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Director of Forest Campaigns, Climate Advisors – Washington, DC

Organization: Climate Advisors

Position Title: Director of Forest Campaigns

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Position open until filled to start immediately

Description: Climate Advisers seeks a director of forest campaigns with the senior-level political network, strategic vision, high energy and winning attitude required to accelerate climate action, with a particular focus on climate policies that protect tropical forests. Working with the firm’s diverse clients and implementation partners (including several of the world’s leading philanthropies, influential non-profit organizations, globally important corporations, and strongest climate champions in governments), the Director of Forest Campaigns will develop, launch, and implement high-impact projects designed to build U.S. and global political will to tackle tropical deforestation and global climate change. Climate Advisers will give strong preference to candidates who can be based in Washington, DC.

This position offers an opportunity for the successful candidate to marshal existing networks of civil society, corporate leaders, policy makers and opinion leaders to achieve big climate results with a high degree of independence in a collegial and nimble organization. The successful candidate will be someone who cares deeply about forests as a critical part of international climate action, and is able to develop and promote innovative policy proposals that change the international response to global problems. Candidates with expertise in corporate campaigns and campaign design will receive special consideration.

The Director’s initial portfolio shall include working directly with the President/CEO and the Director of Strategic Communications to plan and execute new initiatives as part of the successful Forest Heroes Campaign, which the Director will oversee. The Director will have opportunities to contribute to the firm’s continued growth, and to expand his or her own role and compensation by building a client base and leading new initiatives. The Director’s ability to assume greater management and leadership roles will be limited solely by his/her talent, creativity and energy.

Candidates with extensive and exceptional experience may be considered directly for a Managing Director level position, still with a strong focus on forest campaigns.

Qualifications: The Director of Forest Campaigns should ideally possess the following set of professional qualifications and personal attributes:
Professional Qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to the mission of Climate Advisers – strengthening climate action in the United States and around the world
  • Truly exceptional record of achievement
  • Ten to fifteen years practical experience advancing forest and ideally climate policy objectives through creative campaign design and implementation
  • A proven track record of success instituting elite relationships with corporations, civil society institutions and governments
  • Deep knowledge of global supply chain campaigns and commitments
  • Extensive existing network of civil society and decision makers to mobilize in support of forest and
climate action
  • Ability to secure financial resources from large foundations or governments, or an interest in developing this capacity
  • Masters or other advanced degree preferred, bachelor degree considered if candidate has exceptionally high-level climate policy experience and political network.

Personal Attributes:

  • Personal creativity and strategic vision, coupled with an ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas – a sense of inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity
  • Articulate, high energy, intellectually inquisitive, and possessing impeccable integrity
  • An ability to inspire trust
  • Capability of gently taking command of a meeting with corporate executives and decision makers through tact, poise, confidence, interpersonal savvy, the quality of his/her ideas and the strength of his/her oral presentation
  • Ability to convene, mediate and facilitate discussions among senior stakeholders
  • A leader who can create consensus in complex and diverse coalitions
  • An excellent teacher and strong mentor, with a passion for sharing knowledge with others and helping team members excel both professionally and personally
  • Comfort with rapidly changing political circumstances, client priorities and business opportunities
  • Comfort working in a small, non-traditional organization
  • Demonstrated flexibility in problem-solving and ability to surge when projects demand
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and enjoys building relationships with diverse groups and
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills, with the established ability to educate and persuade
  • Exceptional communication skills in English, both oral and written, and preferably knowledge of foreign languages (e.g. Spanish, French, Portuguese or Bahasa)
  • Ability to manage, prioritize, and multi-task on multiple projects

How to Apply: Immediate opening; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications and your resume (in Word or pdf format) to: [email protected] with the subject line: Director of Forest Campaigns – “Your Last Name” All expressions of interest will remain confidential.

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