Executive Director, Global Network Initiative

View this announcement on the GNI website.

Launched in 2008, the Global Network Initiative (GNI) brings together technology companies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

GNI is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial individual with significant experience in the ICT sector and a deep commitment to human rights to serve as Executive Director during the initiative’s next phase of growth and development. Reporting to GNI’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for leading GNI as it expands its company membership and extends its international influence.

Key milestones include:

  • Strengthening GNI as a global multi-stakeholder platform advocating for freedom of expression and privacy rights on the Internet;
  • Extending GNI’s influence across the ICT sector, beyond Internet companies;
  • Expanding GNI’s membership, particularly new companies around the world;
  • Increasing and diversifying revenue sources to support GNI’s global agenda.

Location: Flexible depending upon the candidate.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

  • Ensure GNI’s overall efficacy, integrity, and sustainability through sound management and strategic planning;
  • Maintain current and develop new funding sources to strengthen GNI’s organizational capacity;
  • Prepare and monitor the organization’s annual budget, providing the Board with regular updates on revenues and expenditures;
  • Recruit new participants (company and non-company)
  • Direct all program components, including oversight and coordination of GNI committees and work streams:
    • Manage and further develop a shared learning program, including the creation of relevant human rights resources;
    • Identify joint opportunities for public policy advocacy by GNI participants;
    • Run the company assessment process;
  • Oversee GNI’s collaboration with the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy;
  • Represent GNI at public events, in the media, and with governments and international institutions, and coordinate overall external communications;
  • Plan annual learning forums and other GNI issue-focused events;
  • Oversee GNI’s administrative requirements and ensure the organization complies with all laws and regulations according to its 501(c)(3) status;
  • Maintain or formulate operational policies and procedures consistent with the GNI Governance Charter;
  • Plan and support meetings of the Board and of the full membership;
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise staff;
  • Publish annual reports on GNI’s progress. 

Qualifications: The Executive Director position is designed for candidates with significant relevant experience. An ideal candidate would have: 

  • A commitment to human rights, transparency, and accountability;
  • Substantive, high-level experience in the ICT sector;
  • A demonstrated ability to develop international policy and conduct high-level advocacy with governments, the private sector, and civil society;
  • Experience and sophisticated skills working in a multi-jurisdictional context;
  • Involvement with international multi-stakeholder initiatives or coalitions;
  • Familiarity with assessment/assurance frameworks in a corporate accountability context;
  • A track record of successful fundraising;
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, and organizational skills;
  • An inclusive and collaborative working style that builds trust;
  • Ten or more years of relevant experience in human rights, corporate social responsibility and/or Internet and telecommunications policy;
  • Superior verbal and written skills;
  • An advanced degree in public policy, business, law or other relevant field.

Compensation: Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and is competitive with public interest and not-for-profit pay scales.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter explaining your interest and a resume or curriculum vitae to: [email protected] (Subject line: “Executive Director Position”). Deadline: September 30, 2014. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Global Network Initiative is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion or physical ability.