Russia Program Director at Pacific Environment, Preferred Submission Deadline November 1


Russia Program Director

October 2010

About Pacific Environment

Pacific Environment is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco
that protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting
grassroots activism, strengthening communities, and reforming
international policies. For nearly two decades, we have partnered with
local communities around the Pacific Rim to protect and preserve the
ecological treasures of this vital region. Pacific Environment’s success
stems from a deep and abiding trust that local people, armed with the
right tools and solid support, are the world’s best hope for
environmental renewal. We see ourselves as a catalyst in a community of
individuals and organizations working to protect the Pacific Rim’s wild
places and wild life. Visit
to learn more about our work.

Pacific Environment has supported grassroots efforts in Russia since the
early 1990s. Over the past 18 years, Pacific Environment has helped grow
an effective environmental movement in Siberia and the Russian Far East
that monitors resource extraction projects, protects endangered species,
strengthens indigenous rights, and builds civil society and public
participation. Pacific Environment facilitates an effective coalition of
partners in Siberia and the Russian Far East and awards over
$500,000/year in grants to grassroots Russian organizations.

The Position

Pacific Environment seeks an experienced and energetic Russia Program
Director with a demonstrated passion for the environment and social
justice. The Russia Program Director oversees the Russia grants
portfolio, supervises a team of four, manages the program budget, and
oversees campaigns to support our Russian partner organizations. The
Russia Program Director must have superior written and verbal
communication skills in both Russian and English. The Russia Program
Director is also involved extensively in fundraising and outreach for
the Russia Program, particularly by working with both institutional and
individual donors. The position involves travel, including travel to
Russia for site visits and meetings. The position requires strong
leadership and decision-making abilities, an ability to work effectively
in cross-cultural settings, strategic insight and professional
initiative, experience in fundraising and outreach, budgeting and
management skills, experience with international grantmaking,
prioritization and time management skills, and a pervasive collaborative
and results-oriented approach to all tasks. This position reports to the
Executive Director and is based in San Francisco, California.

The Russia Program Director will be responsible for:

* Overseeing and participating in development and
implementation of environmental campaigns in Russia;

* Fundraising for Pacific Environment’s Russia Program,
including extensive grant writing and reporting and outreach to
individual donors;

* Publicizing Russian environmental issues and campaigns in the
US through writing articles, public speaking, and working with the

* Establishing media contacts and acting as a spokesperson for
the Russia Program;

* Overseeing a team of four Russia Program staff;

* Overseeing the Russia Program budget and activities;
monitoring expenditures against budget on a regular basis;

* Overseeing effective implementation of a $500,000 per year
re-granting program;

* Researching, monitoring, and analyzing environmental issues
in Russia;

* Maintaining strong connections with Russian partners,
including regular site visits, email, and phone communications;

* Ensuring implementation of an exchange program involving
three exchanges per year;

* Contributing to the production and dissemination of reports
and project and campaign outreach materials, including policy papers,
fact sheets, and web pages;

* Interpreting and translating between English and Russian for
program work when necessary;

* Working as part of a team with the Executive Director,
development and communications staff, and other program staff to further
the goals of the organization; and

* Other tasks as needed.

Skills and Experience:

* MANDATORY: Fluent language skills in Russian and English;

* Superb written and verbal communications skills;

* Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills, excellent
attention to detail;

* Able to work under pressure, while being self-motivated and
an energetic team player;

* Excellent interpersonal skills and ease in working
cooperatively and inclusively with people of different cultures;

* Experience with staff supervision, fundraising, campaign
management, and budget management;

* Experience with public speaking;

* Commitment to maintaining an efficient, collaborative and
positive work environment;

* Able to travel extensively nationally and internationally;

* Strong computer skills, including Outlook and MS Office;

* Authorized to work in the United States;

* Commitment to environmental protection and social justice and
a sense of humor are essential!

This position is ideally suited someone with a minimum of a BA or BS and
at least 5-10 years nonprofit experience working for an environmental
organization or in a related field. Candidates with advanced degrees are
encouraged to apply. The position is full time and provides a
competitive salary depending on experience plus an excellent benefits
package. Pacific Environment is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply: After visiting our website, please e-mail a cover letter,
resume, a writing sample, and contact information for three references

Leah Zimmerman

Interim Executive Director

No phone calls, please. This position will remain open until filled. All
resumes received by November 1 are guaranteed to be reviewed.

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