Deputy Goal Lead, Food - 22057

WWF Washington, DC

About the organization


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's leading conservation organization, seeks a strategic, innovative food systems visionary, a dynamic communicator and storyteller, a successful fundraiser, and an empathic, people-focused manager to serve as the Deputy of the Food Goal on the Freshwater and Food team within WWF-US. The Freshwater and Food team works to address the two biggest threats to nature: agriculture and infrastructure. The Deputy Goal Lead, Food will serve as a key thought leader and executive manager for the primary Food initiatives and will have a mandate to integrate Food workstreams across Freshwater and Food more broadly. The incumbent will lead and support the implementation of the primary initiatives within WWF-US's Food area including Sustainable Protein/Nutrition Systems, which includes Aquaculture, Livestock Systems, and Healthy Diets and Consumption, and Food Loss and Waste.



Oversees Major Food Initiatives and Conservation Impact: Manages and supports the primary initiative leads in the strategic design, planning, and implementation of WWF's primary Food initiatives, including Sustainable Protein/Nutrition and Food Loss and Waste.
Team Building and Management: Directly supervises the leads of the major Food initiatives, specifically Food Loss and Waste and Sustainable Protein/Nutrition. Sets goals and expectations. Tracks and recruits talent as needed, creates opportunities for recognition and professional development, as well as feedback and coaching of team members.
Thought Leadership, Innovation, and Change Management: Provides expertise on how to identify and shape research strategies that address the key biodiversity and climate threats from the production of food and soft commodities. Identifies global trends, opportunities, and challenges and ensures they are integrated into WWF's thinking and approach.
Policy, Advocacy, and Outreach: Is a WWF champion for sustainable food systems, especially related to supply chain work and regenerative agriculture. Serves as a public face on food related trends, sustainable food system issues, and supply chain programs.
Resource Mobilization: Works closely with SVP and Food team to fundraise for WWF initiatives and landscape priorities.
Performs other duties as assigned.



Master's Degree (Doctorate or MBA preferred) in environmental conservation, ecological science, agriculture value chains, agriculture development, international development economics or public policy.
At least 12 years of experience including 8 years developing and managing major, complex projects and partnerships, preferably with a private sector focus, and at least 5 years with executive management and leadership experience
Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills are required to translate science into practice, including effective public speaking, writing, and one-on-one communications.
Excellent project management and organizational skills; knowledge, experience and certification using project management tools a plus.
Technical capacity and experience in managing a global network of applied technical experts and ability to connect, collaborate, and influence them is required.

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply



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