The Max Foundation

Director of Programs

Role Summary: The Director of Programs will report to the VP of Programs and will be accountable for creating and implementing operational plans for all facets of our Max Access Solutions program in collaboration with the Senior Director of Program Strategy and Data Solutions to support our organizational mission of bringing humanitarian donations to cancer patients in low- and middle-income countries.  The Director of Programs will be responsible for providing direction, contributing to strategic plans, and coordinating our programmatic initiatives, as well as managing HQ Programs team-members. The Director of Programs will serve as a decision-maker for the development of internal processes and procedures of our Max Access Solutions program.


  • Accountable for the providing direction and oversight of the implementation of Max Access Solutions and co-creating with the Senior Director of Program Strategy and Data Solutions programmatic operational plans, in alignment with organizational strategy
  • Maintains the day to day relationship with key donor partners and provides direction and support to Senior Program Managers in the relationship with all donor partners
  • Responsible for operationalizing the addition of new products in the Max Access Solutions portfolio, in collaboration with the Senior Director of Program Strategy and Data Solutions
  • Implements annual M&E plans, program work flows, and other strategies by coordinating internal and external resources; provides leadership and direction to direct reports
  • 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 process improvements
  • Contributes to strategic changes with organization-wide impact, recognized internally as a leading expert in their field
  • Owns the budget planning process for the HQ Programs functional area
  • Assists the VP of Programs in setting the people strategy for the HQ Programs team, manages entry and mid-level team-members, and oversees the work of consultants
  • Builds influential relationships with The Max Foundation partners and has built a network of people in peer organizations


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s or relevant certification preferred, PhD a plus
  • 10+ years of professional experience in the international humanitarian program or related field, preferably in the global health industry
  • Excellent analytical skills and proven ability to make critical decisions
  • Advanced project management skills and ability to navigate in a fast-paced environment with a solid track-record of following through on commitments
  • Experience working in a global and multicultural capacity across time zones 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, on occasion