About Trees for the Future
Nearly a billion people live in extreme poverty and earn less than
$1/day. Most of them are subsistence farmers whose antiquated
farming practices have led to the deforestation of their land and
the degradation of the local – and global – environment. Trees for
the Future (TREES) is ending hunger and extreme poverty for farmers
in the developing nations of Africa by generating health, wealth
and resilience. Through our “Forest Garden Approach” we train
farmers to plant and manage forest gardens that sustainably feed
families and raise their incomes by nearly 400%.
Since 1989, with our experience in planting more than 250 million
trees, we have demonstrated the transformative power of trees in
helping smallholder farmers break out of the cycle of extreme
poverty and malnutrition. Today, our work in east and west Africa
is helping to end hunger and poverty by guiding hundreds of
thousands to grow and promote economic independence by planting
trees. Our easy-to-follow training modules, science-based
diversified planting techniques and sophisticated measurement and
evaluation technology systems allow us to provide detailed analysis
of our impact.
Over the last several months, we have started to compete for
significant, game-changing project funding that would allow us to
leverage our existing tree planting programs to create marketable
carbon offsets. These programs have the opportunity to transform
our organization from a $10M agroforestry training model to a
massive, global leader in the carbon market.
To learn more about our current work, https://trees.org/
In January of 2022, the Board of Directors of TREES set out to
scale our organization to achieve the most audacious growth plans
and global impact ever imagined by the organization. The
organization seeks a visionary Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with a
track record of leading and scaling a fast-paced, high impact
The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for setting the
vision and mission of TREES and ensuring that the strategy and
resources are in place to accomplish its goals and potential. The
CEO will create motivated teams capable of generating significant
global impact within a culture of collaboration, mutual respect,
service, and accountability.
Today our organization includes a global staff of 250 dedicated
team environmentalists. With 22 professionals in our Maryland-based
headquarters and over 200 in Africa. The CEO will report to the
Board of Directors and lead the senior leadership team. Through a
rational organizational structure, all staff members, consultants
and volunteers ultimately report to the CEO.
The CEO will:
• Lead the mission and vision of the organization, along with the
Board so that TREES can maximize its impact on the environment and
the developing world.
• Develop and implement strategic plans and programs, based on
data-driven analytics and measurable results.
• Inspire and lead a high-performing senior leadership team and
play an active role in attracting, developing and retaining
• Create a collaborative culture in all offices that values
personal integrity and accountability, open and clear
communications, inclusiveness and mutual respect, and commitment to
improving communities and the environment.
•Set and manage the organization’s
budgets so that it continues to be a financially responsible
organization that can allocate resources to meet the current and
projected program needs and build reserves.
• Support the business development efforts of the organization by
being available to meet with current and potential financial
partners, forging alliances and building partnerships to further
the mission and impact of TREES
• Create and manage to detailed budgets and produce regular
financial reports which follow standard accounting procedures on
project, region, country and organization wide levels
• Assess and enhance as needed the technology systems and security
required to efficiently manage our programs and operations.
• Create an effective human resources function able to meet the
needs of a growing, international organization.
• Expand the awareness and support of TREES through ongoing public
relations efforts (and engage teams in support of this
• Communicate regularly with the Board on successes, challenges,
opportunities and potential risks as well as organizational
performance and impact.
• Ensure TREES is in compliance to local, state, federal and
international laws governing the areas where we work.
• Must be an experienced non-profit executive responsible for the
leadership of $10-20M annual revenue
• Proven ability to inspire and lead effective high-performance
• Ability to establish a scalable infrastructure including systems,
policies, and financial controls for a fast-growing, international
• Must be an excellent communicator and have a proven ability to
create partnerships and alliances
• Ideal candidate will have work experience both in non-profits as
well as corporate organizations and will have experience working in
developing world, ideally Africa
• Experience in agroforestry and/or carbon markets a plus
• Sense of humor, personal integrity, and impeccable work
• Commitment to results; positive outlook and emphasis on
• Ideal candidate from Greater Washington DC area though others
will be considered
This is a full-time, exempt opportunity based in our Bethesda,
Maryland headquarters. This position requires an ability to live
and work in the United States and reports directly to the TREES
Board of Directors.
Competitive compensation package including health and wellness
TREES is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All
qualified applicates will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
political affiliations, sexual orientation, gender identity,
marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic
information, age or other legally protected