MANAGING DIRECTOR NORTH AMERICA

Solidaridad Network is seeking a Managing Director to lead its North American operations through the next level of strategic growth. The Managing Director (MD) is a dynamic, well-recognized thought leader in sustainability innovation with a successful track record in the strategic planning of programs, effective management of people and initiatives, partnership building and fundraising.

The successful candidate brings a robust network of senior-level contacts in the traditional and next-generation donor communities the United States and Canada, as well as among public and private sector sustainability leaders. Importantly, our new MD has an outstanding record in raising funds to support high-impact global sustainability initiatives. The winning candidate has led partnerships that have delivered measurable results in environmental and/or social impact programs.

The MD we are looking for has worked internationally, including in the Global South, has excellent cross-cultural awareness and the proven interpersonal skills to operate in an international network context. S/he is an adept communicator, highly effective at representing Solidaridad at high-level meetings and events, and can lead a team to grow Solidaridad’s presence in North America. The new MD has a passion for the mission and vision of Solidaridad and is ready to apply that energy to lead the organization, and a talented, committed international team in the next phase of growth.

This is a dynamic role that offers numerous opportunities to lead global teams, partner with some of the world’s leading organizations to positively impact food, mining and textiles production and livelihoods around the world.

POSITION IN THE ORGANIZATION

Solidaridad Network issues a two-tier governance model. The first tier includes the executive layer. There is a managing director in each of the eight regional expertise centers, plus an Executive Director (ED) of the Network. The managing directors (MDs) together form the global leadership team through the Executive Board of Directors (EBoD), chaired by the ED. The second tier comprises a supervisory layer. A Continental Supervisory Board (CSB) supervises the operations of the managing director(s) in each continent. The CSBs together form the International Supervisory Board (ISB). The ED reports on behalf of the EBoD to the ISB;

  • The MD North America reports to the ED and is supervised by the North American Continental Supervisory Board;
  • The MD leads the development of a five-year regional Multi-Annual Strategic Plan to be discussed at EBoD and approved by the ED. Each year, the MD will lead his or her team in preparing an Annual Plan and Annual Budget to guide the team in meeting the goals of its Multi-Annual Plan;
  • The Continental Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising these plans and brings them for approval to the International Supervisory Board. The executive mandate of the MD lies within the approved REC Annual Plan and Annual Budget;
  • The MD manages and is the supervisor of the employees of Solidaridad North America, who will be accountable to meet the targets set out in the approved plans;
  • The MD is a full member of the Executive Board of Directors (EBoD), the global leadership team. Through his/her participation, the principles of co-leadership and co-responsibility for the integrity, reputation and performance of the organization, the REC’s global strategies, quality standards and systems have to be realized.

RESULT AREAS

The Managing Director will be responsible for 5 result areas.

a. strategic leadership and direction

  • Develop a new and inspiring 2021-2025 strategy for the United States and Canada, based on a clearly defined unique value proposition;

  • Offer direction and guidance to the strategy of the regional programming through annual planning and reporting;

  • Manage the daily operations of the team;

  • Understand the sector, the political and economic trends, and opportunities and threats in the region;

  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders, partners, potential (impact) investors and policy makers, establishing Solidaridad as a key role-player in the sector in the region.

b. building and overseeing the well functioning of the regional expertise centre

  • Strengthen the 501 (c)(3) not-for profit in the USA, and consider establishing a new office in Canada, when appropriate;

  • Provide leadership to the team by inspiring, facilitating, supporting, supervising, instructing, coaching and motivating them;

c. financial and organisational sustainability

  • Achieve sustainability by ensuring that organisational resources are attracted, well managed and retained;

  • Ensure that investment and financial policies, procedures and controls are in place and that there are high levels of accountability on financial and resource use;

  • Ensure timely financial governance and financial reporting to the Solidaridad Network, donors and private sector partners.

