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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Director, Sustainable Agriculture Network

  1. 1. 665 Broadway, Suite 500 – NewYork, NY 10012 Tel.: 212-677-1900 www.rainforest-alliance.org POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTTitle: Director, Sustainable Agriculture NetworkReports to: Presidents of the Rainforest Alliance and the SAN board of directorsLocation: San Jose, Costa Rica (preferred) or London, UKThe Rainforest Alliance (RA) is an international nonprofit organization that works to conservebiodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices andconsumer behavior. The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land,helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers.The Sustainable Agriculture Division of the Rainforest Alliance, based in San José, Costa Rica, hoststhe international secretariat of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), a coalition of independentconservation and rural development groups that promote responsible farming practices. By integrating allthree pillars of sustainability – Environment, Ethics and Economy – the Rainforest Alliance and SANhelp farmers improve their livelihoods, conserve natural resources and protect the environment. Theprogram addresses the major commodity crops (e.g. fruits, coffee, cocoa, tea, citrus, flowers) thatprofoundly affect the economies, environments, cultures and politics of tropical countries. RainforestAlliance and SAN guide, motivate and verify social and environmental improvements on farms, awardinga seal of approval (Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM) to farms that meet comprehensive standards. Theprogram began in Latin America in 1992. Now, more than 250,000 farms in 33 countries are certified.Most of them are smallholder farms organized into groups. Rainforest Alliance Certified products arewidely available in mainstream markets.Position Summary:The Director will guide all the SAN activities that make it the leading global advocate for sustainableagriculture. S/he will ensure that the Sustainable Agriculture Standard continues to represents the mostadvanced thinking and practices, expand stakeholder involvement in the standards-setting process, andguide standards and certification systems development to ensure the highest levels of credibility andeffectiveness. S/he will work in close collaboration with the SAN members to strengthen and expand theSAN, adding new members, especially in Africa and Asia. The Director will supervise a team of six.Responsibilities:Strategic leadership  Maintain the SAN’s role as the leader in sustainable agriculture; create and implement long-term strategies to ensure that the SAN and its standard continue to represent cutting-edge thinking;  Lead global stakeholder engagement in the SAN and Sustainable Agriculture Standard;  Implement new structures or systems to ensure that the program continues to meet the highest level of credibility, transparency and effectiveness; ensure compliance with ISEAL credibility criteria;
  2. 2.  Lead SAN fundraising efforts in collaboration with the SAN development committee; create a fundraising plan, identify and cultivate potential donors, conceptualize and develop proposals, projects and public-private partnerships;  Oversee the development of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard, accreditation system for certification bodies, auditor competence program and related policies;  Co-manage the chain-of-custody certification system, which is jointly owned with the Rainforest Alliance;  Guide the development of external communications tools for the SAN;  Develop and implement the annual plan and budget; oversee SAN business plan; manage SAN staff.  Consolidate the SAN governance and operational structure to enable global growth, supervise all matters related to formal records, legal and financial affairs; Provide legal oversight of the Red de Agricultura Sostenible, A.C.Membership and governance  Expand the SAN membership with the goal of at least one representative in each region where Rainforest Alliance Certified products are produced and sold;  Manage the SAN membership, board and executive committee meetings;  Provide oversight to the management of the Technical Operations Committee, International Standards Committee, ad hoc working groups and other functional units as needed;Qualifications:  MBA and/or M.S. in conservation biology, agronomy, rural development, resource management, resource economics or related field;  Minimum 10-12 years field experience in international conservation and project management in tropical countries;  Demonstrated experience in standards development and certification systems;  Minimum 5-7 years experience leading global action networks;  Proven ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations and with a wide range of people with diverse economic, political and professional backgrounds;  Knowledge of the socio-environmental impacts of agriculture on tropical communities, ecosystems and local economies;  Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and Spanish; French a plus;  Strong computer skills (MS Office and Internet); and  Ability to travel internationally at least 25% of the time.Compensation:Commensurate with experience.To apply:Send resume, cover letter and salary history to Human Resources, Rainforest Alliance, P.O. Box 11029-1000, San Jose, Costa Rica; fax: (506) 234-8916; email: crpersonnel@ra.org. The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.Director, Sustainable Agriculture NetworkPosition AnnouncementOctober 16, 2009 revised March 10, 2012