Director, Habitat Markets – Environmental Defense Fund

Director, Habitat Markets:

EDF is seeking a visionary leader to develop and implement its strategy for increasing habitat conservation and restoration through performance and incentive-based approaches. The Director, Habitat Markets will guide EDF’s work on both traditional mitigation banking systems as well as more novel recovery credit trading systems such as those recently piloted at Fort Hood in Texas. The Director will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program, managing a 6-person team and a $2 million budget. This position will also be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with EDF’s key government, industry, and NGO partners. The successful candidate will have deep experience in building programs to implement transformative conservation initiatives. This position will report to the Senior Director, Working Lands and will work closely with senior program leadership including the Vice President of Land, Water & Wildlife.
  • The Director, Habitat Markets will perform the following and other duties as assigned:
  • Lead the development and implementation of EDF’s program to develop habitat markets across the country.
  • Manage, motivate, and grow a 6-person, geographically dispersed team of science, policy, economics, and communications experts.
  • Achieve overall revenue targets for the habitat program, raising, directing and managing a $2 million budget.
  • Initiate and negotiate collaboration, partnership, and other agreements with diverse interests, including the media and government representatives.
  • Identify and implement partnerships with other members of the environmental community to achieve key programmatic goals.
  • Demonstrate strong political skills by building nonpartisan alliances and supporting policy work as needed.
  • Provide regular and direct briefings to EDF executive staff, trustees, and funders on program progress and strategic direction.
  • Develop and implement cross-program partnerships and joint programs with other EDF programs.
  • Negotiate, initiate, implement, and oversee partnerships to develop large-scale ecosystem restoration projects.
  • The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:
  • 12+ years of relevant, professional experience
  • Graduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. business administration, law, policy, conservation science) highly desirable
  • Past experience providing visionary, creative leadership to a new or growing program
  • Excellent team management experience, including the ability to build a team, motivate team members, and help team members set and achieve goals
  • Outstanding strategic thinking, planning, and communication skills
  • Excellent program building, negotiation, and deal-making skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and build relationships with diverse partners and decision makers
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the industries that EDF seeks to engage, particularly the energy and infrastructure development sectors
  • Existing relationships with high-level conservation contacts (partners, community, government, funders, etc.)
  • Experience with pragmatic, market-based solutions to conservation problems a plus
  • Experience with various U.S. military branches a plus
  • Experience with demand-side mitigation players a plus

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