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Managing Director - 21038

WWF Washington, DC
Washington, DC 20037
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At World Wildlife Fund, our mission is to create a world where nature and people thrive. Through our work, we strive to address the greatest threats to life on this planet, protecting our natural resources, wildlife and places, and supporting the local and global communities that rely on them. World Wildlife Fund-United States (WWF US) seeks a visionary to fill the role of Managing Director and lead the work of an innovative new collaboration that has been forged across four influential organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Pew Charitable Trusts, ZOMALAB, and WWF.

The Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) model is currently one of the most promising strategies for helping to stem the precipitous and dangerous decline of biodiversity and mitigate the impacts of climate change, and this initiative aims to facilitate and accelerate the PFP model to move beyond the practice of creating complex deals one-by-one, and instead establish a portfolio approach that draws on and leverages shared expertise and resources from multiple innovative institutions. The project will provide solutions to the two main barriers for rapid implementation of PFP deals globally: (1) consolidated expertise, in which tools and learnings developed from each PFP are shared and applied across the portfolio at an accelerated pace, and (2) sufficient financing to develop and capitalize deals.

The partners will work together closely, drawing on various strengths, assets, resources, and complementary experiences and perspectives, to develop a portfolio of PFPs around the world. The first phase of this five-year collaboration includes the ambitious goals of completing six PFP deals, developing a robust pipeline of other opportunities, and mobilizing public and private philanthropic support to secure 20 PFPs by the year 2030.

Major Functions

At the heart of this innovative alliance is a Collaboration Hub, led by the Managing Director who will serve on the core management team, under the day-to-day supervision of the Chair. The Collaboration Hub will be comprised of a small team providing centralized support for the initiative in accordance with priorities identified by the CEO Council and the representatives of the partners on the core management team.

The Managing Director has three major functions: 1) supporting a portfolio of PFPs and the growing community of organizations engaged in replicating the model; 2) representing the partnership in relevant global fora and raising awareness of its goals and approach in key audiences; 3) overseeing Collaboration Hub staff. The Collaboration Hub will lead and implement activities including documenting lessons learned, knowledge management and sharing, building a community of practice, and helping ensure strategic coordination across the initiative.

The position will embody the characteristics of the partnership: guided by a commitment to transparency, collaboration, learning, shared decision making, and ownership.


  • Serve as a key contributor, thought partner, and integral member of the core management team, responsible for coordinating efforts to drive the initiative forward and achieve goals and objectives as determined by the CEO Council's priorities.
  • Chair or serve on partnership committees as determined by the partners.
  • Represent the program's priorities and mission in global fora and act as a high-profile champion for PFPs and the collaboration, raising awareness about project goals and approach.
  • Develop and oversee an effective approach to PFP portfolio management in coordination with the core management team.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Collaboration Hub, including driving the priorities forward and providing management and oversight of core Hub staff representing the partner organizations.
  • Support the CEO Council as requested by the Council Chair.


  • A Master's Degree (or higher) and 15 years of experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with the Project Finance for Permanence model, or other large-scale conservation finance schemes strongly preferred.
  • Experience with protected area system design and management and working with methods and standards of biodiversity.
  • Experience developing social or economic development programs for communities tied to conservation initiatives.
  • Knowledge of politics, economics, and society with respect to environmental policy and initiatives.
  • Strong communication skills are required, including diplomacy, demonstrated ability to navigate complex decision-making across multiple stakeholders, and the ability to communicate complex issues across various verbal, written, and visual mediums.
  • Ability to operate independently, effectively prioritizing to meet deadlines and commitments and produce high-quality work under pressure and time constraints.
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a matrixed team environment.
  • Demonstrated success building new teams and/or programs and driving for results.
  • Proven ability to lead by influence, build consensus, and think creatively.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, etc.)
  • Fluency in English required, proficiency in other languages a plus.


Preferably the position will be located at WWF's US headquarters in Washington, DC, however, other locations may be considered.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #21038
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.


Posted: 2021-04-16 Expires: 2021-05-18

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