Executive Director


$Competitive + Benefits

San Francisco

Posted 3 weeks ago

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The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize that addressing our current social and environmental challenges is both a business imperative and an opportunity.

SAC recently announced the launch of Higg Co., a public benefit company that will develop the technology that delivers the Higg Index - SAC's common measurement tool currently used by thousands of brands, retailers and factories within the industry. The Higg Co. will be led by SAC's former CEO Jason Kibbey.

This move will enable both organizations to focus on accelerating progress towards the vision of an industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive social impact.

SAC is now looking to appoint a new Executive Director who will help lead the organization as it continues to focus on the multi-stakeholder collaboration that drives social and environmental sustainability measurement and improvements.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will refine and implement a clear and ambitious strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff and priorities are aligned with SAC's mission.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the development and implementation of robust tools supported by objective, verifiable data; and that provide insights guiding industry decision-makers toward an apparel, footwear, and textile industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities
  • Ensuring that the development of the SAC's tools and services provide value to members while driving to become the widely adopted industry standard
  • Overseeing the financial status of the SAC including developing long and short-range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place
  • Establishing and nourishing the collaborative culture of innovation and accountability for both staff and member engagements
  • Responding to critical needs of membership, partners and government
  • Heightening the SAC's visibility and influence by serving as the SAC's principle spokesperson
  • Building relationships with other organizations to help fulfill the SAC's mission

The successful candidate will have extensive professional experience, ideally holding a senior leadership position in the Footwear and Apparel Industry.

In addition, you will:

  • Have prior nonprofit/ industry association experience; management of a global or multisite organization preferred
  • Be a politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems
  • Have experience in coalition-building skills with an ability to communicate and work collaboratively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Have proven ability to communicate passionately, clearly and concisely, both in writing and verbally. Comfortable in both formal and extemporaneous presentations
  • Have a strong commitment to the professional development of staff
  • Be willing to travel extensively; have international experience, comfortable in any cultural setting and values working with a variety of global cultures
  • Be a good active listener who is able to balance diverse agendas, points of views and delegates responsibilities as appropriate.

The SAC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. The SAC is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. To apply, please do so via the link below.

Talk to an Acre consultant about this role:

Catherine Harris +1 917 475 0465

Job Ref. BBBH8444