Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Job Posting with Save the Children US

Director - Education in Emergencies
Save the Children US
Washington, DC
30 April 2018


The Director for Education in Emergencies will manage Save the Children’s Education in Emergencies work. The EiE program is comprised of awards from both USG and private donors, implemented in 15-20 countries, and includes thought leadership activities within Save the Children and external Education in Emergencies forums. S/he will provide direction to the program and will manage the award portfolio, ensuring compliance and successful program delivery. S/he will maintain key relationships within Save the Children and with the Advisor for Education in Emergencies will represent Save the Children US to external audiences. Along with the Advisor for Education in Emergencies and other team members supporting the EiE portfolio, s/he will provide direct technical support to projects and lead fundraising efforts; as needed, s/he will deploy as part of a humanitarian team. S/he will support the Senior Director for Basic Education with the overall management of the BE team.


What’s In It for You

  • Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world
  • A family friendly work environment
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time
  • Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions
  • Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers
  • Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities as well as language learning opportunities 

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. 

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 Save the Children is 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. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue. 

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


What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Program Leadership and Direction (25%)

  • Provide leadership to the Education in Emergencies program, using expert technical knowledge and understanding of the competitive marketplace to
  • Establish the technical vision for the program based on market research, identifying areas of focus for SCUS within the US market and vis-à-vis other members of Save the Children;
  • Translate the vision into a strategic and operational plan, including technical products, key partnerships and collaborations, fundraising, and program delivery.
  • Lead the Education in Emergencies response for large-scale Category 1/2 humanitarian responses, determining the EiE strategy, representing the Education in DHR coordination forums, leading fundraising efforts with public and private donors, and deploying as needed.
  • Represent Save the Children in Washington DC-based technical working groups.
  • Represent the EiE program to internal audiences, including the Department of Humanitarian Response, Public Policy and Advocacy, Child Protection, and SCI’s Education Global Theme.
  • Advise the Senior Director, Basic Education, and the Associate Vice President, DECP, on Education in Emergencies issues.

Program Delivery (40%)

  • Oversee the implementation of the EiE strategic plan; lead Education in Emergencies annual planning and quarterly reporting processes for the Department of Education and Child Protection.
  • Provide technical assistance to ensure excellence in all areas of the Education in Emergencies portfolio, applying state of the art technical approaches with education leaders within Save the Children offices and UN, government and other civil society members.
  • Oversee program management; including complex USG awards, working closely with award managers to ensure compliance and successful delivery of all activities.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on all aspects of the EiE portfolio and provided highest quality communications materials for use by senior Save the Children leadership.

Fundraising (25%)

  • Oversee fundraising for the Education in Emergencies program, including US government, private and global accounts (UNHCR, Dubai Cares, etc.).
  • Serve as the Proposal Director for strategic, high-value Education in Emergencies opportunities.
  • Position Save the Children as a partner of choice with potential donors and partners.

Staff supervision and support (10%)

  • Lead a team of directly reporting Education in Emergencies staff (one Advisor, currently) as well as other team members who provide support to the EiE portfolio.
  • Provide operational support to the Humanitarian Surge Team personnel (HSTs), and technical backstopping to EiE HSTs.

  • Bachelor degree in education or relevant field with relevant technical expertise
  • 7 to 10+ years of experience including experience in the emergencies sector, including early-onset humanitarian response;
  • Proven technical knowledge in education;
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 40% of time, including ability to deploy for large-scale emergencies within 72 hours of a request as part of the humanitarian response team;
  • Strong management skills, including the ability to set and execute work plans and manage budgets;
  • Proven experience successfully leading proposal processes and raising funds from both public and private donors
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team setting from a technical, management, and interpersonal perspective;
  • Ability to problem-solve, take decisions in a timely manner, multi-task, determine priorities, take initiative, and work independently;
  • Experience with proposal development for donors, including leadership of USAID technical design and writing processes;
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and especially written communication skills, including cross-cultural communication skills and strong public speaking skills and experience;
  • Recognized leadership in the education in emergencies sector and the ability to effectively represent organizational priorities and interests.