Senior Director, Programs and Explorer Development – Asia

National Geographic Society
Hong Kong SAR China
Executive Management

About National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society (NGS) is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. NGS is part of the 21st Century Fox family.

Job Summary:

The Senior Director, Programs and Explorer Development – Asia is the lead programmatic representative for NGS and will execute on our strategy to identify, support and grow the National Geographic community of explorers in Asia.

Reporting to the VP, Global Initiatives of National Geographic Society, and working directly with the Head of National Geographic Partners – Asia and the team, this strategic position will have primary responsibility for activating and growing the network of partner institutions, scientists, conservationists, explorers, educators, storytellers and geographers affiliated with National Geographic in Asia to advance our priorities and impact in the region.

The Senior Director will manage the strategic recruitment and community engagement around National Geographic priorities in three cross-cutting lenses: Our Human Story, Changing Planet and Critical Species and Places. Serves as primary liaison with National Geographic Partners in Asia on opportunities to engage the National Geographic explorer community with regional and global National Geographic media and institutional priorities. Responsible for developing the annual workplan for the region, including explorer engagement activities, institutional partnerships and individualized explorer support plans for a portfolio of targeted explorers of high potential value to the Society.

The Role:
Senior Director, Programs & Explorer Development – Asia

Geographical Remit:
Hong Kong

Roles and Responsibilities:

Capacity Building

  • Working in close collaboration with the DC-based Grants and Explorer Programs teams to leverage NGS resources and programs, and with the network of talented explorers, identify and develop a capacity building program that addresses the local and regional needs of the Asian explorer community to accelerate their impact.
  • Partner with HQ staff and regional partners to design targeted programs, virtual and in-person events for this beneficiary group. This could include storytelling bootcamps, explorer meet-ups, grant-writing workshops or other types of training programs offered by NGS.

Project Identification and Proposal Support

  • Identify impactful projects led by Asian explorers that could benefit from seed funding or scaled interventions by National Geographic Society based on evolving programmatic priorities, gaps and needs.
  • Work in lockstep with lens leads, program officers and colleagues in program management (HQ) to steward potential projects through a prestigious grant-review process for National Geographic support.

Advance NGS priorities in Asia

  • Serve as lead strategist on adapting global NGS priorities to the Asian scientific and conservation landscape. Working with the Chief Science Officer, Lens Leads and VP, Global Initiatives, lead development and execution of NGS priorities in Asia to address critical programmatic and recruiting needs under the three lenses of Our Human Story, Changing Planet and Critical Species and Places.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage National Geographic engagement (exhibits, events, explorer engagement) to advance goals.

Public Outreach and Explorer Recruitment

  • Represent National Geographic Society in Asia with key scientific, conservation, education and storytelling constituencies, including academic conferences, thought-leader events and forums. Partner with Grants, Explorer Programs, Impact Initiatives and Marketing and Engagement teams in DC to advance NGS priorities in explorer recruitment and programmatic outcomes.


Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • BA, BSc, MA, MSc preferred preferably in science, environmental studies or related field.
  • Extensive work experience, preference in grant-making organisation or NGO serving science and conservation communities.
  • Experience working with subject-matter experts as part of grant-making, award or other institutional affiliation programs.
  • Demonstrated collaborative ability to work in team settings across cultures and internally within a diverse and dynamic institution.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, presence and ability to effectively build strong relationships both internally and externally.
  • Able to manage multiple projects in both lead and supporting roles within a matrix-based organisation.
  • Expertise in working with subject-matter experts and networks of experts.
  • Public speaking, presentation development and communication skills to a variety of audiences.
  • Reputation for high ethical standards and integrity, displaying diplomacy and tact in difficult or sensitive situations.
  • Proficiency in multiple Asian languages a plus.
Executive Management

Senior Director, Programs and Explorer Development – Asia

National Geographic Society
Hong Kong SAR China