The Program Specialist is the on-the-ground Save the Children staff member providing training, technical assistance, and management support to program partners to ensure quality program implementation and results for children. Under the supervision of the Program Manager and working as a member of the state team and in collaboration with the national program team, the Program Specialist oversees and supports program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation at assigned partner sites. Specific duties and responsibilities are outlined below.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Program Implementation 55%:
- Guide and support program staff to ensure quality implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Save the Children’s program models according to established standards.
- Provide in-person and remote training and technical assistance for program staff; maximize the use of technology to do so.
- Visit each assigned site in compliance with the program model to conduct observation, coaching, and mentoring. Complete site visit reports. In state travel will be required for each of the site visits.
- Support Direct Implementation programming by filling-in for site-based staff during absences and vacancies; in order, to ensure quality programming expectations as well as child safeguarding and child to adult ratio requirements are in compliance with Save the Children policies and grant requirements.
- Ensure accurate and up-to-date data collection and reporting for each assigned site.
- Consult with the Senior Specialist about program questions and needs.
- Regularly communicate with the Program Manager and Senior Specialist about program implementation challenges and successes and how to resolve complex issues.
- Inventory materials and supplies, on a regular basis, at all Direct Implementation sites.
- Ensure lesson plans are created and any printing and gathering of instructional supplies are in place across assigned sites.
- Identify and support the procurement of any program materials deemed necessary for implementation of quality programming.
Partner Operations and Management: 20%
- Support the Program Manager with partner management including but not limited to budget and spending, grant budgets and reports, annual district/site stakeholder meetings, partnership performance management, , and emergency/disaster communication and reporting.
- Meet regularly with each site principal
- Ensure timely and accurate incident reporting and necessary follow-up.
- Support the Program Manager with identification and assessment of new sites.
- Provide new sites with start-up support including but not limited to hiring and training program staff, technology and program materials, and Partner Portal usage.
Local and State Relationships/Advocacy: 10%
- Support the Program Manager, and program partners as appropriate, with local, regional, and state community engagement activities, community partnerships/coalitions, and state level relationships.
- Support the Program Manager, with local, regional, and state program presentations.
- Support program partners with media opportunities to highlight Save the Children programs.
Professional Development: 10%
- Participate in Save the Children Program Specialist calls, meetings, and trainings.
- Stay current on relevant national standards and best practices
- Share knowledge and experience with the national program team and program specialist colleagues.
- Participate in national program team projects and USP work groups.
- Work in collaboration with USP teams (e.g.,Program Development team; Technology, Monitoring and Evaluation; Sponsorship; Policy and Advocacy; Resource Development; Marketing, Communications, and Media).
- Provide stories from the field to national staff.
- Support, and contribute as appropriate and requested, to Save the Children priorities and initiatives.
- Support Deputy Program Director with VIP visits and other duties as assigned.
- You have a minimum 3-5 years’ relative experience
- High School or Technical/Vocational Degree
- Professional level of specialized knowledge to manage complex tasks, programs or projects.
- Experience working in or with schools.
- Willingness to travel extensively in the state or region and nationally as needed, up to 40% of work time.
- Bachelor’s degree in education, child development, or related field
- Knowledge of and experience with literacy/reading and math programs
- Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated capacity as a team player and relationship builder
- Demonstrated organizational and management skills related to program implementation
- Experience developing and delivering training and technical assistance in-person and remotely
- Proven experience working effectively with limited-resource communities
- Strong written and oral communication skills including through the use of technology
- Working knowledge of financial management
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable to dynamic changes in the work environment
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 – During the summer months, early release at 1:30 pm every other Friday!
- Volunteer Day – One paid day a year to support the causes that matter to you!
- 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
- Lunch and Learn 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, 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 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.