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President and Chief Operating Officer New York, NY

Pure Earth, an international non-profit organization and leader in global toxic pollution cleanup, seeks a President and Chief Operating Officer. Toxic pollution – the organization’s current highest priority focus – is now broadly recognized as an imminent threat to the environment and humanity, and Pure Earth is at the leading edge of what will be unprecedented interest across political, social, and economic sectors in taking action to address it. Today, Pure Earth serves as the leader of a fast growing movement in pollution intervention and the incoming President will support the organization in achieving continued success, further differentiating Pure Earth’s mission and value-add, and help guide the organization through a period of significant growth as it prepares for its most important work to date.  

Toxic pollutants at contaminated sites affect the health of more than 200 million people worldwide. Women and children are especially at risk, suffering neurologic and immune system damage and early death. Despite this crisis, pollution is one of the most underreported and underfunded problems in the world.  Since its inception in 1999, Pure Earth has completed 110 environmental remediation projects in 27 countries, improving the lives of millions of people who are most at risk from the threat of toxic pollution. Pure Earth focuses on locations throughout the developing world where human health is most affected by pollution and combines pollution management with legacy pollution remediation efforts to reduce exposure to toxins to local populations, especially children.

Pure Earth has always operated leanly and held an outsized role in putting this critical issue on the map. With approximately 45 employees around the globe and a current budget of $6M, the organization has grown tremendously since its inception and is now preparing to enter its next period of substantial growth. Based in New York, Pure Earth works cooperatively around the world in partnerships that include governments, the international community, NGOs, and local agencies, to design and implement innovative, low-cost solutions to save lives. Many of Pure Earth’s projects are designed to identify, assess, and reduce public and occupational exposures to lead (Pb) contamination and to date has conducted more than 1,000 field assessments of sites contaminated with lead. This type of field work, combined with groundbreaking research and advocacy, has helped elevate ending pollution as a global priority.  

Reporting to the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Richard Fuller, the incoming President will bring operational prowess to strengthen and scale infrastructure needed to expand Pure Earth’s impact in the fight to eliminate pollution. This is a unique opportunity for a passionate and savvy executive to play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of a vital organization and, in doing so, addressing one of the most pressing public health issues of the 21st century.   The successful candidate will have a deep appreciation for the mission of Pure Earth; an outstanding record of leadership in managing operations within a dispersed, multi-faceted organization; and a strong understanding of leading-edge approaches for leveraging systems, performance management, human capital strategy, finance, budget management, and other functions for organizational effectiveness within mission-driven organizations. While the immediate responsibilities for the President will be operational in nature, the President will, in time, have the opportunity to assume greater responsibility for charting the course of the organization, serving as a public face and actively engaging its supporters.

Phillip Petree is leading this search with Andarla Hodge.

Pure Earth is an equal opportunity organization and employer.

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