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Director, Natural Resource Rights (New York, NY)
About the Department
AJWS’s international programs division works to build civil society in select countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia by supporting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) that are advancing human rights. AJWS partners with organizations that work on three critical issues:
Sexual Health and Rights: Advancing the Rights of Women, Girls and Sexual Minorities
AJWS works to increase access to services and end discrimination, violence and abuse of women, girls, LGBTI people and sex workers, so that they can access the full spectrum of opportunities in society and live in health, safety and dignity.
Civil and Political Rights: Promoting Recovery from Conflict and Oppression
AJWS supports communities to recover from conflict and oppression, speak out against injustice and create vibrant, peaceful, societies that respect the rights of all citizens.
Natural Resource Rights: Defending the Right to Food, Land and Livelihoods
AJWS supports organizations that advocate for the rights of rural, indigenous and poor communities who are displaced from their land or prevented from earning a living because of mining, dams and other development that threaten their way of life.
About the Position
AJWS seeks a visionary social change strategist, experienced grantmaker, and exceptionally talented manager and staff developer to lead one of its three critical thematic areas, Natural Resource Rights. The Director for Natural Resource Rights will be responsible for overseeing AJWS’s $4 million, 14- country Natural Resource Rights grantmaking portfolio, leading ongoing program strategy development, implementation and evaluation. Reporting to the Vice President for International Programs and serving as a member of the International Programs Leadership Team, s/he will also collaborate closely with colleagues in other thematic content areas to continue to build and strengthen AJWS’s broader international portfolio.
The Director for Natural Resource Rights leads an 11 person staff and in-country consultant team and is responsible for hiring, coaching and empowering staff/consultants within the department to drive AJWS’s ambitious goals for social change. S/he will partner closely with staff in the Strategic Learning, Research and Evaluation Division to evolve AJWS’s evaluation systems and metrics to continue to improve the organization’s capacity to learn from its work and share that learning with colleagues in the international development and human rights fields. This position also partners with staff in Development, Communications and National Programs to advance the organization’s fundraising, domestic campaign and policy change objectives, and communications strategy.
The ideal candidate will be a proven leader with a record of success managing teams toward ambitious, measureable goals. S/he must be passionate about AJWS’s mission and committed to the notion that marginalized people must be key drivers of their own development and the realization of their human rights. S/he must demonstrate the ability to motivate, excite and inspire staff. S/he will be quick, entrepreneurial and flexible, with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and opportunities. The Director for Natural Resource Rights will have the opportunity to lead a talented team that is mission-focused, results-oriented, passionate and fun.
- Lead the International Program Division’s ongoing Natural Resource Rights strategy development implementation;
- Supervise the work of U.S.-based staff and international in-country consultants, including coaching and developing new managers, helping staff set and meet time-bound strategic and programmatic goals, and facilitating partnership among staff and consultants;
- Develop annual departmental budget and track spending within budget parameters;
- Oversee country strategies, budgets and operational plans;
- Review and approve grants, ensuring that they are aligned with strategy;
- Represent AJWS as a thought leader among colleagues and networks in the fields of natural resource rights, international development, human rights and philanthropy;
- Present grantmaking strategies and grant recommendations to the AJWS Board of Trustees;
- Partner with other members of the International Programs Leadership Team to establish divisional priorities and build a shared divisional identity;
- Support the organization’s fundraising efforts by developing content for and participating in donor engagement programs; developing grant proposals with Development Division colleagues; contributing content and input for proposals and reports; and nurturing relationships with AJWS institutional donors;
- Support the organization’s national strategy by leveraging AJWS’s Natural Resource Rights work to advance domestic campaign and policy change objectives, and supporting U.S. activist travel; and
- Support the organization’s communications efforts by writing, editing and contributing to promotional pieces, blogs and policy papers, and participating in communications strategy planning.
- Law degree or Master’s degree in a related field required;
- 15 years of international programmatic and/or philanthropic experience required;
- Minimum 5 years of experience in a leadership role in the field of natural resource rights/ economic justice;
- Experience working at the grassroots level to support this body of work and knowledge of the international human rights framework that guides this work;
- Expertise in international human rights standards and mechanisms;
- Knowledge of key global actors in the field and strong local organizations in Asia, Africa or LA;
- Grantmaking experience preferred;
- Proven excellence as a manager of high-performing and globally-dispersed staff teams;
- Experience in budget management;
- Strategic planning, peer learning and monitoring and evaluation skills;
- Excellent communication skills in English including in writing, editing and analysis required;
- Excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills;
- Experience in fundraising;
- Ability to communicate cross-culturally;
- Spanish/French or Creole fluency a plus; and
- Ability to travel extensively.
How to Apply
For immediate consideration, please forward your resume, cover letter including salary history and requirements and three writing samples to email@example.com. Please include your name and “Director of Natural Resource Rights “in the subject line. Applications are due by December 31, 2014.
We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with AJWS. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
AJWS is an equal opportunity employer and provides competitive salaries and benefits.
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