Specialist, Capacity Building

Washington D.C., DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 4 days



The Strategy and Transformation Delivery department within the Office of the President works across the Agency to align, enable and support the development and implementation of our strategy. The team is responsible for the delivery of large and complex, transformational projects. It builds capacity to help our people lead and navigate change, and focus our resources on the most important work.  The Strategy and Transformation Delivery department partners with divisions and SCI/A to advance our breakthroughs and optimize SCUS’ contribution to the movement.


The Specialist, Capacity Building will work with the Sr. Director, Agency Portfolio and Project Management and will be responsible for all aspects of the Accelerating Delivery and Improvement, Continuous Improvement, Change Management and Project Management programs, from curriculum development to training delivery to coaching. This role will collaborate with leaders to understand business needs, and then develop a capacity building strategy to help staff and leaders deliver upon their business objectives. Through regular engagement with staff across all levels and all divisions, the Specialist, Capability Building will embed a culture of business improvement in the Agency, empowering staff to make Save the Children an efficient organization.


What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)


Oversee the Accelerating Delivery and Improvement (ADI), Continuous Improvement (CI), Change Management (CM) Capacity Building Programs (50%)

  • Develop an annual training strategy for the ADI, CI and CM programs, including the establishment of KPI targets.
  • Build an annual communications strategy and plan for the ADI, CI and CM programs.
  • Regularly refresh the ADI, CI and CM programs curriculum and delivery model to align with business needs and industry best practices.
  • Align the ADI curriculum with the Global ADI content where it makes sense for SCUS, diverging to accommodate SCUS stakeholder needs.
  • Support leadership to ensure staff are properly prepared for project assignments through proper depth of training to successfully deliver.
  • Deliver ADI, CM and CI training sessions, or support those delivering the sessions on our behalf. Build capacity within teams to train on ADI modules.
  • Oversee all training participant communications, as well as the maintenance of training records in Cornerstone.
  • Manage all aspects of ADI coaching, liaising with coaches and trainees to achieve practitioner KPI. Coach group coaching participants and others as needed.
  • Serve as the liaison with the Global ADI team, leveraging global best practices and sharing SCUS’s experience.
  • Ensure that the ADI, CI and CM communities remain actively engaged and continue to develop.


Develop and Launch Project Management (PM) Curriculum (25%)

  • With the Transformation team and SCI, develop a fit for purpose Project Management course for SCUS staff.
  • Create all collateral materials for delivering trainings and supporting staff.
  • Update website to reflect PM support.
  • Launch course – all activities related to successfully initiating new training at SCUS.
  • Develop and implement communications plan to build awareness and participation in the program.
  • Establish and deliver on specific PM KPIs.
  • Manage and evolve program with team as needed.


Embed the Culture of ADI/CI/CM/PM in the Agency (15%)

  • Engage with key stakeholders to understand business needs and to determine how CI and ADI can best assist their teams. Run tailored trainings and facilitated workshops when appropriate.
  • Actively promote CI and ADI, taking advantage of both regular and ad hoc opportunities (e.g. New Employee Orientations, All Staff meetings, SMT meetings, divisional retreats).
  • Oversee the maintenance of the Business Improvement SaveNet pages and resource libraries.
  • Perform other duties as may be required.


Manage CI Project Coaching and Certification (10%)

  • Partner with divisions as they prioritize and scope improvement projects, ensuring that Green Belt (GB) projects are strategically aligned at the Agency level.
  • Partner coaches with belts for non-transformation GB and work with division belts to partner staff on Yellow Belt (YB) projects.
  • Maintain CI project records, including associated financial metrics, and track the status of active and pipeline YB/GB projects.
  • Manage the CI certification process, ensuring certified belts have adhered to industry standards.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in training and/or coaching adult learners.
  • High School or Technical/Vocational Degree.
  • Strong communicator both written and verbal and comfortable presenting to large groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with colleagues at different levels within an organization.
  • Skilled in data analysis.
  • Ability to grasp the Agency perspective and then to hone in on the detail needed to achieve business objectives.



Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Six sigma Yellow Belt or similar training course management.
  • Project Management and/or Change Management experience.


Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About Save the Children

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 times of 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.


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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)