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Save The Children Senior Specialist, Disabilities & Inclusion Rural Education in Mississippi



Save the Children provides high-quality early learning interventions to children, from prenatal through elementary school, in more than 150 low-income rural communities across the U.S. We are seeking an early learning expert to deepen our impact and reach more children, with a focus on strategies to support children prenatal through elementary school. As a member of the national program development team, you will be designing high-quality programs, leading innovation efforts, and ensuring our evaluations and learning agenda align with the strategy. You will also work closely with our Rural Education field team to ensure program quality standards are met and collaborate with fundraising colleagues to drive business growth and development.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Support for Program Design and Quality Assurance (50%)

  • Contribute to Save the Children’s Rural Education approach to Disabilities and Inclusion

  • Develop, implement and evaluate systems to provide services to children with disabilities and their families

  • Contribute to program improvement through evaluation, self-assessment and other program development efforts

  • Assist in the coordination of services for children with disabilities with LEAs, consultants and other service providers

  • Staying abreast of national trends and working with field team to develop, revise and/or adapt curriculum materials to align with best practice and meet local contexts/needs;

  • Summarizing and analyzing program implementation data; informing other national staff of strengths and weaknesses of programs; informing quality improvement efforts;

  • Developing training materials to support the onboarding of new field and national staff; designing, implementing and supporting national trainings;

  • Working with National Program Development Team and field colleagues to break down silos and foster collaboration.

Organizational strategy, planning and reporting (25%)

  • Developing thematic strategies and contributing to program design and improvement;

  • Collaborating with state teams to develop and refine staff development plans (including train-the-trainer models, in-person and remote methods);

  • Analyzing partner performance reports on a quarterly basis and providing guidance and support to state leads and Program Staff on areas for program improvement;

  • Aligning assessments with curriculum; ensuring data collection aligns with program design and logic models; providing training and guidance in the implementations of assessment.

New business & proposal development (15%)

  • Cultivate partnerships and/or relationships with external organizations, donors and other key stakeholders;

  • Preparing for grant opportunities by gathering information, conducting formative research, and leading or participating in the program design process;

  • Contributing to the active proposal development process through design workshops, proposal writing, reviews, etc.

    Thought leadership, embedding evidence and learning (10%)

  • Innovating and adapting to ensure programs and partnerships are driving kindergarten readiness and grade level proficiency;

  • Generating evidence, research, collating and sharing learning, developing tools, approaches, training guides etc.;

  • Keeping on top of research, training Program Staff in new evidence, presenting at conferences;

    Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 5 years of related experience,

  • Proven familiarity with the unique challenges facing rural communities

  • Demonstrated experience working with home-based, center-based, and school-based programs

  • Professional proficiency in MS Office Suite and data management

  • Demonstrated detail orientation and organization, with proven ability to manage multiple competing priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with individuals and teams at all levels.

  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English

  • Willingness and ability to travel regionally and nationally up to 25% of the time.

  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging

This position may require the incumbent to operate a motor vehicle to fulfill certain essential functions of the job. The incumbent should maintain a valid driver’s license and remain in compliance with any Save the Children policies pertaining to the safe operation of motor vehicles.

Why you should join the Save the Children TeamSave 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. Click here (https://www.savethechildren.org/us/about-us/careers) to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU! About Save the ChildrenSave 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.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

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.

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 we are 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.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)