Executive Vice President, Global Programs

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Executive Vice President, Global Programs

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.

POSITION SUMMARY - This position is based in Arlington, VA

In support of CI’s overall mission and as a permanent member of the executive committee of CI’s leadership team, the Executive Vice President (EVP) for Global Programs works closely with the CEO and other leaders to develop and oversee the core strategic direction (Southern Cross) of the organization. In this regard, the EVP serves as a key internal leader for CI’s vision, strategy, and values. The EVP has management oversight for CI’s centers of expertise including but not limited to science, indigenous peoples, global policy, commodity supply chains, restoration, biodiversity, natural climate solutions, and some corporate partnerships. The EVP leads a large cross-section of team members with deep knowledge and expertise and works with field programs to design and implement innovative solutions to achieve our strategic conservation vision at scale. The EVP plays an essential role in marshaling the resources (from talent to tools to funding) necessary to achieve results on a global scale. The EVP represents CI at the highest levels, serving as an exceptional global representative of CI in public and private forums, and often works directly with CI’s Board of Directors. The EVP serves as an officer of CI and has the authority to legally bind the organization.


  • In collaboration with the CEO, spearhead the development and implementation of effective core strategies (Southern Cross strategy) and processes to deliver on CI’s mission.
  • In collaboration with CI leadership, ensure that CI has put in place all of the appropriate policies, practices, and systems required to optimize the use of its resources and monitor the allocation of resources to reflect priority needs and future potential.
  • Play a leadership role in reinforcing a values-driven culture; one focused on implementation, efficiency, and outcomes.
  • Lead CI’s Centers of issue experts, by defining strategies and monitoring accountability for the development and achievement of measurable outcomes, assessing, and addressing the programmatic and operational performance of leadership and programs.
  • Accountable for the overall administrative, financial, and leadership of the team and its divisions, and that these are conducted in a manner that ensures delivery, provides a motivating environment, and are in compliance with laws and CI policies.
  • Represent CI in global forums, and conferences and build partnerships needed to advance CI’s agenda, including multilateral agencies, government bodies, foundations, NGOs, and private sector partners.
  • Fundraise and secure gifts at the multimillion-dollar level.


  • Oversee divisions of approximately 100 - 200 team members.
  • Responsible for significant funding as well as the organization’s overall budget.
  • Serve as an officer of CI with legal authority to bind the organization.


  • International travel is required.
  • Ability to work extended hours as an executive of a global organization.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.
  • For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all US-based Conservation International staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site in CI US offices. CI follows CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.



  • Minimum of 15 years related progressive management experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • An experienced values-driven leader with appropriate conservation experience.
  • Proven ability to set strategy, programmatic and operational priorities, enhance systems and policies, and lead organizations to success.
  • Successful track record in fundraising; corporate, foundation, and individual giving, and ability to identify new revenue streams.
  • Experience working with a board and developing and supporting engaged and effective governance.
  • Experience working with a wide range of constituencies, including senior executives, corporate leaders, heads of state, and other non-governmental organizations.
  • An inspirational, entrepreneurial, and dynamic thought leader who can deliver and be accountable for results.
  • Extraordinary work ethic and a role model of positive values, transparency, and mentoring, with interest and ability to build teams.
  • Highly adaptive and able to work well in high-stress situations.
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills, including effective presentation and negotiation skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or French.
  • Worked in one or more of the regions in which CI works – Asia-Pacific, Africa, or the Americas.


  • Master's degree in a relevant field, such as conservation science, business management or international development.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled