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Executive Director, North America (ED)

Washington, D.C.


ONE is a global, nonpartisan organization fighting for a more just world by demanding the investments needed to create economic opportunities and healthier lives in Africa. We do this by deploying trusted and dynamic advocacy that leverages hard-hitting data, credible grassroots activism, creative political engagement, and strategic partnerships. We use all this to influence decision-makers to take action and tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Read more at www.one.org.


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 will collaborate with colleagues globally to set the agenda of ONE’s North America’s advocacy 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 strategic initiatives to achieve ONE’s mission.

Reporting to ONE’s Chief Executive Officer/President, this role is crucial in maintaining our engagement and dialogue with key stakeholders in the US and Canada. The ED will engage high-level governmental leaders, policy makers, civil society organizations, citizens, the private sector, and media. The ED will drive the implementation of ONE’s 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 with a demonstrated track record of working at the executive level to implement strategic and creative initiatives across a global organization.


Washington, DC


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 NA strategy with US and Canada 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 strategic goals across the organization 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 motivate a team of staff and consultants across North America, including line management of senior expert staff.

‒ Contribute as a thought 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 in North America that is engaging, professional, and rewarding, resulting in the retention and growth of top talent.

‒ Oversee 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.

‒ Foster the development of activists and other influencers on pertinent issues from a range of communities and industries.

‒ Work with the CEO/President and Business Development Associate and others to generate and sustain financial support for ONE.



Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.


‒ 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 managing high performing teams and coaching and mentoring senior staff.

‒ A proven leader of leaders and motivator of managers and staff, with a demonstrable commitment to 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 influencer, with deep experience in engaging and influencing senior stakeholders across the public and civil society sectors.

‒ Significant experience of operational and fiscal management, in particular overseeing 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 ONE’s 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!

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please email [email protected]). ONE will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner.

We understand that a diversity of strengths, experiences, and backgrounds makes our team stronger. If this position interests you, we encourage you to apply and tell us why you are a great candidate for the role. ONE does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. To learn more about our diversity and inclusion work and priorities, visit https://www.one.org/us/about/diversity/.

Due to the number of inquiries that ONE receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.