The MasterCard Foundation Job Vacancy: Director, Communications - Toronto, Canada

The MasterCard Foundation is a global foundation based in Toronto, Canada. Its programs promote financial inclusion and youth learning in Africa. The Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide when it became a public company. From inception, the Foundation was designed to be a separate entity and independent from the company, and its policies, operations and funding decisions are determined by its President and CEO and Board of Directors.

The Foundation believes that every person has the potential to transform their lives and improve the lives of their families and communities. The Foundation collaborates with partners to advance sustainable and scalable solutions in financial inclusion and youth learning, focusing on countries – particularly Africa – that face high rates of poverty, limited access to financial services, and growing numbers of out-of-school youth.

Reporting to the President and CEO, and serving as an integral member of the senior leadership team, the Director, Communications will be responsible for developing and delivering on a full-function integrated communications, branding and media strategy. This is a strategic role that will advance the Foundation's mission by building its international reputation and influence as a thought leader in financial inclusion and education, and as an innovator among its peers in global philanthropy. The Director will deliver on a strategy that coalesces the Foundation's vision, results and learnings into compelling messaging that builds the Foundation.

The ideal candidate for Director should have more than ten years of senior management experience and leadership in managing comprehensive strategic marketing and communications, media relations, and marketing programs to advance the Foundation's mission and goals. This experience may come from the corporate sector, not-for-profit environment or other relevant organization, and the ability to work with a variety of constituencies and partners ranging from heads of state to the Board of Directors and the media will be important. Experience working in a global context, especially Africa or other parts of the developing world, would be an asset. An undergraduate degree in communications, marketing or related field is required, and a master's degree would be a plus.

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. The MasterCard Foundation will be assisted by Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. Nominations and applications should be directed to: 

The MasterCard Foundation
c/o Heidrick & Struggles
Brookfield Place, TD Canada Trust Tower
Phone: +1 416 361 4700
Fax: +1 416 361 4770

The MasterCard Foundation is an open, collegial organization which honours principles of equality of opportunity for all.

Closing Date: 11 Aug 2016

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