Job Opportunity: FSC China – Public Affairs Director

Public Affairs Director

Level: Director

Location: Beijing, China

The Scope

The FSC China Public Affairs Director is responsible for positioning and advocating for FSC’s interests in China, particularly with public institutions. The Director engages stakeholders and manages relationships that ultimately result in the successful implementation of FSC’s strategy for China. The Director acts as a senior advisor to the FSC China, Asia Pacific (APAC) Regional Office and FSC International on public engagement strategies in China.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

The FSC China Public Affairs Director works with relevant public institutions to position FSC as a key partner and a cooperative player in the voluntary certification market. His main roles are:

Public Engagement

  • Formulating public engagement strategy.
  • Formulating and executing implementation plans.
  • Providing policy updates, reviews, analyses and advice to the Country Director, Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) and FSC International.
  • Leading initiatives to create continuous dialogue between FSC China and key public institutions.
  • Developing and implementing advocacy for domestic and international policies related to forest governance.
  • Providing advice on FSC positioning in terms of external relations, meetings, products and communications activities, when requested.
  • Recommending approaches and content related to communications with public institutions and the general public.

Government relationship management

  • Building and maintaining positive, fruitful relationships with decision makers from public institutions.
  • Coordinating visits and high-level meetings between FSC representatives from FSC International, APRO and FSC China and representatives from public institutions.
  • Providing advice on conducting joint activities with public institutions or relevant partners.
  • Providing support to identify, articulate and communicate areas of mutual interest and benefit between FSC and public institutions.
  • Facilitating local government support for FSC standards and FSC market development work in China when needed.

Supporting other staff members

  • Collaborating and coordinating with government engagement managers in the APAC region.
  • Performing any other activities assigned by the FSC China Country Director and the FSC APAC Regional Director, or that are required by the FSC China work plan.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Education and Training:
    • University degree.
  • Working Experience, Style and Skills:
    • At least 15 years of professional experience and a demonstrated track record in relationship management and political advocacy.
    • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the structure, culture and decision-making mechanisms of public institutions in China.
    • Proven track record of conducting complex multi-stakeholder political advocacy processes.
    • Project development and management experience.
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to propose alternative solutions to reach consensus.
    • Good background knowledge of the forestry and forest products sector is a plus.
    • Knowledge of voluntary market-based governance systems is a plus. 
  • Team Membership Skills
    • Ability to work in both national and global teams as a professional in a broadly multi-cultural, inter-disciplinary, multi-lingual team.
    • Experience in constructively challenging team members whilst maintaining professional working relationships.
  • Exceptional Interpersonal Communication Skills
    • Clear and convincing communication skills at the individual and team level, and in spoken and written formats.
    • Possess active listening skills.
    • Advanced facilitation, negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Diverse Range of Technical Responsibilities
    • Ability to function in a dynamic environment, shift focus quickly and synthesise and harmonise a diverse range of organisational, managerial and technical demands.
  • Relate to the FSC’s Values and Approach
    • Ability to identify with the values and mission of FSC.
    • Relate to the principal mechanisms of the organisation.
    • Familiarity with the scope of FSC’s programmes of standard setting, accreditation, trademark management, political dialogue and networking.
  • Languages:
    • Fluency in both Chinese and English (spoken and written).
  •  Computer Skills
    • Skilled in the use of all MS Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and so on.
  • Others:
    • Demonstrated cultural awareness and sensitivity to the diversity of values, views and approaches to issues relevant to FSC stakeholders around the world.

Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Beijing, China.
  • Working Hours: 40 hours per week.
  • Duration of Employment: 1year (extension possible).
  • Travel: Occasional domestic and international travel will be required.

How to apply

  1. Please send your CV, expected pay, and an expression of interest. Application should be sent to
  2. Please cite FSC China Public Affairs Director in the subject line of your email.

Due to resource constraints, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be further contacted and will receive notice of the final outcome of the selection process.

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