PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands | Full-time

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Minderoo Foundation is a modern philanthropic organisation. We take on tough, persistent issues with the potential to drive massive change. We incubate ideas and accelerate impact. We push the limits of what is believed possible. Minderoo Foundation is independent, forward thinking and seeks effective, scalable solutions. We are proudly Australian, and one of Asia’s largest philanthropies, with AUD $2 billion committed to a range of global initiatives. Our team comprises over 100 employees across seven locations.

No Plastic Waste

In September 2019, Minderoo Foundation launched its initiative No Plastic Waste (NPW) and its first program Sea The Future (STF) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. NPW’s core mission is to end plastic leakage to our environment, maximize circularity in the plastics economy and mitigate the negative impacts of plastic on people and the planet.

About the role

Based in Amsterdam or Brussels, the Public Affairs Director for NPW will focus on the global coordination of NPW’s public affairs strategy aimed at achieving support by regulators for Sea the Future’s market based mechanism, and embedding a new taxonomy of responsible, safe plastics in law and regulation globally. This strategy will cover the EU, US, Australia, and key jurisdictions in Asia, including Indonesia and China. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Designing a global public affairs strategy and coordinating engagement with different national and regional public authorities.
  • Ensuring STF has an effective network of political, regulatory and stakeholder contacts.
  • Identifying and managing strategic public affairs partnerships.
  • Aligning NPW public affairs with the broader communications and public affairs function of Minderoo Foundation; and
  • Instructing external legal and public affairs advisors
  • Lead in accordance with the Minderoo Foundation values
  • Collaborate with Minderoo Foundation Communication and External Affairs Joint Team in Perth HQ

About you

You will have 10 to 15 years’ working experience in the field of public affairs, with a proven track record of successfully impacting policy and legislation along with a Master’s degree in law, political science, or related studies. You will have experience with EU policy. Experience with public affairs in other jurisdictions is an advantage (focus: US, China, Indonesia, Australia). Ideally you would have experience related to plastics, the petrochemical industry, the circular economy, or the green energy transition. 

Of vital importance is that you will be a solutions-oriented and self-motivated individual who will possess an abundance of positivity, initiative, and a passion for embracing our philosophy and living our values.

Next Steps

Please attach your resume and a short paragraph highlighting your relevant expertise.  

Tattarang and Minderoo Foundation embraces Equal Opportunity and promotes diversity. We actively encourage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, people of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, and those with Disability to apply.