Director of Strategic Partnerships, North America

Centre for Public Impact

  • Salary: $138,000-$185,000 annually + competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, 401(k) matching, ample time off
  • Location: Remote U.S.
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 17th Jun 2022 EDT

Job Description

At the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), we believe in the potential of government to bring about better outcomes for people. Yet, we have found that the systems, structures, and processes of government today are often not set up to respond to the complex challenges we face as a society. That’s why we have an emerging vision to reimagine government so that it works for everyone. 

A global not-for-profit organization founded by the Boston Consulting Group, we act as a learning partner for governments, public servants, and the diverse network of changemakers who are leading the charge to reimagine government. We work with them to hold space to collectively make sense of the complex challenges we face and drive meaningful change through learning and experimentation. In North America, we do this by: 

  • Exploring topics critical to the future of government

  • Equipping governments with new capabilities, encouraging them to think and work differently

  • Convening peer learning networks, supporting public servants to share what works and accelerating action

Over the past 5 years, our team in North America has experienced over 500% growth as our vision for government gained traction. In 2021 alone, we worked with over 170 governments and 920 public servants. We helped cities design housing solutions as homelessness spiked during COVID-19, rebuild trust with communities negatively impacted by policing and work together to build better systems, innovate to sequester carbon emissions and inspire communities to take action on climate change , and more! We shifted mindsets to make government work for and with the people.

Reporting to the Executive Director of CPI North America, the Director of Strategic Partnerships will play a key leadership role in growing CPI’s impact and influence. The Director will oversee business development and external engagement, with responsibility for building relationships and securing strategic partnerships to support CPI’s programs, operations, and long-term growth plans. 

In this newly established role, the Director of Strategic Partnerships will serve as a member of CPI’s executive leadership team, manage a growing team, and be a key external face of CPI. 


Partnership and Resource Development

  • Designs and oversees the organization’s relationship strategy with philanthropic partners including corporate foundations, community foundations, family foundations, and others

  • Recognizes and develops new partnership opportunities along with other CPI Directors and supports all aspects of partnership development, including contract negotiation, program scope and budget development

  • Builds and manages a holistic approach and infrastructure needed to provide a sustainable revenue base for the organization (e.g., proactively identifying and pursuing requests for proposals)

  • Evaluates, maintains and improves existing partnerships and programmatic efforts with an eye toward building on successes, learning from failure, and capitalizing on emerging trends

  • Provides advice on program development and promotion strategies for partnerships

  • Serves as a grants administrator, writing grant proposals and acknowledgments for grants received, maintaining grant portals and supporting grant reporting requirements, ensuring compliance by the organization of terms stipulated in the grant award with support from the operations team

External Engagement

  • In partnership with our Director of Communications, 

    • Leads communications with senior- and executive-level stakeholders

    • Expands the profile and reach of CPI and its brand

    • Conducts webinars and presentations to raise CPI’s profile awareness

    • Helps direct the development of externally distributed materials consistent with CPI’s brand

Impact and Strategy

  • Operates as a thought partner to the executive leadership team of North America to set the strategic direction of the organization

  • Distills lessons learned from project work into higher level thought leadership that connects to CPI’s mission to reimagine government informing the partnership strategy

  • Along with the executive leadership team, ensures that partnerships, procedures and program offerings align with CPI’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging priorities

People Management and Development 

  • Embraces teamwork to directly implement the partnership strategy alongside the business development team

  • Provides constructive, actionable feedback on a regular basis

  • Develops leadership skills in staff through delegation and sharing management/decision-making responsibilities

  • Builds cross-functional teams to guide and nourish sustainable, long-term growth

  • Contributes to team members’ professional development 

  • Leads teams that feel supported and nurtured with a sense of belonging and inclusion


We are seeking an impact-minded leader with:

  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience, in either an impact, service-oriented or consulting environment, or sales and fundraising environment

  • University degree in a relevant field (e.g., Public Policy, Economics, Social Entrepreneurship, Communications or similar)

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, negotiations and effective communication with diverse audiences, including the ability to speak persuasively about CPI

  • Prior experience with major nonprofit fundraising including foundation and corporate grant-writing

  • Experienced in programmatic design in the public impact and social innovation space, particularly at the local level 

  • Excellent managerial and interpersonal skills with a track record of developing people and partnerships

  • Demonstrated senior leadership with strategic, policy, and budget planning experience

  • Superior planning skills - organized, communicates, follows through, evaluates

  • A self-starter with the ability to work productively to meet benchmarks and goals timely

We are a young and rapidly growing organization and offer ample opportunities for growth and personal development. To thrive at CPI you will be:

  • intellectually curious and excited by innovative, human-centered approaches to big challenges

  • entrepreneurially minded, with a passion for continuous learning

  • committed to cultivating a culture of equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace

  • a proactive self-starter, comfortable with ambiguity

  • energized by tackling tough challenges in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment

  • a believer in the positive potential of government to catalyze impact  

  • committed to the value of mentorship and collaboration

  • humble, empathetic, and good-humored 

The salary range for this role is $138,000 to $185,000 annually. CPI North America offers comprehensive benefits to its employees including a range of high-quality health, dental, and vision plans for individuals and their families; 401(k) contributions with 3% employer match; dedicated professional development funds; generous paid leave (4 weeks per year of vacation time, plus a year-end office closure, paid sick leave, and paid cultural and religious leave); paid parental leave; and summer hours.  We are a remote-first workplace and are open to  qualified candidates anywhere in the contiguous United States.

CPI is deeply invested in creating an experience of equity, inclusion, and belonging for everyone on our staff. We actively seek to recruit, develop, and retain a team of talented staff that represents diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences.  

CPI is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

We use an anonymous application process to reduce bias. Please apply by June 17, 2022.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Sat 18th Jun 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application