Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of Amazon Conservation is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board. Based in Washington, D.C., the Executive Director will provide strategic leadership to a vibrant and committed professional team of seven and work in close collaboration with the Executive Directors of two sister organizations: Conservación Amazónica–ACEAA, in Bolivia, and Conservación Amazónica–ACCA, in Peru. As part of a three-country Alliance, the Executive Directors comprise a leadership team that coordinates the overall work of the Alliance. The Executive Director of Amazon Conservation provides oversight and support for similar coordination among staff members across the three organizations. S/he also ensures that fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the Association.
Collaborating with Board, founders, staff, and sister organizations, the Executive Director will represent Amazon Conservation through interaction with a wide range of entities and provide the leadership and foresight to broaden the awareness of Amazon Conservation with funders, key stakeholders and partners. S/he will capitalize on opportunities, identify challenges, and secure the resources necessary to meet those challenges.
This is a remarkable and rare opportunity to lead a dynamic, international nonprofit that is part of the Latin American landscape it seeks to protect. Working with communities, governments, science, research and policy, the Executive Director will support and partner closely with sister organizations on the ground in Peru and Bolivia to protect the environmental future of the Amazon Basin, the biggest and most diverse river system in the world. This is an opportunity to lead an amazing staff and work with brilliant minds to save the forests of the western Amazon for the people and species who depend upon them.
Essential qualifications and attributes include:
At least five to eight years of professional experience in conservation-related projects or similar ventures in an international setting, ideally in the Andean Amazon.
Demonstrated success in fundraising with grantmakers and individual/major donors; experience diversifying revenue sources to support programs and initiatives.
English and Spanish fluency in speech and writing.
Leadership skills and ability to inspire and motivate others toward stated goals; demonstrated success managing a high-functioning team.
Experience developing a strong and effective relationship with and supporting a Board of Directors and committee structure desired.
Development and implementation of strategic plans and initiatives and identification and prioritization of short- and long-term organizational goals, needs, and resources.
Demonstrated success managing major initiatives at a conservation organization, private company, or university.
Strong team ethic, with demonstrated success in organizational or collaborative departmental leadership.
Experience working with interdisciplinary teams on complex problems.
Financial and business acumen to ensure short- and long-term stability of the organization’s assets.
Willingness to travel frequently within Peru, Bolivia, and the U.S.
Advanced degree strongly preferred; training in project management and/or conflict resolution desired.
Strong writing and presentation skills.
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