Managing Director

Global Vaccine Initiative


Managing Director
Global Vaccine Initiative

New York/Washington DC

The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking a Managing Director to lead cross-functional work and support the Chief, Global Public Health Strategy to develop and execute The Foundation’s Global Vaccination Initiative (GVI) and its vision to ensure equitable access to and optimal uptake of vaccines. This role requires significant global public health experience and strategic policy development experience at national, multinational, and institutional/NGO levels.

This role will lead the development and execution of the Foundation’s strategic vision for ensuring equity in global vaccination programs.

In the light of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Initiative’s guiding star is to equitably accelerate vaccination delivery in LMICs to achieve 70% vaccination coverage of LMIC populations by mid-2022. The Global Vaccine Initiative will achieve this goal through linkages with regional and global public health networks, by investing in local demand generation tools and approaches, and establish and support regional and global demand Centers of Excellence.

The Managing Director of the Global Vaccine Initiative is a critical member of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Health team, developing and executing the Foundation’s strategic vision for global public health and vaccination -- initially focusing on the distribution and use Covid-19 vaccines effectively, efficiently, and equitably as they become available. This Initiative will invest in, and support programs aimed to increase vaccine awareness, acceptance, and uptake and building stronger systems that can deliver vaccines across the lifespan and prepare countries to respond to pandemic threats.

The Managing Director will work under the direction of the Chief of Global Public Health Strategy and the SVP, Health and will leverage the Foundation’s expertise, networks, and influence to accelerate the impact and effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccination efforts. Specifically, the broader focus on digital technology and data-driven decision-making that provide clear entry points to drive equity in global vaccination. As a trusted partner to key stakeholders, they will use Rockefeller Foundation communications capabilities and voice to advocate for equity and science-based immunization interventions.

The Managing Director will be responsible for working closely with the Chief to (i) develop and execute on the guiding vision and strategy for the Global Vaccination Initiative; (ii) develop and execute high-impact partnerships, grants, and contracts to support and drive results; and (iii) represent the Foundation externally with various stakeholders to drive impact.

The Managing Director will also have additional responsibilities that will be wide ranging and evolve over time as the Foundation delivers on its Mission to collaborate with leading global public health organizations and entities, philanthropic, academic and private sector partners.

The Rockefeller Foundation has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV and a Statement of Suitability to, including the role title and reference P2110-111L in the email subject line.

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.

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