March 19, 2020

Senior Director, Forests & Climate

Washington, DC
✓ Cause-Driven


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Director, Forests and Climate based in our Washington, DC office (no remote locations will be considered). In consultation with the Deputy Lead, Forest, the Senior Director leads the Forest and Climate initiative and a team of global experts.  Sets strategic direction for WWF’s Forest & Climate efforts, oversees relevant programs and initiatives, and provides technical support and strategic direction for forest climate solutions, to deliver against WWF-US/WWF Network goals.  Manages budget and contributes to fundraising for the team and manages program staff.


  • Lead and update strategy, including geographical and thematic priorities, for WWF work on forest and climate to deliver results against WWF-US / WWF’s Forest and Climate goals.
  • Lead and coordinate expert forest and climate support for the implementation of actions and interventions that deliver results.
  • Represent WWF-US and, when appropriate, the network Forest Practice, in forests and climate discussions/negotiations and coalition-building to advance forest sector ambition and commitments.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts in conjunction with other WWF staff.
  • Liaise with the Forest Practice and with the Climate and Energy Practice (and other Practices, as relevant) to align objectives, and to plan and coordinate forest and climate technical support towards network priorities.
  • Develop and engage in NGO coalitions to develop and advance joint proposals/positions relevant for the objectives of WWF-US/Network Forest Goal and in alignment with the network Forest Practice.
  • Provide policy guidance and political support to WWF priority countries to advance forest and climate goals and objectives.


  • A graduate degree and twelve (12) years of work experience in a relevant nonprofit, public or private sector organization involved in field-based conservation or development work. Equivalent experience can be substituted for graduate degree.
  • Direct experience working on field-based conservation, climate or development projects, managing a team and being accountable to associated funders.
  • Experience with projects funded by governments or other institutional funding sources.
  • Specific experience related to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) and other payment for ecosystems services models.
  • Familiarity with international processes around forest and climate policy, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNREDD, and international financial institutions.
  • Strong management skills
  • A good knowledge of the operation of the WWF network
  • Clear written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with senior and mid-level Government officials, and organization staff
  • Creative and innovative thinker and problem-solver
  • Excellent negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally up to 35%
  • High proficiency in English necessary; fluency in Spanish, and/or French– a major asset

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