Specialist, School-Aged Programs-Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas
negotiable Expires in 5 days



The Specialist, School Based Programs is the front line Save the Children (SC) staff member providing technical and management assistance to partners to ensure the effective coordination, implementation and monitoring of school based partnerships and programs such as literacy, nutrition and physical activity. Under the supervision of the State Director/Deputy Program Director and working as a team member within a State office, the Program Specialist oversees the implementation of the integrated programming at the assigned partner sites. Specific responsibilities include managing relationships with assigned partner sites; lead partner planning; identify new partner sites and conduct site assessments; guiding new partners through the start-up process of the programs; providing training and technical assistance to partners to ensure high-quality programs; monitoring partner progress and performance to ensure that they are achieving program objectives.   The position holder regularly consults with other support teams such as Education Specialists and sub-grant management teams to resolve complex issues and ensure compliance with sub-grant terms and conditions.



What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)


  • Visit assigned sites to provide adequate professional development and support to all partner staff members related to effectively implementing the afterschool, in-school, and summer programs with particular attention to the three components of the Literacy Block: read-alouds, fluency-building activities, and guided independent reading practice (25%).
  • Monitor the appropriate implementation of all school based program components according to SC’s established standards; and provide training and/or technical assistance as needed (20%).
  • Take lead role for the partner planning process in assigned sites to support effective and efficient implementation of program goals (10%).


  • Upon receipt from USP Finance staff, review partner requests for funds for appropriateness, quarterly financial reports and budget revision requests, and provide confirmation or questions to Finance and Subgrants staff for processing (10%).
  • Support partner sites to comply with key sponsorship requirements (10%).
  • Indirectly supervise the coordinators at assigned sites and ensure that they meet the performance standards and expectations (10%).
  • Host visitors to the assigned sites and facilitate logistical arrangements for Donor, VIP or USP staff members (10%).
  • Participate in the identification of new sites, work with team members to complete site assessments, and lead new site start-up procedures as needed (5%).


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in area of expertise
  • High School or Technical/Vocational Degree
  • Professional level of specialized knowledge to manage complex tasks, programs or projects.
  • Accountable for day to day decisions around execution of job.
  • Requires little or no supervision on routine work assignments, but may require supervision to review work progress and results on non-routine work assignments.
  • Record of keeping manager informed of important issues.
  • Ability to build effective relationships within immediate or peer workgroup.
  • Demonstrated ability to use MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PPT and on-line technologies proficiently.
  • Willingness to travel regularly in the region up to 50% of the time.
  • Valid driver’s license required.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.
  • Experience working in rural communities with limited resources, and working with families facing economic/financial challenges.



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.