Senior Program Officer, Private Sector Engagement

World Wildlife Fund
May 02, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
Human Resources
Full Time
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer (SPO), to support the Private Sector Engagement (PSE) unit. The SPO will lead, manage, and coordinate communications with select corporate partners including WWF’s global partnership with The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). This includes developing a strategic approach, identifying key areas for collaboration, working closely with the company and its representatives to develop mutual objectives and project manage the shared work plan. The SPO serves as a key bridge between Program areas and PSE, while working closely with program leadership at WWF-US and the broader WWF international network to position and grow WWF’s work.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

•Leads the TCCC-WWF partnership communications work stream, helping to establish the partnership as a global model for environmental sustainability and cross-sector collaboration. This includes: programmatic execution, such as developing the communications work plan, supervision of material development, and stakeholder outreach; preparing briefing materials; message development; website materials; and public speaking at a variety of internal and external events. Develops and manages crisis communications plans and outreach as needed.
•In cooperation with PSE staff and the Marketing/Communications team at WWF-US and throughout the WWF Network, develops the foundation for communication strategies to guide the roll-out of locally relevant communications tactics. These strategies may include communications goals, audiences, messengers, key messages and challenges/ opportunities associated with reaching goals. Anticipates communication conflicts, as well as risks to our reputation and brand, that may arise through our engagements with external stakeholders. Mitigates these risks by coordinating with key audiences, providing a proven step-wise approach to problem solving.
•Engages with agencies and research organizations, partner organizations and consultants as necessary. Maintains regular contact with representatives from peer organizations, WWF offices and professional networks.
•Manages the Communications work stream partnership budget by working with Manager, PSE and Program Administration.
•Supports the PSE team as time allows and as is appropriate in efforts such as general capacity building and tools and materials development.
Minimum Requirements

Education/Experience: A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business, journalism, communications, environmental studies or a related degree is required. A working knowledge of general business and sustainable business practices is preferred. Minimum of five years private sector, agency or non-profit experience is required. Experience with mission-oriented, strategic communications or brand marketing, and success as a creative and effective communicator are essential.

Skills and Abilities
•Proven success in conceptualizing, developing, implementing and managing communication strategies that support an entity’s goals, using creative and strategic thinking.
•Strong project and relationship management skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a high-level, multi-dimensional, international team.
•Tech savvy, with experience in producing communication materials for a variety of channels, including digital and multimedia.
•Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) that can be used internally and externally to persuade others towards an idea or goal.
•Ability to effectively prioritize and work skillfully under time constraints
•Involvement with budgetary oversight is a plus.
•Must be willing to travel up to 25% both nationally and internationally
•Knowledge of other languages is an advantage

To Apply:
•Please visit our careers page and submit an online application
•Submit cover letter and resume to, job #14049
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