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Vacancy: Future Earth hub directors

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Future Earth is seeking five Global Hub Directors for its headquarters in Boulder (USA), Montreal (Canada), Paris (France), Stockholm (Sweden) and Tokyo (Japan). They're also looking for a Deputy Director (Synthesis & Foresight) for the Paris office. First deadline 16 January 2015.

According to the Future Earth website, "Future Earth Global Hub Directors will engage the world’s leading experts in sustainability and environmental research from a trans-disciplinary perspective."

Directors will engage various stakeholders in strategic dialogues with research communities to both understand and find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, based on the best available knowledge. Directors will ensure that Future Earth integrates this knowledge, based on research performed with integrity from different disciplines in a process of collaboration and co-design.

Closing dates for applications:

  • Paris (France): January 16, 2015
  • Montreal (Canada): January 30, 2015
  • Stockholm (Sweden): January 30, 2015
  • Boulder (USA): February 15, 2015
  • Tokyo (Japan): Expected to be announced in early 2015

For full details on the postions and how to apply see the Future Earth website.

Future Earth is seeking experienced leaders with strong international profiles, who will:

  • Support the Future Earth staff in achieving strategic and programmatic objectives, develop new projects and raise program-specific funds.
  • Strengthen the existing leadership and governance structure of Future Earth by facilitating the development of strategic priorities and thematic areas, and implementing new initiatives
  • Ensure integration across the hubs to achieve optimal collaboration, communication and cooperation between the various parts of the headquarters team
  • Facilitate dialogue with key sectors of society
Candidate qualifications
  • University degree (PhD or equivalent)
  • Understanding of global environmental change and sustainability issues; integrated systems thinking on socio-environmental interactions and sustainable solutions
  • 10+years of experience in managerial positions and/or as part of the executive team of an international organisation or research institution
  • Experience in implementing organizational change/transition
  • Proven record of strong financial and human resources management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders
  • Proven track record in successful resource mobilization
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Fluency in English and local languages
Key competencies:
  • Values & Ethics: Demonstrates personal behaviour that integrates and promotes strong values of trust, inclusivity, respect, transparency and fairness into the organization’s practices.
  • Strategic Thinking: Translates vision into concrete direction and plans. Integrates multiple domains of information and identifies the links. Seeks broad perspectives, expertise and clarification when required. Identifies solutions, alternatives, and consequences.
  • Engagement: Implements inclusive, cooperative approaches with peers, staff, and superiors. Promotes consensus across diverse groups, interests, and opinions. Mobilizes the team to achieve organizational goals. Communicates and supports organizational decisions. Follows through on commitments. Communicates vision and information with clarity and commitment.
  • Action Management: Identifies and communicates priorities, milestones, timelines, and performance measures. Ensures necessary resources, processes, and systems are in place. Performs risk analysis to assess viability of opportunities. Seeks and heeds early warning signs, adapting plans and strategies as required. Follows through on the organization’s business plan from planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating to reporting.
  • People Management: Implements a strategy to ensure workforce capacity to meet current and future organizational needs. Sets clear expectations and provides clear direction. Coaches, challenges, and provides opportunities for growth. Builds complementary teams. Manages staff workload. Provides honest, straightforward feedback and manages non-performance.
  • Financial Management: Raises, allocates and manages resources transparently. Implements strategies to achieve operational efficiencies and value for money. Operates and monitors rigorous systems for Financial Information Management. Acts on audit, evaluation, and other objective performance information.

Recruitment is carried out on behalf of the local and national partners of the different Global Hubs. The timing and specific process for hiring will vary across the hubs. Details of application are provided by consulting the following links: Boulder (Colorado, USA), Montreal (Quebec, Canada), Paris (France), Stockholm (Sweden) and Tokyo (Japan). Applicants may apply to one or more of the Secretariat Global Hubs.

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