SUMMARY: American Forests is partnering with the World Economic Forum to establish a US Chapter of the trillion-tree platform, 1t.org. The trillion tree movement is a new global effort to conserve, restore, and plant 1 trillion trees by 2030. This new Chapter will integrate and elevate the activities of governments, corporations, NGOs, and civil society organizations working toward this goal. The expected outcomes include more powerful and effective partnerships across the trillion tree movement, and increased ambition and resources from all actors—from governments to the private sector.
Daily operations of the US Chapter will be led by a core team of the staff from the World Economic Forum and American Forests functioning as the US Secretariat. The Lead will be the primary staff for American Forests on the Secretariat and will work closely with the CEO and President of American Forests, the Lead’s counterpart at the World Economic Forum and other senior leaders across both organizations.
The key roles of the US Chapter and Secretariat include:
• Establish a structure for public and private sector pledges that advance planting, restoring, and conserving forests toward the trillion-tree goal.
• Support interested US stakeholders in developing and delivering their pledges with tools and technical assistance.
• Track progress against pledges and report out via a dashboard on US Chapter digital platform.
• Foster a community of practice among stakeholders engaged with the US Chapter to catalyze new partnerships and promote cross-pollination of exemplary forestry and other innovations.
• Provide representation for the US Chapter in the media and via other public engagement.
The Secretariat will work closely with a Stakeholder Council of 20 organizations. Managing this Council and integrating its perspectives will be an important component of this leadership role.
Further, the Lead will provide public representation for the US Chapter, including conferences, media engagements, and other external relations. As a co-lead for the US Chapter, staff across American Forests will contribute to the success of the chapter and the Lead will be embedded in and engage significantly with American Forests’ staff.
This role offers a remarkable opportunity to shape and direct a movement for reforestation and forest conservation across America, and to help deliver US contributions in support of global efforts.
REQUISITE EDUCATION: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field. Advanced degree preferred.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Minimum of ten years’ experience in coalition management, forestry, climate change policy and corporate governance, or related field is required, with experience or familiarity in the non-profit conservation community preferred. Demonstrated ability to establish effective national and regional partnerships is required.
Excellent verbal/written communications and relevant computer skills are required. Ability to travel (primarily domestic) up to 20% of the time and frequent public speaking and partner engagement will be required.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Up to 20% travel will be required. General office work environment.
SUPERVISES: Supervises 1t.org Senior Manager and other assigned staff.
REPORTS TO: Vice President of External Affairs
A. Co-Lead US Chapter Secretariat (75%)
1. Supervise all American Forests staff within the Secretariat, providing clear guidance on work planning and execution. Coordinate with Forum lead staff on the management of the Secretariat.
2. Lead development of organizational strategy; lead progress tracking.
3. Oversee progress and develop strategy for teams of expert staff on technical issues such as 1t.org carbon quantification methodologies, pledge guidelines, and community of practice innovations.
4. Develop needed annual plans and budget and other financial duties.
5. Travel to special events, board meetings, and other projects as requested.
6. Perform other duties as assigned.
B. Stakeholder Engagement and Facilitation (15%)
1. In close partnership with senior staff, engage external stakeholders to gain their participation in the US Chapter.
2. Provide day-to-day management of relationships with stakeholders who are already engaged.
3. Solicit entities to make pledges of trillion trees activities to US Chapter.
C. Communications (10%)
1. Serve as a primary representative for the US Chapter in the media, conferences, and other venues.
2. In collaboration with VP for Communications and Forum Secretariat staff, produce written materials that help to define and describe the US Chapter, including assistance with producing content for the digital platform.
American Forests is an equal opportunity employer.