Deputy Lead, Forest Goal - 17056


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Deputy Lead, Forest Goal based in Washington, DC.  This person supports the VP to implement and manage a portfolio of initiatives and develop new strategic initiatives in pursuit of the Forest Goal. Works cross-functionally to ensure the right resources and collaborations are brought to bear against this portfolio. A complement to the VP, the Deputy is a thought leader with internal and external profile and partnerships. The Deputy will also assist the VP in the supervision of core team staff and initiative leaders.  Also serves as point person for reporting, management, and operational matters within the goal area.


  1. Strategic vision: Defines the results that need to be achieved in the goal area for the near-term as well as to accomplish longer-term results. Outlines the long-term plans and strategies to achieve those results. Balances long-range needs with short-term demands in establishing priorities and deadlines.
  2. Organizational leadership: Builds strong relationships within the goal team and with leaders in the influence and support areas. Is adept at pulling resources together to scale up and address needs in a nimble fashion. Works across the organization to ensure that the best talent is brought to bear in developing and implementing solutions and strategies.   Expertly assembles and manages dispersed internal and external resources for results.
  3. Creativity, innovation and learning: Develops new and creative solutions that will leverage WWF’s efforts toward the global forest goal. Scans the external environment, networks and research to challenge WWF and partners. Solves problems and makes things happen under complex circumstances. Ensures learnings and best practices are shared across places.
  4. Sets goals and metrics: Drives to achieve success, measures and communicates progress on an ongoing basis. Creates opportunities for recognition and development. Delivers results with maximum efficiency and consistent integrity.
  5. Communications and fundraising: Drives major fundraising efforts in conjunction with other WWF staff. Jointly accountable for annual fundraising goals and commitments.
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.


Education/Experience: Master’s degree required in relevant field. 12+ years of experience required, including at least 8 years of experience leading and managing projects and/or teams focused on forest conservation.


Skills and Abilities:

  • A high level of interpersonal and influencing skills is required.
  • People management experience is preferred.
  • Experience working or living internationally is desired.
  • Must have strong relationship building skills; able to successfully work as part of a high-level, international team
  • The ability to effectively prioritize and produce high-quality work under time constraints.
  • Superior communication skills
  • Able to lead and manage teams
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to drive to results
  • Fluency in English required. Other languages are an advantage.
  • Excellent organizational skills with an emphasis on program and project management.
  • Must be willing to travel 20% of the time nationally and internationally



To Apply:

  • Please visit our Careers Page, Requisition #17056, to submit an online application including resume and cover letter
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status.

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