Vice President – Asia Programs

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The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. ICF engages with a global network of nearly 300 staff, associates, and colleagues in more than 50 countries. Our efforts focus on three priority regions where endangered cranes occur—China/East Asia, Africa, and North America—and our headquarters in Wisconsin, USA.

ICF is currently seeking a senior level professional to advance our regional programs in China and Southeast Asia, including Russia, Mongolia, and South Korea. The VP of Asia Programs will supervise and support our regional leaders.  This position requires extensive travel and work in these countries for 6-8 months a year. Meeting the schedule of our partners in these countries requires flexibility to travel on short notices. International conservation experience is essential, experience in China is a plus.

The location of the incumbent is flexible, preference is in Asia or with travel access to Asia.

Position Summary:

The Vice President – Asia provides strategic leadership and oversight for ICF programs in Asia and provides expertise and experience in developing and strengthening collaborative partnerships, programs and relationships within and between countries of the region to promote the conservation of cranes and their habitats, including the wetlands, grasslands and agricultural lands on which they depend, and the flyways they traverse between breeding, staging and wintering grounds. The VP-Asia supervises and supports the ICF China Program, guides long-term ICF-supported projects in Russia, Mongolia, and South Korea, and liaises with partners in Japan. The VP-Asia also supervises and supports programs in SE Asia, principally Myanmar and Cambodia/Vietnam, and builds and supports networks throughout Asia, Australia and Eurasia/Middle East. The incumbent engages with the ICF Senior Leadership and Board of Directors in setting institutional priorities and goals, with particular emphasis on promoting strong linkages and lesson sharing between ICF programs in Asia and regional programs in Africa and North America. In all efforts, the incumbent promotes a science-based approach to organizational decision-making and works with Asia staff to ensure effective communications to the ICF Board of Directors, staff, members, supporters, peers, and other constituencies.

Essential Duties:

·      Advise the CEO, Senior Leadership, and Board of Directors on the strategic vision and direction for the Asia Program.

·      Provide leadership, mentorship, and management support to ICF programs in Asia, including strategic planning, partnership development, monitoring and evaluation and financial and programmatic sustainability.

·      Supervise and support the Director of the ICF China Program, the Director of the Southeast Asia Program and Asia Grants Officer, including budget development and management, work plans, measurable objectives, personnel needs, professional development, and performance reviews.

·      Provide financial and budget oversight of the Asia program and support fundraising efforts in coordination with the Grants Officer-Asia Programs, ICF Development team, Senior Leadership, and Board of Directors.

·      Work closely with VP- North America and VP- Africa to coordinate scientific exchange and lesson sharing among ICF global programs.

Additional Duties:

·      Promote sound science in decision-making across ICF program activity in Asia.

·      Regular travel in Asia for in-person connection with ICF teams, programs and partners.

·      Additional travel to international meetings, selected donors and partners and peer organizations outside Asia

·      Assist Marketing and Communications and Development teams with messaging related to Asia programs and impacts.

·      Build and maintain strong networks across the region and represent ICF in relevant forums and meetings.

Core Competencies:

·      Strong team builder with ability to effectively lead and mentor staff and projects to successful outcomes and provide an atmosphere in which individual and professional growth, leadership and achievement are encouraged, recognized, and rewarded.

·      Strong collaborator committed to working cooperatively across departments and programs, making valuable contributions to shared projects and assisting with outputs of others. 

·      Strong communicator with excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with lay-audiences, professional peers, and organizational leadership.

·      Strong partnership builder with interpersonal skills and commitment to cultivate strong external relationships and partnerships.

·      Strong resource manager with the ability to oversee budget planning and management, including high-level tracking of expenses, revenue, and allocation of resources for programs and projects.

Qualifications Required:

·      Master’s degree or equivalent work experience.

·      Knowledge and experience working in diverse countries and cultures in Asia, including a clear commitment to cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity, respect for others and different ways of thinking.

·      Minimum 10 years work in conservation or a related field, preferably in Asia, with proven track record managing projects and teams.

·      Demonstrated experience and commitment to mentoring and supervising others to achieve desired results, to include training and encouragement of skill development, adept at assessing and providing feedback on individual and group performance.

·      Excellent verbal communication skills in English, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individual and groups; listening effectively; responding well to questions from conservation colleagues, ICF supporters, visitors, press and the public.

·      Demonstrated strong written communications skills in English, including grants, popular articles, project updates, and reports.

·      Ability and willingness to travel extensively across our international programs, to our headquarters, and to other key locations for networking, meetings, and other opportunities

·      Proficient in Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point) and Adobe Acrobat.

Physical Abilities and Work Environment:

The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to operate computer and phones.
  • Ability to communicate with fellow staff donors and stakeholders. Communication will include both one to one communication, small, and large group communication.
  • The ability to travel internationally for extended periods of time.
  • Occasionally required to lift and move items up to 20 pounds.
  • Occasionally required to move throughout the building and throughout the site. 

Work Environment:

·      Office environment with a comfortable climate and limited noise.

·      Extensive international travel.

·      Travel to field sites that includes being in the out-of-doors.

To apply send resume and cover letter to Please put Vice President Asia in the subject line.



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The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. ICF engages with a global network of nearly 300 staff, associates, and colleagues in more than 50…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    July 30, 2022
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Experience Level


Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
E11376 Shady Lane Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913, USA

How to Apply

Please submit a CV/Resume and a cover letter to Please place VP Asia in the subject line.

Please submit a CV/Resume and a cover letter to Please place VP Asia in the subject line.

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