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The Breakthrough Institute is an energy and environmental research center based in Oakland, California. Our work is premised on the belief that humans can protect nature by using technology to limit the negative impacts on the environment. Basically, we envision a world that is good for both people and nature. We achieve this goal through our three focus areas: energy, conservation, and food and farming. We’re a great team to join. Here’s why.

1. Do a lot. You will get the chance to play an integral role in fundraising and event planning. You will gain first-hand experience working on everything from logistics to content creation to event production on a mix of events with diverse topics. Plus, you’ll get to support the development efforts that make them possible.

2. Learn from the best in the business. You may not have heard of us, but we guarantee you have heard of the ideas that have originated from our research. We convene a powerful network of social scientists, journalists, scholars, academics, innovators, and entrepreneurs. As a part of the team, you will get to learn from the thought leaders and influencers in energy and the environment.

3. Brilliant coworkers who love what they do. We are in this for the same reason – to make a positive impact on the world around us – so we build each other up, support each other, and put our mission above our egos. We’re a friendly and collaborative group. That means you will be able to learn and work with a wide variety of people and skills.

Development Associates

We’re looking for a Development Associate to join our team. This is an entry-level position, will report to the Operations Director, and will be responsible for:

  • Working with senior staff and assisting with implementing development strategies by compiling donor briefings, preliminary research on prospective donors, sending acknowledgments, scheduling meetings, creating reports, and database management.
  • Helping write and manage grant reports and proposals with the Deputy Director, keeping track of foundation funding cycles, and be a primary contact for all individual donors and foundations
  • Coordinating donor stewardship and prospect cultivation, including funder communications and scheduling development meetings for the executive director and deputy director
  • Performing other tasks related to development and fundraising needs
  • Traveling locally and nationally for events as necessary
  • Assisting senior staff with other administrative duties as they arise

Qualities you should possess:

  • Openness to implementing unconventional and innovative ideas.
  • Be a team player.
  • Be self-starting, resourceful, and organized.
  • Have the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Be a proactive problem solver.
  • Have strong attention to detail.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A willingness to learn.

Preferred experience:

  • Bachelor's degree with 1-2 years of related work experience in development.
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other CRMs.
  • Comfort with Google applications (Gmail, Google docs, calendar, etc).
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Comfort with outreach to donors, event guests, external stakeholders, etc.

Benefits:

Salary is in the $40 - 45K range. Excellent health insurance, paid leave, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits. We are located in downtown Oakland, right above the 12th Street Oakland BART station.

Does this sound like you? If so, apply here.

Send a thoughtful letter of interest, resume, and three references (name, affiliation, email, and phone number) to Grace Choi at jobs[at]thebreakthrough[dot]org. Use the subject line “Name - Development Associate.” No phone calls please.

Events Managers

We're looking for an Events Manager to join our team. The Events Manager will provide event management support for the organization. He or she will organize and produce Breakthrough’s annual events, the Breakthrough Dialogues, which takes place in June and September, and all other events that convene various groups of Breakthrough’s network including meetings, workshops, panel discussions, dinner and cocktail receptions, and other small conferences.


This position reports to the Operations Director for daily tasks and long-term projects.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and expand Breakthrough events program, including managing an annual budget of almost $650,000;
  • Organize, design, and execute annual events, including guest lists, invitations, speakers, content, vendor coordination, and visuals;
  • Manage and execute various other events throughout the year including meetings, workshops, donor events, VIP dinners, smaller scale conferences, and internal retreats;
  • Possibility of planning events with partners in DC, New York, Silicon Valley and internationally;
  • Develop and manage events budgets including providing budget updates to operations director and executive director;
  • Work closely with fundraising and event consultants and vendors;
  • Travel locally and nationally for events as necessary;
  • Perform other tasks as needed.

Qualities you should possess:

  • Openness to implementing unconventional and innovative ideas.
  • Have at least 2 years of event planning and execution experience.
  • Have at least 2 years of experience managing an events budget exceeding $100,000.
  • Have the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Have strong attention to detail.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Have a willingness to learn.
  • Be a team player.
  • Be self-starting, resourceful, and organized.
  • Be a proactive problem solver.

Preferred experience:

  • Bachelor's degree with 2+ years of related work experience in event planning.
  • Comfort with Google applications (Gmail, Google docs, calendar, etc).
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Comfort with outreach to event guests, external stakeholders, vendors, etc.
  • Familiarity with CRMs.

Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience: salary range $40-50K. Excellent health insurance, paid leave, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits. We are located in downtown Oakland, right above the 12th Street Oakland BART station.

Does this sound like you? If so, apply here.

Send a thoughtful letter of interest, resume, and three references (name, affiliation, email, and phone number) to Grace Choi at jobs[at]thebreakthrough[dot]org. Use the subject line “Name - Events Manager.” No phone calls please.