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Senior Director, Partnerships and Program Administration

Department: International Programs
Location: Remote

About KIND:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Summary:

KIND seeks a Senior Director, Partnerships and Program Administration to join its International Programs department, reporting to the Vice President, International Programs. In this role, they will assist in overall administration and development of KIND’s international programming, with a focus on business development and partnerships; project management; high-level program administration; grant and contract applications and compliance; and programming evaluation. Working across team within International Programs and cross-departmentally, they will work to achieve sustainability and consistency in excellent program delivery, partnerships, and team procedures, for the benefit of KIND’s clients, staff, partners, and stakeholders.

Essential Functions:

Partnerships and Business Development

  • Contribute to developing relationships and pursuing new funding opportunities with philanthropists and institutional donors including U.S. government or other bilateral or multilateral donors, U.N. Agencies, foundations, and corporate philanthropies;
  • Develop and review award and sub-award proposals and other partnership agreements based on donor terms and conditions (draft, review, revise, and achieve execution of MOUs, U.N. partnership agreements, contracts) including leading the review and approval process for sub-awardees with the Finance team;
  • Support program staff in the management, review and approval of grant workflows;
  • Oversee sub-awardee report submission and approval process to ensure consistency with donor requirements;
  • Support efforts to maintain and strategically grow funding support for international programs, including participating in proposal and reporting processes. Manage international programs-related grant activities and other resource development projects by developing or coordinating with other International Programs staff to develop content for grant proposals, renewal applications, and reporting to funders including quantitative and qualitative analyses of program outcomes. Participate in meetings with prospective and existing funders as needed; and
  • Lead partnership engagement to ensure compliance with UN requirements.

Project Management

  • Lead/convene project startup processes, including fast paced, short deadline driven projects, with relevant stakeholders and participate in recruitment of project staff (writing job descriptions, participating in interviews, etc.) as required; and
  • Backstop successful implementation of existing projects or initiatives when needed, reviewing progress toward project targets and deliverables, monitoring of expenses vs. budgets, identifying issues that need to be addressed, and implementing needed adjustments.

Departmental Administration

  • Facilitate program implementation and administration by liaising with Operations, Finance, Development, and Human Resources teams;
  • In partnership with appropriate KIND teams, support International Programs with accessing, interpreting and actioning U.S Government and UN compliance guidelines;
  • Serve as focal point for engagement with Finance and Development teams on partnerships and draft program operation plans consistent with grant or award requirements;
  • Develop SOPs, guidance, and procedures across IP programs and consistent with broader KIND procedures;
  • In coordination with the Senior Director, Latin America and the Vice President, International Programs, work with Development, Operations, and Finance teams on financial planning and budgeting.  Assist with the development of annual International Programs team budgets in collaboration with the Senior Director, Latin America and the Vice President, International Programs, Program Directors, and the Finance and Operations teams;
  • Provide editing and writing support for program updates, factsheets, and other communications materials, as needed; and
  • Complete urgent time sensitive organizational or programmatic priority tasks when needed.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Provide general support to M&E Officer as needed;
  • Collaborate with M&E Officer, International Programs, Senior Director, Latin America, and departmental Program Directors to ensure data-driven and qualitative monitoring of deliverables to ensure compliance with grants and contracts and accurate reporting to a range of internal and external stakeholders; and
  • Work with M&E Officer, International Programs, Senior Director, Latin America and Program Directors, to ensure accurate and strategic data collection and tracking.  Assist with training staff on data tracking, audits, and case database upkeep and design to ensure accurate tracking of key metrics and case information.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A minimum of 7 years' experience in high-level program administration and 3 years’ experience in business development and/or partnerships, preferably with U.N. partnerships.
  • At least 3 years’ experience leading teams in either project or other management capacities.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience with managing funding applications, metrics and deliverable development and tracking, writing proposals and reports, and meeting with funders and other high-level stakeholders.
  • Experience developing and managing program budgets. 
  • Experience working in Central America or Mexico directly or through partnerships
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including new project startup.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment; ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively.
  • Advanced Spanish and English fluency.
  • Passion for the rights of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children, and the enthusiasm and skills to communicate that passion to internal and external stakeholders.  Ability to represent KIND in meetings and events.
  • A strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Ability to travel to Mexico, Central America, and Europe as needed for specific meetings or initiatives.

KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

Application Instructions:

Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role.

KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.





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