Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) USA is an
international non-governmental organization that continues Dr. Jane
Goodall’s pioneering animal research and global conservation
mission. The breadth of the Jane Goodall Institute’s work reflects
Dr. Goodall’s personal philosophy that the survival of all species
depends upon collaboration, community, and valuing individuals’
The Senior Director, Roots & Shoots USA
The position will work out of JGI-USA’s Washington, DC
headquarters with an expectation of regular domestic and
Reporting to the Executive Director of the Jane Goodall
Institute USA, the Senior Director of Roots & Shoots is
responsible for all aspects of Roots & Shoots USA and its
support of Africa Programs. This includes all management, growth,
impact, and optics of the program. The Senior Director supervises
and evaluates R&S direct reports; establishes goals and
priorities; supports national and regional fundraising efforts;
represents the USA on the Roots & Shoots Global Committee,
participates in an international community of JGI and Roots &
Shoots leaders; is supportive of global initiatives; and responds
to Office of the Founder inquiries. As the lead program officer for
Roots & Shoots, this position liaises with the following JGI
teams: Communications & Policy, Conservation Science,
Development, Africa Programs, Finance, and Human Resources.
Additionally, the Senior Director creates the annual program budget
and manages it throughout the fiscal year, oversees all published
materials of the program, and identifies new initiatives and
partnership opportunities that increase the reach and impact of
Roots & Shoots USA.
Knowledge & Skills:
The Senior Director has a deep knowledge of informal education
and will possess a mission mindset centered on educating young
people as planetary stewards. The candidate also possesses a
network of contacts across the USA, is an excellent communicator,
has strategic thinking ability, is an effective program leader with
excellent staff management, project management, and financial
management skills. As an experienced educational program leader,
the candidate has developed and edited program content and overseen
editorial projects. The candidate also has demonstrated
experience in negotiating contract terms and working with corporate
partners and contractors.
Additionally, the Senior Director will have:
- Deep knowledge of the USA K-12 education landscape, including
formal and informal education providers, project-based learning,
and experience-based education.
- Significant understanding of the options that educators,
parents, and other “gatekeepers” possess when considering informal
education opportunities for youth.
- Experience in educational content production as a creator and
with oversight of the editorial process.
- Excellent project management, including organizational skills,
multi-tasking, and the ability to prioritize competing
- Ability to develop, articulate, and execute a broad vision for
- Strategic and creative thinking.
- Success scaling programs for maximum benefit, leveraging
partnerships, volunteers, and program alumni.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across
- Ability to set impact and reach goals, articulate goals
internally, and prepare reports on program performance for senior
leadership, the board, donors, and the founder.
- Ability to use financial data to support strategic
decision-making and use financial indicators to modify program
operations when necessary.
- Proficiency with major software programs and demonstrated
experience with digital technologies in education settings.
Additional Characteristics and Attributes:
- An unwavering belief in the power of young people to make a
positive difference in their lives, their communities, and the
- Willingness to seek feedback, adapt practices, and continuously
learn and evolve as a leader.
- A sense of humor and ability to find joy in challenging
- Commitment to collaboration and the core Roots & Shoots
mantra: “together we can, together we will!”
- A love of animals.
- Commitment and daily demonstration of Jane and the Institutes'
fundamental belief that all individuals matter and are empowered to
contribute in an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming professional
Education and Experience:
- A. or B.S. Master’s preferred.
- Eight to ten years of experience in a national or international
organization creating, managing, or directing programs in one or
more of the following areas: environmental education, including in
zoos, gardens, aquariums, and nature centers; youth service
organizations, university service learning, civic engagement
programs; human health and well-being, including nutrition, food
relief, and public health; and social justice organizations.
- Minimum four years of experience managing direct reports, with
proven ability to successfully manage a high-functioning team.
At the Jane Goodall Institute we believe that when we can bring
our whole selves to work on a day-to-day basis, we become happier,
more comfortable, more confident, and more excited to do great
things for our organization, each other, and our world.
The Jane Goodall Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer
committed to being an organization and a community where people
thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work
every day. We value attracting diverse talent and we cultivate an
inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and
creativity. We strive to be a diverse workforce and believe
that forming teams in which everyone can be their authentic selves
from all different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives is
key to our success. Come join the Jane Goodall Institute and
be a part of a global organization where we are all proud to
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