WWF, one of the world’s largest conservation organizations, seeks a Director, Freshwater & Food Transformation. The Freshwater and Food Transformation and Metrics (FFTM) team is a cross-cutting team within the Freshwater & Food goal that focuses on transforming the way stakeholders create and act on sustainability programs leading to impact in WWF’s priority landscapes and key river basins. The FFTM team seeks to leverage both bilateral engagement with companies as well as collective action corporate platforms to shift market drivers and demand signals for sustainable commodities as well as identify opportunities for action in priority conservation landscapes.
The Director, Freshwater & Food Transformation will provide strategic and project management leadership for WWF’s corporate engagement, with a particular focus on connecting water stewardship and improved food systems, agriculture, and livestock commodities. Working closely with the corporate lead for water stewardship and the rest of the FFTM team, the Director will focus especially on developing the corporate strategy and execution plan to implement the regenerative agriculture agenda for WWF and will engage closely with the leadership of major initiatives in Freshwater and Food as well as other Goal teams including Markets, Forests and Climate. The incumbent will lead the development of integrated strategies to transform the way businesses stewards water and agriculture within their operations, supply chains and landscapes.
The incumbent will work hand in hand with partnership leads in WWF’s Private Sector Engagement (PSE) team, WWF global network colleagues and other key internal and external stakeholders to help manage and grow and ensure impact from our private sector partnerships. This includes oversight of corporate partnerships, platforms, and projects, internal budget, internal review of documents of engagement, managing staff and aligning and implementing department strategy.
- Oversee the development and implementation of the Freshwater & Food Transformation corporate engagement strategy for Food goal.
- Leads corporate engagement for the Freshwater & Food teams and ensures corporate strategies have a clear theory of change to support WWF’s conservation objectives and are aligned across freshwater and food goals, with the Private Sector Engagement team, and across multiple corporate partnerships.
- Leads the development of strategy for individual companies and for corporate platforms across sectors integral to meeting Freshwater and Food goal objectives, e.g., specific commodities like soy, corn, wheat and others, and works closely with the team to develop proposals and plans for specific private sector engagements.
- Manages members of the team that will include technical and operations staff, ensuring good communications, clear goals, continual feedback, and cooperation.
- Represents WWF at relevant internal and external events and meetings on issues related to Corporate Engagement on Freshwater & Food.
- Leads and organizes stakeholder and partner group meetings.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- A Bachelor’s degree is required, a master’s degree in a related technical field such as Environmental Studies, International Development, and/or an MBA is preferred.
- 10+ years’ leadership experience developing corporate sustainability strategy at a food or beverage company, conservation nonprofit strategy, trade association, or other relevant organization.
- At least 6+ years leading or managing teams, portfolios, budgets, and performance metrics at a global scale across commodities and geographies, preferably within a corporate setting.
- Demonstrated experience developing sustainability strategy for specific commodities or sector areas especially across a matrixed and decentralized team and organizational structure, and the track record of success in driving implementation of sustainability practices within a corporate setting and across supply chains
- Strong understanding of commodity markets and supply chains, corporate procurement practices, business drivers, risks, challenges and constraints, and sustainable agricultural production practices.
- Strong technical expertise and knowledge of regenerative agriculture, row crop production and/or tropical agriculture is preferred.
- Excellent people, team management, and time management skills. Ability to work well in matrixed environment with cross-functional teams and competing priorities.
- Strong, proactive, and transparent communications and collaboration skills required. Ability to develop strategies, actions, and priorities that translate corporate objectives to WWF’s conservation agenda, and vice versa.
- Ability to operate independently and with across teams, under pressure, to meet deadlines and commitments and to proactively seek guidance, feedback and support when needed.
- Experience both domestically in the United States and international with row crop, and priority commodities desirable.
- Knowledge of English required.
- Committed to the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) principles of the Freshwater and Food team.
- This position is based in Washington, DC, location is flexible with preference for continental U.S
- This position is currently funded for three years
- Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #21059
- 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.