Director, Private Sector Department at Oxfam America

Direct reports
Deputy Director, Manager Policy & Campaigns, Senior Advisor Business & Markets, Administrative Assistant
Indirect reports: Advisor Land rights & Markets, Advisor Climate Resilience & Markets, Sr. Advisor Policy & Campaigns, Advisor Policy & Campaigns, Advisor Research & Evaluation, Special Advisor Policy & Campaigns, Sr. Advisor Gender & Regional Policy, Sr. Advisor Markets Systems

COORDINATES WITHPSD staff, President and Vice-Presidents of Oxfam America (OA), directors in Policy and Campaigns and Programs divisions, directors in Country Offices, leaders of OA and Oxfam International (OI) campaign teams, OI and Oxfam affiliate private sector representatives.


Oxfam America established the PSD in order to channel the creativity, resources, and influence of the private sector to pro-poor ends.  As a rare global development organization with private sector capacity, OA is a leader in corporate campaigning, innovative business collaborations, business and human rights and pro-poor private sector development.  OA has adopted an innovative market-systems approach (MSA) to poverty reduction, which seeks to influence targeted markets to drive opportunities and enhance rights for the poor.  

Brief description:

A unique opportunity to spearhead Oxfam America’s Private Sector growth initiatives and evolving influence as a thought leader in applied social innovation and alliances and partnerships to co-create sustainable solutions to complex global challenges that enhance the rights and opportunities of the poor. As Sector Leader, this position serves as a key ambassador for all private sector initiatives including policy and campaign advocacy, direct collaboration with private sector industry leaders, innovation and expansion of sub sector and cross-sector initiatives, thought leadership forums, alliances with the NGO and philanthropic community, and more. Oxfam America seeks a mission driven leader who embraces complex challenges and whose goal is to make major sustainable impacts through the influence of private sector transformation.


  • Leads, manages and drives a vision for the PSD
  • Help lead the Policy & Campaigns Division as a member of the Leadership Team (PACLET)
  • Fundraises for OXFAM’s private sector work
  • Ensures the PSD is well integrated in the work of relevant departments and OXFAM International (OI) campaigns
  • Leads or supervises OA’s private sector engagement -- advocacy, collaboration, research and thought leadership
  • Keeps Oxfam up to date on relevant trends, issues and opportunities
  • Help lead and design OI PS engagement and practices including via OI campaigns, country-level PS support, and OI policy development and socialization
  • Be a Thought leader and Oxfam’s voice on corporate campaigns, market systems approaches, business and human rights and other relevant matters

Manage and build PSD and OA’s private sector work 

  • Meet and interact regularly with OA executives, boar d members, supporters, department and campaign leaders, country office directors, and relevant OI and Oxfam affiliate staff to build support for a private sector vision and strategy
  • Supervise implementation of OA and OI protocols around corporate campaigning, partnering and fundraising
  • Hire and help mentor new PSD staff, in collaboration with Deputy Director
  • Supervise direct reports through coaching, goal setting, staff development and staff appraisals
  • Develop opportunities for staff development across PSD
  • Working with the Deputy Director, ensure delivery of all PSD planning, budgeting and performance requirements per OA timelines
  • Supervise overall PSD budgeting and spending

Strategic leader within OA and OI 

  • Provide direction and support to
  • Oxfam campaigns, including with respect to corporate engagement, multi-stakeholder initiatives, investor outreach, shareholder activism
  • Oxfam initiatives aimed at reviewing, piloting and developing pro-poor market-system projects
  • Private Sector advocacy tools including community-led human rights impact assessments and poverty-footprinting initiatives
  • Private Sector Research and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)PSD regional outreach, support and capacity-building
  • Lead PSD’s efforts to build an OI-focused private sector support center to provide guidance and thought leadership for OA, OI and the broader development community
  • Be a champion for women’s rights across OA and OI private sector work
  • Help screen and develop new private sector opportunities for OA as they emerge
  • Provide ad hoc guidance to the OA President and Senior Leadership

External representative, thought leader, fundraiser 

  • Develop relationships with NGO, academic, corporate, professional leaders in relevant fields (corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, impact investment etc.) and seek opportunities for collaboration
  • Be a leading voice (“thought leader”) for OA’s PS work through writing, blogging, social media and regular public speaking
  • Ensure the quality, effectiveness and proper positioning of OA and OI Private Sector-related communications
  • Actively fundraise for Private Sector-related initiatives by identifying and cultivating potential donors, helping draft proposals, and exploring new lines of fundraising


  • Stay abreast of relevant professional standards, trends and issues, demonstrating continuous learning
  • Work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture
  • Perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect
  • Be familiar with and committed to Oxfam mission and goals
  • Periodic travel: approximately 40% of time


  • MBA, JD or Master’s degree in Economics, International Development or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and motivate teams
  • Experience working within complex multi-functional, international projects and teams
  • Ability to work well with all levels of management, executive leadership and support staff
  • A minimum of 12 or more years of experience working with corporate campaigns, market-based approaches to development, corporate partnerships and/or related field
  • Experience, comfort, and success engaging senior corporate executives
  • Experience, comfort, and success engaging corporate campaigners/activists
  • Familiarity and experience with rights-based approaches to development
  • Strong understanding of and experience working with international development community and with a wide range of stakeholders, including NGOs, government, multi-lateral institutions, peer companies, multi-stakeholder initiatives, business associations, and investors
  • Superior research, analysis, writing and high profile communication and presentation skills for a wide variety of audiences


  • Familiarity with specific industries and issues of interest to Oxfam, including: food and beverage, agribusiness, extractives, big box retailers, apparel, climate change
  • Familiarity with human rights, women’s rights, labor rights, indigenous peoples rights
  • Familiarity with impact investing, social enterprise and/or base of the pyramid work
  • Experience living and working overseas, preferably in developing countries
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish
  • Women and minorities strongly encouraged to apply

Job title: Director, Private Sector Department

Location: Boston, MA or Washington, DC

Contract: Full time, permanent

Closing date: Rolling application