Executive Director, Fundraising

Last year, WWF launched a new strategy that harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focussing on six major goals - water, wildlife, the ocean, climate and energy, forests, and food – and three key drivers of environmental problems – markets, finance and governance.
In support of this strategy WWF undertook a redesign of its international secretariat that will further unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This will help WWF to build stronger partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals.
We are recruiting the key leadership role of Executive Director, Fundraising for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.
The Role:
  • Drives specific fundraising efforts in the geographical jurisdiction of WWF International and elsewhere after consent of and in co-ordination with respective WWF national organisations;
  • Co-ordinates the development and the delivery of   an engaging innovative and ambitious fundraising strategy  that will  accelerate the growth of fundraising and mobilisation of resources across a diverse range of channels - ensuring the best and most cost effective fundraising mix is in place at all times - to achieve long term, sustainable income growth;
  • Constantly challenges fundraising norms and looks to providing sustainable support through strategic cross border capacity building on a global level;
  • Focus on building capacity and strengthening co-ordination and joint efforts across the WWF Network and with appropriate partners.
Main responsibilities:
  • Co-ordinates and works collaboratively with Fundraising directors in the network to develop a global resource mobilization strategy;
  • Works with conservation Practices and other expert teams (partnerships, communications, campaigns etc.) to design  and implement  transformational initiatives in support of WWF global goals;
  • Supports and enables offices to develop and deliver on clear and ambitious growth targets, working towards increasing overall funds to achieve WWF’s conservation objectives by delivering expert advice and capacity building at local, regional and global levels, determining the priorities and overseeing delivery;
  • Coordinates the Fundraising Community of practice and its leadership team as the expert community responsible for delivering the Network’s Resource Mobilization Strategy;
  • Encourages learning and sharing of expertise and best practice, especially through the Global Development Centre (GDC) and through regular skills sharing, training and conferences;
  • Direct fundraising operations in WWF International geographical jurisdiction, aiming at raising unrestricted funds for WWF International and programmatic funding for the Practices and Network
  • Works collaboratively with Network offices to harness cross-border philanthropy and engagement (within NO fundraising and relationship management principles);
  • Acts as a member of the Senior Management Team of WWF International and performs other duties as requested by the Director General.
Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies
  • Advanced University degree in marketing, economy, management, etc. or related fields or equivalent work  experience;
  • At least 10 years’ experience in a similar Fundraising role in international organizations/companies, with demonstrated success in managing multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Extensive ability in working with corporate and individual donors;
  • Highly technically skilled in proposal development, report writing, influencing and negotiating, networking;
  • General ability as public speaker, communicator and skilled in engaging with partners at all levels;
  • In-depth knowledge of conservation and sustainability issues;
  • Perfect command of English language and any other language/s an asset.
  • Creates communities of practice: Works with practitioners in area to achieve common goals that benefit the organization.
  • Nurtures innovation: Creates a work environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation.
  • External orientation: Looks outwards ensuring WWF stays relevant, brings partners along, and continues to anticipate and adapt to external environmental and global trends.
  • Enabling Leadership: Achieving goals through bringing together capabilities, capacity and co-creating thinking.
  • Collaboration & Influencing: Creates constructive relationships with all levels of the global community and engages others to develop and pursue a common goal.
  • Building Working Relationships: Builds collaborative relationships through the understanding and development of other’s and own ideas.
  • Communicating Effectively: Uses appropriate means of communication to convey messages, seeks input from others and ensures understanding
  • Thought Leadership and Strategic orientation: Combines deep thematic knowledge with strong strategic understanding as well as analytical conceptual thinking abilities, which result in identifying and leveraging opportunities to pursue the aspired outcomes for 2025. Possesses sharp eye and judgement for opportunities and leverage points.
  • Adhere to WWF’s values: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
How to apply?
Upload your covering letter and CV on Linkedin.  We will only accept applications with a Covering Letter and CV saved together as one file. Please read the instructions carefully before applying.
Deadline for applications: 22 May 2016
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.
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