Sr Director, Enterprise Risk Management

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 4 months ago(7/15/2020 2:00 PM)
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At World Wildlife Fund, our mission is to create a world where nature and people thrive. Through our work, we strive to address the greatest threats to life on this planet, protecting our natural resources, wildlife and places and supporting the local and global communities that rely on them. To support our work in a complex and interconnected world, we are looking for a Senior Director of Enterprise Risk Management.


Major Functions

The Senior Director, Enterprise Risk Management, is responsible for promoting and supporting a culture of strategic risk management in WWF-US. The Senior Director (SD) is responsible for establishing a smart, dynamic enterprise risk management strategy that can guide decision making across the organization and drive innovation.


The SD will provide guidance and advice on risk management to teams across the organization; ensure issues raised through WWF’s Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) in landscapes overseen or supported by WWF-US are addressed and fully resolved; oversee the Internal Audit function; partner with HR, IT, Legal and Finance staff responsible for managing personnel and financial risks; and work with the Executive Team and the Board to ensure that programmatic risks are being appropriately tracked and monitored.


The Senior Director reports to the Chief Operating Officer.


  • Provides organization-wide leadership and guidance on enterprise risks related to strategic activities, identifying creative solutions in complex problem-solving situations:
    • Recognizes that organizations need to thoughtfully evaluate and address risk in order to grow and deliver transformational results, and helps develop solutions that allow for this
    • Convenes staff across the organization who manage risk to ensure there is a centralized discussion about how different types of risk intersect and the range of risks various departments face
    • Works collaboratively and flexibly with others, and is viewed as a trusted resource rather than a reflexive nay-sayer
    • Ensures that new or unclear risks are systematically and appropriately addressed. Provides project management support for the Ventures Committee (comprised of the Executive Team) which regularly monitors and approves new and complex projects as a key avenue for vetting new risks
  • Establishes an overall enterprise risk management strategy that considers our overall portfolio of risk and allows WWF-US to thoughtfully engage in new, complex ventures:
    • Designs and implements a risk management strategy that assesses risk on a portfolio, rather than just project-specific, level and enables the organization to innovate and experiment by helping staff members identify and mitigate social, economic, and environmental concerns appropriately
    • Provides regular analysis of WWF-US portfolio of risks to guide institutional decisions and strategy 
    • Provides leadership on risk management for all domestic and international WWF-US staff, including providing support to the existing efforts in our 12 international offices in Latin America, Nepal, Bhutan and Namibia
    • Works collaboratively with colleagues from other WWF offices around the globe to drive for a consistent network-wide approach to risk management
    • Connects with peers outside of WWF to ensure we continue to innovate our approaches and use best practices
  • Tracks and reports risk compliance:
    • Develops and manages a centralized system for compiling and tracking any complaints and concerns raised through WWF’s Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) grievance mechanism
    • Working with colleagues in HR, Legal, and Finance who oversee various compliance issues, creates a system to track and monitor compliance activities across the organization and ensures plans are developed to address shortfalls.
    • As directed by the General Counsel’s Office, with assistance from other relevant departments as needed, tracks to conclusion investigations related to allegations of non-compliance, including concerns sourced through the Whistle Blower Hotline and other mechanisms.
  • Manages the Internal Audit function
    • Oversee the internal audit process for WWF-US headquarters and its international Program Offices
    • Act as liaison to the Audit Committee
  • Regularly report progress on risk management and compliance activities to key stakeholders, including WWF-US senior staff, the WWF-US Board, and global WWF entities as needed
  • Undertakes special initiatives and performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



Skills and Abilities

      • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; advanced degree preferred.
      • Experience in a leadership position managing complex global compliance and risk management issues. Experience with international NGOs, UN agency, multilateral institution, or major corporation preferred.
      • Strategic mindset, excellent judgment and proactive and dynamic style that fosters informed decision making, particularly on challenging and complex issues.
      • Demonstrated ability to build systems and create processes aligned with global compliance regulations and management of not-for-profit organizations.
      • Outstanding leadership and ability to work effectively and flexibly with others in a decentralized organization.
      • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building competencies, executive presence, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
      • Integrity, strong work ethic, and strong commitment to the mission, goals, and values of WWF.
      • Ability to conduct business in Spanish and travel internationally is desired.


About us

Founded in 1961, WWF is a huge network of non-governmental environment organizations, with 6,500 staff operating in more than 100 countries, some 6 million members, and 22 million Facebook and 14 million Twitter followers worldwide. WWF’s efforts are grounded in its work with local communities, businesses and governments and other actors to conserve and restore nature and secure sustainable development for people in priority places around the world. We also work extensively with major private and public institutions to reduce the impacts of climate change, infrastructure projects, unsustainable food production, and consumption on nature and people


WWF-US, the largest organization within the WWF global network, works with partners across the United States and other countries to advance the WWF mission. WWF-US plays a pivotal role driving conservation and development action in the broader WWF network, collaborating closely with WWF offices around the world. It also hosts the network’s Science and Markets programs and administers field offices in Latin America (excluding Brazil), Nepal, Bhutan, and Namibia. WWF-US has just over 1,000 staff located throughout its domestic and international offices, with 2019 total revenues and support of over $325 million.



To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #21002
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone


As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.



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