Executive Director

Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI)


  • Location: Flexible
  • Salary: Competitive for not-for-profit
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 12/09/2016

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) is a unique cross-industry initiative entirely dedicated to the urgent task of advancing corporate respect for human rights around the world.

Acre is supporting GBI to find their next Executive Director who will lead an entrepreneurial and highly-respected business-led initiative operating at the centre of the international movement; focused on addressing the human rights impacts of economic globalisation, business activities and governance challenges.

The Executive Director's role is to steward the strategic direction, sustainability, effectiveness and profile of the organisation; developing and ensuring high-quality delivery of initiative strategy and programmes in collaboration with GBI Directors.

Additional Responsibilities Include:

- Ensuring GBIs programmes (Member Peer Learning; Outreach & Capacity Building; and Informing Policy) deliver value to members

- Engaging regularly with each individual GBI member company, supporting them via GBI programmes or other methods - to address their human rights risks and challenges

- Engaging new companies into the GBI mission and community - whether as members or via distinct activities Tracking a multitude of policy and normative developments, identifying areas that can benefit from GBI member company engagement and input

- Leading the delivery of individual projects, events and activities - and empowering colleagues to lead on others

- Managing financial and human resources including regular management calls with secretariat members and leading performance reviews/growth

The successful candidate will be a recognised and respected leader in the Business and Human Rights community with professional experience in sustainability, corporate responsibility, human rights or public policy.

In addition you will:

- Be able to track, analyse and communicate on a wide array of policy and practice developments while also rapidly identifying and developing strategically sensible responses to emerging ideas, trends and expectations

- Have led and developed a small team in a large institution or a small business or not-for-profit

- Have the ability to engage respectfully and build working relationships with people from diverse stakeholder groups

- Have excellent communication skills ranging from public speaking in large forums to effective engagement in small groups or in one-to-one situations

- Be entrepreneurial, demonstrating excellent leadership qualities in situations of limited human and financial resources

- Understand the importance of inter-personal relationships, flexibility and dynamic culture in small teams working remotely

This is a rare opportunity to work with a dynamic, talented team to further evolve GBI as a unique collaborative entity capable of effecting meaningful change in a fast-moving and complex environment.