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Director, Global Philanthropy Partners

Job Reference tbigc/TP/53731/759 #LI-MS1

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Permanent/Full Time
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35 per week
London, New York, Washington DC
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Business Development

Focus of the Role

This new role is critical to delivering TBI’s ambition. The Director, Global Philanthropy Partners (GPP) is responsible for global leadership of the philanthropy work stream. The core area to build upon is the full spectrum of private capital from individuals globally - particularly (Ultra High Net Worth Individuals) UHNWI’s and family offices and their foundations. Emerging areas to kick-start would be entry into new markets, new giving structures and opportunities. This leader will hold accountability for acquisition through retention strategies.

Job Introduction

The Director, GPP is a newly created role to lead philanthropy for the Institute at a global level and build a network of committed and entrepreneurial philanthropists who are passionate about making transformative change at scale. They will build and provide direction as well as leadership to a global philanthropy team, delivering transformative sustained growth internationally from private sources.

Working closely with the Institute leadership, UK and US Boards; the Director, Global Philanthropy Partners will advance a compelling strategy to attract individuals, their family offices and foundations into TBI’s mission. This leader will build out the pipeline and engagement structures to open up deployment opportunities across key staff and others in the Institute’s network.  

The Director, GPP, will be; alongside the Executive Chairman, CEO and leaders in the Strategy & Partnerships (S&P) Department, a face and voice of the Institute to potential philanthropy partners. They will bring a strong network of UHNWI’s, the stature and intellect to present the Institute proposition in a compelling way. They will also have the credibility to cultivate and maintain senior-level relationships with a variety of partners including individuals and family offices.

The Director, GPP, will build out and manage a team across various geographies. This role is within the Global Business Development & Income Partnerships Division, part of the wider Strategy & Partnerships Department (S&P). S & P is one of 3 external facing business critical departments, the other two being: Policy & Politics, and Global Government Advisory. The S&P Department leads and oversee the Institute’s strategic direction and growth, with specific responsibility for futureproofing growth, developing scalable partnerships, innovating in tech and securing financial resources to measurably advance the Institute’s operational goals and drive sustainable impact. This is both a rewarding and positively challenging high-profile post in the organisation, with direct working relationship with other senior leaders. The role reports to the Executive Director, Global Business Development & Income and has people and budgetary responsibility.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and deliver a strategy to meet current and future revenue goals from philanthropy
  • Plan, coordinate and assure implementation of strategies to develop a network of philanthropists to support the Institute’s ambitions
  • Shape and meet retention goals through delivery of best-in-class stewardship programme
  • Run own pipeline of accounts to lead from the front and set standards for high performance
  • Collaborate with others in the wider BD&I Division and Strategy & Partnerships group on the assurance of the systems and culture to enable successful implementation across the organisation
  • Leveraging own network and through research, develop and cultivate a global network of philanthropy partners with private capital, primarily UHNWI and family offices
  • Establish performance measures, monitor results and assist leadership and board(s) to evaluate the effectiveness of the GPP work
  • Advise senior leadership and potential philanthropy partners on philanthropy strategies of giving that support governments globally
  • Leveraging business orientation and strategic planning ability, quantify the investment needs and expected returns of the GPP team to executive leadership and make strategic decisions about programs and teams to achieve the Institute’s evolving goals
  • Build a team and foster a culture of collaborative problem-solving, efficient, effective decision-making, and transparency
  • Deputising for ED, Global BD&IP as needed: for internal and external projects and audiences
  • Key internal relationships: ED, BD&IP, EVP S&P and division leaders; Executive Chairman, CEO  

Person Specification

This post would be a fit for a senior leader who has these skills and experience:

  • An excellent record of accomplishment as a senior international resource mobilisation executive with extensive experience in philanthropy
  • A successful track record in negotiation and influencing within complex and challenging environments
  • Strong knowledge and networks across the private wealth ecosystem, and proven relationship building skills
  • A track record of successfully concluding deals with individuals and organisational sources of private capital. They will also be a proven and trusted steward of those resources
  • Experience operating and influencing complex organisational environments and leading multi-stakeholder initiatives and multilateral processes
  • Excellent communication skills, the confidence, and personal and professional sophistication, to appeal to partners and donors across a range of sectors internationally
  • An acute but flexible understanding of the data infrastructure required for systematic resource mobilisation
  • Experience of working within or alongside strategic communications and brand-building professionals.
  • Keenly interested in the work of TBI and share in our mission and values


About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

 Government Advisory 

Our Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It works with a variety of partners and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

 Policy Futures 

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas: 

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics; 
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and 
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.