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NORTH AMERICA REGIONAL HEAD

Deadline: 15/03/2021

Earthworm Foundation is an international dynamic non-profit organization which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.

Earthworm is seeking a motivated, experienced, articulate and well-organized professional to become our North America Regional Head, with excellent leadership skills, strong passion, proven track record of creating solutions with companies, farmers and communities around challenging environmental and social issues, and keen to secure a career within a dynamic non-profit that builds partnerships with companies, governments and civil society organizations to bring responsible products to market.

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation currently has offices in more than 15 countries including Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Seattle covering the Americas. We also have offices in several other regions including Asia, West Africa and Europe. We employ more than 200 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.

What Makes Us Unique

We believe in the power of positive, and have a growing experience in creating positive solutions to tackle complex environmental and social challenges. We are passionate and motivated professionals that speak our mind whilst remaining open to new ideas. We leverage the global buying power of companies. Through partnerships we create scalable solutions with farmers, communities, local partners and government. Solutions, when scaled bring about concrete impact and outcomes that benefit people and protect, restore and regenerate the environment that all life on earth requires. We take the time to understand how change happens, learn from mistakes and ask ourselves and our partners to look inside to activate the changes we each need to make to support the organizations mission.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
  • An organic environment with the chance to work with a multicultural team.
  • The opportunity to lead exciting projects, build customer relationships and develop new business, with exposure to different tasks.
  • The opportunity to work with highly skilled professionals from leading companies and non-profits and worldwide across a wide range of commodities.

Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the North America Regional Head are to:

  • Be an example of people leadership;
  • Ensure the team is at their happy healthy best, well informed and motivated to contribute to the shared mission;
  • Create an environment of transparency, honesty and trust, where team members can:
    • share freely their views and ideas;
    • grow their skills and express their unique individual qualities;
    • collaborate openly and effectively within and beyond their office;
  • Define a regional vision, strategy and structure (roles & responsibilities, reporting lines);
  • Oversee country/region administration: Legal, H.R., Financial Accountability, Process Compliance;
  • Lead In-region Business Development and Strategic Partnerships creation;
  • Lead In-region NGO/Stakeholder engagement;
  • Share high quality communications, both external and internal;
  • Ensure delivery of high quality / professional work on member management, programs, clients, donors, etc.;
  • Ensure project commitments are met and communicated with local and regional stakeholders;
  • Manage projects with multiple objectives, set realistic deadlines, manage a timeline, and ensure accountability;
  • Lead in Thought Leadership;
  • Take tough decisions / be decisive;
  • Care for the health of the entire organization, and the role that the region plays in that;
  • Work flexible hours and travel as needed;
  • Understand that work is diverse and may not always fall under guidelines listed above.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor degree or higher;
  • At least 10 years project management or business management experience in a relevant field;
  • Demonstrated leadership and team management capacity;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategy, articulate a clear vision and motivate others;
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with outside stakeholders;
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels;
  • Strong experience working on responsible development in North America (ideally experience in Mexico, US and Canada) with a preference for experience in the agriculture and/or forestry sectors;
  • Experience working with companies on responsible sourcing of raw materials;
  • Demonstrated results related to fundraising and growing a program of work;
  • Experience in working with companies, stakeholders and projects across North America (ideally experience in Mexico, US and Canada);
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Language skills:

  • Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of Spanish preferable.

Personal characteristics:

  • Passion for working on issues related to human rights, sustainability and supply chains.
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative.
  • Flexibility, takes initiative/proactive, self-motivated and has a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously.
  • Committed to Earthworm Foundation values:
    • Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit;
    • Client-focused;
    • Open collaboration and communication;
    • Humble;
    • Passion for high quality work;
    • Respect for each other.

Working conditions / Physical effort:

  • Office based with an estimated 30% travel in-country or internationally as required.
  • Must have legal permission to work in US;
  • Full-time position;
  • Open-ended contract;
  • Immediate start;

Other information:

  • Our base of operations is Seattle which is our preference for where the role will be based, but we are open to exploring candidates with alternate bases.

To apply

Interested candidates filling the above mandatory criteria should send a cover letter and CV via email to the following address: hq.recruitment@earthworm.org by 15th March 2021. Please put your last name and North America Regional Head Application in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted by phone for an initial interview. The position will be open until filled. Only candidates who send a CV and cover letter will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.