World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Director, Oceans Area-Based Conservation, to be based in Washington, DC.
This is a momentous time to join the Oceans team at WWF. Oceans represent an unprecedented opportunity to bring about prosperity and peace for local and global communities. Oceans feed us, shelter us, protect us, inspire us, and connect us, but as demand for food, water, and energy rises, and climate impacts on oceans worsen, so does the risk of conflict and societal instability. WWF’s efforts to protect oceans, coastal places, and resources are a vital part of building resiliency for people and the planet, as well as ensuring healthy ecosystems and robust biodiversity.
Political momentum for ocean conservation is growing. The Biden Administration and many countries around the world have committed to protect 30 percent of national lands and oceans by 2030. The Bezos Earth Fund (BEF) has granted WWF-US $100 M for climate-related conservation. With new senior leadership in place and the Oceans team at the beginning of a five-year strategic planning cycle, the Area-Based Conservation program at WWF-US is poised for growth and impact. The Senior Director will have the opportunity to shape and lead the execution of this strategy at a crucial historical moment.
About the Role
Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Oceans, (SVP), the Senior Director is a member of the Oceans Leadership Team. The Senior Director is responsible for successfully executing the BEF Mangroves for Community and Climate project, with partners in Fiji, Colombia, Mexico and Madagascar. The Senior Director will help identify additional geographies and resources for area-based conservation as well as strategies for leveraging the entire Oceans team competencies (fisheries management, market driven initiatives, nature based solutions, conservation finance, policy and advocacy) to support conservation in those geographies.
This role requires an experienced conservation leader and practitioner who can inspire and mentor staff, design and implement large scale international conservation programs with minimal direction, who is eager to be hands-on day-to-day when needed, while also holding the big-picture context to serve as a strategic thought partner to the SVP. To be successful, the Senior Director will need to have a bias towards action, tempered by grace under pressure; a disposition to go big, and a genuine commitment to communication, partnership, and collaboration.
Conservation Program Management and Implementation
Staff Management and Team Leadership
Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
Diversity and Inclusion
WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply. 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 has long understood that the people who live in the places we work are critical leaders in conservation. Over time, WWF’s work with people has supported community efforts and led to transformative social and environmental results. This is a socially inclusive conservation approach. Together, WWF finds practical and beneficial ways for both people and nature to thrive.
Read more about WWF’s approach to collaborative conservation here.
Compensation and Location
WWF offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. For more information, please visit WWF’s benefits page. The position will be located at WWF’s US headquarters in Washington, DC.
This opportunity is open to international candidates. WWF will sponsor HB1 visas and in some instances will cover relocation expenses.
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CEA Recruiting is assisting WWF with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates should use the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal.
Please direct all inquiries to Tamara Evans, Senior Search Lead firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover letters may be addressed to Johan Bergenas, SVP Oceans.
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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.