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Executive Director, North America Advocacy

ONE Campaign
Washington, DC
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description


The Executive Director, North America (ED) is a member of ONE’s senior leadership team (SLT) and is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction, and effectiveness of ONE’s North America Advocacy team and its mission-driven activities in the US and Canada. 

The role collaborates with colleagues globally to set the agenda and campaigning work and demonstrates strategic and effective leadership across the organization. The ED is an essential member of the ONE team, a group of talented professionals dedicated to the common goals of ending extreme poverty and preventable disease. They champion this cause through the development of innovative and critical initiatives to achieve ONE’s mission.

Reporting to the President and working closely with ONE’s Chief Executive Officer, this role is crucial in maintaining our engagement and dialogue with key stakeholders in the US and Canada. The ED engages high-level governmental leaders, policy makers, civil society organizations, citizens, the private sector, and media. The ED drives the implementation of key strategies and priorities in the US and Canada, while participating in our work with G7/20 Governments ensuring commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The successful candidate is a confident, servant leader who has successfully worked at the executive level to implement strategic and creative initiatives across a global organization.

This role will be based in our Washington, DC office.



The main responsibilities of the Executive Director fall into three key categories: Strategy, Management and Leadership, and Stakeholder/External Engagement.


  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of ONE’s North America strategy with governments, institutions, and civil society to secure high-impact partnerships and outcomes
  • Collaborate with global market directors, global policy, and other global leadership to establish a portfolio of relevant policy research and positions to support NA Advocacy objectives
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of the organization's strategic goals and be accountable for the setting and achievement of NA Advocacy goals
  • Partner with colleagues across ONE to build ONE’s supporter base and create innovative and impactful campaigns.

Management and Leadership

  • Lead, engage, and empower a team of staff and consultants, including line management of senior staff  
  • Serve as an inspiring leader and help create a learning environment for the team and organization
  • Ensure that team members have clear roles and responsibilities, and management systems are accountable and transparent
  • Manage the performance and development of the NA Advocacy team including effective performance management, mentoring, recruitment, and retention to ensure optimal functioning and engagement  
  • Contribute to and support an employee culture that is engaging, professional, and rewarding, resulting in the retention and growth of top talent
  • Ensure the effective development and management of the annual budgets for NA Advocacy team in collaboration with the Global Operations team

Stakeholder/External Engagement

  • Maintain and support high level, positive and productive relationships with government officials, academics, the media, NGOs, and other relevant sectors across North America
  • Cultivate activists and other influencers on pertinent issues from a range of communities and industries
  • Work with the Chief Development Officer and others to generate and sustain financial support for ONE.



  • 15+ years’ relevant experience, substantial experience within the non-profit sector and/or government sector in US is desirable
  • At least 10 years’ experience of leading successful teams, and coaching and mentoring senior staff
  • A proven leader of leaders and motivator of managers and staff, with a demonstrable commitment to the best business practices and a clear track record of working within and developing strong, diverse teams of people with multiple perspectives and talents
  • An outstanding thought-leader and doer, with deep experience in engaging and influencing senior collaborators across the public and civil society sectors.
  • Operational and fiscal management, in particular supervising the development and evaluation of high level strategic plans and accounting for large budgets across multiple sites
  • Significant experience of risk, crisis and reputation management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to confidently debate our issues across multiple platforms and to a diverse set of stakeholders and critics
  • A demonstrable understanding of our policy areas and the relationship between campaigns, media, advocacy and policy
  • A clear and demonstrable appreciation of ONE’s non-partisan approach
  • Strong diplomatic skills with a successful history of working with policy makers at the senior government level in the US 
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with US and Canada politics and institutions with a strong understanding of how the strategies and objectives of the ONE Campaign can deliver effective change
  • A record of shaping effective strategies and delivering results
  • Fluent written and spoken English is required. Fluency in other languages such as French is desirable.



  • An understanding of the complexities surrounding collaboration in a global matrix organization
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and self-motivated
  • Collaborative approach and strong interpersonal skills
  • Remain positive in high pressure and stressful situations
  • Critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills
  • Well organized, detail oriented and analytical
  • Takes action and is results focused
  • Flexible and inventive approach 
  • Independent problem solver



Travel up to 25% domestic and international.



If you are ready to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, please submit a resume and cover letter to this opening at ONE jobs!

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