The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, a 30-year-old association and network of environmental funders, seeks to hire an executive director.
Our ideal candidate has a high quotient of emotional intelligence, warmth, and a sense of humour to deploy in connecting our members with each other and outside experts to enhance our collective knowledge, effectiveness, and inspiration for action. The executive director should have a wide-ranging curiosity for many topics, familiarity with philanthropy, experience organizing conferences and facilitated discussions, and be a practical problem-solver.
They will lead a team of ten staff and oversee programs focused on climate and energy, marine fisheries and biodiversity, the Amazon, Mexico, and conservation science, among others. While they need not be an expert in these topics, a passion for a just, healthy, and sustainable future for all life on Earth is fundamental. The position and organizational offices are based in San Francisco, CA. A detailed job description and information on how to apply are available at www.cgbd.org/job/executive-director-8. The priority application deadline is September 18, 2017.
Founded in 1987, the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD) is a professional association of grantmaking foundations working together to fulfill a vision of a just, healthy, and sustainable future for all life on Earth supported by an effective philanthropic sector. The organization’s mission is to support and grow a community of biodiversity grantmakers that pursues complementary and c...ollaborative strategies.
The CGBD has 80 core foundation members, a budget of $1.8M and a staff of ten including an intern and a consultant. A Board of Directors composed of representatives from ten member foundations governs the organization. The CGBD supports a growing set of member-driven programs including Marine Conservation, Conservation Science, Land and Freshwater Conservation, the Climate and Energy Funders Group, International Connections, the Gulf of California/Mexico Funders, and Funders of the Amazon Basin.
In addition to members, an additional 50 foundations are actively involved in the work of these programs. Each year, the CGBD organizes a four-day annual members meeting, at least six other multi-day funder meetings, dozens of webinars and conference calls, a monthly online newsletter, and a continually updated website.