INNCO Launches CEO Search


The International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO) was formed in 2017 to represent consumers of low-risk, alternative nicotine products. INNCO brings together the voices of more than 30 grassroots consumer organisations to promote Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) on the global stage.

THR is a public health policy that respects individual autonomy, empowers consumers to make safer choices, and offers pragmatic solutions to combating use of high-risk forms of tobacco. 

We are driven to make consumers an integral part of THR discussions worldwide by helping develop and strengthen member organisations of the INNCO community.

The Opportunity

INNCO seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to drive the organisation forward, including networking, relationship building, and developing member engagement in the Harm Reduction and Tobacco Harm Reduction arena. This role demands a strategic but personable voice to fulfill INNCO’s mission with a seasoned and highly skilled approach. 

The ideal leader at INNCO will bring substantive intellectual leadership, non-profit experience, a command of fundraising, and a powerful voice that can serve as the external representative of INNCO and the issues surrounding tobacco harm reduction on the global stage. Internally, the CEO will oversee a small but diverse and  highly engaged remote staff to achieve INNCO’s mission and vision from across the globe. The CEO will be responsible for hiring additional staff.

This is a full-time remote position, based in your current location.

The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors. Her/his/their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Promote and strengthen INNCO’s public presence and brand by serving the INNCO membership as a leader in the THR movement and with aligned movements related to harm reduction and public health
    • Ensure fidelity to the INNCO mission through oversight of all programs, communications, and development activities
    • Lead the successful development and execution of new and current initiatives and programs
    • Oversee campaigns and advocacy strategies/implementation, ensuring that these core activities are robust and strategic
Communications and External Relations
    • Manage the development and execution of INNCO’s strategic communications initiatives and strategies
    • Identify, build, and nurture coalitions and collaborative partnerships with other harm reduction organizations and allies
Fundraising and Resource Development
    • Cultivate and solicit key individuals and institutions in collaboration with the Secretariat Team and Board of Directors
    • Oversee the design and implementation of fundraising strategies to maintain and grow revenue
    • Develop and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders and constituencies, including funding organizations, individual donors, and other nonprofit organizations
Organizational Leadership
    • Assume overall fiscal and operational management and accountability for the organization, ensuring that INNCO meets the highest standards in stewarding its financial and other resources
    • Lead the implementation of measures that advance INNCO’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Provide inspirational and motivational leadership for a diverse range of extraordinarily passionate, committed, and highly skilled staff members around the world
    • Provide organizational leadership, ensuring the projects and activities are implemented and monitored
Board Relations
    • Partner closely with the Board of Directors to drive strategic vision, leverage its experience and expertise, and thoughtfully grow the Board as the organization moves forward
    • Serve as an advisor, keeping the Board informed with appropriate information to support its policy-making responsibility
    • Design and implement clear expectations in partnership with the Board for its contributions to the governance and success of the organization

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidates will be seasoned, collaborative, and inspiring leaders who can provide substantive leadership around the full range of INNCO’s issues. Successful candidates will bring previous international leadership experience in the drug harm reduction arena along with exceptional management and communications skills and a commitment to organizational growth.

Skills and Experiences

    • Deep expertise and visionary leadership in relevant harm reduction work, such as drug harm reduction and/or tobacco harm reduction
    • Experience within the non-profit organizations
    • Understanding of World Health Organisation (WHO)
    • Outstanding fundraising skills and ability to develop relationships with a diverse range of individuals and institutional funders
    • Effective management and organizational leadership experience, particularly in a movement-focused organization with a multiracial, multigenerational, and geographically dispersed staff and membership
    • Effective interpersonal communications skills: The ability to communicate a vision and motivate a broad range of stakeholders through inspirational and compelling writing and speaking in the media and with policymakers, partners, and funders
    • Experience in overseeing and implementing projects/campaigns
    • Strengths in intersectional movement-building with a campaign approach, and skills in building and navigating key alliances
    • Experience partnering with a Board of Directors to set vision, raise funds, and provide overall organizational leadership
    • Previous experience working in an organization with an international scope strongly preferred

Personal Characteristics and Values

    • Passion for the complex issues related to drug/tobacco harm reduction work and an understanding of how tobacco harm policy is inextricably intertwined with a host of connected issues
    • Intellectual power and grounding in understanding of social and political movements
    • Comfortable partnering with range of stakeholders across the THR spectrum
    • Desire to work with highly skilled, motivated, and engaged colleagues to create social change
    • Ability to hold on to a vision or desired outcome regardless of obstacles, coupled with the ability to change tactics and approach when necessary
    • Extremely high level of emotional intelligence and flexible, intuitive relationship management skills
    • Comfortable giving and receiving critical feedback and having difficult conversations
    • Ability to travel extensively (at present, no travel is anticipated given the worldwide pandemic)


  • 8+ years experience working with NGOs, public or health policy organisations, or related fields, with a strong preference for some experience in working on international issues
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English


Julie Woessner and Samrat Chowdhery of INNCO if you have any questions. To express interest in this role, please submit materials here. All inquiries will be considered strictly confidential. Applications will be accepted through 10 January 2021.

INNCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

INNCO is particularly interested in hiring people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs or smoking or who have a passion for, and experience in working on, either or both of those issues.