Senior Specialist (Sustainable Development)

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Washington, D.C. or Anchorage, AK, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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WWF, the global conservation organization, is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations. WWF has a global network active in over 100 countries with almost 5 million supporters. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Position Description

The Senior Specialist, Sustainable Development leads the implementation of WWF’s sustainable development efforts in the Arctic and ensures that sustainability is prioritized over exploitation in the Arctic. The position is part of the WWF Arctic Programme Coordinating Team, headquartered at WWF-Canada in Ottawa; members of the programme coordinating team are based in Ottawa and other Arctic Programme offices. WWF’s Arctic vision is a well-managed, biodiverse, and resilient Arctic that supports that supports viable populations of species and benefits the well-being of people in the Arctic and beyond. This person can also be hired through WWF's Washington, DC or Anchorage, Alaska offices. 


  • Represent WWF at international organizations, meetings, and conferences. Strategize, develop, and provide expert advice toward and lead WWF sustainable development initiatives.
  • Build, strengthen, and diversify relationships with external partners in government, industry, finance, and the non-governmental community, and with Indigenous People’s organizations.
  • Build relationships within the WWF network and lead a WWF Sustainable Development Working Group.
  • Initiate WWF’s efforts on investment and finance as it relates to sustainable development in the Arctic.
  • Develop frameworks, screening products, and other tools that engage different stakeholders, including insurance and investment, oil and gas, and shipping sectors; Arctic communities; governments; and renewable energy companies.
  • Monitor regional and global developments in industry, science, policy, and trends in sustainable development, as well as emerging threats to the Arctic due to climate change.
  • Develop policy, positions, and community outreach materials and contribute to communications messages.
  • Submit interventions and policy recommendations to international bodies.
  • Support fundraising and administration: identify new sources of funding, develop and submit fundraising proposals, and pursue and steward relationships with new donors in coordination with WWF colleagues.


  • Either Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant discipline for example, social sciences, sciences, policy, economics, business.
  • 10+ years of relevant professional experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of Arctic development operations and challenges, including key sectors (investment, oil and gas, energy, fishing, infrastructure, and shipping).
  • Excellent leadership, management, coordination, motivational, and interpersonal skills, including strong experience coordinating / leading virtual remote teams.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to develop positive relationships with all stakeholders involved in Arctic development discussions, understanding Indigenous perspectives is an asset.

Travel to Europe and WWF Arctic offices will be required.

How to apply  

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, you may submit your application either through our online portal or direct mail. Please submit your application using one method only. PleaseDO NOT APPLY THROUGH THE WWF US CAREER PORTAL. 


Direct Mail  

Attn: Human Resources Department  
410 Adelaide St West 
Suite 400  
Toronto, ON M5V 1S8 

If you are submitting an application via direct mail, please include your answers to the following questions:  

  1. Apart from its mission, what makes WWF-Canada an employer of choice for you? 
  2. Are you legally eligible to work in Canada? 
  3. What are your salary expectations? 
  4. How flexible are your salary expectations? 
  5. Where did you see this posting? 

Deadline to Apply 

Please ensure that your application is received on or before May 20, 2019, 5pm Toronto time.