Conservation Director

Full time, based in Bucharest.

The Conservation Director of WWF Romania contributes to the WWF mission in general and to the WWF CEE strategic and annual objectives by managing the conservation work of WWF Romania.

Your duties will include:
• Leading the development and monitoring the implementation of WWF-Romania’s conservation strategy and work plan, including analysis of the context and the conditions, and organizing the necessary processes in this regard;
• Leading the development and implementation of the landscape approach in the Priority Conservation Areas;
• Leading the preparation of fundraising concepts for the implementation of WWF-Romania’s conservation strategy;
• Coordinating the Public Sector Partnerships' fundraising for the conservation goals, including funding gaps and projects pipeline;
• Working towards positioning the organization to achieve its strategic goals by developing strategic partnerships, attracting professional support from the necessarily interested stakeholders, engaging with policymakers and key initiatives;
• Ensuring the integration of WWF-Romania’s conservation strategy at the regional level and across conservation practices, communication, and operations at the national level;
• Steering the implementation of key conservation projects and initiatives of the organization;
• Coordinating the work of the conservation managers and senior project managers according to the organization’s organigram, developing their capacity and ensuring all necessary strategic and work processes in the department;
• Managing external experts and collaborators for the implementation of WWF-Romania’s strategic objectives;
• Representing the organization in relevant national and international forums and conferences;
• Acting as one of the spokespersons representing the organization in the media and public events.

We expect from you:
Adhere to the WWF mission, as well LIVES in line with the WWF Values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration

• Higher education – master's degree in the field of natural sciences, ecology, natural resources management, sustainable development, policy, or other related fields

• At least eight years of professional experience in the management of activities in the field of environment, nature conservation, natural resources management, and sustainable development
• Experience of working in a matrix organization
• Proven track record of managing internal and external stakeholder relations to influence and drive change
• Experience in creating strategies, work plans or performance monitoring systems
• Experience in project management and fundraising
• Proven people management experience and people development skills
• Experience working with or in non-governmental organizations
• Solid understanding of national nature conservation specifics and policy issues

Skills and abilities:
• Analytical skills and ability to think and plan strategically
• Strong communication and presentation skills
• Coordination and organization skills
• Ability to build and maintain effective working relations within WWF and with outside stakeholders
• Leadership qualities
• Problem-solving skills
• Positive attitude and resilience
• Fluency in English (written and spoken)
• Solid computer literacy

We offer:
• The opportunity to make a difference – for Romania and for WWF
• Challenging and fulfilling work in one of Europe’s most exciting eco-regions
• Friendly and highly professional working atmosphere in an international context
• Varying tasks and independent work style
• A pleasant working atmosphere and great learning environment

If you are interested in joining the global WWF team, email your application documents including your CV and cover letter (in English) to [email protected]. Application deadline: 25.03.2023. Please understand that we can only reply to short-listed candidates.

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