• Managing Director, New Programs

    Job Locations US-Arlington
    Job ID
    Executive Office
    Employment Type
    Employee (Full-Time)
  • Position Overview

    Rare is a $25 million fast-growing, international conservation organization. We believe conservation comes down to people—their behaviors toward nature, their beliefs about its value, and their ability to protect it without sacrificing basic life needs. Rare’s culture is results-oriented and entrepreneurial.


    We are working toward ambitious goals and creating measurable social change. With initiatives such as Fish Forever, Watersheds Protection, Sustainable Agriculture, Blended Finance, Meloy Fund, and Center for Behavior & the Environment, Rare is on a mission to “inspire change so people and nature thrive”.


    Reporting to the CEO and serving as an integral member of Rare’s Executive Team, the Managing Director, Program Development will be responsible for Rare’s new program development portfolio. The Managing Director will establish a strategic framework and management system to support program development from concept articulation to pilot project design to program establishment, including stage gating and resource allocation. In collaboration with other Executive Team members, this role participates in planning long term organizational growth, coordinating strategic direction, and making recommendations to support and build scalable programs in new market spaces for Rare.  This is an outstanding opportunity for a business executive with global experience and a proven track record of creative problem-solving to join a high-growth, mission-driven organization.


    Core Responsibilities

    We seek an innovative, motivated, hands-on leader, who can move from 30,000 feet to the ground floor with ease.  S/he will have exceptional communications skills, be adept at problem-solving, have a proven track record of successful fundraising and possess the ability to work in partnership with multiple, dispersed global teams in a fast-paced and results-driven environment. The Managing Director will have an unquestioned level of integrity, empathy and respect for diversity and cultures.


    The Managing Director’s primary responsibilities are divided into the following categories:


    Program Strategy and Leadership

    • Develop and implement Rare’s new program development strategy, starting with successful development of four continual priorities:
      • Watershed protection in Colombia.
      • Mangrove conservation and climate mitigation in Brazil.
      • Marine permaculture for climate mitigation.
      • Leveraging behavioral insights for conservation.
    • Develop and implement systems that ensure program development including work flow, resource allocation, quality control and communication within and among programs as well as between programs and other Rare departments. These are each either concepts or pilots and need strategies, funding, and in some cases new leadership.
    • Establish a strategic framework and management system to support program development from concept articulation to pilot project design to program establishment, including stage gating and resource allocation.
    • Understand technical aspects of program development work across the portfolio.
    • Work with Country Leads and Senior VP for Fish Forever to provide high-level project oversight, approving project scope and deliverables and ensuring resources are available to support programs.
    • Lead efforts to identify and assess how emerging trends and issues may impact Rare’s work and therefore program development.
    • Accountable for Identifying, cultivating and closing opportunities to fund these initiatives.

     Operational Innovation

    • Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of program policies and procedures for effective service delivery.
    • Develop innovative initiatives to enhance internal communication and coordination.
    • Encourage and facilitate the application of technology to enable the re-engineering of programs and processes to make optimal use of resources.
    • Ensure financial management, including: developing the budget; authorizing and monitoring expenditure of contract funds; and identifying opportunities for cost savings.

    Management and Organizational Leadership

    • Contribute to organizational strategy as a member of Rare’s executive team, including the development of organization-wide and department annual goals, strategies, and desired outcomes, along with the development of corresponding budgets.
    • Lead Executive Team engagement with the Board’s Program Committee, including present program management reports to the Board of Directors and/or Board committees; prepare and present other reports to the Board or CEO as requested.
    • Present program management reports to the Board of Directors and/or Board committees; prepare and present other reports to the Board or CEO as requested.
    • Represent Rare at meetings within the nonprofit and philanthropic community and at conferences and other relevant meetings and events. 

    Experience & Education

    The successful candidate will have a minimum of 15 years of demonstrated accomplishments as a leader in both for profit and not for profit environments. S/he will have a successful track record as both architect and builder of management systems to support program execution and delivery, with developing world experience.

    The candidate we seek will be self-reliant, results-oriented, influential with multiple internal and external stakeholders, energetic, flexible, and a proactive team leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical goals and initiatives. S/he will work independently and in teams on multiple tasks and projects and prioritize workflow to meet critical deadlines. S/he will thrive in an environment that emphasizes excellence and enthusiastic commitment to Rare’s mission and values. 

    Key qualifications include:

    • At least 15 years business management experience in consulting/professional services, and/or product development, including P&L management experience, ideally in both a start-up and mature work environment.
    • Global, emerging markets products/services design and delivery. Experience in a startup environment preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to direct and manage organization-wide projects of an international scope.
    • Experience designing and implementing complex systems and business processes that drive strategic execution.
    • Successful track record of fundraising, from diverse funding sources, including individual donors and foundations, as well as government funding agencies.
    • High ethical standards and social responsibility coupled with respect for and commitment to Rare’s mission and values.
    • Demonstrated ability to mentor and coach a global team with diverse levels of expertise.
    • Superior leadership and management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
    • Exceptional written, oral, presentation and interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate effectively across all levels within a culturally diverse organization.
    • Work experience in both for-profit and nonprofit environments is desired.

     *Rare is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V.


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