Save the Children partners with schools, communities, and state governments to deliver programs and mobilize resources that increase Kindergarten readiness and grade-level proficiency among children in rural America. The Deputy Director, Program Implementation is responsible for meeting or exceeding annual program results targets for all programs delivered in the state. As the Child Safeguarding Focal Point for the state, the Deputy Director works to ensure all child safeguarding policies and protocols are properly implemented. The Deputy Director oversees a team of Program Specialists, and is responsible for managing performance to ensure all programmatic and operational deliverables are met. The Deputy Director oversees all site- and district-level program partnerships, and supports the maintenance of key state-level partnerships, to advance Save the Children’s Rural Education strategy. Working in close collaboration with and reporting to the Director, Program Implementation, the Deputy Director supports new initiatives and activities that promote the growth and sustainability of programs in the state.
Program Quality 35%
- Under the supervision of the State Director, the Deputy Director is responsible for overall state program performance; ensuring high-quality program delivery and that annual state program results targets are met or exceeded.
- Ensure program enrollment goals are met and maintained across all partner sites.
- Serve as the Child Safeguarding Focal Point for the state, ensuring all staff, partners and volunteers are trained to prevent, identify and report incidents; monitoring reports and addressing incidents, and working with the SCUS Director of Child Safeguarding to implement updates and ensure effective application of policies and procedures.
- Conduct frequent program data reviews to ensure timely and accurate data entry, identify trends, and address gaps in program performance.
- Coordinate and support the delivery of partner program training, results-reviews and lessons learned meetings, and ongoing technical assistance.
- Work with Program Specialists and Sr. Specialists, Program Implementation to collaboratively identify modified approaches and provide customized program interventions as needed.
- In the event Save the Children responds to a disaster in the state, collaborate with the U.S. Emergencies team and response team on the ground to support any response and recovery needs.
- Oversee a developing portfolio of community and cross-sector focused work.
Partnership Management: 35%
- Responsible for establishing, managing, and maintaining healthy relationships with program-delivery and emergency network partners across the state.
- In collaboration with the Director, Program Implementation, establish state-, district-, and site-level partnership strategies; building relationships with key stakeholders, conducting partner selection analyses, maintaining a prospective partner pipeline, and supporting the acquisition of funding for program expansion.
- Oversee the site-level annual Partner Planning and budget negotiation process across the state; ensuring partner plans and budgets are completed on time, and align with program strategy and donor requirements.
- Responsible for ensuring that all programs across the state start on time, are adequately staffed, and have all program supplies and resources needed for implementation across the program year.
- Troubleshoot partner issues requiring escalation, and work collaboratively to resolve conflicts that could negatively impact programming and/or the partnership.
Management and Operational Excellence: 20%
- Support the development and management of state-level annual budget and plan; ensuring compliance with finance, operations and donor requirements.
- Work with State Director to oversee the state portfolio of partner sub-awards; ensuring efficient and allowable use of funds.
- Provide regular, timely communication to State Program Director and other key team members as needed with progress updates, partner/program concerns, and other key areas of operation.
- Responsible for ensuring state staff and partners have access to strong knowledge management tools and resources needed for program implementation, data entry, monitoring, sharing practices, and managing daily operations.
- Build and maintain a high performing team – participate in the development of state organizational design and staffing plan; lead recruitment efforts for state Program Specialist staff; and promote staff learning and development goals.
- Work with the Operations coordinator to ensure equitable and timely distribution of GIK.
State Strategic Support: 10%
- Work closely with State Director to develop and implement state growth and expansion plan(s).
- Support the advancement of USPA’s Policy and Advocacy goals at the State-level and communicate advocacy efforts with partners, as needed.
- Under the direction of the State Program Director, conduct and support activities that increase the visibility of Save the Children’s work in the state.
- Work with State Program Director and other key team members to plan and support donor site visits as needed.
- Serve as a core member of the kindergarten readiness and third grade reading USPA results teams.
- Minimum 5 to 7 years experience in nonprofit or similar work focused on education, early childhood, out of school time learning, or related field
- Strong leadership, staff management and business operations skills with experience managing grants and budgets
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrates a clear understanding of, and ability to convey, issues related to poverty in rural communities
- Comprehensive partnership relationship management skills with extensive experience implementing partnership-based educational programs
- Ability to travel, regionally and nationally, approximately 30% of the time
- Comfort working with high-level donors, board members, legislators and other VIP
- Experience managing remote-based staff
- Master’s Degree
- Aetna Medical and Dental insurance with a concierge service
- Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
- Vision Insurance
- Life insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Commuter Benefit Program
- Vacation and Sick leave
- Paid holidays
What makes us special!
- Generous Retirement Savings with matching company contributions of up to 8%
- Family Leave – 10 additional days of paid time off for you to use to care for your family members
- Additional Maternity and Paternity Leave – 30 days where parents can take additional paid leave (beyond short-term disability and FMLA) at the birth or adoption of a child during that critical first year!
- Critical Child Illness Leave – We hope you never have to use it, but we will provide an additional 30 days of paid leave per year should your dependent child be faced with a critical illness.
- Pet Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Identity Protection, Home, Auto and additional Life insurances.
- Volunteer Day – One paid day a year to support the causes that matter to you!
- Leadership and Employee Development Training, including:
- Our remarkable in-house CORE, Senior Management Development, and Leadership Development Programs
- Language learning opportunities
- Continuous Improvement skill development programs
- Lunch and Learn information sharing sessions
- Work hard/Play hard! We make sure there’s ample opportunity for fun, engagement, and celebration while you work, such as networking events, Founder’s Day, and our annual Day of Service