Landesa Job Vacancy: Program Director - Beijing, China

Position Title: China Program Director
Status: Regular, Full Time
Location: Beijing, China
Classification: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime Pay)
Date: June 2016

Job Summary:
The China Program Director (CPD) will be responsible for managing Landesa’s organization in China, helping to define and ultimately ensuring that the China team meets all Landesa’s China program objectives. The CPD provides leadership, direction, and coordination to China’s program staff and ensures coordination with Landesa’s staff in the international headquarters to ensure the effective achievement of Landesa’s China program objectives. The CPD will not only lead the overall China program team, but be an active member of that team on various program tasks (research, writing, field work, etc.), including on task teams where s/he plays a supporting rather than a lead role. The CPD will be responsible with support from other China team members for initiating, fostering, and enhancing key partnership relationships with government partners, program partners, and donor partners.

The CPD will be responsible for recommending annual China program work plans and budgets to the Landesa Management Team and to effectively execute the approved work plans consistent with the budget. The CPD will provide regular program and financial reports to Landesa’s Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and donors.

The CPD will build and maintain a cohesive, effective, collaborative, and collegial China program team. The CPD will also provide vision, management expertise, information, advice and counsel concerning the affairs of the organization to the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Program Officer.

Reporting and relationships: The China Program Director will report to the Chief Operating Officer and will work closely with other directors as required by particular task assignments.

Availability:  The China Program Director will be expected to work a standard workweek of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done. The position requires significant international travel (up to 100 days per year).

Essential Job Functions:
  • Strategic and program planning
  • Program and project management
  • Internal communications of program priorities, objectives and accomplishments
  • Building and maintaining an effective, cohesive, collegial, and collaborative China program team
  • Participating actively as a team member in project execution, including research, writing, site visits, etc.
  • Initiating and fostering relationships with key government, program, and donor partners
  • People and performance management, evaluation, and quality control
  • Human resources management and staff development
  • Communications, external affairs and corporate image
  • Development and maintenance of an appropriate organizational culture
  • Develop, plan and execute strategies to generate revenue channels for the China program working in collaboration with Landesa headquarters’ development team.
  • Fostering a learning environment by identifying and executing on cross program, cross geographical and technical learning opportunities throughout the organization
  • Performs other management and administrative tasks as assigned
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Substantive Skills: Excellent organization, delegation, performance management, administration, analytical, influencing, negotiation, and time management skills. Proven ability to cultivate and develop strong government relationships. Excellent and advanced critical conceptual or decision-making skills.  Strong leadership and team building skills and ability to manage budget processes and P&L. Dedication and persistence working in a mission-driven environment as a constructive, solutions-oriented problem solver.
  • Substantive Knowledge: Knowledge of public policy, legal, economic, sociological, political, institutional, geographic, and/or anthropological concepts and information to an extent sufficient to permit the CPD to both directly participate in and manage Landesa projects.  Strong leadership qualities with the ability to set and communicate vision and strategy.  Commitment to Landesa’s mission, core values and motivation as expressed in the ability to incorporate the mission and values in the work area.  
  • Management Skills: Experience in managing senior level relationships -- both internal and external -- in an international context. Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, with humility, respect, and a focus on the results.
  • Administrative Skills: Ability to manage documents, expense reporting and accounting, labor reporting and accounting, correspondence, and other administrative items so they are handled efficiently, routinely, and in conformance to Landesa standards and procedures.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Exceptional oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, interpret documents, understand procedures, write reports and correspondence, and speak clearly to third parties and employees. Ability to work collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, including those from host country governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other counterparts, clients, donors, and grantors.  Ability to demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity, tact, and poise.
  • Teamwork Skills: Ability to lead and work as a member of teams, including consensus building, communications, and leadership skills.
  • Communications Skills: Exceptional ability to communicate in writing and orally in both Mandarin and English and to communicate cross-culturally.  Needed communications skills include an ability to make and use distinctions as to types, frequency, tenor, and levels of communications, depending upon the circumstances, audience, recipient, and content.
  • Foreign Languages:  Fluency in written and spoken Mandarin and English is required.
  • Technical Skills: Ability to proficiently use Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Education and Experience:
  • A graduate degree in Law, Economics (including Agricultural, Natural Resource or Institutional Economics), Sociology, or closely related field, with strong foundation in land issues and public policy. Preferred: undergraduate degree in area studies business, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology, or other filed related to international development. Work experience may not be substituted for the degree requirement.
  • A minimum of 10 years overall relevant work experience, a minimum of 5 in a management position responsible for overall operations of an organization or major program/division, revenue generation and/or fundraising, and working with private/public partnerships.
  • Climate change and gender rights experience strongly desired.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Mandarin and English.
Work Environment and Working Conditions for Travelers: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to working conditions and hazards which are prevalent for the location and/or country of assignment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Work is primarily performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to electronics work.  The employee may be required to travel overseas and domestically.  When traveling, the employee may be exposed to:  physical hazards (illnesses, noise, extreme temperatures, wet or humid climates, etc.) road hazards (unfinished/dirt roads, potholes, traffic-related accidents, etc.), and atmospheric conditions (odors, dust, fumes, smog, etc.).

Additional Comments:  The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

To Apply: Qualified candidates may apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to, with the title “CPD-L” in the subject line.  Authorization to work in China required. No phone calls please. Landesa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing Date: 03 July 2016