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8850 Wildlife Justice Commission 's-Gravenhage Raad van Toezicht

For its client Wildlife Justice Commission, DUX Executive Search is seeking a

Non-Executive Board Member – Chair

Organisatie | Organisation

The Wildlife Justice Commission, founded to protect vulnerable species from transnational organized crime, has created extraordinary impact since its establishment in 2015. In over eight years of disrupting and helping to dismantle transnational criminal networks trading in wildlife, timber, and fish, WJC has facilitated 201 arrests of high-level suspects, with a 100% conviction rate for cases that have gone before the courts, and helped to seize nearly 3.9 tonnes of ivory, 214 rhino horns, 7.9 tonnes of pangolin scales and other parts from endangered wildlife.

The Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) has augmented its impact on transnational organized environmental crime by establishing a parent office in the United States and incorporating affiliate nonprofits in the United States and Thailand to partner with the existing Dutch office in disrupting and dismantling terrestrial and marine species trafficking networks. Within this restructured family of entities, The Wildlife Justice Commission’s Dutch office will manage development, external relations, and communications, with a focus on European stakeholders – overseen by the US-based parent entity.

This Dutch entity will be overseen by a Management Board, composed of one executive director and at least two non-executive directors. We are looking for a new Chair, who will serve as one of the non-executive members of the Wildlife Justice Commission’s Management Board, which manages the foundation. An affiliation agreement will govern the relationship between the three entities. The Dutch chair will liaise closely with the chairs of the two US entities to ensure an effective overall strategy and governance, particularly in the initial transition phase.

The current Chair’s term is coming to an end, and therefore the Wildlife Justice Commission is seeking a new high-level strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit and a broad network to support WJC’s work with mission-oriented oversight as Chair of the Management Board. The Management Board members will also support the Dutch office in collaborating constructively with WJC’s partner entities in the United States and Thailand.

Functie | Tasks and responsibilities

Our ideal candidate has the following skills and experience:

  • A passion for nature and an urgent desire for justice and accountability in the fight to disrupt global criminal networks trafficking vulnerable species;
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic sector is essential as well as a readiness to leverage their network for fundraising efforts by engaging with potential donors, internal advisory committees, and policymakers at the highest level;
  • Ownership-driven: willing to take initiative and be accountable for board-level decisions and actions;
  • An ability to think strategically across the global organization and to identify and critically assess opportunities;
  • An ability to identify and monitor key risks in a wide range of areas and to recommend appropriate steps.
  • Charismatic leader who leads from behind with the capacity to support WJC in developing effective management strategies;
  • Culturally sensitive and confident collaborating with diverse multinational teams;
  • Ability to coach, evaluate, and monitor the performance of the officers of the foundation;
  • Commitment to the highest standards of transparency, integrity, and confidentiality, with the interests of the WJC always paramount;
  • Effective listener and communicator with internal and external stakeholder audiences;
  • Team player, who has the passion and time to make a genuine and active contribution to the Board and to building the WJC.

Time commitment
The Management Board generally meets four times per year, once a year in person (which can be in US, Thailand, or the Netherlands). The Chair may also be asked to attend board meetings of the other WJC entities. Based on current practice, each meeting takes three hours. Normally speaking, preparation would require about two hours. In addition to these meetings, a strategy session of half a day is held each year. Between meetings, some members are called upon in connection with specific areas of WJC’s work. The Chair holds periodic meetings with officers of the foundation.

Aanbod | Offer

Wildlife Justice Commission offers

A chance to make a real difference ensuring justice for wildlife;
Working with a highly dedicated Board with a broad international scope;
The Board position is generally expected to be for a period of two four-year terms; the position is unpaid; expenses will be reimbursed.


Are you interested? Then please submit your CV and short motivation letter before January 3rd, 2024 using the apply button below.

For more information about the position, please contact:

Annemijn de Lavieter | Consultant DUX Consultant Annemijn de Lavieter +31 (0) 70 7 622 622

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