Established in 2019, the TerraCycle Global Foundation (“Foundation”) is a registered public charity in the US with current operations in Thailand and plans to expand to multiple continents. Currently, the Foundation’s principal focus is to capture waste from polluted waterways before it flows into oceans (where it is harder to recover). Its efforts are principally focused in developing markets that have limited formal waste management services. The Foundation supports the wellbeing of local communities it operates in by providing stable, competitively paying jobs for local waste collectors. The Foundation’s seed grant was generously given by the PepsiCo Foundation; since then, has received other grants including from the Coke-Benioff Ocean Plastic Initiative and other private funders. The Foundation is affiliated with TerraCycle, a specialized waste services company that operates in 20 countries, providing recycling solutions for hundreds of traditionally non-recyclable waste streams. Additionally, TerraCycle has expertise in adding value to recycling solutions (such as ocean plastic) by emphasizing the story around a waste’s origin. This expertise is shared freely with the Foundation, so that, in a non-profit context, the Foundation can engage with businesses and other institutions to generate support for its charitable agenda. See https://www.terracyclefoundation.org.
Currently, the Foundation operates in Thailand through an affiliate, the TerraCycle Thai Foundation, which is governed by a board of Thai citizens. The Thai Foundation collects waste from the canal communities surrounding Bangkok by utilizing proprietary devices which efficiently capture record amounts of river waste before the waste enters the ocean. The Thai Foundation engages waste pickers to sort recyclable materials from non-recyclable materials, and is developing a river-based waste collection system, providing recycling infrastructure in communities where it does not currently exist.
To leverage charitable grants, the Foundation and TerraCycle Thai Foundation engage local and multi-national businesses, who are contracted to sponsor the collection of river plastic waste in the communities it serves. To stretch the environmental impact of each charitable dollar, the Foundation and Thai Foundation (non-profit) will sell recycled ocean bound river plastic to manufacturers that will use it to produce new products. The Foundation’s country affiliates will sell their own products made from materials that include ocean and ocean-bound plastic. The Foundation’s engagements generate both charitable and earned income. As such, the optimal Executive Director candidate would bring both for-profit business experience, as well as non-profit management and development experience.
We seek an Executive Director for the Foundation to lead administration, development and global expansion, and to oversee local country programs. The ED will also oversee the development of the strategic plan for the Foundation. A principal responsibility will be generating funding for the Foundation through grants, waste collection services sponsored by funders and through the sale of materials and products made from collected materials.
The Executive Director needs to be an autonomous, entrepreneurial thinker and problem solver, able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, prioritize and oversee multiple projects at once, with attention to a vast range of details and the demonstrated capacity to work well with cross-functional and global teams. Clear and persuasive speaking and writing skills are essential.
The principal location is near TerraCycle’s major hubs in the US (New Jersey, near NYC or Philadelphia) or in the UK (London). As lead for global expansion of the Foundation’s work and development, the Executive Director would travel (when it’s safe to do so) to locations where operations are based or being seeded to represent the Foundation in various ocean plastic conferences and initiatives, and meet with funders as part of leading the development efforts. The Executive Director will report to and work closely with the Foundation’s Board Chair and provide reports to the Foundation Board and donors.
- Prospect major potential funders, develop relationships, and close funding opportunities
- Efficiently and effectively oversee day-to-day operation of the organization’s programs and services and supporting local operations/implementation
- Communicate a vision of the Foundation’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors
- Maintain contacts and serve as the lead representative of the Foundation
- Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with local and global community groups, funders, political or governmental entities, etc. to help achieve the goals of the organization
- Fundraise via multiple strategies including grants, corporate gifts and foundations, and individual giving
- Create global standards and best practices for carrying out the Foundation’s mission in all markets
- Manage a budget, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
- Manage the establishment and launch operations of the global Foundation in developing regions
- Recruit, interview, and select global staff that have the necessary technical and personal abilities
- Bachelor’s degree required (preferably in business, nonprofit management, or a related field)
- 8-10 years senior management experience in relevant field
- Competency in budgeting and managing a P&L
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to communicate complex ideas and processes in a simplified manner
- Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and program development
- Transparent and high integrity leadership with proven team management skills
- Experience working in/with indigenous communities in developing countries
- Working knowledge of global waste management practices (knowledge of waste law and regulation preferred, particularly across SE Asia
- Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
- Salaried position with annual incentive
- Generous paid time off
- Company subsidized medical and insurance plan
- Company matched 401(k) contributions
TerraCycle requires all employees to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, or have a valid religious or medical reason for being exempt.
TerraCycle is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
Note: International candidates must be eligible to work in their country of employment. At this time TerraCycle does not provide for visa sponsorships.
Job description is not all inclusive. TerraCycle reserves the right to amend this job description at any time.