Director – USDA Portfolio — Education & Child Protection At Save the Children – US


The Department of Education and Child Protection (DECP) will advance Save the Children’s education global theme and poverty subtheme by managing this institutional donor relationship and resources. As part of DECP, you will lead Save the Children’s engagement with the USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education (FfE) program. Responsibilities include oversight of the current USDA portfolio, growth of the portfolio through pursuing funding opportunities, management and support for Chiefs of Party, establishing and maintaining relationships with USDA staff, and assuring administration of all awards. You will maintain and develop systems and processes to enable Save the Children to have a consistent relationship and robust USDA portfolio.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Strategic Development (10%)

  • In collaboration with other International Program Departments and Country Offices develop and implement a USDA engagement strategy that seeks to achieve Save the Children’s new raise goal and increase Save the Children’s understanding of USDA and Food for Education’s application process including what USDA value as a donor and a partner.
  • Monitor USDA trends in funding priorities that could impact current or future USDA programming, and extrapolate what might be coming in order to provide as much lead time for proposal development as possible.
  • Define future strategy for portfolio growth and how to include USDA in DECP’s broader growth strategy

Proposal Development (30%)

  • Lead new business development and coordinate with relevant staff to create proposal teams to ensure timely bid decisions, high-quality review and submission of proposals responsive to USDA requirements.
  • Work closely with department and country office technical team members in technical design and proposal development
  • Oversee tracking of new business opportunities and conduct market analysis for new business strategy
  • Engage with potential partners and competitors to gather intelligence on upcoming business opportunities, identify key partners, and negotiate scopes of work and budgets with partners

Account and donor management (20%)

  • Establish a well-defined internal coordination process for communications and messaging that aligns to USDA’s structure, procedures and priorities
  • Guide and support coordination, planning, sharing or information among Save the Children technical, advocacy, and senior levels to improve competitive positioning, broad institutional learning, and successful project implementation.
  • Establish and coordinate direct relationships with USDA staff including organizing and/or participating in events, meetings, and networks that increase Save the Children’s profile, and influences USDA strategy for literacy, school health and nutrition, and school feeding.

Management (40%)

· Support, lead, coach, and develop Save the Children seconded Chiefs of Party on USDA Projects abroad**

· Coordinate with Country Directors on COP’s performance reviews and development of objectives**

· Convene internal stakeholders, as needed, to review and develop problem-solving strategies for issues that may arise

· Work with project COP & senior leadership teams to address and find appropriate solutions to any implementation challenges. Escalate to appropriate DECP senior management any sigficant project implementation or Save the Children reputational risks that arise within the portfolio.

· Coordinate Human Resource processes for all new international project hires. Facilitate and track hire paperwork and processing with HR.

· When necessary and in coordination with COPs and Award Managers, communicate directly with USDA on behalf of the project for submission of regular deliverables, off-cycle approval requests, and amendment requests associated with a specific project.

· Support project start up and close out as needed including supporting the development of the first year annual plan and PMP, preparation of project close out plans, and ensuring country offices are prepared for USDA audits.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience, plus at least seven years of related experience
  • Demonstrated familiarity with USDA and school feeding programs
  • Experience in development and implementation of funding and donor strategies, and demonstrated direct experience developing proposals for funding to, and managing grants from institutional donors
  • Proven track record of accomplishment in donor relationship establishment and management
  • Proven ability to successfully interact with internal and external individuals, teams, partners and networks at all levels
  • Demonstrated successful ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative.
  • Proven ability to engage in prolonged and multilayered negotiations
  • Demonstrated success in supporting, leading, developing, and coaching a remote team.
  • Professional proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 30%
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of USG’s Farm Bill and Food Aid Legislation as well as USDA management information systems (FAIS).
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish, or Arabic

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 dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism embedded in this country. Save the Children will not tolerate racism 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 of color to fight for equal rights and justice.

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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