ABOUT PURPOSE

Purpose builds and supports movements to advance the fight for an open, just, and habitable world. We use public mobilization and storytelling to help the leading organizations, businesses, activists, and philanthropies engaged in this fight. We also create campaigning labs and new initiatives that can shift policies and drive change. To do this, Purpose brings together world-class talent from the world of creatives, content development, storytelling, campaigning, grassroots organizing, and political strategy to build new creative campaigning models.

Guided by smart strategy and powered by participation, our work reframes issues, engages new audiences, shifts public discourse, and ultimately drives targeted action and creates lasting impact. Join the team that made all this work!

 

ABOUT THE ROLE

Purpose is looking for a Managing Director for its North America region. We are seeking an individual committed to our mission to fight for a just, open, and habitable world. In this role, you will join our internationally diverse team and lead our project work, business development, and market-facing reputation in the region.

The Managing Director, North America will be supported by the Senior Director of Operations, North America, who oversees key day-to-day business and people operations that drive effective project and program delivery. The role will also work closely with Purpose’s global C-suite and partner team as well as other key functional teams including Partnerships; Capabilities; People, Culture & Experience, to continue the growth of our North America business. 

As the senior most person in the region, you will be critical in driving Purpose’s business strategy, ensuring our offerings and capabilities are matched to the needs of the market, and building a strong reputation within our target client and funder communities. Serving as the principal representative with senior clients, partners, and stakeholders, you will also lead multidisciplinary teams and oversee large complex projects, from inception through delivery, ensuring that the process and deliverables meet clients' high expectations. 

A strong spokesperson, thoughtful leader, and strategic thinker, you’ll be equally comfortable representing Purpose at events, pitching new projects to funders, solving thorny client issues, and inspiring the team at regular get togethers.

This role is a full-time staff position, offered at the Managing Director tier, a base salary of $200,000+, with additional variable compensation against co-determined parameters - along with medical, dental and vision benefits and a generous paid time off policy.

This role reports to the COO with connections to the global leadership team. Candidates based in and around New York are encouraged to apply. We operate a highly flexible, hybrid work policy with our office being based in New York City.  

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Managing Director, North America will be the principal market-facing leader of Purpose in North America, focused on the strategic delivery and further growth of our impact, leading projects, and business development. Specifically, the role entails:

Business Development

  • Developing and implementing a business development strategy that will enable the organization to continue its growth over the coming years
  • Proactively seeking out new clients and partners from the philanthropic, NGO, multilateral, business, foundations, and government sectors 
  • Leading the partnerships and business development function of the North America office, with accountability for financial targets, project profitability and the delivery of successful competitive pitches
  • Utilizing prior experience to shape Purpose’s direction and offerings 
  • Working with our parent company, Capgemini, to foster new and shared opportunities for collaboration

Projects

  • Acting as the principal across North America-based projects, responsible for high-level client, partner, and stakeholder management
  • Building and leading project teams including strategists, campaigners, creatives and impact measurement specialists
  • Setting and maintaining the highest standards for internal and external deliverable
  • Maintaining and growing strong client relationships at the highest levels of our partners’ organizations

Organizational

  • Participating in strategic decision-making on key questions such as the development of our business model and technology/service offering, our growth strategy, our partnerships and the evolution of the organization
  • Working with our global team of partners to develop the North American business strategy in alignment with the global trajectory of the organization
  • Collaborating regularly with the Partnerships and Capabilities teams across Purpose’s international network
  • Serving as a leader, both internally and externally, in a specific area and/or issue of expertise
  • Researching and staying abreast of best practices in online engagement, corporate social responsibility and social innovation

People:

  • Leading an equitable, inclusive and accessible workplace environment that allows all employees at Purpose to have a sense of fulfilment, belonging, impact, growth and development
  • Serving as a leader to inspire the teams, partnering with global leaders, people and culture leads to build a cohesive, collaborative,  multidisciplinary culture in North America
  • Working in close partnership with the People Experience and Culture Teams to drive learning and development in alignment with our mission and strategic goals.

 

ABOUT YOU

  • Experience in a  senior leadership role in an impact-driven organization, ideally in a client services environment
  • Demonstrated experience working across the social impact ecosystem, working with philanthropic foundations, the corporate sector, government, and/or non-profits;
  • Extensive experience in developing, executing and leading social and progressive impact projects;
  • Solid trajectory leading and executing creative public engagement strategies, with a particular focus on digital; 
  • Strong business development experience that has generated funding and revenue;
  • Track record managing a small commercial agency and a strong understanding of the commercial dynamics of such a business; 
  • Managing and leading diverse teams with a strong equity lens. 
  • Strong entrepreneurial sensibility – you've had success in building campaigns, projects or organizations that employ new, innovative models to drive social impact or have worked and contributed to such ventures
  • Digital fluency, especially with regard to social media tools and their role in public mobilisation
  • Adept manager of distributed, multidisciplinary, diverse teams with a passion for people management and experience building and supporting team culture and professional development initiatives
  • Sophisticated interpersonal, presentation and communications abilities coupled with mature client/funder relationship management skills
  • Networked in the nonprofit, foundation, corporate, government, and multilateral sectors in the US 
  • Experience with leading change management within a rapidly growing organization in, with an entrepreneurial spirit, a nimble approach, and comfort in adapting and responding to quickly changing situations
  • Share Purpose's progressive, internationalist worldview
  • Global sensibility, multicultural awareness, international affairs and policy expertise, and/or global work experience
  • Foreign languages a plus.

 

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

We think you will be a successful candidate if you have/are:

  • Significant experience building, growing and leading initiatives or client-led projects with a social impact focus, especially within an agency or consultancy environment. 
  • A strong reputation in the North American market as a thought leader on social or environmental issues with experience speaking at events and publishing thought leadership content
  • Experience and enthusiasm for building and maintaining high-level client or funder relationships
  • Ability to lead and manage diverse, cross-functional teams and groups. 
  • Sophisticated interpersonal, problem-solving and leadership communication skills. 
  • High bar for quality, rigor, and integrity in your own work, as well as your colleagues.
  • An ability to work autonomously, diplomatically driving the business forward while obtaining results through ambiguity and conflicting needs.
  • Strength in managing cross-functional teams and high-priority projects.
  • Expertise with standard business tools, including exceptional presentation development and productivity and communication platforms (Slack, Notion, Google Suite, other).  
  • Dedicated to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment

 

Purpose takes on some of the biggest challenges in the world, which affect people of different identities and backgrounds in different ways. We are stronger and most effective with a diverse team leading the charge and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome the unique contributions that individuals bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

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