Director, Learning Outcomes At Save the Children – US


The Director, Learning Outcomes, will lead a team of experts in education and school health and nutrition working to improve well-being and learning outcomes for primary school age children. This position will lead development of technical approaches that improve access and learning for disadvantaged and marginalized learners, with a focus on literacy, math and social-emotional learning. You will work closely with the Director for Education Research to build and share evidence of best practice in education and school health and nutrition, and will serve as a thought leader in the organization on teaching and learning, representing Save the Children and its work at internal and external forums.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Team Leadership and Direction (20%)

  • Serve as an example of technical excellence and a positive work culture
  • Build team morale and purpose around shared goal of improving learning outcomes and well-being for all children
  • Partner with Human Resources on the recruitment, support and professional development of a team of education and school health and nutrition technical advisors
  • Manage the budget and work plan of the team and its individual members

Technical Leadership and Quality Programming (30%)**

  • Lead the development and refinement of technical approaches and tools that improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for primary school aged children, with a focus on addressing the particular learning and well-being needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations
  • Lead collaborative efforts with colleagues in Health, Child Protection and Early Childhood Development to ensure children’s successful transitions between pre-primary, primary and secondary / non-formal education opportunities for youth
  • Oversee the development and delivery of a research and learning agenda, including internal dissemination of findings and external presentation and publication of results; integrate evidence and learning into technical approaches and tools
  • Provide technical assistance related to teaching and learning to priority projects, and build technical expertise within country and regional teams in these areas and the use of research and evidence to improve programming
  • Forge, improve and support internal and external partnerships to improve instructional design including remote delivery of education support

Resource Mobilization (35%)

  • Support the development and delivery of funding strategies for education and school health and nutrition programs from both public and private donors, including managing the pipeline for new funding opportunities
  • Lead the development of proposals to public and private donors, including serving a technical design lead, lead technical writer, and proposal director
  • Leverage technical expertise and professional networks to support the identification and cultivation new donors and manage the existing donor portfolio
  • Set, monitor and meet fundraising targets for the Department of Education and Child Protection
  • Collaborate with and support, as needed, proposal development efforts of other teams in the Division of International Programs

Representation and Collaboration (15%)**

  • Represent Save the Children at internal and external technical forums
  • Participate in agency priority initiatives related to program quality and technical expertise and excellence

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree, plus at least seven (7) years of relevant experience
  • Proven experience in education development, teaching, or service-related work with young children and families in domestic and international settings
  • Demonstrated skill and experience providing technical assistance and integrated multisector programming approaches to field programs related to education, early childhood development, child protection, and gender integration.
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully deliver work under tight deadlines, managing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Proven successful experience coaching, developing and leading a team of direct reports
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with teams and individuals at all levels, both internal and external
  • Proven experience in representation, program design, and proposal development for international bodies, government organizations, private foundations, bi- and/or multilaterals,
  • Demonstrated experience in representation with international bodies, government, and funding sources
  • Proven knowledge of programs related to education, early childhood development, child protection and integrated and multisector programming approaches.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally up to 25%

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to play a strategic and lead role in developing programs, proposals, and policies desired.
  • Spanish and/or French language preferred.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

*Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.*

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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