World Federation of
Science Journalists

WFSJ Executive Director Position

The WFSJ is looking to recruit an experienced and dynamic Executive Director to provide day to day leadership for the Federation’s secretariat and to work closely with the Board to develop broad support for WFSJ vision and programs.

The WFSJ is a not-for-profit international organization, based in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. It is an international federation of national associations of science and technology journalists from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The Federation seeks to further science journalism as a bridge between science, scientists and the public, and to improve the quality of science reporting worldwide.

We are looking for a world class professional, to be based in Canada, that can deliver strategic leadership and can bring a strong set of practical ideas to ensure programme excellence and organizational effectiveness; guarantee effective financial management; and can create a communication strategy that effectively positions the WFSJ as a leading actor in making science journalism a strong contributor to better informed and democratic societies.

We are looking for an exceptional person that has a passion and commitment for science journalism and can meet the following requirements:
  • a university degree in a related field (e.g. management, journalism, or science);
  • preferably 10 years of experience as a senior manager in a non-profit organisation or corporation;
  • a proven track record in setting organisational goals and achieving them;
  • outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-national environment;
  • the ability to represent the organisation effectively in a wide range of fora;
  • excellent team work ability and the capacity to inspire others;
  • experience in recruiting and managing employees, volunteers and consultants;
  • experience in designing, implementing and monitoring annual work plans;
  • experience in developing and managing international projects and partnerships;
  • successful experience in fundraising and collaborations with other organizations;
  • experience in planning important international meetings and events.
Please note that there will be a bridging/training period of six months where the successful candidate will act as Deputy Director and will report to the current Executive Director. 

For a full job description go to WFSJ website clicking here.

To apply for the post, please send—before 15th January 2012 -- a letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the post, your suitability for this role, as well as your self assessment against each Person Specification requirement in the job description along with your CV/resume (no photos) in English in strict confidence BY EMAIL ONLY to: HR consultant Danièle Saint-Pierre: with a copy to the Chair of the Board Vesa Niinikangas:

Please ensure that they are sent as Word documents with the titles "your name cover letter" and "your name CV". Please put "WFSJ Executive Director" in the email subject line.