  • Ensure that the Solidaridad in the region has a strong reputation in the sector;

  • Ensure that the performance management system is operational and maintains high standards of performance and good quality outputs;

  • Implement and enforce the quality systems of Solidaridad Network where appropriate.

d. partnerships, funding and investment

  • Ensure the organisation develops relationships with partners, funders and potential investors which support the work;

  • Manage the development of project, programme and fundraising proposals for donors and private sector partners.

  • Maintain effective relationships as the first point of contact for the regional governments, chambers of commerce, businesses, embassies and other stakeholders.

  • Ensure proposals are written, work is carried out, resources are used and reports are written according to contracts and agreements.

  • Represent the organization in contacts with external parties; communicates the mission and vision of the organization; builds up networks that strengthen the position of the organization; monitors and updates the image of the organization;

  • Communicate in line with de agreed branding of Solidaridad in terms of content and tone of voice;

e. corporate governance and accountability

  • Ensure adherence to corporate governance requirements and standards in line with 501 (c)(3) requirements;

  • Support the results and innovation areas of Solidaridad Network according to the (Multi-) Annual Strategic Plans (MASP).

  • Ensure REC North America concerns, inputs and proposals are addressed in by the Executive Board of Directors (EBoD) and Continental Supervisory Board (CSB);

  • Regularly provide information to the CSB regarding the conducted policy, progress and developments within the organization;

  • Ensure that EBoD and CSB decisions are communicated well to all REC North America staff and support the team to adjust and adapt to new changes and challenges.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

  • Post-graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. Economics, Business, MBA, Development Studies, or Agriculture);

  • Recognized leader in the field of sustainability innovation, preferably related to sustainable supply chains, including innovations in the field of digital agriculture, small-scale mining, social and environmental conditions in textiles/fashion/leather,  climate innovation, and gender inclusivity;

  • Multiple years management experience in the United States and/or Canada at senior level;

  • Work experience, including professional experience in the Global South;

  • Proven experience in raising funding at the multi-million dollar level from public and/or private donors, preferably for early-stage organizations or programs;

  • An excellent network among peer non-profit organizations, traditional and next-generation donors and corporations and high net worth individuals relevant to raising funds and building partnerships to deliver on Solidaridad’s mission;

  • Deep understanding of impact investing and blended finance; preferably with established networks in the sector;

  • Experience with the role of technology in development; including remote sensing, IoT, blockchain & AI; preferably with an established network amongst organizations working on solutions in this space;

  • Native in spoken and written English; proficiency in at least one other language preferred, other language skills proficiencies desirable;

  • A sense of humor and ability to create a fun and inspiring work environment.

POSITION PROFILE AND TASKS SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be legally eligible to work in the USA. Solidaridad is unable to sponsor for visa or work permit;

  • Lead the North American regional center (legally registered in the US as a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit entity) through the next phase of strategic growth - currently 2 employees;

  • Establish Solidaridad as a thought leader and preferred partner for organizations in North America seeking to improve supply chain sustainability;

  • Set multi-year and annual strategic plans, plus secure approval from the board and network colleagues for those plans;

  • Work closely with colleagues within Solidaridad Network and external partners to design, secure funding for and implement cross-regional projects;

  • Willing and able to travel frequently both regionally and internationally.

WHAT DO WE OFFER

  • A challenging full-time position as Managing Director Solidaridad North America with location in the US, as part of an inspiring international organization;

  • A pleasant, informal, though professional, international work environment, with high standards of quality, output and delivery;

  • A rewarding salary, internationally benchmarked to the EBoD, also depending on educational background, work experience and expertise.

Are you passionate about Solidaridad and the position offered? Have you read our AMBITION 2020 programming strategy and can you deliver to this mission?

Did you check our website and are you excited about our regional programmes? This could be your community.

Are you the person we are looking for? Then please send your motivation letter and CV, including references, by 1st June 2019 at the latest, to info@solidaridadnetwork.org mentioning ‘Managing Director North America’ in the subject line. For more information about the position, please contact us by email or call us at +31 (0)30 275 9450.

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