State Director, South Carolina Programs

Save the Children - US, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
8 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th January, 2018

Job Description

Save the Children is seeking a dynamic State Director to lead and grow our programmatic and advocacy work in South Carolina.  She/he will provide overall leadership and representation of the organization as the senior staff member within the state while overseeing a high performing team.  The State Director will work seamlessly with Save the Children HQ staff to develop and implement a long term strategic plan for our work in South Carolina. He/she will oversee program operations within the State, establish and strengthen strategic partnerships, align programmatic strategy and growth, secure additional funding, and drive our state level policy and advocacy agenda.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Leadership and Representation: 25%

  • Lead State-level programs, operations, advocacy, fundraising, marketing and communication
  • Establish and maintain relationships with State officials, donors and partners  
  • Establish and maintain strategic partnerships to scale the impact of our work and promote long-term sustainability
  • Increase the visibility of Save the Children’s work in South Carolina – represent Save the Children to opinion leaders and high level officials; Host site visits for donors/VIPs; serve as a spokesperson with media and at state events

Program Strategy and Implementation: 20%

  • Coordinate with National team to develop and execute long-term program strategies, focused on increasing reach and diversifying stable funding
  • Work with partners to advance Save the Children’s Policy and Advocacy goals in South Carolina.
  • Partner with National Education, Early Childhood and Child Protection teams to ensure programs meet quality standards

Operational Excellence: 25%

  • Lead development and management of state-level annual budget and plan
  • Oversee/implement all sources of funding to ensure donor compliance and efficient use of resources
  • Build and maintain a high performing team – participate in the development of organizational design and staffing plan; lead recruitment efforts for state-based staff; promote staff learning and development goals

Partnership Development and Management: 20%

  • Ensure effective management of sub-grants
  • Establish State-level, county-level and local level, partnership strategy and relationships, including with key stakeholders, funders, and programs partners.

Public and Private Fundraising: 10%

  • Identify competitive grants and partnering opportunities locally in partnership with National fundraising teams
  • Identify and implement South Carolina-focused private funding strategy and pipeline at State level in partnership with fundraising and advocacy colleagues
  • Raise incremental funds from local corporations, foundations and individuals; secure Gifts-in-Kind in partnership with fundraising colleagues

Required Qualifications               

  • 7-10 years of non profit or similar work experience (education, early childhood) with a minimum 5 years in a management role with progressive responsibility.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills
  • Experience directing a large and complex grant portfolio
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across levels and locations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial approach for growing state-level presence and programs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Established track record of donor relationships within South Carolina
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with child-focused organizations in South Carolina e.g. South Carolina Department of Education
  • Strong network and relationship among funders, partners and policy makers in South Carolina
  • Comfort working with high-level donors, board members, legislators and other VIPs

What’s In It for You

  • Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world
  • A family friendly work environment
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time
  • Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions
  • Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers
  • Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities and with the American Management Association, as well as language learning opportunities

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

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, 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.



Required: Bachelors or better.


Required: 7-10 years: 7-10 years of non profit or similar work experience


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