Evanston, IL

Vice President of Programs, Great Lakes Protection Fund

Vice President of Programs – Great Lakes Protection Fund

About the Great Lakes Protection Fund:  

Founded in 1989, the Great Lakes Protection Fund is a not-for-profit impact investor for the Great Lakes. We have turned bold ideas into impact by investing $100 million into team-based projects pioneering new technologies, practices, and financing strategies to catalyze Great Lakes basin-wide transformational change. You can read about our impact here.  

Our culture combines high performance with work-life balance. The Fund is a unique place where you can feel great about your work and build a better future for the Great Lakes region.

Position Overview

The Great Lakes Protection Fund is an impact investor for the Great Lakes. The Vice President of Programs leads the Fund’s program team. Their work focuses on investing in innovative people and transformational ideas to restore and protect the Great Lakes ecosystem.

We seek a seasoned professional with demonstrated success building innovative solutions to complex problems. They know how to recruit and motivate project teams, have a passion for the environment, and, ideally, have worked in both the public and private sectors.

This is a high-profile opportunity to collaborate with leaders from philanthropy, impact investing, academia, industry, and the public sector to add new initiatives to the Fund’s innovation portfolio. Today, this portfolio is over $18 million of multi-year commitments to more than 20 groundbreaking projects: launching new approaches to managing stormwater, controlling water contamination, reducing nutrients in agricultural runoff, and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. You can see summaries of the current portfolio here. We expect the Vice President will lead an additional $12-14 million investment in new projects over the next three years.

The successful candidate will ideally have twelve to fifteen years of experience leading teams, excellent networking and leadership skills, working knowledge of environmental, governmental, and economic issues, an advanced degree in an interdisciplinary field, such as law or business, and a passion for the Great Lakes. We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package.

We welcome all applicants regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity. If you are interested, please tell us how your background meets our needs, even if you may not exactly match the desired qualifications above. We want to find the best person for the job and will view how your knowledge, capabilities, education, and experience would add to our team.

How To Apply

To apply, please send us a cover letter highlighting successful innovation initiatives you have managed and your resume to position@glpf.org.

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