Director of Innovation

ChildFund International
Remote - Global
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ChildFund International has launched an ambitious 2030 strategy, Growing Connections, to reach ~100M children and family members annually to help children grow up healthy, educated, skilled, and safe. Over the next decade, we will positively impact more children by adding innovative new methods of helping children to our strong core methods and by evolving our role in international development. We have launched the Pathways Fund & Portfolio as our business model incubator of effective and sustainable new methods of helping children. We seek an entrepreneurial changemaker experienced in leading such incubators, scaling social impact, innovation portfolios, product/channel launches, or related efforts to serve as our Director, Pathways Portfolio.

ChildFund International is committed to a workplace culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Furthermore, ChildFund International is committed to ensuring a workplace that safeguards and protects all children, including preventing their sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as preventing the sexual exploitation and abuse of its staff, partners, and program participants.


• Advance ChildFund International’s work in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills which will enable you to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding policy and procedures, and conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the Child Safeguarding Policy.
• Develop and lead a business model incubator (Pathways Portfolio) yielding sufficient validated business models for ChildFund International to reach ~100M children and family members by 2030. (By “business model” we mean additional methods of reaching and impacting children. We use “business model” to indicate each method will have its own users [participants and customers], value proposition, cost structure, revenue streams, and the rest of a business model canvas.)

• Oversee and coach team leads who guide individual business model tests within the incubator. Team leads are director/advisor-level leaders who have a significant portion of their time cleared to guide small matrix teams in testing and developing high-potential business models. The Director, Pathways Portfolio will work frequently with these team leads, as well as liaise directly with the Global Leadership Team sponsors of these matrix teams.

• Lead a cross-functional matrix team in the design of the business model incubator (Pathways Portfolio) governance and structure. This includes development of metrics and key performance indicator tracking to evaluate the progress of individual business model tests and portfolio health overall. It also includes defining innovation stages and the related forms, templates, and guidance.

• Lead and guide decision-making on whether business model tests should stop, proceed, or pivot. Ensure sufficient pipeline of business model tests to reach ~100 million children and family members annually by 2030.

• Attract volunteer expertise, raise money, and grow partnerships that support ChildFund International’s business model incubator and our goal of reaching ~100 million children and family members annually by 2030.

• Support internal and external communications related to the business model incubator. Internal communications includes regular briefings to executive team and board of directors, as well as sharing incubator updates and learning with Country Office and International Office teams.

 At least 9-10 years of relevant experience including a combination of the following:
o Scaling social impact efforts (especially with a focus on helping children grow up healthy, educated, skilled, and safe), business model incubators, innovation portfolios, product development, launch of new channels, or related efforts.
o Lean startup/impact, human centered design, agile, inclusive innovation, social impact innovation, design thinking, or related methods.
o Leading and supporting teams in entrepreneurship, multilateral negotiations, strategic planning, qualitative research, or customer discovery.
o Advising domestically or internationally with startups from early stage to expansion.
o Experience building external partnerships to support the above efforts
 Experience in multicultural and/or diverse settings. Commitment to the value that diverse perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
 Proven ability to develop strong working relationships and collaborating at all levels of an organization (e.g., C-suite, managers, staff, and volunteers).
 Solid written communication skills in English.
 Strong computer skills, e.g., Microsoft Suite applications.
 International travel as needed.
 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.