Earthwatch Institute is a leading global environmental organisation, committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of life on Earth to meet the needs of current and future generations.
Founded in 1971, and with five offices around the globe, our aim is to empower people to save the natural world. We do this by engaging the community directly in environmental and sustainability experiences through Work (corporate programs), Life (student and teacher programs) and Play (public expeditions). This hands-on experience bridges the gap between science and the community and creates an informed society that can translate scientific knowledge into sustainable action.
Focusing our research on the most critical issues facing our planet (climate change, ocean health, restoring our iconic landscape and protecting our unique wildlife), we have to-date supported thousands of research expeditions across the globe.
Earthwatch is seeking an experienced, passionate and motivated individual to lead our Programs team as the Head of Programs.
This individual will help to help deliver our portfolio of public, educational, and corporate research programs and expeditions. We are seeking an individual who can learn quickly about the breadth and depth of our programs, and is comfortable taking initiative on business and program development soon after starting. There will be a ~14-18 week handover with the current Head of Programs.
The Head of Programs is a challenging and rewarding leadership position within the organization. The successful candidate will have the responsibility for line management of the various Program Managers that report to them, ensuring programs are delivered successfully, managing corporate partnerships (including proposals, report writing, budget reviews and acquittals), negotiating corporate and research contracts, liaising with the CDO and CEO in setting organizational strategy, overseeing the OHS of the programs, and liaising with the Scientific Advisory Committee. The Head of Programs will occasionally be required to travel to oversee the delivery of important partnership programs.
While COVID-19 has changed much of the way Earthwatch programs operate for now, we anticipate that as the pandemic comes under control, at various times throughout the year the position will involve travel and leading Earthwatch teams both within Australia and internationally.
Primary Tasks and Responsibilities
Head of Programs
It goes without saying that your passion for environmental sustainability and citizen science engagement, behaviour change and fieldwork safety will be highly regarded. Earthwatch Australia is a small organisation, so your ability to work in a small team, be self-motivated, result-oriented and show initiative is critical.