Girls’ Education Program Director

Room to Read
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The Director, Girls’ Education Program is responsible for overseeing Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program (GEP) at the global level. The Director provides guidance, direction, support and technical assistance for the program, including oversight and support for activities at the country level. The position reports directly to the Chief Program Officer and has regular interactions with global and country program teams as well as the Room to Read’s Management Team. This position requires U.S. and international travel.

Duties & Responsibilities:
-Work closely with the Chief Program Officer, Chief of International Operations, and Africa and Asia Directors to continue to grow and develop the overall GEP strategy for Room to Read across all countries, and assist in overseeing all aspects of Room to Read’s global programmatic work in girls’ education, including setting and meeting annual budget and programmatic goals;
-Lead efforts to develop and implement worldwide program content as well as codify best practices for Room to Read’s GEP so that they can be shared across existing countries of operation as well as new ones;
-Lead and supervise the Global Girls’ Education team including regional staff (Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia) and SF-based staff;
-Support the ongoing work of GEP staff in Global and Country Offices by serving as mentor and coach who encourages collaboration, innovation, excellence, and professional development;
-In collaboration with the global Research, Monitoring & Evaluation (RM&E) Team and country teams, develop metrics and monitoring and evaluation systems and procedures to track progress and achievements against planned program outcomes;
-Work closely with the Director of Strategic Partnerships to conceptualize and develop new business opportunities for GEP technical assistance projects;
-Work closely with the Chief Program Officer to develop and manage of flow of information about Room to Read’s evolving Girls’ Education programming to both internal and external stakeholders, including changes in plans and overall program progress, challenges, and achievements;
-Assist the Development Team by giving input into fundraising strategies for the program, preparing funding proposals and reports, and meeting with donors, as required;
-Recommend improvements to Country Office GEP Program Managers and Country Directors to more efficiently and effectively manage GEP programs in countries;
-Plan and, when appropriate, lead Girls’ Education program-related workshops, meetings, and sessions in global and regional meetings. Stay informed about research and trends in the area of international education and specifically girls’ education and recommend improvements for Room to Read’s programs accordingly;
-Represent Room to Read by attending and speaking at relevant forums and advocate the importance of its girls’ educational work; and
-Liaise with other non-profits running similar programs to identify areas of knowledge sharing and possible collaboration.

-Master’s degree required in a related field of study (e.g. MA, MPA, or MSc in International Education, International Relations, or Gender Studies);
-A minimum of 10 years of professional experience focused on girls’ education and/or life skills education in the developing world, with a minimum of five years in a senior management capacity;
-Reputation as a leader in the field of girls’ education or life skills education;
-Substantial, relevant working experience in emerging markets;
-Ability to develop and link program metrics to program outcomes and to articulate and promote strong monitoring and evaluation systems and procedures;
-Experience in successful implementation of a wide range of tasks;
-Experience in developing and implementing program improvements;
-Strong skills, training, and experience in staff management, professional development, and mentoring;
-A management style that is outcome-oriented, flexible, and respects the capabilities and independence of staff while providing a clear sense of direction;
-Prior success working closely with and building relationships with staff, partners, and donors;
-Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization;
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
-Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people;
-Ability and desire to travel within the U.S. and internationally approximately 30-50 percent of time; and
-Effectiveness in working in a non-governmental organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead.

Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, commuter benefits and a 401K match. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Additional Information

To apply for this position please visit our job board. Select the Girls’ Education Program Director role, click apply and complete the online application which will ask you to provide your resume, cover letter and some personal information. You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been received. Due to high applicant volume, we regret that we are not able to send personalized responses to all applicants. However, if you need technical assistance, please email Applications are accepted until the position is filled.