Arctic Director

Pacific Environment
Anchorage, Alaska
Sep 17, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Job Function
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time

Arctic Director in Anchorage or possibly San Francisco

Pacific Environment

Pacific Environment seeks to protect the communities and wildlife of the Pacific Rim by strengthening local leadership and championing social justice in Alaska and the Arctic, China, California, Vietnam, and elsewhere on the Pacific Rim. With a 30-plus year record of achievement and a team of 15, we partner extensively with groups in other countries and focus on marine, energy and climate, and pollution issues, and wildlife and watershed protection. Learn more at


Reporting directly to the Executive Director and working in a team setting with Pacific Environment leaders and those from allied organizations, the Arctic Director provides strategic direction, leadership on Arctic issues and campaigns, and staff and campaign management. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in one or more of the following subjects and geographies:

  • Creative campaign planning and implementation; coordination and leadership of effective coalitions; grassroots organizing
  • Collaborating with and support of Alaska Native and other Indigenous peoples
  • Marine policy; Arctic policy and governance; Arctic climate, energy, and shipping issues
  • Experience at the International Maritime Organization or Arctic Council
  • State and federal decision-making in Alaska
  • Foundation and major donor fundraising

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated achievement, leadership, and campaign skills relevant to one or more of the thematic focus areas listed above.

There is significant opportunity for the Arctic Director to expand Pacific Environment’s range of activities in these focal areas to make a significant impact on the future of our planet.

Location, Travel and Hours of Work:  ideally in Anchorage but we will consider strongly qualified candidates based in San Francisco. The position will require frequent international and domestic travel.

 Key Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. degree or equivalent experience. Advanced degrees are a strong plus.
  • Significant, demonstrated experience and achievement in strategic advocacy, policy, and campaign work; in program leadership and implementation; and in managing staff.
  • Demonstrated success as an effective team player and collaborator with allied stakeholders.
  • Experience in one or more of the policy areas or geographies listed above, especially involving matters involving the Arctic, Alaska, and/or Indigenous peoples.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated success in foundation fundraising. Experience in individual fundraising a plus.
  • Personal commitment to helping communities have a strong voice in decision-making.

Compensation and Benefits: Pacific Environment provides compensation commensurate with experience and a full benefits package. The employee will enjoy a flexible working environment with a dedicated, diverse group of colleagues.

Read more and apply here:   No phone calls, please.

Pacific Environment values diversity. Pacific Environment is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from candidates regardless of age, class, sex, creed, ethnicity, race, national origin, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, or veteran status.