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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
New York, New York
United States
Job Categories:
Environmental Corporate Vice President
Services & Consulting: Management
Industry Segments:
Charity / Non-profit
Experience level:
16+ years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

President & Chief Operating Officer

 Pure Earth, an international non-profit organization and leader in global toxic pollution cleanup, seeks a President and Chief Operating Officer.

Today, Pure Earth serves as the leader of a fast growing movement in pollution intervention and the incoming President will support the organization in achieving continued success, further differentiating Pure Earth’s mission and value-add, and help guide the organization through a period of significant growth as it prepares for its most important work to date. 

With approximately 45 employees around the globe and a current budget of $6M, the organization has grown tremendously and is now preparing to enter its next period of substantial growth. Based in New York, Pure Earth works cooperatively around the world in partnerships that include governments, the international community, NGOs, and local agencies, to design and implement innovative solutions to save lives. Many of Pure Earth’s projects are designed to identify, assess, and reduce public and occupational exposures to lead contamination and to date has conducted more than 1,000 field assessments of sites contaminated with lead. This type of field work, combined with groundbreaking research and advocacy, has helped elevate ending pollution as a global priority. 

Reporting to the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Richard Fuller, the incoming President will bring operational prowess to strengthen and scale infrastructure needed to expand Pure Earth’s impact in the fight to eliminate pollution. This is a unique opportunity for a passionate and savvy executive to play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of a vital organization and, in doing so, addressing one of the most pressing public health issues of the 21st century. 

The successful candidate will have a deep appreciation for the mission of Pure Earth; an outstanding record of leadership in managing operations within a dispersed, multi-faceted organization; and a strong understanding of leading-edge approaches for leveraging systems, performance management, human capital strategy, finance, budget management, and other functions for organizational effectiveness within mission-driven organizations.

While the immediate responsibilities for the President will be operational in nature, the President will, in time, have the opportunity to assume greater responsibility for charting the course of the organization, serving as a public face and actively engaging its supporters.

Qualifications and Experience

For this unique and important role, Pure Earth seeks a dynamic, highly credible, unifying leader who is deeply committed to Pure Earth’s mission and legacy. The greater and broader a candidate’s knowledge of pollution intervention, epidemiology, toxicology, and public health policy, the better. Operational experience in a growing and dynamic organization is essential. The ideal candidate will bring strength in communication and high-level internal management.

As a global organization, the President must appreciate each site’s distinct context and work with Pure Earth’s global team in a manner that is inclusive and respectful of the local culture. The President must be energized and motivated by the prospect of working in close partnership with an engaged CEO, Chairperson, and Board of Directors, and have the flexibility, diplomacy, stamina, and resilience to excel in an environment that is nimble, complex, and highly dispersed. An ideal candidate will bring many of the following professional and personal attributes:

  • A passion for the mission of Pure Earth and the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
  • Expertise in working as part of a leadership team in driving change management initiatives that have a major impact on organizational effectiveness.
  • Expertise in leading complex multi-unit decisions, projects, and systems, including financial, technological, and operational; strong project management skills.
  • A track record of success in developing an integrated and collaborative working environment while implementing systems that promote accountability and efficiency.
  • A strong “people orientation” and commitment to develop and retain talent throughout the organization.
  • Cultural competence to work directly with diverse constituents and communities.
  • Experience with the realities of doing work outside of the United States and, preferably, a record of dealing with and solving complex logistical, HR and compliance problems in those environments; bilingual fluency a plus.
  • Strong presentation and communication abilities, both written and verbal.
  • A collaborative style and ability to work with relevant staff throughout the organization to achieve greater integration.
  • Active listener; able to inspire trust and confidence; able to partner with and influence and inform others; high emotional intelligence.

To read the full position description and to submit inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications, click the "Apply for this job" link on this page.

Pure Earth is an equal opportunity organization and employer.


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