Job Details

Corporate - General Attorney in Boston, MA

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Company name

Oxfam America

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Corporate - General

Years of Experience

Min 10 yrs required


USA Boston, MA

Date Last Verified

Nov 20,2017

Posted on

Sep 23,2017

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Director, Private Sector Department Duties: Coordinates with: President and Vice-Presidents, Program Directors (Humanitarian, Accountable Development Finance, Food Systems), Functional Directors (Policy, Campaigns, Communications, Fundraising, Learning and Evaluation), Affiliates, International (OI) Secretariat, and Country Teams. Spearhead Private Sector growth initiatives and evolving influence as a thought leader in applied social innovation, alliances and partnerships to co-create sustainable solutions to complex global challenges that enhance the rights and opportunities of the poor. Serves as a key ambassador for all private sector initiatives including policy and campaign advocacy, direct collaboration with private sector industry leaders, innovation and expansion of sub sector and cross-sector initiatives, thought leadership forums, alliances with the INGO and the philanthropic community. Manage and build PSD and private sector work: Meet and interact regularly with executives, board members, supporters, department and campaign leaders, country office directors, and relevant OI and affiliate staff to build support for a private sector vision and strategy; Coordinate with country and regional teams to strengthen private sector capacity at country level; Serve on Executive Leadership team, ensuring private sector work is well integrated in the work of relevant departments and International campaigns; Supervise implementation of protocols around corporate campaigning, partnering and fundraising; Hire and help mentor new private sector staff; Supervise direct reports through coaching, goal setting, staff development and staff appraisals; Develop opportunities for staff development across PSD; Ensure delivery of all PSD planning, budgeting and performance requirements per timelines; Supervise overall PSD budgeting and spending. Lead, manage, and drive vision and strategy for the Private Sector Department and for wider private sector influencing and program functions – including advocacy, collaboration, research, innovation, investor engagement, market systems approaches, business and human rights, and other matters. Provide leadership to private sector governance and strategy functions. Respect to corporate engagement, multi-stakeholder initiatives, investor outreach, shareholder activism; initiatives aimed at reviewing, piloting and developing pro-poor market-system projects; Private Sector advocacy tools including community-led human rights impact assessments and private sector assessment tools and initiatives; Private Sector research and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), PSD regional outreach, support and capacity-building. Serve on Ethical Screening Committee, assessing potential engagements with private sector actors that involve funding and/or brand association. Be a champion for women’s rights across private sector work. Help screen and develop new private sector opportunities as they emerge. Provide ad hoc guidance to the President and Senior Leadership. Actively nurture and manage high-level relationships with major companies, business associations and other external stakeholders; develop relationships with INGO, academic, corporate, professional leaders in relevant fields (corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, impact investment) and seek opportunities for collaboration. Be a leading voice (“thought leader”) for PS work and actively build private sector profile and influence through publications, blogs, networking and public speaking events through writing, blogging, social media and regular public speaking. Ensure the quality, effectiveness and proper positioning of Private Sector-related communications. Actively fundraise for Private Sector-related initiatives by identifying and cultivating potential donors, helping draft proposals, and exploring new lines of fundraising. Stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field. Will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and will be familiar with and committed to Oxfam America mission and goals. Will have an understanding of gender equity and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender equity and diversity in our workplace and programs.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: MBA, JD Degree or Master’s degree in Economics, International Development or related field, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training. 10+ years of experience working with corporate campaigns, market-based approaches to development, corporate partnerships and/or related field. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and motivate teams. Experience working within complex multi-functional, international projects and teams. Ability to work well with all levels of management, executive leadership and support staff. Experience, comfort, and success engaging senior corporate executives. Experience, comfort, and success engaging corporate campaigners/activists. Familiarity and experience with rights-based approaches to development. Strong understanding of and experience working with international development community and with a wide range of stakeholders, including NGOs, government, multi-lateral institutions, peer companies, multi-stakeholder initiatives, business associations, and investors. Superior research, analysis, writing and high profile communication and presentation skills for a wide variety of audiences. PREFERRED: Familiarity with specific industries and issues of interest to Oxfam, including: food and beverage, agribusiness, extractives, big box retailers, apparel, climate change. Familiarity with human rights, women’s rights, labor rights, indigenous peoples rights. Familiarity with impact investing, social enterprise and/or base of the pyramid work. Experience living and working overseas, preferably in developing countries. Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Oxfam America
226 Causeway St.
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111