Inspired by the visionary spirit of Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock International (“Winrock”) is a nonprofit organization and recognized thought leader in the U.S. and international development sector, providing solutions to some of the world’s most complex social, agricultural, and environmental challenges in over 40 countries. Winrock has long been a catalyst for change, focused on empowering the disadvantaged while sustaining natural resources, cultivating economic opportunities where they are needed most, and nurturing a thriving future for all.
Winrock seeks a visionary, dynamic, and experienced Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization into its next phase of work. The ideal candidate is a human-centric, respected, and visionary leader in international development work who possesses a proven track record as a strategic and effective executive in large and complex international organizations. They will demonstrate a commitment to driving positive impact and fostering meaningful collaborations internally and on a domestic and global scale. Reporting to the Board of Directors, he/she/they will join a mission-driven and passionate staff dedicated to addressing global challenges and an exciting moment of brimming opportunity for the organization.
The selected CEO will bring successful experience as a business leader and innovator who is able to leverage financial and business model understanding to help Winrock optimize for this next chapter of impact. They will demonstrate a deep understanding of organizational effectiveness and processes focusing on transparency, continuous learning, and inclusivity. They will be a powerful external voice for the organization, elevating Winrock’s mission and presence, bringing expertise in fundraising, and driving to cultivate new partnerships and donors. This is an exciting opportunity for the new CEO to add his or her contribution to Winrock’s renown for excellence as an organization and to lead Winrock into further success.
Created nearly 40 years ago through the philanthropy of Winthrop Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller III, Winrock International is a $110 million nonprofit organization that works to improve lives, livelihoods, and the planet through a combination of technical expertise and entrepreneurial innovation in partnership with governments and local, regional, and international partners.
Winrock has extensive on-the-ground experience in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. They provide evidence-based solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems.
Winrock implements over 100 agriculture, environment, and social development projects in over 40 countries, including the U.S. Its 857 staff members, including project-based staff, span globally, and Winrock has offices in Little Rock, Washington D.C., Manila, and Nairobi, along with dozens of project offices.
Staff in the U.S. and around the world value engagement, accountability, and communication in meaningful work that makes a difference. Winrock aims to nurture a positive, healthy, respectful culture and is committed to four key principles: results-focused, human-centered, science-based, and market-driven. The focus on excellence is undergirded by Winrock’s Core Values and Code of Conduct.
Along with its globally recognized work, Winrock has a strong U.S. portfolio that focuses on community development and entrepreneurial ecosystems to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Several unique programs operate within the organization, including the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, which supports entrepreneurship across the 8-state Delta region, and the Wallace Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes conservation management, soil health, and regenerative grazing with an emphasis on values-based supply chain development and the democratization of knowledge, tools, and relationships through accessible communities of practice.
Several entities operate as wholly owned subsidiaries under the Winrock International umbrella, including:
YOUR OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPACT
Winrock International seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to join at a pivotal moment brimming with opportunity. This is a period of positive change and introspection, fueled by the dedication of an exceptional staff and engaged Board. Winrock is embarking on a strategic refresh, crafting a refined vision for excellence, and the new CEO’s immediate focus will lie in these key responsibilities:
Vision and Strategy
The CEO will work across the organization to define the next chapter for Winrock. The CEO will implement the current strategic plan (including any refinements he or she may recommend) and assist in overseeing the cogent financial and operating plans to facilitate and ensure sustainable growth and scale. The CEO empowers Winrock’s executive team and staff’s decision-making and helps them align around the organization’s core strategies and priorities.
Financial Management and Business Diversification
In partnership with the Board and the Chief Financial Officer, the CEO will strengthen and expand Winrock’s core business processes as needed and ensure that Winrock’s resources are deployed effectively to ensure long-term organizational stability and growth.
Winrock’s revenue is over $100 million, and nearly 95% of that funding is from government agencies. Winrock, as have many other development agencies, has recently begun targeting new client sources in addition to government agencies. The next CEO will be tasked with securing diverse funding streams where available to ensure the long-term health of the organization and growing Winrock’s $50 million endowment fund to ensure programmatic and operational continuity when needed.
Innovation and Impact
The new CEO will bring creative thinking that sees opportunities and innovations beyond conventional solutions. They will exemplify curiosity and entrepreneurship to support the organization’s ability to address evolving and complex organizational challenges. The CEO will promote systems thinking with a vision that seeks to augment Winrock’s organizational foundation. The CEO will translate vision into action and build an organizational framework that measures progress on key performance indicators. They will drive strong functional integration across organizational teams, divisions, and subsidiaries and ensure consistent communication that provides essential role clarity and connection. The CEO will promote transparency, collaborative decision-making, and organizational prioritization that centers on excellence and focuses on the organizational impact.
Strong People Leader and Culture Builder
The new CEO will be a visionary, global leader who inspires, guides, and empowers a diverse, multinational, and talented team of professionals committed to solving some of the world’s most complex challenges. Across the U.S., Manila, and Nairobi central offices and Winrock’s constellation of project offices, the leader will enhance the organization’s culture of embracing inclusion at all levels – staff, leadership, and Board – reflecting the communities and people Winrock serves. Through authentic relationships and open dialogue, they will build on the current culture of trust, cohesion, and courageous spaces for dialogue where individuals have tended to thrive, enabling them to do their best work individually and collectively.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in a Global Context
The CEO will bring a deep personal commitment to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) and the courage to elevate and engage in sensitive conversations that recognize and address organizational U.S. and global field power dynamics. Internally, they will champion a culture that actively centers on REDI principles. This includes establishing clear policies and practices that promote fairness, access, and belonging for all while remaining keenly aware of and addressing existing power imbalances. The CEO’s leadership will guide the development and implementation of impactful initiatives that dismantle any possible structural barriers and enhance the organization’s history of empowering all voices of lived and professional experience that is reflective of Winrock's global workforce and partners.
Board Relations and Governance
The CEO will cultivate a strong partnership with the Board Chair and members, engaging and informing this body while receiving guidance and direction on the stewardship of the organization. The CEO will ensure the Board’s involvement in strategic thinking, oversight, planning, and risk management and will effectively leverage the strengths and assets of a multi-sectoral Board to support Winrock’s organization’s strategy development, network building, and funding diversification. The CEO will leverage an understanding of effective board governance models and communication best practices and bring a commitment to building a diverse Board while fostering dialogue across wide-ranging perspectives. Finally, the new CEO will support the Board’s collective capacity to champion and advance Winrock’s mission.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the CEO of Winrock will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
Vision, Values, and Leadership
Cultural Leadership & Management Style
More information about Winrock International can be found at: winrock.org.
This full-time, exempt role offers a competitive salary of $420,000 and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 403(b) plan, income protection, flexible work arrangements, time-off benefits, paid parental leave, and mental well-being support. While Winrock staff are primarily remote, this role may require headquarters presence and travel expectations for specific projects and conferences, team building, and other necessary in-person meetings.
This search is being conducted by Katherine Jacobs, Julian Jackson, Alejandra Villa, and Sharon Gerstman of the national search firm NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. The organization is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes, and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.
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