Senior Director Strategy & Planning

International Rescue Committee
  • Location
    London, Berlin, Geneva, Stockholm or Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 01

Position description

Reporting to the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Europe, the Senior Director will support the SVP and his direct reports as a thought partner, strategist, driver, problem solver, and effective partner to internal and external stakeholders.

Working with the SVP and the European Senior Management Team, the Senior Director will:

  • Support the SVP to deliver on IRC’s strategy objectives;
  • Coordinate output and delivery across European locations and identify and resolve any delivery challenge;
  • Design the SVP’s thought -leadership, advocacy and communication agenda;
  • Manage and drive special projects;
  • Advise the SVP on complex internal and external issues;
  • Ensure effective engagement with all appropriate departments.


  • Supports the SVP in developing a strategic agenda and priorities, identifying opportunities where the SVP and IRC in Europe are best able to have impact and influence;
  • Coordinates and/or oversees the development of policies, procedures, and strategies relating to complex policy issues;
  • Works on behalf of the SVP to expand and develop key relationships with critical advocacy targets;
  • Supports the SVP and Executive Directors in the development and implementations of growth plans for European offices – aligning priorities with IRC’s global and European strategic agenda;
  • Keeps an active overview and conducts regular status reviews of organizational goals and objectives to identify roadblocks to progress;
  • Drives on behalf of the Europe SVP, engagement with supervisory boards in Belgium, the UK, Sweden and Germany;
  • Develops reporting to communicate strategic plans and concepts and represents the views and positions of the Europe SMT/SVP to external and internal stakeholders;
  • Maintains sensitivity and diplomacy with senior colleagues.


  • Ability to organize, plan, schedule, determine priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are essential;
  • Ability to anticipate and assess situations accurately and recommend/implement effective courses of action required;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple meeting tasks and complex details on a concurrent basis;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders with tact and diplomacy, both orally and in writing, including working with all staff levels and diverse personalities;
  • Ability to exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive material and maintain the confidentiality;
  • Ability to handle stress, and function effectively under pressure;
  • Ability to expand on own initiative in performance of duties;
  • Candidates must have the right to work in any IRC location they will based.

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