Executive Assistant

  • 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
  • Full-time

Company Description

Forests are crucial to all life on Earth. They capture and store carbon and are one of the most promising, large-scale, and cost-effective opportunities to combat climate change. Rainforests also sustain rainfalls, food supply, vital ecosystems, and livelihoods for over a billion people. Protecting them is not just a moral imperative, it is essential for a stable, prosperous, and sustainable future for us all. As the COVID-19 crisis highlights, we live in a fragile and interconnected world where sustainability cannot be taken for granted.

There is increasing recognition of the urgency of climate change. The Paris Agreement in 2015 committed governments to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. 760 major corporations have committed to climate neutrality, and over 40 countries have implemented some form of carbon pricing scheme.  After two decades of putting necessary, effective, high integrity standards and market mechanisms in place, The Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator (“Emergent”) has the historic opportunity to channel this momentum to solving the deforestation crisis.

Emergent helps safeguard the world’s tropical forests by building a global market for forest carbon credits. Countries generate these credits by reducing deforestation and tropical deforestation (called “REDD+”). For forest countries, Emergent provides a guaranteed source of demand by facilitating access to a range of high-volume buyers, backed by a purchase guarantee from donors, giving countries the certainty need-ed to make investments in forest protection and chart a new course. For buyers, Emergent provides access to the highest-quality REDD+ credits, enabling them to meet their climate neutrality goals.

Job Description

Position Overview:

The Executive Assistant provides support to the Executive Director and other key management personnel, performing a variety of administrative tasks.  The Executive Assistant manages the Executive Director’s calendar and travel arrangements, acts as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on behalf of the Executive Director, attends meetings and takes notes, and provides high-level administrative support and office management. The Executive Assistant must be creative and enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven.  The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The Executive Assistant will have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.  

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Executive Director’s calendar and travel arrangements;
  • Coordinate executive communications, including taking calls, responding to emails, and interfacing with staff and external partners;
  • Attend meetings, take notes, and record minutes;
  • Prepare and process expense reimbursements;
  • Provide high-level administrative support and assistance to the Executive Director and other management staff;
  • Assist with office management; and
  • Additional items as assigned.

Qualifications

Essential attributes:

  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail;
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and donors;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability;
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently;
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion;
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment; and
  • Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.

Education and Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience providing administrative and executive level support, preferably with a not-for-profit organization;
  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred);
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point) and Adobe Acrobat (or equivalent); and
  • English fluency a must, Spanish a bonus.

Additional Information

Applicants must have work authorization in Europe.

Applicants must be available to work on-site regularly at Emergent's Sitges office.   This is not a remote position.

Emergent provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, local or other applicable laws.

Please include your cover letter and resume as a single PDF document when applying.