Vacancy: Executive Director

Amigos de Iracambi, (Iracambi), is a Brazilian and US registered non-profit organization that brings people together from across the world to conserve the resources of Brazil’s beautiful Atlantic rainforest while enhancing local livelihoods. Iracambi operates from its headquarters the Iracambi Conservation and Research Center, located in the forested mountains of Minas Gerais, five hours north of Rio de Janeiro.

Founded in 1999, this dynamic, successful, and globally connected organization is in transition from founder run status to a self-sustaining model. The organization is now seeking a person of exceptional caliber and motivation to serve as Executive Director to complete the transition and work with and hone a young and talented management team.

You will be driven by a personal motivation to affect change and uphold the mission of Iracambi – saving forests, changing lives. You will be highly experienced in change management, possess strong strategic and analytical skills and have the empathy and capacity to work with a diverse team of individuals. You will bring with you partnership-building skills and be globally connected in the business, INGO, IGO and/or research communities. You will have a proven ability in finance and revenue generation.

Knowledge of ecosystem restoration, research and community development would be an advantage but not a requirement given a willingness to learn sufficient to understand and represent the interests and purpose of Iracambi. You will have excellent skills in written and spoken Portuguese and English.

The key task will be to design and execute a business plan to successfully complete the transition of the organization from a business model largely reliant on volunteering, and fund raising to a self-sustaining status. You will be expected to critically evaluate a range of exciting options for funding and revenue generation and pursue with vigor an implementation strategy.

An ideal candidate will be an experienced professional/senior executive from business or an INGO, perhaps recently retired and seeking a vocational assignment. The position will require living on site but may be run remotely at times. The incumbent will receive a salary, accommodation on site and other benefits.

Short-listed candidates would be invited for a familiarization visit and initial interviews will be conducted remotely.

To request further information or apply for this position contact Binka Le Breton, Director Iracambi Conservation and Research Centre, Telephone: 55 32 3507 0006 Closing date for applications: 30 August 2017

Iracambi Executive Director Role

We are looking for a person with a passion to transform the world, who has the ability, confidence and desire to take an organization with a successful eighteen-year history to new l levels, preserving its unique values while constructing and implementing a new dream for a new time.


The executive director must develop a shared vision for the future of the organization, build understanding around the mission, and develop appropriate goals and strategies to advance that mission.


The executive director, in partnership with the board and appropriate staff, is responsible for developing and implementing fundraising systems and strategies that enable the organization to meet its financial development goals and carry out its programs and operations.


The executive director has overall responsibility for the day-to- day operations of the organization. The chief executive works with staff to develop, maintain, and use systems and resources that facilitate the effective operation of the organization toward the objectives of the strategic plan.

Board Relations

Together, the executive director and the board form the leadership team of the organization. Each arm of the team draws upon its own unique strengths and abilities. The chief executive and board have joint responsibility for developing and maintaining a strong working relationship and a system for sharing information that enables the board to effectively carry out its governance role.

Communications and Public Relations

The executive director serves as a primary spokesperson and public face for the organization. This role has three major components: effectively promoting the organization, advocating for the mission and work of the organization, and building relationships with constituent or stakeholder groups critical to the success of the organization.

Financial management

The executive director’s role is to see that the organization’s goals and strategic plan serve as the basis for sound financial management, that solid budgeting and accounting systems are in place, and that appropriate financial controls and risk-management strategies to protect the organization’s assets.

Qualifications and experience

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and Portuguese
  • General awareness of environmental concepts and climate change
  • Must be comfortable in a rural setting, willing to live at Iracambi
  • Intercultural sensitivity and global vision
  • Ability/credibility to negotiate with government agencies, potential partners, community groups etc
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to fundraise
  • Experience with developing and leading high performing teams
  • Appropriate academic qualifications – master’s degree would be an advantage but not mandatory
  • 5 year’s professional experience leading teams and growing projects in the business and/or IGO/NGOs sectors
  • Driver’s license

Please note: International candidates must have appropriate documentation enabling them to work in Brazil.


Compensation package includes salary and accommodation