European Director — Latin America Forests Campaign

01 May, 2020


European Director — Latin America Forests Campaign

Mighty Earth
Berlin, Germany/Amsterdam, Netherlands/Paris, France

Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, is accepting applications for a European Director for our Latin American Forests Campaign. We’re looking for a talented campaigner and team builder with the experience and strategic skills in advocacy organizing and communications to run our multimillion dollar European markets-based campaign to protect Latin America’s forests, savannahs, and Indigenous rights from industrial agriculture. If you are passionate about climate change, fired up about the tragic fires in the Amazon, and want to take on big industry culprits like Ahold, JBS, and Cargill, this could be the job for you.

Who we are: Mighty Earth is a global campaign organization that works to protect tropical forests, oceans, and the climate with staff based around the world. We have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to adopt policies to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuse from their supply chains, and driven adoption of multi-billion dollar shifts to clean energy. Our Chairman, former United States Congressman Henry Waxman, is responsible for some of the most important environmental legislation of the last 50 years, notably the 1990 reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Background on the Position: In 2016, we launched a major project to protect Latin America’s forests, savannahs and indigenous rights, with a focus on breaking the link between industrial agriculture and deforestation. Through creative, hard-hitting campaigns and savvy negotiating, Mighty Earth has made major progress – winning strong policies from three out of five of Latin America’s largest soy companies to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains.

As the European Director — Latin America Forests Campaign, you will expand and lead the European portfolio of our global campaign to protect Latin America’s forests from deforestation for cattle and animal feed and help chart the path to decarbonize agriculture. This position and campaign has huge potential for growth.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Driving a large scale international campaign to transform the meat industry to end deforestation, adopt regenerative agricultural practices, and shift to plant based protein.
  • Developing and implementing effective plans and strategies to achieve campaign goals, integrating communications, online, field and grassroots into a highly strategic campaign.
  • Building support with, coordinating, and collaborating with strategic partners in key European markets
  • Engaging with CEOs and high-level government officials to support pro-environment policies.
  • Working closely with entire Mighty Latin America team to advance overall strategic objectives
  • Generating media attention through report releases, events, press conferences in key media markets, through a strategic media plan and building relationships with reporters at key outlets.
  • Advising international governments, philanthropies and other donors

Who you are:

  • You have a minimum of 8 years of experience, with a background in successful issue advocacy campaigning or grassroots organizing. You have experience training and managing staff, ideally working in remote settings.
  • You are passionate about environmental issues such as climate change, protecting tropical rainforests, and food issues.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • You have experience communicating with high level corporate executives and/ or elected officials.
  • You enjoy building relationships and spending time on the phone and video with many types including internal staff, CEOs, civil society organizations, the media, and more.
  • You can network and build coalitions across diverse constituencies.
  • You have experience developing campaign strategy and figuring out how to move decision makers. You are highly creative, nimble, and savvy and can come up with unconventional approaches.
  • You can get up to speed quickly on new subjects areas.
  • You enjoy writing and can take complex information and create materials and reports.
  • You can maximize a budget for maximum programmatic output.
  • You have an international orientation. You have experience with and are committed to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including different ethnic, racial, and religious communities.
  • English fluency is required. Additional language skills, including French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, or other European languages, a plus, but not essential.
  • Expertise in deforestation and agricultural issues is a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with and connections in Latin America a plus, but not required.

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds, including nonprofit advocacy groups, electoral campaigns, public affairs firms, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Details: This is a full-time position that can be based in Berlin, Amsterdam, or Paris. The position involves significant international travel. You will report to our Senior Director for Forests and work closely with our senior staff members. Candidates are required to adhere to all U.S. government disclosure requirements.

Application Deadline: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities and also let us know where you heard about the job.

Compensation and benefits: The is a full-time consultancy and the annual pay range is 88K to 118K EUR (or £77K to £102K) and is commensurate with experience.

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Job posted: 2020-05-01