IPS Secretary General / Managing Director

+358 40 418 4075

The International Peat Society (Kansainvälinen Turveyhdistys ry) is recruiting a dynamic

Secretary General / Managing Director

to further develop and promote the work of the Society.

The Secretary General works at the IPS Secretariat in Jyväskylä, part-time, at least 16 hrs/week, and reports directly to the Executive Board of the Society. His/her tasks include:

  • Leadership and monitoring of a global non-profit organization of different stakeholders considering the social, economic and environmental values of peat and peatlands
  • Strategic development of the Society and outreach in response to scientific, commercial, political and administrative challenges at national and international levels
  • Cooperation and information exchange with related non-profit organizations, EU officials and international conventions with regard to wetland management, land use and climate change
  • Reporting and active communication of important developments to membership and beyond
  • Fostering a network of contacts with the IPS membership and related stakeholders
  • Implementation of the decisions taken by the Annual Assembly of national representatives, the Executive Board and the Scientific Advisory Board in compliance with the Society’s Statutes and Internal Regulations
  • Strengthening visibility and impact of the expertise within IPS on an international level
  • Supervision and development of the IPS Secretariat in Jyväskylä and its staff
  • Financial and budget responsibility

The applicant should have the following qualifications:

  • Academic degree in natural resource management, business or social sciences
  • Excellent communication & PR skills: public speaking, writing, negotiating and moderating
  • Written and oral proficiency in English and Finnish together with preferably German, French, or Russian
  • Experience in administration, finance, project and human resource management
  • Non-profit sector, university or business background beneficial
  • MS Office and Internet experience & willingness to travel
  • Peat and peatland knowledge is an advantage

The IPS is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the responsible management and Wise Use of peatlands and peat. It promotes the gathering, exchange and communication of knowledge and experience, for instance via conferences, meetings and publications. The IPS serves all those interested in peat and peatlands including the scientific, industrial and commercial, and regulatory communities. It respects the economic, social and environmental values of the peatland resource.

Currently the IPS has 1,412 individual, corporate, student and institutional members from 42 countries. This includes 18 National Committees and 10 Commissions with different activities related to peat and peatlands, including mires, bogs, fens and tropical peat swamp forests.

Please send your applications with CV, time and salary requirements by 5 December 2013 to the IPS Secretariat, ips@peatsociety.org, phone: +358 40 418 4075.

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