Position Announcement

Executive Director

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Washington, DC


The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) seeks a bold and strategic Executive Director to lead the organization into their second decade of work to build an economy that respects the rights of all people, not just powerful corporations.

ICAR is a unique coalition of human rights, environmental, labor and development organizations that believe for human rights to thrive, we must remove barriers to more just and equal societies. ICAR is a global leader on corporate accountability issues through their research, advocacy and campaigns.

The Director will lead the organization as they tackle pressing global issues and engage in important campaigns like Protect the Protest. Working with the board and partners, the Director will guide the organization through a strategic planning process, determining the vision and direction of ICAR for years to come.

Operating with a collaborative leadership style, the Director will inspire shared action and partnership across a powerful set of member organizations. The Director will oversee the legal, policy, advocacy, and campaign programs and will be a key thought leader in the area of corporate accountability.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a transformative leader to guide ICAR and chart their important work for a rights-based economy at this critical time.

Client Overview

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable harnesses the collective power of progressive organizations to push governments to create and enforce rules over corporations that promote human rights and reduce inequality. Their members include over 40 human rights, environmental, labor and development organizations.

ICAR is focused on combatting corporate influence over human rights policies, protecting human rights and environmental defenders, and pushing for transparency in corporate supply chains. ICAR's Board of Advisors includes AFL-CIO, Amnesty International, EarthRights International, Global Witness and Human Rights Watch.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the vision and strategy of the organization
  • Build collaborative strategies with member and partner organizations
  • Lead the strategic planning process with the board and partners
  • Serve as a thought leader on corporate accountability and human rights
  • Work with program directors to align goals and priorities, and ensure coherence across programs
  • Manage, mentor and evaluate staff
  • Responsible for organizational fundraising and representing ICAR with a diverse set of funders
  • Develop and nurture partnerships, domestically and globally
  • Responsible for governance, including engagement with an active Board
  • Oversee campaign, advocacy, legal, communications and policy programs
  • Foster a positive, collaborative and team-oriented culture at ICAR


  • Minimum of 10 years of related, progressively responsible work experience
  • A record of success in a senior-level position in the advocacy, campaign or government sectors
  • High-level strategic planning skills, including an understanding of organizational, communications, political and policy elements
  • Experience running advocacy or political campaigns in the US
  • Superb interpersonal skills, with a history of forging strong relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellence in staff management with the ability to develop, coach, and manage teams
  • Track record of success in fundraising and financial oversight
  • Sophisticated understanding of the US political system
  • Knowledge and understanding of global organizations and systems like the United Nations, regional human rights mechanisms and international trade and financial institutions
  • Effective and persuasive communication skills, both oral and written
  • Expertise in issues of corporate accountability and/or global human rights a plus
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States

Location, Compensation, and Benefits

The position is located in Washington, DC. Compensation is competitive. Excellent benefits.

To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume online at https://grossmanheinz.com/jobs/. The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position. Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Other Special Considerations

The Executive Director is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

ICAR is a project of Tides, an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity and inclusion and we look forward to reviewing applications from all who are qualified to apply.

Physical Demands

  • Desk work for periods of time
  • Ability to use mediums of communication include telephone, email, Skype, and online
  • tools
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of time, with a mix of international and domestic travel

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