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Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Dep CEO)


Based: EJF offices in London or Bath

Contract: Full-time, permanent contract

Salary range: £50,000 - £60,000 (dependent upon experience) plus pension contribution and benefits

Reporting to: Global CEO

Benefits: Private healthcare package, generous pension rising with each year of service, generous annual paid leave (28 days increasing by 2 days per year plus 1 personal day and additional paid leave over Christmas), cycle-to-work scheme, home working 2 days per week.

Position overview

Help EJF protect our natural world and defend human rights

The new Deputy CEO role is a rare opportunity to fill a crucial leadership and management role within the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) to support the organisation through an exciting period of rapid growth. EJF is one of the world's leading non-profit organisations working at the intersection of environmental conservation and human rights.

The Dep CEO will take on critical tasks to enable the CEO to focus on the strategic leadership and development of EJF's programmes, governance and income generation. In addition, the Dep CEO will assume specific, nominated areas of programme management, supervising and guiding EJF's campaigns teams, providing a clear line of decision making and command. In addition, the Dep CEO will strengthen the leadership and ensure that the organisation adopts the ethos, vision, and effective working practices.

The Dep CEO will ensure the highest possible standards of work and efficiency across the organisation to meet or exceed agreed KPIs and goals. The role will work closely with the CEO, COO and Founding Director and the senior management team to ensure the organisation continually improves its efficiency, effectiveness and the measurable positive impact delivered for our natural environment and the defence of associated human rights.

About EJF

EJF exists to protect people, wildlife and our shared planet.

Everything EJF does is inspired by our vision of true environmental justice, which respects our shared human right to a secure natural world. We believe that collectively we cannot hope to protect natural habitats and wildlife without also protecting the people whose daily lives and needs are inextricably tied to them.

Our campaigns have taken us to every inhabited continent and across the ocean to defend our planet. We use our trademark mix of investigations, grassroots partnerships, award-winning films and high-level advocacy to create real, lasting change.


Join our dynamic, committed and effective international team to help protect our oceans, safeguard our rainforests, wetlands and wildlife, raise up the voices of those hit hardest by the climate crisis, drive international action to make a lasting difference and train, equip and support the grassroots communities striving to protect their natural world.

The Deputy CEO will:

  • Assist the CEO with the management and coordination of programmes, projects, policies and campaigns, ensuring implementation of policies, strategies and tactics and reporting on new opportunities or challenges.

  • Serve in place of the CEO during his absence to ensure the campaigns and programmes continue uninterrupted.

  • In the CEO's absence, in collaboration with the COO, assume the management and oversight of EJF internationally.

  • Work with the CEO and Senior Management Team to ensure that all fiduciary responsibilities, including budget and risk management, are executed to the highest possible standards across global operations. Assume a direct role in staff recruitment, management, and support to ensure the most efficient, dynamic, engaged, happy and productive team.

  • Work to secure new and additional income by identifying and nurturing relationships with new major donors and Grantmakers. Prepare grant requests, ensure all reporting requirements are met and lead the preparation of reports.

  • Provide additional scrutiny and recommendations on programmes and the planning, production and release of reports, films and other campaign materials. Depending on experience and, as requested, provide advice and guidance on EJF's investigations and external communications.

  • Communicate and oversee the implementation of goals, operational plans and individual KPIs across the organisation and streamline internal reporting to secure effective staff management, budget and projects. Build EJF's visibility and reach by engaging the media, attending high-level meetings, liaising with key contacts and major funders, and acting as a spokesperson in the CEO's absence.

  • Embed EJF's ethos, working culture and values across all operations and help deliver on our shared commitment to protect people and the planet.


What we are seeking:

  • At least 8-years senior management experience (preferably 5-years+ management in a charity / not-for-profit).

  • Proven track record in programme and budget development, delivery and oversight. A good ‘head for figures’ to drive further cost-effectiveness into programmes.

  • Outstanding communicator with superb writing skills and a proven ability to make dynamic and engaging presentations to diverse audiences.

  • Ability to quickly assess complex situations, making high-calibre decisions.

  • A willingness to multi-task across issues and tasks, responding quickly to changing needs or opportunities.

  • Calm under pressure and able to manage multiple competing priorities.

  • Perfect command of spoken and written English.

  • A natural diplomat and an enthusiastic, engaged and effective team worker.

  • Demonstrable commitment to EJF's Vision, Mission and Values and an internal culture focussed on excellence, collaboration and achieving high impact campaign wins.

  • Willing to travel internationally, sometimes at short notice.

  • An understanding that change is hard-won but always worth winning.


Desirable skills and experience:

  • Languages, especially French, Spanish or German.

  • Film, photography or media skills.

  • Experience in field research or investigations.

  • Remote project, staff or budget management.


Applications: please send your CV and a cover letter to: recruitment@ejfoundation.org

Closing date for applications: 5pm Friday 6th January 2023.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No other communication or agency contact please.

Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK. EJF is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.