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3 Jan 2022

Full-Time Lead Office of CEO

RainforestAlliance – Posted by RainforestAlliance New York, New York, United States

Job Description

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.


Position summary:

At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a pro-active, collaborative and innovative problem solver to support the office of the Chief Executive Officer. The candidate will support the Chief Executive Officer in matters related to strategic decisions, advisory, and coordination. This is a position scoped for the CEO, and it has both strategic and operational elements. The role encompasses being an “air traffic controller” for the office of the CEO and the leadership team, an integrator connecting enterprise work streams that would otherwise remain siloed, a strong communicator linking the leadership team and the broader organization, an honest broker when the CEO needs a wide-ranging view without turf considerations. This concretely means that the role will coordinate engagement with the Leadership Team and the organizations’ senior management teams, coordinate the CEO’s strategic agenda, monitor progress of strategic workstreams, report on progress and ensure effective internal and external communication.



  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate;
  • Coordinates strategic initiatives and provides the CEO and the Leadership Team with regular updates and reports on progress, key quarterly priorities, internal and external communications from the office of the CEO, and maintain consultancy relationships;
  • Operationalize CEO work inflows and outflows, coordinate engagement with Leadership Team and RA teams as needed;
  • Prioritise the CEO’s vision to maximize the Leadership Team’s effectiveness and support management of the organization’s  strategic priorities in coordination with the Executive Assistant and the Manager, Corporate Governance;
  • Business Analytics – work directly with the CEO and his team to prepare data-driven briefings and updates of strategic priorities and management reviews;
  • Review and research external trends and be on top of industry best practices to inform the CEO and Leadership Team on enterprise priorities;
  • Ensures that the Leadership Team meetings have a relevant agenda and that the Leadership Team is able to make well-informed decisions and action items are followed up along with decisions made;
  • Coordinate with the Manager Corporate Governance on Board meetings; helping prepare for regular Board presentations and stakeholder updates;
  • Support CEO’s drive to ensure organization’s adherence to policies, mission and values;
  • Support CEO’s people agenda including recruiting for key roles, onboarding, learning and development, performance management, and talent management in coordination with the HR department.
  • Stakeholder Management – be aware and informed on developments related to all portfolio operations, for example, coordinate the CEO and Leadership Team engagement and communications calendar with the Marketing and Communications team;
  • Serve as the bridge between the CEO and the organization by ensuring his accessibility, visibility and by bringing critical information to the notice of the CEO;
  • Step up as project manager as and when interim support is needed by other departments on strategic initiatives;
  • Enable regular interaction between the CEO and his team through planned management meetings, channelling and prioritizing key requests for CEO engagement;
  • Work with Corporate Communications to design all stakeholder communication to be released in external media on behalf of the CEO;
  • Drive content development for all internal communications from the CEO’s desk, manage and lead execution of Board announcements and other activities in collaboration with the Internal Communications team and;
  • Manages CEO briefings for external and internal engagements.




  • Master/MBA degree in business, sustainability or a related field or a BA and relevant years of experience;
  • 10+ years of experience in consulting/analyst roles and a track record of successful performance;
  • 5+ years of project management, and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience as a sparring partner to the CEO is a plus;
  • A demonstrated ability to influence without authority;
  • Proven ability to collaborate with multiple and diverse group of stakeholders, bringing synergy and building strong partnerships independently;
  • Excellent communication skills in English, speaking and creative writing. Other language skills is a plus;
  • Value integrity and professional discretion and ability to keep confidential information;
  • Gains trust of others through fair and pragmatic behaviour;
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals and;
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 20% per year, nationally and internationally.



Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: January 7, 2021



Only candidates authorized to work in locations in which we are registered will be considered.


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