International Crane Foundation


Vice President of International Operations

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 four priority regions where endangered cranes occur — East Asia, Indo-Australia, Africa, and North America — and our headquarters in Wisconsin, USA.

ICF is currently seeking a senior-level professional to advance our regional programs in East Asia, Indo-Australia, and Africa. The VP of International Operations will supervise and support our regional leaders based in China, India, Vietnam, and South Africa, and travel among our project sites in those regions. 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 primary work location is flexible, and the incumbent may choose to base at ICF headquarters, in association with one of our international regional offices, or at another strategic location.


Position Summary:

The Vice President (VP)—International Operations supports the mission of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) by operationalizing our strategic vision across our international programs, providing supervision and management support to our regional program leaders based overseas, serving as a strong liaison between international and domestic programs and staff, advancing the financial and ccj sustainability of our international operations, and building strategic networks with peer organizations. The incumbent reports to the President, serves on ICF’s senior leadership team, and maintains strong relationships with the Board of Directors. The incumbent will travel extensively, 6-8 months per year, among ICF regional programs in East Asia, South/Southeast Asia, and Africa. The position location is flexible, and the incumbent may choose to base at ICF headquarters, in association with one of our regional offices, or at another strategic location.


  • Operationalizing our strategic vision across our international programs – providing critical thinking, focus and direction for ICF’s international programs, from project design and implementation to monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management. Ensuring the long-term sustainability of the programs.
  • Providing supervision and management support for our international program leaders based in China, South Africa, India, and Southeast Asia, including guidance with strategic planning, work planning, and financial management.
  • Mentoring and facilitating leadership development across our international programs, with a particular focus on succession/transition in China.
  • Advancing the financial sustainability of our international programs, including writing and editing grants, and advancing individual, corporate, and foundation donor relations.
  • Fostering collaboration within and among our international program offices, our North America office in Texas, and our headquarters in Baraboo, encouraging the exchange of ideas and expertise across ICF and fostering a collective team spirit.
  • Serving as a liaison between ICF executive leadership and our international programs, ensuring great two-way flow of communications, understanding, and expectations across our organization.
  • Building and/or engaging in strategic networks with peer organizations and partners that further the strategic vision of ICF (e.g., other NGOs, agencies, businesses, etc.).
  • Work closely with ICF Compliance Manager, providing input to in-country rules and regulations for international operations including offices, expenses, payroll, and related.
  • Engaging with the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors on ICF’s institutional advancement and operation.
  • Supporting the implementation of Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation with program staff.


  • Minimum education: Master’s Degree in a conservation-related field.
  • Minimum five years of experience in wildlife conservation or related field.
  • Significant international work experience, preferably prior experience and/or local language skills in one or more of our international program regions.
  • 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.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively across our international programs, to our headquarters, and to other key locations for networking, meetings, and other opportunities.
  • Experience with building and maintaining long-term relationships with strategic partners and peer organizations.
  • 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 grant writing and reporting.
  • Attentive to detail and thoroughness.
  • Quickly, effectively, and continually adapt to changes in work environment and duties, processes, and technologies.
  • A clear commitment to cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity, including respect for others and different ways of thinking.
  • Knowledge of strategic and operational planning, finance, and budgeting.
  • Genuine commitment to team building.


The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to use hands and fingers to type.
  • Ability to talk and hear.
  • Ability to lift or move up to 25 pounds; occasionally reaching, stooping and kneeling.
  • Ability to walk and sit for reasonable periods.

Work Environment:

  • Work and travel in international settings that may be challenging (rural areas, very simple accommodations and working conditions at times)
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of climates.

To apply please send a copy of resume, references, and salary requirements in an email to: ICFjobs@savingcranes.org. When emailing please use “International” in the subject line.