[IRP] Global Network Initiative seeks Executive Director
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Global Network Initiative Seeks Executive Director
Posted: May 21, 2009
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is seeking an Executive Director to lead
a new multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to protecting and advancing
the human rights of freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
About the Global Network Initiative: The GNI was launched on October 29,
2008 when a diverse group of companies, human rights organizations,
academics, investors, and technology leaders published new Principles on
Freedom of Expression and Privacy, accompanied by Implementation Guidelines
and a Governance, Accountability and Learning Framework. More information
about the Initiative can be found at http://www.globalnetworkinitiative.org.
Executive Director Position: The Executive Director will report to GNI?s
Board of Directors and will be responsible for key tasks and milestones
associated with the establishment and operation of the organization.
Key milestones include: globalizing and increasing GNI?s membership,
developing a strategic plan in close consultation with the board, and making
the GNI a leading voice in defending and promoting freedom of expression and
privacy in the ICT sector.
Location: Washington, D.C.; flexible for the right candidate
Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities of the Executive Director will
Facilitating sound strategic planning to ensure the Initiative?s overall
effectiveness, integrity, and sustainability;
Directing all program components, including oversight and coordination of
GNI subcommittees and work streams:
Recruiting new participants (company and non-company) and managing
Conducting stakeholder outreach and identifying collaborative opportunities;
Supporting the implementation of an accountability process for the
Managing and further developing a shared learning program, including the
creation of relevant human rights resources;
Acting as spokesperson for the organization and coordinating external
communications, including representing the GNI in the media and at public
Collecting participant dues and managing resource development / external
Managing the financial and administrative elements of the GNI;
Maintaining or formulating operational policies, procedures, and protocols;
Planning and supporting meetings of the Board and of the full membership;
Planning and executing learning forums and other GNI events, including an
annual learning conference;
Recruiting, hiring, and supervising staff;
Publishing annual reports on the Initiative?s progress;
Undertaking other tasks contained in the GNI?s work plan or as directed by
Qualifications: The Executive Director position is designed for candidates
with significant relevant experience. An ideal candidate would have:
A demonstrated commitment to the goals of the GNI;
Experience in a start-up and/or nonprofit environment;
Experience in successfully recruiting and expanding global membership among
companies and civil society organizations;
Directly relevant experience in the ICT sector;
Experience with addressing the needs of a diverse, global group of
Demonstrated leadership, management, and organizational skills;
An entrepreneurial and collaborative working style;
Seven 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 law, public policy, business or other relevant field;
Fluency in English and at least one other language.
This position represents a significant opportunity for the right individual
to work with global leaders to shape the approach that ICT companies and
their stakeholders will take to issues of freedom of expression and privacy
in years to come.
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 info at globalnetworkinitiative.org (Subject line:
?Executive Director Position?). Deadline: July 31, 2009. 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.
Open Society Fellow | Co-founder, GlobalVoicesOnline.org
Assistant Professor, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, University of Hong
USA: +1-617-939-3493 | HK: +852-6334-8843
Mainland China: +86-13710820364
E-mail: rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com
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