The Associate Vice President, Gender Equality & Girls Empowerment is responsible for setting Save the Children’s course for its renewed commitment to Gender Equality and Girls Empowerment.
The incumbent will play the leadership role on the Agency’s Gender Equality and Girls Empowerment agenda, helping to shape our research and knowledge based on a broader understanding of the field that crosses sectors; and will be a visible representative of that work. She/he will identify, cultivate and expand Save the Children’s key relationships with relation to Gender Equality and Girls Empowerment. These include relationships across Save the Children US and the Save the Children movement, relationships with other key implementation and advocacy partners, and relationships with donors.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact
Be external facing, working with Resource Development to develop and implement a fundraising strategy, for funding a Center for Girls; and provide input to proposals for gendered programming. . Collaborate with Board members and senior leaders to develop and implement the SCUS strategy for Gender Equality and Girls Empowerment; mobilize/lead a newly formed women’s council. 35%
Work across the Agency with International Programs, US Programs, Advocacy, and SCAN connecting the dots on what is already going on and providing leadership to ensure development, implementation, and embedding of appropriate accountability systems for Gender Equality. Lead dedicated Gender Equality staff (eventually 3-4 additional FT staff in a Center for Girls – dependent on fundraising), and provide guidance to staff embedded on the business teams. 35%
Work with Human Resources and Office of the President to ensure that SCUS adopts and embeds a Gender Equality Policy drawing on experiences of sister agencies; develop and implement a strategy for socializing the Policy across the organization, including providing input to our Gender Equality Training. 20%
Work across the movement as a lead on the Gender Working Group, and represent SCUS’s Gender Equality strategic interests across the Movement. 10%
Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors
Bachelor's Degree required; Relevant Advanced Degree highly desirable.
Minimum of 15+ years of experience and proven results in international & domestic development or relevant corporate / foundation experience; experience in gender equality leadership programming and fundraising highly preferred
Demonstrated capability to develop and lead strategic efforts, with proven track record on gender mainstreaming highly preferred
Demonstrated capability for external representation/thought leadership and a “known voice” on these issues
Technical and/ or Managerial knowledge, skills, and experience to manage the operational activities of the global coordination function for gender equality; willing and able to provide technical advice, guidance and management related to teams across the agency.
Demonstrated success in developing and presenting proposals for philanthropic support
Proven staff management skills and experience; proven project management skills and experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
Experience with matrix management for international change and influence; ability to operate independently, as a leader and manager, and as a team member
Enthusiastic and infectious approach to challenges
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.
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Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. 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.