Associate Director, Private Sector Engagement


The Foundation is seeking a 2-year, fixed-term hire. The AD - Private Sector Engagement role can be divided into two parts: building and supporting Foundation-wide private sector engagement activities, and providing direct support to  two Rockefeller Foundation initiatives – Digital Jobs Africa and US Youth Employment – that promote job creation to improve the employment outcomes of young people.  

For the Foundation-wide private sector engagement activities, this role will partner with our internal strategy and other teams to diagnose institutional needs, identify appropriate relationship management and development practices, and shape private sector engagement strategies for a range of opportunities. 

For the Digital Jobs Africa and US Youth Employment initiatives, this role will coordinate the corporate engagement activities of both initiatives, with a focus on US-based companies, including pipeline development and management, early outreach and engagement, and ensuring alignment of private sector engagements within and across the two initiatives. 

US Youth Employment:  

Through its US Youth Employment initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to create a more inclusive economy that employs more youth in career-building jobs, especially the poor or vulnerable youth who are often hit the hardest by economic shocks and stresses.

The Foundation believes that to address the youth employment crisis at scale requires the engagement of employers, who have an important role and responsibility in supporting young Americans’ entry into the workforce. By creating more meaningful career opportunities for young adults, employers have the potential to meet their business needs while also improving the resilience of individuals and communities and reinforcing the shared prosperity that contributes to a more inclusive economic system. To achieve this, the Foundation will:

  • Surface and test social innovations to address critical barriers within the employment system,
  • Support and scale promising employer-focused interventions that expand employment opportunities for youth, and
  • Raise the profile of the issue among employers and collaborate with employers to identify and implement solutions. 

Digital Jobs Africa: 

Digital Jobs Africa is a Rockefeller Foundation initiative that seeks to impact the lives of 1 million people in six countries in Africa by catalyzing sustainable Information and Communications Technology enabled employment opportunities for African youth who would not otherwise have an opportunity for sustainable employment. The Foundation’s work will deliver impact at two levels—through improving the well-being of those employed, their families and communities as well as influencing broader adoption of inclusive business practices that lead to job creation for youth at scale in ICT-enabled sectors.  Digital Jobs Africa will focus on six African countries – Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa – all of which have dynamic and growing services sectors and offer the potential for continued ICT development.

To achieve its goal of impacting one million lives, Digital Jobs Africa focuses its interventions towards three specific outcomes:

  • Connecting high potential but disadvantaged youth to employment opportunities in the digital economy.  This will include working with local organizations to provide demand-led skills training that prepares youth for digital jobs. As a result, these young people, their families and communities experience improved social and economic well-being.   
  • Encouraging and enabling employers to incorporate inclusive business practices into their business models beyond corporate social responsibility. Compelled by the value proposition of hiring high potential but disadvantaged youth, employers intentionally hire them for Impact Sourcing and other digital jobs to achieve both business and social impact.
  • Scaling the environment for digital jobs by coordinating government and businesses without the continued involvement of philanthropy—leading to broad global adoption of inclusive business practices.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 
  • Develop an set of approaches, processes, and practices to help the Foundation improve its overall ability to engage with the private sector. These will largely be informed by the more detailed support to be provided to Digital Jobs Africa and US Youth Employment initiatives (whose support activities are described in more detail below).
  • Manage private sector pipelines for both initiatives, including identifying prospective private partners, prioritization of potential engagements, and coordination of private sector meetings.
  • Cultivate new prospective private sector partners through participation in conferences, industry events, and one-on-one meetings.
  • Manage use of the CRM system for both initiatives to ensure up-to-date entries and activities, cross-team coordination, accurate reporting on key metrics, and adoption of best practices.
  • Develop materials for RF and initiative leadership in preparation for private sector engagements, including briefings/fact packs on employers and identifying key messages from communications materials.
  • Ensure alignment of private sector engagement 1) across grantee partners within each initiative and synthesis learning from these activities; and 2) across the Digital Jobs Africa and US Youth Employment initiatives.
  • Organize small- and medium-scale employer convenings on behalf of the Foundation, some of which may take place outside the United States.
  • Monitor general trends in private sector opportunities for collaboration and coordinate with other Rockefeller Foundation initiatives that engage private sector actors to ensure alignment and identify synergies.

Qualifications and Competencies 

Partnership and relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal abilities, strategic partnership building, ability to operate comfortably in and across private, non-profit and public sectors

Execution:  Strong project management skills; meets deadlines; sense of urgency and responsibility; ability to multi-task and work under pressure; detail oriented

Communication:  Excellent interpersonal abilities; good listening skills; writing and verbal skills; assertiveness in presenting ideas

Integration: Accesses functional and substantive expertise organizationally; demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration

Strategic Ability: Anticipates future opportunities and consequences, demonstrates innovative approach to work, ability to organize chaos into coherent plan

Education, Training and Experience 

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, MBA or similar a plus
  • At minimum of 5 years of work experience, including work in the private sector
  • Relationship management and business development experience
  • Demonstrated interest in social sector issues
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and creative problem-solving


The Rockefeller Foundation offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  The Foundation provides a very generous package of benefits.

                    The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.