on the following areas of emphasis to help us better assess your application:
  • Your knowledge of the European and UK funding landscsapes including your previous experience and how this relates to Carbon Gap, how to influence these areas and how you would approach relationship building
  • Examples of funding strategies – we’d love to see examples of your work
  • Your approach to complex topics, your distillation methods, and how you would support your team in communicating clearly to funders, stakeholders and the wider public
  • Your approach to building an effective network of funder and partners and a clearly demonstrable network that you already have in place as well as how you built that network even if it’s not directly related to Carbon Dioxide Removal
  • Your level of English, and if English is a second language, be able to demonstrate you can achieve at least a C1 level
What we offer
  • A permanent full-time work contract (40h/week) under Belgium law
  • Competitive salary package, including benefits such as lunch vouchers, pension plan, medical plan and reimbursement of public transport
  • Dynamic and supportive team with amazing colleagues and regular team socials
  • Modern offices situated in the heart of the European district of Brussels
  • Hybrid working regime
  • Opportunities for training and personal development
Carbon Gap is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to broadening opportunities for groups that are underrepresented in the climate and carbon removal spaces, and to building an inclusive team where people of different backgrounds can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people who do not see themselves represented in the current climate ecosystem. If you feel like this description matches you and are able to do so, please mention it in your covering letter, and we will guarantee you an interview.

You don't need to meet all the requirements to be considered and we know you might need to grow into the role. If you feel like this role is the right one for you, please don’t hesitate to apply.
About us
Carbon Gap is a philanthropically-funded, expert non-profit established in 2021 to help Europe become a world leader in deploying carbon dioxide removal.

Please visit our website to learn more about our mission:

Carbon Gap Website
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