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Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Initiatives, New York Employment Opportunity
United Nations Foundation (UN FOUNDATION)
Grade: Director and Top Executive
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Position Overview

The UN Foundation is an independent charitable organization created to support the United Nations and UN causes and serve as a strategic partner in UN efforts to help address humanity’s greatest challenges. At a time of heightened global challenges, including the urgent need to accelerate the SDGs, the Foundation is working with diverse partners to develop ideas, strategies, and coalitions that can strengthen multilateralism in areas of critical global need, including helping incubate and support high-ambition coalitions that can answer the UN’s call for transformational change through inclusive and networked multilateral action.

The Director, Global Partnerships & Initiatives, will serve as the primary focal point for incubating programmatic initiatives being developed by the Foundation and its UN and other partners in the context of the SDGs, COVID response and recovery. The Senior Director’s portfolio will be dynamic and evolve in relation to changing priorities and needs. Initial priorities are expected to be:

Youth and Future Generations – Working with the world’s leading youth-led and youth-focused organizations to build a high-ambition coalition that can support UN efforts to deliver young people’s priorities for next and future generations

Leaving No One Behind – Working with leading civil society, research, and multilateral partners to keep extreme poverty at the top of the global agenda, test what’s working, and direct resources and innovations to critical pathways for ending multidimensional poverty, especially where it is most persistent, including through the potential to support a multi-stakeholder Last Mile Alliance

For major cross-cutting initiatives, the Senior Director will have primary responsibility for developing and implementing partnership strategy framed against pan-UNF plans and in collaboration with Public Affairs and Integrated Development. They will be responsible for agreeing strategies and plans with partners, managing relations with partners and developing new partnerships, and mobilizing resources needed for launch and beyond. As a given initiative matures, it is envisaged that the Senior Director would work to develop and implement a succession plan to onboard any additional staff needed for longer-term implementation, while assuming a broader focus on developing and overseeing additional partnerships and coalition building in other priority areas. This could include undertaking more detailed planning and management activities, including recruiting further team members to implement specific initiatives or workstreams.

There is also potential for the Senior Director to remain a sustained lead on initiatives or in areas that they have incubated if appropriate, as is anticipated on the youth and future generations work.

The Senior Director’s initial priorities will be to lead the Foundation’s engagement with the UN and partners around youth, especially our support for the high ambition coalition for next and future generations launched at the UN General Assembly through the Unlock the Future Declaration. The Senior Director will also coordinate the Foundation’s contribution to efforts related to advancing the leave no one behind agenda, including a possible Last Mile Alliance.

The Senior Director reports to the Senior Vice President and is located in New York, while working closely with thematic leads on related issues such as youth or the SDGs.

This position is based in New York, NY.


Essential Functions

  • Developing strategy, ideation, and planning for the incubation phase of the high-ambition coalition for next and future generations, including seeding ideas for related initiatives as needed.
  • Overseeing partner development, communication, stewardship, and relationship maintenance with coalition partners and stakeholders, including the UN, governments, civil society, business, and foundations.
  • Coordinating support for the UN Foundation’s Next Generation Fellows and other young leaders as appropriate.
  • Convening of joint planning activities, both regular engagements and more intensive roundtable and retreats.
  • Preparing presentations and other communication materials and acting as an ambassador for this area of work with new partners and communities.
  • Developing a business plan(s) for this area of work and a strategy for resourcing, including identifying a portfolio of potential funding partners, managing resource mobilization, working closely with internal and external partners.
  • Recruiting and onboarding of any new team capacity required.
  • Serving as the Foundation’s focal point on youth engagement.
  • Seeding ideas and leading partnership strategy and development for other key initiatives as identified.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in international relations or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of experience in international affairs or international development, working at a senior level to drive system-wide change in public policy.
  • Expertise in Agenda 2030 and implementing the SDGs and/or in delivering the priorities of children and young people.
  • Field experience from development or related work.
  • Track record in incubating and developing multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • Experienced in advocacy and movement-building.
  • Proven ability to build and manage multidisciplinary teams.
  • Record of financial management and working in multiple countries/cultures.
  • Knowledge of the United Nations and broader international system.
  • Commitment to the UN Foundation mission, programs, strategy, and goals.
  • A writing test will be required as part of the recruitment process.

Benefits & Compensation

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

The United Nations Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative-action employer. The United Nations Foundation provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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