Engagement Lead

Mumbai /
Engagement /
About us: The India Climate Collaborative (ICC), registered as ‘Council of Philanthropies for Climate Action’ (CPCA), is a collective working to identify critical sectors that need investment, drive funding towards climate solutions, and enable private and corporate philanthropy to engage more effectively with climate action. We work closely with the climate ecosystem, including research organisations, implementers, government stakeholders, businesses, and more, as well as engage with our domestic and international donor base to ensure that funding flows towards high-impact climate solutions. We were founded by some of India's pre-eminent corporate and philanthropic leaders, including Rohini Nilekani, Ratan Tata, Anand Mahindra, Nadir Godrej, and others. Recognising that the climate ecosystem in India often operates in silos, we use our unique position to convene a variety of stakeholders and increase knowledge sharing, collaboration, and collective action. Our staff work closely with senior management from our member philanthropies, and collaborate with a wide range of NGOs, government agencies, communities, and climate experts to accelerate climate action.

Role: The ICC seeks a full-time Engagement Lead to grow the ICC community and solve complex challenges through strategic philanthropy. The Engagement Lead serves as an internal and external bridge between members of the team, funders and core partners. As a member of the ICC’s senior management, they must ensure the development and success of the ICC by leading the Engagement Team, contributing to strategic planning, and addressing development issues within the organisation. This individual will be responsible for the coordination, strategic, and operations management of ICC funders, including knowledge management, rapid integration of learnings, and supporting opportunities for funders to come together, virtually and in-person. This role will report to the Acting CEO, and will have the following responsibilities:

Manage sales and outreach for the ICC’s Climate Solutions Platform and other donor engagement verticals (40%):
Build and maintain high-trust relationships with funders, including domestic/international private philanthropy and domestic corporate philanthropy, as well as other partners including the Indian government and Indian business leaders
Work closely with funders in the ICC’s network to support them in using the Climate Solutions Platform, to enable funding to flow towards organisations and solutions listed on the platform
Advise ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices and foundations on deploying philanthropic and investment capital to achieve climate impact goals

Build and manage the engagement vertical at the ICC (40%):
Lead and grow a high-performing engagement team with strong culture that aligns with the ICC’s vision and goals, and high collaboration with the other staff at the ICC
Contribute to organisational-level decision-making, by supporting the Acting CEO and Program Lead
Oversee knowledge management for the engagement team including prospect research, donor stewardship, grant proposals, fund utilisation and commitments

Developing and implementing strategy (20%): 
Monitor engagement goals and actively refine the collaborative’s value proposition. Develop and strengthen methods to measure the impact of ICC’s engagement 
Take a portfolio-wide view of ICC’s investments, working closely with the team to grow and expand its funder-related work 
Contribute to updating the purpose, activities, interactions, and future of the collaborative, and work with the Acting CEO and Board to strengthen the ICC as a nodal body for Indian climate action
Participate in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the ICC’s annual operating budget, as well as engagement budgets, goals, and timelines

Skills and experience

    • Great manager and team player; prior demonstrated experience of leading 6+ member teams
    • Fundraising / sales experience; ability to connect with donors
    • Ability to interact with both private and non-profit organisations
    • Problem solving & strategic thinking; structured approach with a growth mindset
    • Finesse in verbal and written communication; ability to present well, storyteller 
    • High commitment to quality for external communications / events
    • Ability to support with strategic decision-making and operations at the organisation level
    • Familiar with start-up work culture 
    • Passionate about climate action and ICC’s theory of change 
Additional criteria (preferred, not mandatory) 
• Existing foundation and CSR networks
• Climate sector experience

Timeline: Prospective candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and will be interviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the small capacity of our team, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

The India Climate Collaborative, registered as the Council of Philanthropies for Climate Action, is an equal opportunity employer.