Director, Roots & Shoots Partnerships

  • Roots & Shoots
  • Washington, United States

Director, Roots & Shoots Partnerships

Job description

This position is based at the JGI U.S. headquarters in Washington, DC.

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) USA is an international non-governmental organization that continues Dr. Jane Goodall’s pioneering animal research and global conservation mission. The breadth of the Jane Goodall Institute’s work reflects Dr. Goodall’s personal philosophy that the survival of all species depends upon collaboration, community, and valuing individuals’ contributions.

Core Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Director of Roots & Shoots, the Director, Roots & Shoots Partnerships cultivates and manages key relationships with informal education organizations, including zoos, aquariums, gardens, museums, universities, after school networks, and more. With a focus on key markets across the U.S., the Director has primary responsibility for identifying strategically advantageous partnerships with like-minded organizations, cultivating and formalizing mutually beneficial partnerships with those organizations, and supporting them for maximum and mutual benefit. The Director works closely with the Roots & Shoots Network Manager in key markets. Increasing Roots & Shoots participation across the U.S. is the primary driver, as well as diversifying the participant pool. The Director also supports Roots & Shoots in four African countries, managing grant application process and reporting functions, reviewing materials, and acting as the point of contact at JGI U.S. Additionally, the Director is responsible for gathering and reporting Roots & Shoots U.S. program participation data.

Regular business travel is required.


Knowledge & Skills

The Director will have existing knowledge of informal education institutions in large U.S. cities. They possess a mission mindset centered on educating young people as planetary stewards. They also possess a business mindset that can identify, shape, and articulate fruitful relationships that will yield greater numbers of program participants.

Additionally, the Director will have:

  • Deep knowledge of the U.S. K-12 education landscape, including formal and informal education providers, project-based learning, and experience-based education.
  • Excellent communication skills (in-person, video conference and phone), through which program mission and goals are conveyed and creative partnership arrays are explored.
  • Acumen with project management, including organizational skills, multi-tasking, and the ability to prioritize competing projects.
  • Strategic and creative thinking when developing “gives” and “gets” in partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully across organizational units.
  • Success in maintaining mutually beneficial organizational relationships.
  • Ability to set ambitious goals, articulate goals internally, and report on program performance.
  • Ability to use financial data to support strategic decision-making and use financial indicators to modify program operations when necessary.
  • Proficiency with major software programs including Microsoft Office Suite

Additional Characteristics and Attributes

  • An unwavering belief in the power of young people to make a positive difference in their lives, their communities, and the world.
  • Willingness to seek feedback, adapt practices, and continuously learn and evolve as a leader.
  • A sense of humor and ability to find joy in challenging work.
  • Commitment to collaboration and the core Roots & Shoots mantra: “together we can, together we will!”
  • Commitment to JGI values of inclusion, adaptability, and the growth mindset.


  • 6-8 years’ experience in program management, business development, or operations in an arena involving multiple organizations such as an association, membership organization, alliance, or consortium.
  • Proven ability to effectively work within a team

Minimum Education

  • B.A. or B.S. Master’s preferred.

Work Environment

At the Jane Goodall Institute we believe that when we can bring our authentic selves to work on a day-to-day basis, we become happier, more comfortable, more confident, and more excited to do great things for our organization, each other, and our world.

The Jane Goodall Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to being an organization and a community where people thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work every day. We value attracting diverse talent and we cultivate an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. We strive to be a diverse workforce and believe that forming teams in which everyone can be their authentic selves from all different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives is key to our success.

Come join the Jane Goodall Institute and be a part of a global organization where we are all proud to belong.

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