Job Opportunity – SAFE Network Director, One Earth Future

By Gwenith Cross

Primary Role:
The Director of the SAFE Network will report to the President of OEF. The core responsibilities of the Director will be to ensure the success of the SAFE Network, build institutional systems for impact, and foster a culture of excellence at all levels. The Director is accountable for leading and managing all initiatives undertaken by the SAFE Network, including planning, organizing, staffing, and supervising program activities.

This position requires a highly specialized skill set and expertise related to nuclear weapons risk reduction and military conflict de-escalation. The ideal candidate will have significant project management experience across technical, analytic, and policy-oriented teams, as well as a demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing demands. As this is a new program, the Director will be tasked with leading all aspects of the initial design, development, implementation, and management of the SAFE Network.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter detailing your experience and salary requirements and a CV or resume, to Daryn Ridenour at Please reference the job title in the subject line of your email.

For full consideration, please submit application materials prior to March 1, 2018.

The Opportunity
Over the last decade, the civilian capacity to produce and manage relevant non-classified data has improved rapidly, coupled with an equally rapid reduction in cost. This, combined with a cadre of recently retired senior military and foreign policy officials motivated to confront nuclear weapons risks, presents an unprecedented opportunity for impact. Thanks to OEF’s financial independence, we are well-positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.

In 2018, OEF will launch its newest program: The Shared Awareness, Fusion, and Engagement (SAFE) Network. The SAFE Network will be an apolitical, data-driven, civilian network dedicated to nuclear weapons risk reduction, military conflict de-escalation, and crisis prevention by:

  • Compiling and synthesizing open-source, crowd-sourced, and commercial data and intelligence;
  • Producing state-of-the-art analyses targeted at de-escalation of conflict between nuclear weapons states;
  • Building relationships and sharing information across conflict boundaries;
  • Enlisting a network of retired senior military officers, nuclear weapons experts, senior diplomats, and other qualified third parties to interrupt and/or delay potential conflict escalation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Direct and manage a team of Associate Directors;
  • Identify, lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performance team;
  • Promote a culture of safety, high performance, and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality and efficiency.


  • Honor and implement OEF’s vision for the SAFE Network;
  • Accountable for an initial budget of approximately $1.2M USD;
  • Establish and build collaborative relationships in support of the SAFE Network’s mission internationally;
  • Develop annual budgets and long range plans to ensure the effective implementation of SAFE Network strategies;
  • Develop strategic goals and objectives;
  • Methodical evaluation of funding and partnership opportunities to further the mission;
  • Represent the SAFE Network and OEF at high-level international fora.


  • Develop and refine all aspects of communication including web presence, public outreach, and outward-facing materials;
  • Utilize events as a method of accomplishing programmatic goals as appropriate;
  • Identify and develop new external funding opportunities.


  • Collaborate with M&E to establish an assessment framework and regularly evaluate the program to track goals and measure impact goals;
  • Ensure sound fiscal management;
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, and other regulations;
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication with OEF leadership;
  • Other duties as necessary.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:
This role will be equal parts innovative entrepreneurship, strategic development, and operational management. Specific requirements include:

  • Minimum 10 years professional employment experience, at least 5 of which involved building and managing teams. International work experience required;
  • Experience managing diverse, high performing teams of technical, analytical, and policy outreach professionals;
  • Practical experience with issues involving nuclear weapons, military conflict, and/or open source data management;
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical and strategic thinker, with a proven record of successfully growing early-stage startups or units within a larger organization;
  • Previous experience with a strong knowledge of global governance structures, cross-cultural communication, and innovative systems of coordination;
  • Superb oral and written communication skills in English; working knowledge of other relevant languages will be considered an asset;
  • Strong technical literacy related to relevant subject area(s);
  • Broad-minded and capable of envisioning innovative, non-violent solutions to conflict;
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally on a regular basis;
  • Commitment to OEF’s mission and values.

Reports To:
The President of OEF.

The location of this position and SAFE Network’s headquarters is open to discussion and negotiation.

To Apply:
If you have specific questions in regards to this program and position in advance of your application submittal, please contact Jon Bellish at

Please send a cover letter detailing your experience and salary requirements and a CV or resume, to Daryn Ridenour at Please reference the job title in the subject line of your email.

For full consideration, please submit application materials prior to March 1, 2018.

Organization Summary:
One Earth Future (OEF) is a privately endowed operating foundation based near Boulder, Colorado. Founded by real estate entrepreneur Marcel Arsenault, OEF works to harness the power of networked governance to undermine the drivers of organized political violence.OEF is structured as a family of semi-autonomous programs, each with its own mission, budget, director, and advisory board, and each working independently to catalyze systems of collaborative governance around the world. OEF’s programs focus on topics ranging from maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia to coordinating the implementation of the Colombia peace accords. What holds them all together is a common purpose – to provide effective platforms for stakeholders from all sectors of society to enhance their collective impact over the long term.

More than merely funding these programs, OEF provides administrative, creative, strategic, and research support to innovative yet unproven programs. This enables OEF programs to challenge the status quo and establish themselves sufficiently in the systems they seek to impact before seeking diversified funding streams.

OEF operates differently from its peers; it is more experimental and takes a longer-term view. This approach can position OEF to play a unique role in solving some of the world’s most complex and persistent problems.

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