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Director of Programs & Development

Earth Innovation Institute catalyzes innovative, large-scale transitions to low-emissions rural development in tropical forest regions. Through regional interventions, we strive to increase farm production, forest cover, fisheries yields, and rural household wellbeing while decreasing emissions of heat-trapping gases. We are now working with local partners and through our own resident staff to implement regional strategies for low-emission rural development in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico and Kenya.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Programs & Development will coordinate and manage institutional programs, including leading annual and five-year planning and reporting processes, annual program budget and staff development, and managing program/project administrative support. The position will also lead grant-getting and grant management, including tracking new grant opportunities, coordinating proposal development and submission, managing grant results and grant reporting. The Director of Programs will be a member of EII’s senior management team, contributing to institutional policies and decision-making.


  • Experience leading, executing and/or managing large multi-institutional, international grants required;
  • Ability to understand/shape/sharpen program goals required;
  • Experience working in developing countries and/or cross-cultural collaboration very desirable;
  • Highly organized, flexible, and detail-oriented, with ability to balance multiple tasks, meet deadlines and anticipate needs;
  • Ability to see the big picture;
  • Must work well in a collaborative setting, as part of a team, but also able to work well independently;
  • Must demonstrate high degree of initiative and ability to perform under pressure;
  • Creative problem solving ability;
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from a variety of disciplines, cultures, backgrounds and experience;
  • Excellent written and spoken English a must; writing and speaking ability in one or more of the following languages highly desired: Portuguese, Spanish, or Bahasa Indonesia;
  • B.A./B.S. or M.S. in Environmental Science, Geography, rural development or other relevant subject, and/or deep experience in managing projects in these areas;
  • Requires a minimum of three years of relevant work experience;
  • Must be eligible to work in the US.

The position is based in San Francisco, CA.

Job #: 035056DCN217

Application deadline: August 20, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled

Desired start date: ASAP

Compensation: Full-time exempt position. Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience with competitive benefit package.

Application Instructions: Please send cover letter referencing Job#035056DCN217, resume, two writing samples, and contact information for 3 references to Please reference Job#035056DCN217 in the subject line of the email.

Resumen de la organización:

The Earth Innovation Institute is a not-for-profit, independent research institute with headquarters in San Francisco and offices in Brazil, Indonesia and Colombia. We pursue our goals of slowing climate change, conserving tropical forests and fisheries, and improving rural livelihoods by promoting sustainable rural development through a blend of research, consensus-building, policy analysis and reform, and private sector engagement.

Earth Innovation Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.