The Rainforest Alliance (RA) is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

 

Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests  and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

 

As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

 

At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.

 

WHY

 

To protect nature and improve lives it is becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.

 

HOW

 

Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.

 

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.


Position summary:

 

WHO

 

The Manager will join the US and Canada Key Markets and Retail team within RA’s Markets Transformation Department. The Markets Transformation Department drives forward the organization vision, positioning Rainforest Alliance as a sustainability leader across priority markets (including the US and Canada). This person can be based remotely or out of one of RA’s three US offices (Richmond, Vermont, Washington DC, New York City). The Manager will collaborate with various departments across RA to support the US and Canada team goals. They will also be a point of contact for various external stakeholders in the US and Canada. They are a connector, a team player and flexible to changing priorities within a global, fast-paced, diverse organization.

 

WHAT

 

The Manager will help drive the efforts to position Rainforest Alliance as a sustainability partner of choice and thought leader in the US and Canada. They will work with select key partners on opportunities for supply chain interventions, certification, marketing, and/or tailored solutions. They will be an important piece of a team driving collaboration and change that matters for people and for the environment. A percentage of this person’s role will be dedicated to elevation of the Rainforest Alliance brand in the US and Canada.

 

Key Markets & Retail managers on the US and Canada team oversee key relationships and industry ecosystems within their designated region. We are currently seeking a manager for oversight of the Central United States as well as a manager for oversight of the Eastern United States. These roles may also include oversight of relationships with our key partners in Canada.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Relationship management: Drive engagement with key partners in the US and Canada; serve as primary point of contact for priority partnerships in the US and Canada
  • Ecosystem building and connecting: Engage with external stakeholders, platforms and initiatives related to RA Key Markets work
  • Partnership development: Cultivate new partnerships for RA within your region;
  • Strategic support: Support the US and Canada team in driving uptake of Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability solutions, strengthening the organization’s brand recognition, and influencing industry partners
  • Brand Elevation: Organize and manage regional engagement of brand awareness efforts; oversee or contribute to key partnerships tied to brand awareness; serve as a liaison to the RA Marketing team
  • Regional market analysis and reporting: Contribute to regular internal updates covering partnership engagement, brand awareness and RA reach in the region
  • Cross-departmental work: Participate in and support cross-departmental groups/discussions to define and implement plans and initiatives to achieve Rainforest Alliance goals in the US and Canada and support colleagues in other regions;

 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • 7+ years experience in agriculture supply chains, sales operations, corporate social responsibility, hospitality, sociology, marketing or other relevant field.
  • Passion for RA’s mission and work
  • Experience managing multi-stakeholder engagement
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to speak in front of diverse audiences as well as synthesize and present complex information.
  • Marketing experience and understanding of consumer purchasing habits preferred but not required
  • Experience managing multiple projects/deliverables at the same time
  • Demonstrated experience both working with diverse teams and working in independent contributor roles

 

Salary:

Commensurate with experience. Please see the Rainforest Alliance website for Salary information.

 

Deadline: August 31, 2022

 

Notes:

Only candidates authorized to work in the US will be considered. Candidates who are invited to progress in the application process will be contacted via email.


If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org

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