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Officer, Membership and Business Engagement, Business Council for the UN


The Business Council for the UN is a specialized membership organization housed in the UN Foundation that delivers tailored opportunities for companies to engage with the UN and its priorities throughout the year.  Our work advances the shared interests of business and the UN, with a large focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals).   Given the evolving role of companies in society and in the global development space, coupled with growing UN leadership on sustainable development, this role offers opportunities to support important progress envisioned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as other UN-led efforts on human rights, equality, and peace-building.  

The primary responsibilities of this role are to design and deliver membership services and dynamic engagement plans to BCUN’s corporate members, and to recruit new members. The Manager will also help develop and execute BCUN programs that support BCUN’s sustainability, impact and growth.  S/he will work with the Senior Director and colleagues to ensure BCUN is delivering consistent impact and value to its stakeholders: it members, the UN, and the UN Foundation.
The Membership Officer is a member of the New York Office and reports to the Senior Director, BCUN and Private Sector Engagement.  The team also includes a Senior Associate who supports BCUN operations, member servicing, communications and internal coordination and an intern throughout the year.  The Membership Officer will have the opportunity to work closely with a broad range of UN Foundation teams in both NYC and DC, with colleagues at the UN, as well as with global business and sustainability organizations.

Essential Functions

  • Manage current BCUN corporate relationships by serving as the primary membership steward and point of contact.  The Manager will stay abreast of member and UN priorities and develop and deliver annual engagement plans for member companies that harness opportunities at the intersection of UN priorities and individual member company goals and expertise;
  • Grow BCUN by recruiting new members both domestically and globally, including developing a pipeline, cultivating new relationships and closing new accounts.  This will include a new focus on collaborating with our US-UN team to engage US-based companies with the UN;
  • Work closely with relevant UN offices, including the UN Global Compact, and UN Foundation teams to support harmonization and alignment between BCUN and the priorities of these key stakeholders to BCUN.  This will span all UN key priorities but especially the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Represent BCUN and the UN Foundation at external events as needed and support important relationships with other business organizations (i.e. the UN Global Compact) and partnership functions in the UN and our partners and others external to the UN (WBCSD, B-Team, Business Fights Poverty and others);
  • The Manager’s work to engage members will also serve a key BCUN goal of strengthening relationships between business and the UN broadly, and s/he will identify and support specific opportunities for partnership and member engagement in UN and UN Foundation initiatives/programs on areas of member and UN interest such as climate action, health, gender, and financing for development.

Selection Criteria

  • 10 years of experience in supporting corporate membership programs or corporate partnerships;
  • Knowledge of global issues and the United Nations system, and a strong interest in the UN Foundation mission, programs, strategy and goals.  International experience a plus;
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s (especially a Master’s in Business Administration) highly desirable;
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communications skills;
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail and adheres to deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and enjoys and is skilled in working in and across teams. S/he is a problem-solver, relationship-builder, has strong inter-personal skills and thrives when working collaboratively with others;
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced, often rapidly-changing environment;
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills;
  • Knowledge and prior use of Salesforce desirable but not required;
  • Ability to travel up to 30%, and to work occasional evenings and weekends (around major events such as UN General Assembly Week);
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress;
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

Benefits & Compensation

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • A choice of two health plans through United Healthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA),
  • dental insurance,
  • vision discounts,
  • flexible spending accounts,
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution,
  • group term and supplemental life insurance,
  • short-term disability,
  • long-term disability,
  • health club discounts,
  • commuter benefits, and
  • employee assistance program. 

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of parental leave.

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