Senior Associate, Key Markets & Retail

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Rainforest Alliance

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New York City, NY, United States

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30+ days ago

The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.


To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.


Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.



The Senior Associate will join the US and Canada Key Markets and Retail team within RA’s Markets Transformation Department. The Markets Transformation Department drives forward the organization vision, positioning Rainforest Alliance as a sustainability leader across priority markets (including the US and Canada). This person can be based out of one of RA’s three US offices, or work remotely via a home office. The Senior Associate will collaborate with various departments across RA to support the US and Canada team goals. They will also be a point of contact for various external stakeholders in the US and Canada. They are detail-oriented, a team player and flexible to changing priorities within a global, fast-paced, diverse organization.


The Senior Associate will support the efforts to position Rainforest Alliance as a sustainability partner of choice and thought leader in the US and Canada. They will work with select key partners on opportunities for certification, marketing, supply chain interventions and/or tailored solutions. They will be an important piece of a team driving collaboration and change that matters for people and for the environment.


  • Relationship Management: Work closely with Key Markets and Retail managers and other internal teams to support engagement with key partners in the US and Canada; serve as point of contact for some priority partnerships in the US and Canada; guide relevant supply chain actors toward the successful implementation of the new certification program
  • Event Coordination: Serve as primary point of contact internally and externally for US and Canada events; Coordinate speaking engagements, event participation and collaboration with event hosts
  • Strategic Support: Support the US and Canada team in driving uptake of Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability solutions, strengthening the organization’s brand recognition, and influencing industry partners
  • Internal Coordination: serve as a liaison and team point of contact to internal teams for matters related to Ra
  • Analysis: The US and Canada team pulls data from internal and external resources to assess market dynamics, key partnerships and the presence of Rainforest Alliance certified products. This person would provide analysis of and report on key performance indicators (KPIs) for the US and Canada markets
  • External Platform Engagement: Engage with external stakeholders, platforms and initiatives related to Key Markets work, such as the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
  • Resource Coordination: Drive process improvement and streamline resources for partner companies


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • 5+ years experience in agriculture supply chains, project management, sales operations, corporate social responsibility, hospitality or other relevant field.
  • Passion for RA’s mission and work
  • Experience managing multi-stakeholder engagement
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, ability to synthesize and present complex information;
  • Experience managing multiple projects/deliverables at the same time
  • Demonstrated experience both working with diverse teams and working in independent contributor roles;

Level: 4A


Commensurate with experience.

January 27, 2023


Only candidates authorized to work in the United States will be considered.

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