International Rivers seeks a passionate and organized leader who is excited to support our global network of highly experienced staff working to meet energy and water needs without degrading nature or increasing poverty.
About International Rivers
Rivers are essential to all life on the planet. Free-flowing rivers work like arteries, providing the world’s ecosystems with critical freshwater resources. Their fisheries are crucial to the food security and livelihoods of millions of people. Yet freshwater ecosystems are being fragmented, diverted and polluted, and they’re losing biodiversity at rates higher than any other ecosystem.
Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global movement to ensure river-dependent communities’ voices are heard and their rights are respected. We help build well-resourced networks of civil society groups, undertake investigative research, campaign to resist destructive projects, and engage with all stakeholders to find solutions that meet energy needs while protecting nature and the rights of local communities.
Our pioneering work includes the formation of the World Commission on Dams, a gold standard for water and energy planning, as well as convincing the world’s largest dam-builder, China’s Sinohydro, to adopt precedent-setting social and environmental policy. In recognition of these achievements, International Rivers was awarded the 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions for “applying science, rigorous policy analysis, and strategic advocacy.”
International Rivers seeks a visionary global leader to build upon International Rivers’ successes while advancing the organization’s international systems and capacity. The ideal candidate will inspire others to join this cause by clearly articulating the urgent need to safeguard river-based cultures and ecosystems from extinction and by outlining a compelling and provocative strategy for moving forward.
As global response to the climate crisis gains momentum our network is more important than ever. Our staff in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the US, are challenging a new wave of big dam and watershed development projects. More than 3,700 hydropower projects are planned or under construction on the world’s rivers. Next year, International Rivers will play a key role in the 20th anniversary of the World Commission on Dams and the new Post-2020 Framework for the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Oversee the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of all aspects of International Rivers programs, including: campaigns, communications, fundraising, budgeting, and administration.
Spearhead the implementation of current strategic plan (through 2022), and the creation of next strategic plan.
Create and nurture effective teams to develop and implement program priorities. Coordinate departments to ensure harmonious, efficient and effective operations.
Maintain an organizational culture that attracts, sustains and motivates a diverse global staff. Manage and motivate staff to deliver their best, creative work.
Communicate a clear and compelling vision and strategy to funders, staff, partner organizations, the media and the public.
Work with staff and Board to raise funds needed to carry out the mission and to strengthen the organization. Oversee the annual fundraising plan and engage directly in donor cultivation and solicitation.
Serve as the liaison between board and staff and guide board development. Attend all Board of Directors meetings.
This is an influential and high profile position in the national and international environmental and human rights community. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
Five years of demonstrated success managing international advocacy for environmental and/or human rights issues.
Demonstrated success in fundraising from a variety of sources, including cultivating and soliciting large institutional and individual major donors.
Proven experience in managing staff, budgets, and operations.
Outstanding written and oral communications skills and experience with media ?and public relations. English fluency required.
Demonstrated ability to engage, inspire, and lead diverse partnerships that bring together technical, policy, civil society and local/community expertise across continents.
An inspiring and collaborative leadership style that engages the commitment and talent of staff, leads by example, and encourages creativity and productive, high-quality work.
A nuanced understanding of the dynamics of working with local and regional groups. Experience developing alliances and strategies with varied stakeholders.
Demonstrated understanding of the principles of environmental and social justice.
Willingness and availability to travel internationally.
Compensation and Application Process
The Executive Director will be appointed by and report to the Board of Directors.
For additional information please see https://www.internationalrivers.org/sites/default/files/attached-files/international_rivers_executive_search.pdf
Salary: $110,000 – $130,000. International Rivers offers generous benefits, including full health and dental/vision allowance, paid holidays, vacation, sabbatical and sick leave.
Location: California Bay Area preferred. Other strategic locations will be considered.
International Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, class, disability status, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation, as well as from international candidates who are authorized to work in the U.S.
To Apply: A letter of interest accompanied by a resume should be sent via email by February 10, 2020 to: email@example.com
Additional Salary Information: International Rivers offers generous benefits, including full health and dental/vision allowance, paid holidays, vacation, sabbatical and sick leave.
About International Rivers Network
Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.
We work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options.
We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
Based in four continents, our staff has expertise in big dams, energy and water policy, climate change, and international financial institutions. We support partner organizations and dam-affected people by providing advice, training and technical assistance, and advocating on their behalf with governments, banks, companies and international agencies. The focus of our work is in Latin America, Asia and Africa.