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Exective Director- Montreal, Canada

Organization: Global Call for Climate Action

Position Title: Executive Director

Location: Montreal, QC, Canada

Hours and Compensation: not listed

Application Deadline: December 6, 2013


Organization Overview

As the growing impact of climate change on our communities, economies and the environment becomes increasingly clear, and as pressure from civil society mounts for more aggressive action, the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) is seeking an inspiring, dynamic, engaging and innovative leader to serve as its Executive Director – someone with vision, strategic agility, and a deep passion for addressing perhaps the most critical challenge facing humanity.

The GCCA is a network involving more than 400 national and international organizations. Our shared mission is to harness the respective strengths of faith, development, science, environment, youth, labor, and other civil society organizations to achieve a world safe from runaway climate change. The GCCA works to connect and facilitate the efforts of organizations from across the globe to communicate the urgency of climate change, campaign on the solutions before us and to mobilize the public in support of strong, equitable government action at the national and international levels.

The GCCA is not a coalition in the traditional sense of the word, as we do not negotiate common policy positions beyond what is contained in our central call-to-action. We focus on what unites us and not on what divides us, and partner organizations are free to engage in ways that best suit their own needs and strengths. Our collective climate movement has continued to grow, inspiring people all over the world to take action in the race to the low-carbon future. Some of our public‐facing activities are carried out under the banner of TckTckTck, and are aimed at mobilizing the public and galvanizing public opinion in support of transformational climate action. More information on GCCA’s mission, services and activities, board of directors, and staff is available at


The position requires a collaborative, unifying and politically savvy leader with cross-cultural sensitivity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and proven skills in communication, campaigning, advocacy, fundraising and management.  The Executive Director will supervise an international Secretariat team of professional staff based in multiple locations, and will be responsible for raising and overseeing an annual budget that is currently just under $3 million.  The position offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.


Working under the guidance of the strategic direction set by the GCCA Board and incorporating feedback from Partners, the Executive Director will:

  • Provide overall strategic leadership of GCCA to meet its mission and aims, including leading the processes of strategic analysis, strategy development and organizational development.
  • Lead the coordination and integration of key GCCA functions into a cohesive and coherent program, including the delivery of powerful communications initiatives and the support of targeted campaigns that partners can leverage to engage the public and contribute to the achievement of GCCA’s mission.
  • Build and strengthen the GCCA community — across both geographies and sectors — to incorporate an even more powerful and diverse range of partners, support their engagement and involvement, and ensure the effectiveness of GCCA.
  • Work with GCCA’s partners to ensure that their respective strengths are leveraged across the GCCA network while strategic gaps are addressed through capacity building.
  • Provide oversight and management of the GCCA Secretariat and organizational services to partners, including finance, human resources, communications, campaigning, digital technologies, capacity building, and other facilitative or logistical support services.
  • Provide effective management of GCCA’s relationships with partners, allies, networks, influencers and decision makers including by representing GCCA through public talks, written articles, and face-to-face meetings.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with key donors and raise sufficient funds to enable the GCCA to meet its strategic aims.
  • Ensure accountability to the Board and partners through effective processes for engagement, progress monitoring, learning and reporting, and ensure that GCCA meets all legal, fiduciary, and statutory requirements.


While no one candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Informed passion for the mission of GCCA and sense of urgency about its goals.
  • Exceptional strategic and intellectual abilities and the capacity to synthesize information, develop effective strategies and action plans, and provide thought leadership to the public discourse on climate change.
  • Experience in working effectively and successfully with broad and diverse networks or coalitions, as well as proven skills in outreach, engagement, mobilization, facilitation and networking at high levels across sectors and backgrounds.
  • Track record of providing visionary leadership and effective management of an organization or team of talented professionals, along with demonstrated ability to set clear priorities and guide investment in people and systems.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • A demonstrated record of success building strong and lasting relationships with funders, raising and maintaining funds for non-profit organizations, and guaranteeing sustainable, enabling frameworks for effective long-term planning.
  • Inclusive management style which respects the capabilities and professionalism of staff while providing them with strong, decisive leadership and incentives to constantly learn and improve. Experience managing a staff team in distributed locations is helpful, but not required.
  • Outgoing, open and engaging personality, politically savvy and internationally minded. Outstanding interpersonal skills, highly organized and efficient. Decisiveness, tenacity, drive, flexibility, passion and reliability.
  • Willingness to travel internationally for extended periods.

How to Apply

All inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to: by December 6, 2013.  Applications should be submitted electronically and include a resume and cover letter of 1-3 pages.  All applications will be kept confidential.

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