Chief Executive Officer

Do you have what it takes to lead and spearhead one of the world’s most dynamic and effective conservation organisations as it scales up its tried-and-tested approach to tackling the twin biodiversity and climate crises?

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) saves threatened species and ecosystems worldwide and does this by working with partners to deliver local conservation solutions that are sustainable, scientifically robust and linked to human well-being. FFI acts with integrity, is collaborative, committed, supportive and respectful, and we get things done. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body; our conservation work, and impact, spans the globe. We work in over 300 sites in close to 40 countries, influencing the conservation of over 52 million hectares of crucial habitat and in the process, locking away almost one billion tonnes of carbon. We are taking direct action to safeguard 100 priority species, benefiting many others in the process, and support the work of literally thousands of people at grass-roots level.

Following the successful leadership of Mark Rose, we are seeking another outstanding leader as our new Chief Executive Officer. FFI is at an exciting juncture, with the opportunity to radically scale our locally led conservation model as the central pillar of a new conservation strategy. Reporting to the Chair of the Council of Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer will work with our established senior leadership team to build on our significant achievements to date to nurture and grow the organisation at this critical time for conservation, climate change and sustainability.

Applications are encouraged from senior leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds who are passionate about and committed to FFI’s mission and values. You will bring vision, inspiration, and visible leadership to the team leading the many facets of the organisation. You will bring strategic leadership experience and demonstrate the potential to grow the organisation. A leader of leaders, you will empower and nurture our global staff. You will understand and be experienced in building and maintaining relationships with partners. You will have resource mobilisation skills and bring a track record of securing funding from a range of sources internationally. You will be a compelling ambassador with the ability to represent FFI at the highest levels, promoting and positioning FFI with confidence and credibility to key stakeholders.

You will embody the values of equality and diversity, collaboration, integrity, commitment, and respect. You will lead with emotional intelligence and demonstrate the ability to foster effective consultation and make clear decisions. You will combine highly strategic, innovative and creative thinking with a growth mindset, providing the driving force behind our ambitious plans to achieve maximum global impact as we scale up our locally led approach to conservation.

Further details can be found in the Candidate Brochure.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification, quoting reference 6206 to Perrett Laver.

The deadline for applications is Monday 19th December at 9am GMT.

First round interviews will take place on the 17th and 20th February 2023.

Fauna & Flora International is headquartered in Cambridge, UK. This role can be considered flexible or with a remote location but there will be a requirement to be present in Cambridge at least 50% of the time.

The salary is commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

FFI is a registered business sponsor and is able to support relocation to the UK through the Skilled Worker Visa route.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at FFI       

FFI is committed to a diverse, inclusive and welcoming culture and a working environment that is underpinned by fairness to all individuals. We have a highly engaged EDI Working Group that helps us to identity priority objectives and actions, and we are implementing a range of initiatives to improve our diversity and inclusion.

In early 2021, we made a public commitment to improving diversity within FFI, publishing our EDI objectives through the Diverse Sustainability Initiative – a collaborative programme of work with the vision to transform diversity within the sustainability profession and wider environment sector.  In 2022, we also participated in the first RACE Report – a new UK-wide racial reporting initiative, which has been designed to encourage UK environmental charities, and their funders, to tackle the ongoing lack of racial diversity in their workforce and governing bodies.

Our recruitment process is structured to give all applicants, regardless of background, equal opportunity and we appoint on the basis of merit alone. Given FFI’s global reach, our CEO search is globally exhaustive and inclusive of diverse geographic and national identities. We will specifically test each shortlisted candidate’s commitment to equality issues and inclusion evidenced by their careers to date and the selected candidate will be a champion and advocate of diversity agendas.

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