Executive Director

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 23 April 2018
Executive-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 9 April 2018

Job Description

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable seeks a dynamic, strategic, and collaborative Executive Director!

The application period is rolling with the position open until filled. Application review will commence on April 23th, 2018.

To apply, please submit the following complete application materials to apply@icar.ngo with subject line ‘Application for Executive Director-ICAR’:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest and background for the position;
  • CV/Resume;
  • Two writing samples evidencing different target audiences; and
  • At least three references (names, contact information, and relationships).

ICAR offers a competitive non-profit compensation with excellent benefits.

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply. References will only be contacted for shortlisted candidates. Only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. The interview process will include ICAR Board Members and funders. Please alert in your application if there are any sensitivities in this regard.

Should you have any questions, please contact apply@icar.ngo.

POSITION SUMMARY: The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) harnesses the collective power of progressive organizations to push governments to create and enforce rules over corporations that promote human rights and reduce inequality. Our Members include over 40 human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the leadership and management of the organization. The ED will oversee the work of the organization, including the Legal and Policy Program and the Campaigns and Advocacy Program, and build necessary teams and strategic partnerships to execute the priorities of the organization. The ED will represent the organization externally and be a key thought leader in the area of corporate accountability.

The ED will be an experienced manager with 10 or more years of relevant work experience, including at least 8 years of leadership or management experience. The ED should possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and the ability to build collaborations and strategy across teams within the organization and externally with member and partner organizations.

The successful candidate will have clear leadership skills and a track-record of success in fundraising and financial oversight, external communications and public relations, staff supervision, and strategic vision and thinking.

The Executive Director is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.


  • Leadership, Strategy, and Management
    • Works with management team to develop and implement the vision and strategy of the organization;
    • Manages ICAR governance, including engagement with the ICAR Board;
    • Works collaboratively with members and partners to achieve the goals of the organization;
    • Works with ICAR Program Directors to align goals, priorities, build plans and strategies to ensure coherence across Programs;
    • Fosters a positive, collaborative and team oriented culture at ICAR;
    • Mentors staff and interns with a generous, supportive approach.
  • Fundraising and Donor Engagement
    • Represents the organization to the donor community;
    • Raises funds from foundations and other donors where appropriate to achieve the goals of the organization;
    • Identifies and recruits new donors to the corporate accountability arena.
  • External Relationships and Representation
    • Serves as a thought-leader in public fora, including the media;
    • Represents the organization at conferences, public events, donor events, and partner events;
    • Engages with government and corporate actors;
    • Engages with international organizations, including the United Nations;
    • Engages with the fiscal sponsor;
    • Cultivates relationships with key external partners and experts to inform and enhance ICAR’s work.
  • Analysis and Editing
    • Oversees and has final review of written materials and other advocacy materials, including reports, briefing documents, press releases, op-eds, and blogs;
    • Engages in substantive review of all product of the organization, supporting Program Directors with guidance;
    • Serves as an internal and external expert on issues of corporate accountability and human rights.
  • 10 years of relevant work experience including a minimum 8 years of experience in leadership or management role with an organization of similar size and complexity;
  • Expertise in issues of corporate accountability and/or human rights, including familiarity and expertise in international law;
  • Experience with staff and consultant supervision and management, with a collaborative approach and spirit;
  • Experience working in partnerships and coalitions;
  • Experience working with legal experts and lawyers;
  • Experience working with campaigners and advocates;
  • Experience managing budgets, fundraising, applying for grants, and preparing financial reports;
  • Experienced in public speaker;
  • Advocacy experience, including legislative experience;
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States.
  • Desk work for periods of time;
  • Ability to use mediums of communication include telephone, email and Skype, and online tools;
  • International travel (~40%);
  • Domestic travel (~10%).
  • Quiet work environment;
  • Private office space;
  • Computer and printer provided;
  • Work internationally from hotels or shared office spaces.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive non-profit compensation with excellent benefits.

LOCATION: Washington, D.C strongly preferred.

About the Organization

ICAR harnesses the collective power of progressive organizations to push governments to create and enforce rules over corporations that promote human rights and reduce inequality.

More information

ICAR - Executive Director - Job Description and Instructions.pdf

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