Director, Public Affairs and Communications

Mastercard Foundation
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Apply by 22 August 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 23 July 2018

Job Description

Working closely with the CEO and Senior Team, the Director will develop the communications strategy to support, promote and enhance the Foundation’s goals and impact. The Director will help provide the compelling narrative for the important work the Foundation is doing on the ground in Africa. This individual will also contribute to the Foundation’s overall strategy and act as a thought partner and communications advisor to the CEO, the Chief of Programs, the Director of Strategy and Learning as well as other senior leadership.

The ideal candidate will have ten plus (10+) years senior management experience and leadership in managing comprehensive strategic communications and media relations and a track record of developing and implementing a strategic communications plan including specific goals and initiatives in support of the organization’s strategy. He/she will have demonstrated expertise working with a variety of constituencies and partners ranging from senior government officials, executives in the private sector, and local/national media. Experience working effectively in Africa and with a range of African-led organizations will be critical, and experience living/working in a global context would also be helpful. This position will be located in Toronto or in the Foundation’s offices on the African continent.

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. The Mastercard Foundation will be assisted by Allen Shardelow, Tendai Motsi, Kaley Palanjian, Courtney Disston and Ellen Brown Landers, of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. Applications should be directed to:

H&S Johannesburg Office

15th Floor – The Office Tower Sandton City

Johannesburg, 2146

South Africa

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

About the Organization

The Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation based in Toronto, Canada with a vision to create the opportunity for all to learn and prosper. Its mission is to advance education and financial inclusion in developing countries. The Foundation has more than $15 billion in assets, making it one of the largest private foundations in the world.

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 independent from the company, and its policies, operations and funding decisions are determined by its President and CEO and Board of Directors.

Early on the Foundation made a strategic decision to focus on one region of the world – Africa. The Foundation believes that every person has the potential to transform their lives and improve the lives of their families and communities and has a talented and highly collaborative team of 90 people. The Foundation collaborates with a range of partners to increase access to financial services, quality education, skills training, and networks to people living in poverty. The Foundation recently opened its first African office in Rwanda to support its new programs and its ongoing work in the region, and it will expand its presence in other African countries. For more information on the Foundation, please see

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