The Jane Goodall Institute Job Vacancy: Executive Director - Beijing, China

The Jane Goodall Institute’s mission is to empower individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment for all living things.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program came to Beijing in 1994 and the Jane Goodall Institute China (JGI China) was established in 2000.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots (R&S) is an international hands-on environmental and humanitarian education program that is about making positive change happen – for the environment, for animals and for our communities. Roots & Shoots is the flagship program of JGI China and is administered by three offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. In addition to overseeing the expansion of R&S in China, the R&S Beijing office is directly managed by JGI China.

Since our first school in 1994 in Beijing we have worked with over 1,000 schools to implement environmental education and trained 10,000 teachers across 25 provinces. R&S has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Chinese youth changing attitudes and behaviors, empowering them to be change agents. R&S alumni now work in science and environmental sectors, teach sustainability in schools, and implement green practices in their work places.

Key responsibilities
Provide overall strategic direction and oversee all administrative, program and financial aspects of JGI China and the Roots & Shoots Beijing Office, including the following:
  • Develop and execute the organization’s strategic plan that includes formulating and monitoring an annual operational plan, including budget, in consultation with Board and staff;
  • Must be the key driver on fundraising strategy that includes developing and diversifying sources of funding, grant writing and donor relations;
  • Manage human resources, seeking and encouraging opportunities for staff development;
  • Lead program development and management including monitoring and evaluation of projects and staff;
  • Oversee marketing strategy and implementation;
  • Report to the Board on a regular basis that includes producing quarterly and annual financial and progress reports.
  • Serve as spokesperson for JGI China and the Roots & Shoots Program, in both Chinese and English;
  • Manage relations with other organizations and continue to build the network of partners, as well as managing relationships with other R&S offices in China, and contacts with other JGIs around the world;
  • Pursue and develop government relations, and keep abreast of developments related to policies governing non-profits in China;
  • Oversee all large events, including visits by Dr. Jane Goodall;
  • Approve all printed materials, press releases, educational materials, and legal contracts.
Essential Experience & Skills
  • A degree (preferably Masters) in management, business administration, education or environment, or a relevant field; 
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in a senior leadership role with demonstrated success in managing teams and office operations including overseeing finances;
  • At least 5 years of experience in developing resources and relationships that directly led to organizational growth;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully fundraise from a diversity of donors that include corporations, foundations and/or individuals;
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of China’s NGO (civil society) sector particularly environment and/or education areas;
  • Strong self-starter with the ability to lead and manage staff in a hands-on capacity that is more typical of a small organization style of management;
  • High level of negotiation, interpersonal and networking skills and the capacity to develop and maintain strong relationships within the organization, and in the local and international corporate and non-profit communities;
  • Demonstrated success at ensuring the quality of the organization and its effectiveness by improving work processes and the entire operational model;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and effectively implementing multi-year organizational strategic plans that include and monitoring & evaluation;
  • Excellent Chinese and English skills: ability to manage all of the above tasks in both English and Mandarin Chinese is essential;
  • Solid integrity and strong understanding to the JGI mission and the R&S program;
  • Passion for environmental conservation.
Please send a CV and cover letter in English detailing how past experience and skills set are relevant to this position, to:

Closing Date: 23 October 2016