Managing Director, Global Networks & Strategic Partnerships, New York, United States 71 views

Position Overview

The Rockefeller Foundation will launch a global institute for precision pandemic prevention for rapid pathogen threat detection, evaluation and action. The institute will start with a focus on genomic surveillance and then expand to cover broader pandemic prevention functions.

We seek an entrepreneurial and creative Managing Director, Global Networks & Strategic Partnerships to develop, and execute complex and high impact joint strategies with critical partners across the philanthropic, multilateral, national and industry sectors that will support the advancement of the Pandemic Prevention Institute. This includes developing high impact global coalitions, establishing regional networks, and managing strategic relationships and negotiations to ensure leverage, sustainability, and scale of the Institute. This role is a strategic and trusted advisor and collaborator to internal colleagues to develop and execute an impact oriented stakeholder engagement and partnership strategy that will enable us to leverage the Foundation’s investment and execute on our organizational strategy

This position is a highly visible, externally facing role that represents the Foundation and The Institute to current and strategic partners. The successful candidate is a leader who possesses exceptional strategic skills, strong relationship building and advocacy skills, is a collaborative and effective team player, and is able to inspire and lead teams. A global development or philanthropic background that includes existing Health, pandemic prevention, disease surveillance sector relationships, and multilateral and philanthropic relationships is a plus.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy and Coalition Building:

Collaborate with the SVP and other Institute leaders to ensure program strategies are informed by the stakeholder ecosystem, and develop high impact engagement strategies and unconventional partnerships for leverage, sustainability and impact at scale.

Lead the development and execution of global coalitions to establish Institute leadership and influence. Examples of global coalitions include setting up the genomics surveillance workstream within ACT-A Dx in partnership with FIND, WHO and WEF.

Establish and steward regional and national networks across developed and developing countries to support the Institute strategies and serve as operational channels for Institute products and services.

Foster donor collaboration platforms to enable coordinated investments aligned with Institute strategies.

Collaborate with Institute product teams to develop program/product opportunities that engage traditional financing entities as well as unconventional stakeholders and build shared value and sustainability.

Monitor trends in partner landscape and support SVP in evaluating strategic choices, prioritize partnership engagement, and assess implementation risk across the program and partnership portfolio.

People Management:

May be expected to manage and structures a small, effective team with clear objectives to execute on this mandate.

Understands how to effectively partner with other Institute and Foundation team members to achieve outcomes.

Creates pride and accountability for team’s day-to-day work and contributions to the Institute’s goals.

Communications and Relationship Management:

In partnership with the influence and communication teams, develop opportunities to expand the Foundation and Institutes thought leadership and extend the Foundation’s network of influencers, co-funders, validators, decision-makers, and institutional leaders while building the Foundation’s reputation.

Provide thought leadership content on insights and learnings from networks and alliances to advance advocacy and influence efforts; represent the SVP at external events and meetings and serve as an ambassador the Institute and the Foundation, when necessary.

Build trust-based relationships that leverage additional external resources towards the Foundation’s goals.

Organize and participate in high-level meetings and convenings to ensure expansion of the Institute’s influence across diverse stakeholders.

Participate in partnerships functions across the Institute and The Foundation to support collaboration and impact delivery.

Education, Experience and Skills


armed forces

disease surveillance

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global health

local laws

project management

public speaking

risk management

Ideally 12+ years of relevant experience, developing and managing programmatic collaborations, networks and alliances for impact at scale.

International work experience preferred with focus on global development and demonstrated deep understanding of global health governance and stakeholder landscape.

BA/BS degree required; Advanced degree in Public Health, International Development/Public Policy preferred.

Must be a self-starter and possess a strategic and entrepreneurial mindset.

Committed to results, follows-through and pays attention to details.

Demonstrated effectiveness as an inspirational and collaborative people manager that is committed to team development.

Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills required.

Proven experience as a team player, creative and strategic thinker in a fast paced environment.

Shared values and dedication to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Ability to travel when it is safe to travel again.

Location We are currently fully remote, but once restrictions ease, this role will be based in the New York office.

Qualifications and Competencies

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: You are committed to the mission of the Foundation, to inclusion, equity and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenging conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional, and marginalized voices.

Strategic Thinking: Identify patterns and trends across a wide range of content domains, evaluate opportunities and risks using analytical skills, and recommend execution roadmaps.

Decision-Making and Risk Management: Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations. Strong negotiation skills, strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Makes decisions and takes initiative without detailed direction. Deals effectively with unexpected challenges.

Partnership and Relationship Building: Engage with a diverse range of teams and partners. Build strong working relationships, quickly establishing credibility in new areas of work, and mobilizing people at all levels towards collaborative goals.

Communications: Excellent interpersonal abilities, listening skills and written and verbal communication abilities. Able to understand stakeholder needs and tailor information for them.

Execution: Strong project management skills, deadline management, flexibility to adapt in a changing environment, sense of responsibility and accountability, and the ability to effectively multi-task.

Thought Leadership: Develop a vision, spot opportunities and turn a broad set of ideas and insights into action using an entrepreneurial, and adaptive approach.

The Rockefeller Foundation intends at present to form, establish and launch a global institute for precision pandemic prevention for rapid pathogen threat detection, evaluation and action (the “Institute”). This position will begin at the Foundation and may be transferred or assigned to the Institute. Such transfer or assignment, if at all, would in all aspects be subject to the Foundation’s sole discretion.

As an organization, we focus on six values to advance our culture and to continue our success. We are dedicated to being




Collaborative, Trusted and

Equitable. We operate from a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in everything that we do. It’s not only the right thing to do – we couldn’t make an impact without the diverse perspectives and experiences of our team members. We expect all employees at the Foundation to contribute by developing their unique perspective and talent, and to challenge conventional wisdom through evidence and reason, and by amplifying marginalized voices.

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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