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Senior Manager, Innovation, Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy

Washington D.C. (United States of America) | United States

Job title: Senior Manager, Innovation, Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy

Department: Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy, Maverick Collective

Based in Washington, DC

Up to 20**%** international & domestic travel

Reports to the Deputy Director, Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy

Who we are

With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world's leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.

There are over 8,000 “PSI'ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.

Join us!

The Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy team sparks innovation within PSI by matching risk-tolerant donors to high-impact projects and systems across the firm. In collaboration with colleagues across the globe, we identify and find funding for transformational projects and investments in global public health—those investments that our traditional institutional donors are unlikely to fund. We collaborate closely with corporations, private philanthropists, and foundations to conceptualize the future of global health and translate those visions into reality.

PSI is looking for an accomplished individual for the role of Senior Manager of Innovation, Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy to lead and facilitate the development of approaches that test new ideas in global health and drive towards PSI's strategic vision.

This unique role works across global teams and sectors, essentially breaking silos. You will collaborate with PSI donors as well as programmatic, technical and field teams to facilitate the design of scalable, sustainable projects that test innovations in global health.

You must have excellent interpersonal skills and a knack for motivating colleagues who do not report to you – creating and navigating strong professional relationships and informal networks. We need you to think and dream big, but have the agility to zoom from the forest to the trees to dive into and manage the day-to-day details. You must be comfortable with ambiguity, leading teams to consensus, and be a self-starter who can run with an idea with minimal supervision.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

You will be responsible for working across the firm to identify and codify a pipeline of innovative projects that directly contribute towards PSI's strategic plan.

You will also be responsible for:

Project Ideation

Do you naturally think outside the box and seek to tackle big global problems? In this role, you will facilitate the creation of innovative project ideas – from the vision statement, to the theory of change, to the outcomes and outputs of specific activities that can help get us there.

You will collaborate across PSI's regional, technical, and global network of 55 countries to develop concrete ideas that build towards PSI's strategic plan – such as innovative financing mechanisms, social enterprise, reproductive health, or non-communicable diseases, to name a few. This requires excellent interpersonal skills. You will manage this process – ensuring these ideas are effectively communicated to the fundraising team and donors via compelling sales tools and proposals.

Non-Technical Writing & Communicating

Can you take a technical concept and communicate it in way that the layman can understand? Then you've got a translation capability we need. In your discussions with project and technical teams, you'll develop a broad understanding of what they do and how they do it. Then you will need to communicate these ideas to a potential donor in a fluid, approachable, and understandable way. Both written and oral communications are key in this role.

Systematically Sharing Lessons Learned

You ensure projects are designed to help PSI learn in new ways – testing innovations in global health to achieve PSI's strategic plan. A critical part of your effectiveness will be to systematically share lessons across PSI globally – ensuring learning, challenges, and data are shared in a targeted, coordinated manner.

Project Pitch

You need confidence when presenting to donors and must remain cool under pressure. This role handles a lot of big personalities and bridges the field and technical teams with our external donors—as such, agility and comfort in dealing with diverse stakeholders is key.

What are we looking for?

The basics

  • You have at least a bachelor's degree; however, a master's degree in a related field of study, such as communications, international studies, or an MBA, is preferred.
  • You have at least 5-7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and a portfolio of quality written products for a variety of formats (e.g., blogs, articles, op-eds, etc.)
  • International experience in a developing country and an understanding of the pressures and demands of country programs strongly preferred.
  • You love people and love to connect with them. You are able to interact with diverse personalities, handle hard conversations, and conduct yourself with utmost transparency and integrity in your partnerships.
  • You are passionate about PSI's mission and vision.
  • You are strategic thinker and foster good relationships.
  • You are detail oriented and enjoy shifting from big picture strategy to the details of project spreadsheets and timelines.
  • You take initiative and are excellent at managing multiple workstreams. You are not afraid to jump in from the start and get your hands dirty with minimal direction.
  • You have demonstrated a strong leadership capacity and ability to work well with a team. Informal influence and the ability to build consensus is critical.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

What would get us excited?

Sophisticated Communicator. You present yourself as an articulate, polished and sophisticated individual and have experience interacting comfortably with high-level individuals and groups, including with persons of high wealth. You listen carefully as well as give advice and respect the abilities of others. You are transparent and share openly.

Team Player: You like to work closely with a team and across teams and can navigate a matrix of reporting lines and responsibilities to achieve common objectives; you foster collaboration and support your colleagues.


  • Exempt
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this positon.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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  • Organization: PSI - Population Services International
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America) | United States
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-17

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