Chief Development Officer

The Ocean Cleanup Rotterdam, Netherlands

About The Ocean Cleanup

Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans primarily from rivers. Much of this plastic washes back on shore, or sinks close to land. Some of it will drift out to the open sea, where eventually it will exponentially build up concentration in one of the accumulation zones. This so-called legacy plastic is persistent and will not go away by itself. Therefore, solving ocean plastic pollution requires a combination of stemming the inflow and cleaning up what has already accumulated.
Founded in 2013, The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization that develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
Faced by the different environmental, economic and health threats, The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing cleanup systems to clean up what is already polluting our oceans and to intercept plastic on its way to the ocean via rivers. By deploying a fleet of systems, The Ocean Cleanup has estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every five years. The extracted plastic trash will be brought back to shore for recycling. The revenue gained from the recycling will help fund the cleanup expansion to the other four ocean gyres.
The Interceptor is The Ocean Cleanup’s first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers. It is 100% solar-powered, extracts plastic autonomously, and can be placed in the majority of the world’s most polluting rivers. Together with corporations and governments from all over the world, we plan on tackling 1000 of the most polluting rivers all over the world in the next five years.
The Ocean Cleanup is a project and the ultimate goal is to reach a 90% reduction of floating ocean plastic by the year 2040.
Meet The Ocean Cleanup’s CEO and Founder, Boyan Slat.
You can find further details on their website: https://theoceancleanup.com/

Chief Development Officer

The Ocean Cleanup’s mission is to rid the world’s oceans of plastic by cleaning up what is already out there as well as by ‘closing the tap’ - stopping plastic from entering the oceans from its main source rivers. To tackle a global issue of this magnitude, a significant amount of resources and funding are required. Believing that the cost of cleaning the ocean is lower than the cost of pollution, securing the funding to solve this issue requires persuasion, creativity and persistence.
To realize this, the Chief Development Officer will take the lead in developing, maintaining and securing the strategic partnerships and funding required for the development and roll-out of cleanup technologies to achieve the mission. As member of the Management Team, the role will further contribute to the overall strategy and pace of the organization, as well as being a part of dynamic, mission driven and result-orientated team of colleagues who all thrive on helping to heal the planet’s oceans.
The goal of this role, its true success, will be having secured the required funds and partnerships for the roll-out of the organization’s clean-up technologies. This will happen through a sound funding roadmap that the Chief Development Officer has created together with a successful team that he/she has set up.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a member of the Management Team, the Chief Development Officer will be responsible for the creation and evolution of the partnership and funding strategy, as well as for raising the funding required to achieve our mission. Given the global nature of the challenge, the variety of countries in different stages of development, and the multitude of stakeholders from the different funding sources, the Chief Development Officer will bring both structure and creativity to make this happen. Additionally, the Chief Development Officer will lead a dedicated team and provide the necessary vision, leadership, and fundraising skills that will enable the ambitious projects of the organization.
The Chief Development Officer will have the following key responsibilities:
  • Formulate and drive the partnership and fundraising strategy by addressing multiple sources of funding including identification of potential new partners & income streams and produce strategies to access these partners/funds;
  • Create (financial) structures and instruments to enable different stakeholders to participate in realizing our mission;
  • Lead the annual partnership and fundraising plan with effective tactics to achieve support and income targets across the different revenue streams, with a significant focus on collaborating with the CEO and the Communications team;
  • Lead, shape and manage an effective partnership and fundraising team that delivers on targets;
  • Put in place solid relationship management with (potential) partners, funders and sponsors;
  • On a continuous basis, advise on options and availability of support and funds, and the viability of obtaining funds to support projects;
  • Benchmark, learn and develop relationships with likeminded organizations;
  • As a member of the MT, contribute to organizational strategic planning and development.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 10+ years of international experience in international non-profit/development sector and/or commercial roles in corporate environments proving an ability to secure large-scale partnership and funds from a variety of possible funding sources, including philanthropic, corporate, crowd and (inter)governmental;
  • Ability to build and develop relationships with key stakeholders, clients and sponsors at the most senior levels, preferably with both private and public sectors;
  • Proven ability and track record in designing and implementing complex (financial) structures to enable different parties to join our mission;
  • Successful, significant and relevant achievements at management level in international organisations;
  • Experience in corporate and philanthropic fundraising would be a plus;
  • Solid understanding of (legal) partnership structures including governance, and the dynamics of risk management;
  • Academic level of thinking and communication skills, preferably you have a University degree;
  • Experience and comfortable for fast paced complex and dynamic environments and leading teams;
  • Culturally sensitive with variety of international experiences, preferably including Americas and Asia;
  • Fluent in English and preferably multiple languages;
  • You are in the top 10% of your peers, in terms of cooperation, taking responsibility, “getting the job done”, project management and finding smart solutions for challenging subjects.

Personal Qualifications

  • Results driven, self-motivated and disciplined;
  • Analytic and structured, with the ability to share relevant and timely information in a pragmatic, detailed and disciplined manner;
  • Creative, with a flexible mindset to adapt to changing circumstances and find new solutions that meet the needs of our partners;
  • Ability to think strategically based on solid business acumen;
  • Team-player and strong people orientation, capable of situational leadership with well-developed coaching skills;
  • High level of integrity with proven ability to build trust in relationships;
  • Excellent communication skills: convincing and persuasive, both verbally and written, with the ability to present and convey complex ideas and issues clearly and coherently;
  • Willing to travel abroad on a regular basis;
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on ridding the oceans of plastic and putting the mission first over personal objectives

Terms of Appointment

  • 12 months contract, renewable.
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Ms. Mitos Faegane, Executive Researcher at [email protected]. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by The Ocean Cleanup to undertake this assignment.

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