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Senior Director, Private Sector Partnerships

at Pact in Washington DC

About the Job

Pact Overview:

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Operating in 40 countries and will nearly 5,000 staff globally, Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.
Pact Institute, a nonprofit subsidiary of Pact, Inc., catalyzes this vision through partnerships with corporate, foundation, multilateral and other funders. Half of the Pact Institute portfolio focuses on responsible sourcing through our Mines to Markets (M2M) program. With 9 new corporate partnerships in 2018 alone, private sector partnerships contribute to half of Pact Institute’s annual revenue — $22 million in FY18. This position reports to the Executive Director, Pact Institute.

Position Purpose:

Pact seeks to recruit Senior Director, Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) within Pact Institute to grow and deepen relationships with corporate entities. Based on Pact’s ability to deeply understand community needs, convene the right stakeholders, and rapidly implement and scale solutions in country, the Senior Director, PSP will advance Pact’s engagement with both companies and communities through a shared value approach – ensuring companies are able to meet their business objectives while also addressing poverty and marginalization. By understanding company strategies, broader business trends, and Pact’s new Corporate Engagement Framework, the Senior Director, PSP will work with colleagues across Pact to identify, market, and sell 1) partnerships and programming that drive our clients’ core business, 2) social enterprise opportunities that fill gaps in the broader business ecosystem, and 3) consulting services that are of interest to both current and prospective clients. The Senior Director, PSP will grow and deepen CSR relationships with existing and new funders.
While a deepening and expanding of the M2M portfolio is anticipated, targeted areas for growth include renewable energy, health, and livelihoods. This position will have responsibility to both enable corporate engagement across the broader organization and to provide leadership and action in identifying and cultivating new relationships. The focus of the Senior Director, PSP will be corporate partners including corporate philanthropy, although opportunity to work with foundations more broadly exists.

Key Responsibilities:

Lead: Provide private sector partnerships leadership, representation, and stewardship within Pact
Oversee implementation of Pact’s Corporate Engagement (CE) Framework and drive business value services, social enterprise (in collaboration with Pact Ventures), and consulting services
Align and evolve the CE Framework to Pact’s broader transformation efforts
Support achievement of Pact Institute Business Plan (2020) goals which include increased partnerships, increased revenue, and launch of Energy for Prosperity (E4P)
Develop and own financial scenarios, including annual revenue targets
Oversee a departmental budget of or around $500k
Supervise an HQ based Corporate Engagement Specialist
Work with Integrated Communications on communications and campaigns in support of private sector partnerships
Attend events and conferences for the purpose of developing new and supporting existing relationships with private sector professionals in a diverse set of roles
Ensure due diligence for prospective partners
Do: Build impactful private sector partnerships that generate revenue
Monitor trends and business intelligence across Pact’s sectors, identifying sector-specific and cross-cutting opportunities for partnership
Work closely with private sector partners to identify problems/opportunities within their value chains and to co-create solutions to those problems – improving efficiency and profitability for those partners while ensuring social impact
Through relationship building and co-creation, market and sell Pact capabilities, particularly in the context of shared value and/or CSR opportunities in the areas of renewable energy, health and livelihoods
Actively harvest relationships across Pact countries, within Pact countries, or across Pact sectors, looking beyond core partnerships for other areas of collaboration
Manage relationships with existing partners as well as prospects, managing touchpoints and identifying and executing regular opportunities to engage with partners and prospects, particularly in the health and livelihoods sectors
Support the M2M and E4P teams as key account managers for their portfolios
Enable: Mobilize the organization to find, secure, and expand private sector partnerships
Actively support country, regional, and technical strategy development and implementation, ensuring identification of priority corporate funders and corresponding engagement plans.
Provide tools and resources to technical and country teams to understand relevant landscapes, identify prospects and develop engagement plans, and to present Pact’s capabilities
Provide guidance and matrixed supervision to regional business development hires, particularly on client engagement, concepts, and proposals
Use Salesforce to record contact points and key partner/prospect contact information and ensure sharing of information across Pact
Develop and manage a cost-share strategy for work with USAID and other funders
Actively engage internal Pact stakeholders that support continued mindset and behavior shifts across the organization

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.


Basic Requirements:
BA and 15 years of experience in business development, corporate social responsibility, international development, and/or partnership building
Experience conceptualizing, selling, and securing shared value partnerships and/or responsible sourcing
Demonstrated success in:
Developing new partnerships
Revenue generation
Client relationship management
Knowledge of company strategies; able to understand and translate business intelligence
Core attributes: curious, driven, patient, positive, collaborative
Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree
Experience working with non-US, non-European companies, particularly Chinese companies
Well networked with CSR professionals, business opportunity professionals within corporations, and/or foundations (untied to corporations)
Experience with value chain partnerships/shared value
Well networked in one or more impact area: health, livelihoods, or energy

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At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.