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Director of Public Sector Engagement

About the Role

Foundation Overview:

The Max Foundation is a fast-growing, ambitious, and deeply mission-driven non-profit global health organization that believes in a world where all people can access high impact medicines, where geography is not destiny, and where everyone can strive for health with dignity and with hope. We exist to accelerate health equity, operating with a human approach in every aspect of the work. We do this by delivering medication, technology, and services to individual patients facing cancer and other critical illnesses, focusing our energy on those who no one else is helping. We carry out our work by collaborating with team members at our headquarters based both in Seattle and in several low- and middle-income countries. We forge strong collaborations with likeminded individuals representing global health, medicine and health care, industry, and those committed to our mission and values. The Max Foundation offers a full range of programs and services, all focused on serving marginalized people living with cancer and other critical illnesses around the world. Learn more about The Max Foundation:

Role Summary:

The Director of Public Sector Engagement will report to the VP of Programs Strategy and will be accountable for leading and implementing strategies and initiatives for public sector engagement within our global programs in support of our organizational mission to accelerate health equity globally. The Director of Public Sector Engagement, working with Region Heads across the globe, will be responsible for providing direction, contributing to strategic plans, and coordinating our broader multi-lateral and global health stakeholder initiatives. The Director of PSE will serve as a thought partner for the development of external collaborations among international NGO’s and Governments to accelerate our global health impact.


Accountable for the providing direction and oversight of the strategy and implementation of multilateral relationships at the public sector and INGO levels in coordination with the CEO, Region Heads, and the VPs of Programs and in alignment with organizational strategy.
Maintains the day-to-day relationships with key public sector and global health partners and provides direction and support to team members in the relationships with key strategic partners
Identify and engage with key stakeholders in the public sector to promote collaboration and achieve shared objectives.
Lead the negotiation and development of partnership agreements and contracts with global health stakeholders and INGOs.
Monitor and evaluate partnership performance and impact.
Stay updated on relevant policies, regulations, and trends in the public sector.
Represent The Max Foundation at conferences, meetings, and other events to promote bi-lateral, multi-lateral and global partnerships.
Performs complex and strategically critical assignments in their functional area
Makes decisions that impact the organization at large, consults with executives on all high risk/ high impact decisions
Works with key decision makers on issues that shape broad design matter and future process improvements
Collaborates with team-members across the organization to deeply understand organizational operations and shares expertise to shape broad design matters and future program improvements
Contributes to strategic changes with organization-wide impact, recognized internally as a leading expert in their field
Assists the VP of Program Strategy in setting the strategy for new global initiatives for the organization’s programmatic work.
Builds influential relationships with The Max Foundation partners and develops new strategic relationships to accelerate the work of the organization.


Master’s in Public Policy, Public Health, or other relevant certification required, PhD a plus
10+ years of professional experience in the international humanitarian programs or related field, preferably in the global health industry
Excellent analytical skills and proven ability to make critical decisions
Advanced partnerships and project management skills and ability to navigate politically sensitive and fast-paced environment with a solid track-record of following through on commitments
Experience working in a global and multicultural capacity across time zones, government agencies, and among diverse team
Excellent written and verbal English communication skills; written and verbal fluency in French, Spanish, or another language, a plus
Willing and able to travel domestically or internationally.

Skills and Attributes:

Passionate about The Max Foundation’s mission and vision, and determined to lead and accomplish all goals related to current and future strategic plans
High attention to detail and a high standard for quality work product
Understanding of and comfortable in a global environment, with an emphasis on low and middle-income countries
Passion for exceptional collaboration, and flexibility to do what it takes to elevate positive culture
Comfort working in a complex, fast-paced, and high-workload environment
Caring, humble, and people-oriented servant leader
Resourceful, finds solutions using all available data to overcome challenges impacting the organization

Benefits Summary:

Employer-sponsored benefits include:
100% medical (including a vision provision) and dental premium coverage for employees; 50% premium coverage for spouse and/or dependents
Annual vacation accrual of 80 hours (increases over time), personal time accrual of 52 hours, 12 paid company holidays, and 2 floating holiday per year
$10,000 Basic Life and AD&D insurance coverage; Short-term disability insurance
Additional benefits include:
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Optional employee covered Long Term Disability and Supplemental Life insurance
Eligibility for 401k plan after 3 months of employment
Annual professional development fund ($500/year), monthly wellness benefit (earn up to $35/month), Costco membership, and WFH/Commuter Stipend ($1,800/year)

To Apply: Visit our website at to apply. Please include résumé and cover letter.

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