Director, Finance and Portfolio Management

Washington D.C., DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 2 weeks



The role provides oversight and guidance for department budgeting, award management, strategic planning and reporting. Responsible for the managing and execution of department systems and operations, effectively and efficiently, to achieve maximum results for children. The Director is also responsible for maintaining clear communications within the department ensuring everyone is updated as needed on activities related to International Programs well as other divisions within SCUS, members and SCI. The Director will strengthen department financial management in coordination with the Associate Vice President and senior directors to create transparency across teams, ensuring strategic allocation of resources. This position works across all teams within the department to ensure quality and efficient support is provided to all donor funded projects (both public and private). The position is responsible for oversight for all of the Department of Education and Child Protection’s funding, ensuring donor compliance, timely programming and spending, mitigating risks were possible, and flagging potential risks to senior leadership when appropriate. The Director will work across the agency to define best practices around financial management and award management for the department and international programs. The position also represents the department internally and Save the Children externally when appropriate.


What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Department Financial Oversight (35%)

  • Oversee the education and child protection department budget in coordination with the AVP and Senior Directors in order to achieve maximum leverage for existing funds
  • Work with department leaders to ensure budget and department workplans are aligned
  • Provide direction for both Home Office and SCI budgeting, establish and maintain standards for consistency and clarity for allocation of more flexible resources
  • Create forward looking projections for department to inform decisions on long term /staffing and fundraising activities
  • Supervise the Associate Director for Budget Management, who is responsible for the day-to-day financial management of specific funding sources, and provides input and support for overall departmental budget, and supervises department financial coordinator who initiatives all payment processing for the department.


Portfolio Management (20%)

  • Provide leadership to the Awards management team within DECP, ensuring team adheres to best practices, and has the tools and resources necessary for success.
  • Represent DECP’s award management and finance efforts on SC agency and movement related projects such as PPM Prime, Cost Allocation Methodology, AMS re-platforming, affiliate member transitions, and Technical Experts/Technical Assistance
  • Develop and provide portfolio level risk analysis to DECP SMT on a regular basis, highlighting both successes and challenges within the portfolio
  • Ensure effective risk-based award management support across the department



Proposal Development Coordination (15%)

  • Ensure the Go/No Go decision process is standardized across the department so resources are properly prioritized, including technical support, costing and AM staff for both public and private-funded proposals.
  • Serve as a liaison with Resource Development helping to guide proposals and proposal support
  • Ensure all proposals that have been prioritized, are properly resourced and tracked for maximum results.


Department leadership, operational and strategic administration (30%)

  • Provide strategic analysis of department results to inform senior leadership, on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Ensure the timely development of quarterly business team reports
  • Steel department’s annual planning process including goal trees, fundraising targets, and associated home office and SCI award budgets for DECP managed funding
  • Serve as point person within DECP for operational issues for areas such as Travel policies and practices, Finance policies, HR related issues including operationalizing seconded staff, managing merit/promotion process, representing DECP’s issues
  • Oversee new business development for the department, consolidating public fundraising information for DECP to include both CP and Education pipelines
  • Supervise the proposal development Directors
  • Supervise DECP finance/project management staff
  • Ensure orientation and training for DECP finance, program support and admin staff
  • Identify staff development opportunities to build capacity of finance and project management team
  • Prepare and disseminate to DECP finance and project management guidance and conduct internal training, with support from SC Finance and Grants/Contract Departments


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 7-10 years’ operational/management experience in development and/or emergency contexts
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience required.
  • Strong level of technical and/ or managerial knowledge, skills, and experience to lead a unit or team, or provide the technical advice, guidance and direction related to various size programs and grants
  • Strong decision making, presentation skills and ability to influence staff and senior leadership
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact at all levels including senior leadership
  • Proven ability to think and act strategically and collaboratively and approach projects from an organizational perspective
  • Ability to work and think globally and develop diverse relationships with colleagues and counterparts
  • Ability to identify, attract, develop and retain high-quality staff
  • Must be willing and able to travel domestically or internationally up to 10% of the time.


What’s In It for You

  • Aetna Medical and Dental insurance with a concierge service
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Commuter Benefit Program
  • Vacation and Sick leave
  • Paid holidays


What makes us special!

  • Generous Retirement Savings with matching company contributions of up to 8%
  • Family Leave – 10 additional days of paid time off for you to use to care for your family members
  • Additional Maternity and Paternity Leave – 30 days where parents can take additional paid leave (beyond short-term disability and FMLA) at the birth or adoption of a child during that critical first year!
  • Critical Child Illness Leave – We hope you never have to use it, but we will provide an additional 30 days of paid leave per year should your dependent child be faced with a critical illness.
  • Pet Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Identity Protection, Home, Auto and additional Life insurances
  • Summer Fun Fridays – Early release at 1:30 pm on selected Fridays during the summer months.
  • Volunteer Day – One paid day a year to support the causes that matter to you!
  • Ergonomic Options – Every employee at our HQ offices has the option of a sitting/standing desk
  • Leadership and Employee Development Training, including:
  • Our remarkable in-house CORE, Senior Management Development, and Leadership Development Programs
  • Language learning opportunities
  • Continuous Improvement skill development programs
  • Brown Bag information sharing sessions
  • Work hard/Play hard! We make sure there’s ample opportunity for fun, engagement, and celebration while you work, such as networking events, March Madness, World Cup, Dodgeball Tournaments, Take Your Child to Work Day, Founder’s Day, and our annual Day of Service

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 timeof crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

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 Save the Children is 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. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

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.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)