Job: Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign Director – Rainforest Action Network

For 25 years, Rainforest Action Network has campaigned for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life. In coalition with indigenous communities and allies from around the world, RAN uses non-violent direct action, grassroots organizing, education, and strategic communications to challenge corporations to stop destructive operations, respect human rights, and adopt comprehensive policies that reduce their contributions to global warming. The Rainforest Agribusiness campaign challenges the U.S. agribusiness companies responsible for the conversion of rainforests, peatlands and other natural ecosystems into industrial mono-crop plantations. Specifically, we are working to convince agribusiness giant Cargill to publicly adopt and implement a palm oil policy as a first step towards a comprehensive global forest policy covering its agribusiness operations in tropical rainforests, including Borneo and the Amazon. The Campaign Director will be responsible for directly managing the campaign's team which includes campaigners, grassroots organizers and contractors as well as working in close collaboration with RAN's Communications, Online and Development teams. In addition the campaign director is responsible for leading the strategy and vision for the campaign.

.         Lead and help carry out the work-plan that is currently focusing on market-based campaign strategies to pressure Cargill, and its customers including General Mills, to stop rainforest destruction for palm oil plantations in Indonesia;
.         Manage a talented team of campaigners and organizers;
.         Work with other RAN staff on direct communications and negotiations with corporate targets;
.         Work with the Development team to cultivate foundation and donor support and develop regular strategic communications with members and donors;
.         Work with the Online team to develop communications to online audiences, campaign tactics, and grow the campaign’s online and social media presence;
.         Coordinate media outreach and communications plans with the Communications team;
.         With the Grassroots Organizing Manager develop an organizing strategy for the campaign that strengthens, broadens and diversifies RAN’s network;
.         Maintain relationships and coordinate strategy with U.S. and international allies, including: Greenpeace, FOE, Sawit Watch, FPP, WWF and others.
.         Maintain and build relationships with Indigenous and forest dependent people and ensuring we are an effective ally and equal partner;
.         Prepare materials for the campaign and RAN as a whole, including website, fact sheets, action alerts, etc.
.         Represent RAN at conferences as well as act as a public spokesperson for RAN and as the primary spokesperson for the campaign.
.         Participate in RAN’s organizational planning, anti-oppression and diversity initiatives. Share office responsibilities to maintain a healthy and safe work place;
.         Report to Program Director regularly on accomplishments and plans of action, coordinate bi-annual work planning to design the campaign’s strategic plan and budget, participate in weekly campaign team meetings and annual performance reviews.

.         4 or more years of experience running advocacy campaigns, ideally corporate campaigns. Demonstrated experience with offline and online campaigning tactics and a demonstrated ability to get results;
.         2 or more years in a management position;
.         Demonstrated understanding of grassroots organizing, movement building and nonviolent direct action;
.         Knowledge of issues including corporate social responsibility, human rights, agribusiness geo-politics, the US agribusiness and food industry, food sovereignty, bioregional foods, organic foods and slow foods;
.         A passion for working to protect the world’s tropical rainforests;
.         Excellent oral and written communications skills that are adaptable to various offline and online mediums, in particular, in the form of corporate letters, blogs post and op-eds, online email blasts as well as fundraising proposals;
.         Experience in corporate negotiations and research, networking and fundraising;
.         Experience working with Indigenous and frontline communities;
.         Relationships with forest, food and agribusiness related organizations and leaders in the U.S. and Southeast Asia are desirable
.         Knowledge of Indonesian or Malay languages is a plus but not required
.         Must be able to travel internationally frequently.

RAN values diversity, educates staff on issues including privilege and oppression, and integrates these values into all of our work. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this process and work with us to create a just, inclusive, and sustainable work environment and world. RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities.

Please send resume and letter of interest to:, or HR, Rainforest Action Network, 221 Pine St., Suite 500, SF, CA 94104, or fax 415.398.2732. No phone calls, please.

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