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Executive Director, Foundation
TerraCycle Inc in Trenton, New Jersey
Date Posted 06/10/2021
Admin-Development and Fund Raising
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

TCGF, emerging market affiliates, and relationship with TerraCycle, Inc.:

The TerraCycle Global Foundation (TCGF), a US 501(c)3 public charity, was formed in 2018: (https://www.terracyclefoundation.org). Its main focus is to arrange for the collection and recycling of generally non-recyclable post-consumer waste streams in emerging market regions and to improve the livelihoods and conditions for waste pickers while reducing overall volumes of garbage reaching waterways and oceans. A key initial focus is river cleanup initiatives, capturing waste before it enters the ocean. TCGF will operate through local non-profit affiliates in each market where it operations. Consistent with these objectives, TCGF formed the TerraCycle Thai Foundation (with a Board composed of highly respected Thai citizens) in Thailand in 2019 and it has begun collecting waste from rivers there. TCGF is currently commencing operations in India, in conjunction with local NGO’s in those countries.

TCGF was formed by TerraCycle, Inc. (TCI), a world leader in the collection and recycling of hundreds of everyday items that are generally not recycled and thus end up in landfills and incinerators. TCI’s business models generally flourish in developed nations, where manufacturers (brands) have the resources to subsidize recycling costs. Some of TCI’s brand partners indicated that their foundations would like to support TerraCycle in operating recycling and related educational and social improvement efforts in emerging market countries. TCGF was initial funded through the generous support of PepsiCo Foundation. It has subsequently received a grant of $1M over three years from the Benioff/Coke river plastic initiative to support river clean-up in Thailand.

TCI contributes extensive staff resources to support the work of TCGF, including office space and a range of executive support from TCI’s offices in Trenton, NJ. TCGF has a Board of 7, including 5 independent directors and two senior officers of TCI, including CEO Tom Szaky, Chair of TCGF. About $2M has been committed to TCGF to date, with significant additional grants likely to be attained in the coming months. TCGH has 3 Full Time Staff (Executive Director, Director of Development (open) and Program Manager). The TerraCycle Thai currently has one full-time staff, with other staff to be hired in the coming months.

It should be noted that TCGF will focus principally on collection of wastes from rivers, oceans and land, and through local NGO’s, providing education and support (through local NGO’s) to the local waste-pickers and their communities. The collected waste will be sold to third parties for recycling and sale. While not being legally obligated to buy the waste from TCGF (and it’s local affiliates), TCI does intend to develop a market for recycled ocean plastic and recycled sachet plastic, such that it can pay TCGF a premium (“concessionary”) price for waste streams it collects. Thus, the actual work of recycling will be handled by TCI or other third parties, not by TCGF or its local affiliates themselves.

Job Overview

We seek to hire a resourceful professional with international experience (and in particular developing market NGO experience) to become the key management leader responsible for overseeing the administration, program development, implementation and oversight of programs in Thailand (now) and India (soon). The individual would also be involved in developing the strategic plan for the Foundation, supporting its business development campaign, and traveling to countries where the Foundation intends, through affiliated local charities, to establish waste collection and related educational services. This individual needs to have an understanding of for-profit and non-profit business practices, be a creative thinker and problem solver and have a passion for and the ability to travel regularly, and with demonstrated ability to operate effectively remotely. The ED will need to thrive in a fast-paced environment, prioritize and oversee multiple projects at once, coordinate to a vast range of details and work well with cross-functional and global teams.

. Requirements:

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage the existing operations of TCGF as well as expansion into new, developing regions across the world with legal support from TCI and local counsel
  • Lead the Foundation’s business development and fundraising campaigns with corporate and philanthropic organizations
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization’s programs and services
  • Manage Global Foundation employees and support global operations
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with local and global community groups, funders, political or governmental entities, and/or other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization
  • Create global standards and best practices for carrying out the Foundation’s mission for use and implementation in all active markets
  • Manage a budget, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Excellent, clear and succinct written and verbal communication skills. Experienced public speaking and media presentation savvy a plus.
  • Recruit, interview, and select global staff that have the necessary technical and personal abilities
  • Communicate a vision of Foundation’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Prospect major potential funders, developing relationships with them, and closing significant funding opportunities
  • Travel frugally and productively on an as needed basis to establish and maintain contacts, and to serve as the lead representative of the Foundation


  • Bachelor’s degree required (preferably in business, nonprofit management, or a related field); relevant graduate degree preferred
  • 8-10 years senior nonprofit or business management experience (with a preference for a experience in sustainability, human rights, community development or climate change in emerging markets)
  • Strong business development and fundraising experience
  • Competency in budgeting and managing to a P&L
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and processes in a simplified manner
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and program development
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership with proven team management skills
  • Experience working in/with indigent communities in developing countries preferred
  • Beneficial but not required: Working knowledge of global waste management practices (knowledge of waste law and regulation preferred, particularly across SE Asia)
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