Location United States of America
Job-type Permanent
Salary $140,000 - $160,000
Reference ACRE-12401

Acre is partnered with Forest Stewardship Council Investment & Partnerships (FSC I&P), a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, whose mission aligns with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the world's leading and most trusted voluntary forest certification system. As a close partner of the FSC family, FSC I&P builds partnerships alongside the global Forest Stewardship Council network and others accelerating the protection of healthy and resilient forests.

FSC I&P is seeking a full-time Business Development Director of Moja Global to lead the transition to a self-sustaining organization that supports the global application of open-source software by a broad range of users. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced, self-motivated director who understands the role and potential of open-source solutions to tackle the challenge of global climate change and to build a self-sustaining organization to achieve its mission.

This is a full-time, salaried and exempt position. The position will be hired by and be administratively accountable to FSC I&P (based in Seattle, Washington, USA), and operationally supervised by the Moja Global Management Board.

About Moja Global

Moja Global is a not-for-profit, collaborative project that brings together a community of experts to develop open-source software that allows users to accurately and affordably estimate greenhouse gas emissions and removals from agriculture, forestry, and other land uses (AFOLU sector). The project's members aim to support the widest possible use of credible emissions estimation software.

Moja Global's mission is to support ambitious climate action by developing pioneering, open-source software - including the groundbreaking FLINT software - to help users accurately and affordably estimate greenhouse gas emissions and removals.

About FSC I&P

In the early 1990s, an international group of leaders in business, human rights, and the environment came together to develop standards for managing forests. These visionaries were responding to the many dire threats to the world's forests.

FSC certification tells you that the products you buy come from a forest that is responsibly managed according to a robust set of guidelines benefiting the environment, economy, and society. The standards include limiting the number of trees removed, restricting highly hazardous pesticides, and protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as wildlife and habitats.

FSC I&P is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 2016 with a commitment to amplify responsible forest management efforts and catalyze innovative solutions. FSC I&P collaborates with mission-aligned organizations to deliver on its goal of Forests for All Forever.

Main Responsibilities

Managing daily operations of Moja Global with reference to the Management Board and with the support of a Project Manager. This will include:

  • Leading business development through fundraising and proposal drafting

  • Managing work cycles, contracts, files, and budget, including overseeing and planning Moja Global activities

  • Supporting and coordinating the work of the Moja Global Management Board and liaising with the Technical Steering Committee (TSC)

  • Attracting/recruiting volunteers to mutually beneficial contributions.

  • Identifying and conducting outreach activities, including marketing and communications

  • Directing regular meetings, including guiding agendas, of the Moja Global Strategy Board

  • Supporting the TSC lead in facilitating collaboration with and ensuring progress in the development of the open-source tools in the Moja Global repositories (e.g., FLINT)

  • Developing and managing collaborations with organizations or institutions that would implement FLINT and/or contribute to further development of the tool(s)

  • Developing and implementing a structured stakeholder management process for FLINT users and other stakeholders

  • Serving as Moja Global's point of contact with the Linux Foundation

  • Developing operations that enable self-organization

Essential Skills and Attributes

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience with directing international projects including balancing stakeholder perspectives, following budgets, executing contracts, and maintaining sufficient documentation

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience with successful fundraising and proposal writing

  • An excellent understanding of current international climate change policy, and its implications for forest and land use management, supply chains, and transparency in monitoring and reporting

  • A good understanding of forest carbon dynamics and the drivers of deforestation and land degradation

  • Ability to come up with new ideas and drive them from concept to implementation

  • Interest in self-organizing, distributed collaborations and/or communities of practice

  • Sense of curiosity and interest in continuous learning

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with fluency in spoken and written English

Additional, Useful Skills and Attributes

  • Knowledge of carbon accounting in the land sector from either a policy or technical perspective

  • Practical familiarity with the IPCC Assessment Reports, IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, the GHG Protocol, and independent standards or protocols for crediting emissions reductions or enhanced removals from forest and other land use activities (such as Verra JNR or ART-TREES)

  • Good understanding of the computer science concept of nesting (projects within jurisdictions)

  • An understanding of satellite monitoring and mapping technology for forest and land sector applications

  • An understanding of climate-related risks to corporations and potential investors

  • Experience in software development

  • Working proficiency in other languages, especially Spanish and/or French

This is a remote US position and valid US work authorization is required.

For FSC, inclusiveness and diversity are important values. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds and are entirely committed to considering all qualified applicants regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age and disability.

Please apply if interested and suitable. Get in touch with Lewis Murray at Acre for further information at lewis.murray@acre.com.