Executive Director, Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) - Wildlife Conservation Society

Application Deadline: 
15 Nov 2017

Position: Executive Director (CFA) - Wildlife Conservation Society

Application deadline:15 November 2017

Expected start: January 2018

Job overview

The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) is a collaborative network, set up to help address the challenges of sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation. Founded in February 2002, the CFA is a unique collaborative and global network dedicated to the promotion of quality, performance and innovation in this field. Its stated mission is "to promote sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation worldwide." To accomplish this, the CFA facilitates collaboration among organizations involved in the promotion and the implementation of solutions and tools to optimize capabilities for funding conservation in developing countries. 

The CFA is looking for an experienced Executive Director (ED) to drive, with members, the transition of the organization and the setup of the new Secretariat; develop its membership base, partnerships, reinforce networking activities, develop fundraising options and financial sustainability; implement the set of innovative and structural activities of the newly approved project; and lead the positioning of the CFA as the port-of-call for Conservation Finance globally. 


Qualifications: Candidates for the Executive Director position must provide evidence of the following:

•        An advanced degree in environmental studies or economics, or other related advanced degree

•        At least 10 years’ organization/project management experience, including budget and financial management

•        Demonstrated experience working on topics related to sustainable finance in a global context

•        Demonstrated experience in the convening of networks and multistakeholders engagement

•        Excellent written and oral language skills are required in English; the ability to function in another language (e.g. Spanish, French) is a plus

•        Excellent skills in representation, outreach and partnerships building

•        Excellent skills in mediation, communication and animation of multistakeholders initiatives

•        Demonstrated experience in fundraising and resource mobilization

Preferred Skills

You will be a convenor, a leader and a self-starter with a track record of engaging network members and catalyzing initiatives, managing organizations, influencing key stakeholders and inspiring people to develop and deliver programs and plans. You can come from the international aid or private sector, but you will feel comfortable in a “start-up” environment and have experience with budgeting, and project management in small organizations, and a demonstrated ability to grow such organizations. 

You are:

•        Tactful and diplomatic; an excellent communicator used to interacting with key stakeholders both internally and externally

•        Able to deliver the strategy of the business but at that same time able to get involved in day-to-day operations

•        Energetic and entrepreneurial who can gather and recognize ideas and opportunities from multiple stakeholders, synthesize and distill input, and communicate goals and objectives clearly.

•        Resilient, committed to your work, flexible and disciplined with high integrity

•        Passionate about collaboration and multistakeholders dynamics and initiatives

•        Able to provide leadership through mediation and facilitation to a diverse group of people and work across cultures

•        A superior negotiator and skilled in persuasion and advocacy

•        Able to work at big-picture level but also to see processes through to completion

•        Willing to travel internationally

Application procedure

Please apply online at www.wcs.org/about-us/careers and also submit a letter of motivation (not more than two pages) and curriculum vitae, in English and as a single document, via email with a subject line of “[JOB TITLE], [YOUR NAME]” to conservationsupport@wcs.org