The position of Senior Vice President, Climate Change has become available at World Wildlife Fund based in Washington DC.
The Senior Vice President, Climate Change reports to WWF’s Chief Conservation Officer, Nik Sekhran, and leads a team of approximately 25 dedicated climate change professionals. S/he also serves on the senior management team of the organization. The Senior Vice President develops strategic direction for all work in its climate change program portfolio. S/he is responsible for establishing and promoting the vision for WWF’s climate change efforts, setting short- and long-term strategic direction for its initiatives, and is accountable for outcomes that advance progress on mitigating and adapting to climate change. S/he ensures the right resources are brought to bear in delivering on WWF’s transformational climate change initiatives. S/he is recognized both internally and externally as a leading expert on climate change and is called upon to bring the latest thinking and innovation to solve complex problems. S/he serves as WWF’s champion for climate change efforts in the US and globally and is the chief communicator for WWF-US climate change work to the external world. The Senior Vice President develops and leads major fundraising efforts in conjunction with other WWF staff and is accountable for annual fundraising goals and commitments. S/he serves as the US climate focal point for the WWF Network Climate and Energy Practice and as a member of that body’s leadership team. The Senior Vice President ensures that WWF-US interests are represented in Network discussions and strategies and works collaboratively with WWF offices in other countries to advance mutual climate change goals and objectives.
The successful candidate for the Senior Vice President, Climate Change will have:
- A proven track record of policy, corporate engagements, research and field efforts on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Master’s degree or equivalent and at least fifteen years’ experience.
- Flexibility, nimbleness, and patience to lead effectively within a matrixed, dispersed organization with ability to learn and course-correct along the way. Self-confidence without rigidity.
- Experience inspiring and uniting diverse technical staff pursuing independent work. Very strong management and mentorship skills.
- A record of successful fundraising and willingness to be actively engaged in public representation and fund development.
- Exceptional written and oral skills and the ability to communicate complex technical and scientific information to all audiences
- A wide network of contacts in the conservation science community.
- A commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion to strengthen the WWF-US climate change program and team.