Deputy Project Director
Who We Are
At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals research their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.
But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential. To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create person to person bridges between nations.
IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.
The Deputy Project Director (DPD) will support the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In this role, the DPD will provide leadership and support for the Sr Project Director, including coordination with team managers and funder on project timeline, deliverables and reporting. They will be responsible for oversight and direct supervision of Alumni programming team and portfolio, including all aspects of program design, planning, and implementation of Alumni activities for the 4,000-person Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Network. The DPD will serve as the lead for Fellowship outreach and relationship management with private-sector partners, coordinating with project managers to identify opportunities for cash and in-kind support. They will also provide leadership and oversight for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit and other project-wide events, including serving as primary liaison with the funder for these activities and directly supervising Summit support staff. When needed the DPD will serve in the role as acting Project Director, overseeing all program activities and a project staff of approximately 20 people.
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Your Background & Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in international education, political science, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred
- At least ten years of progressive program management experience, with at least five years of supervisory experience or experience managing/directing staff at varying levels
- Experience working in international exchange or education programming, preferred
- Experience and demonstrated ability to lead large and diverse teams towards a shared vision and goals
- Experience and demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships with private sector partners to secure cash and in-kind donations
- Experience developing and implementing virtual programming preferred
- Able to work independently and as a team member with consistent ability to lead others, take initiative, meet deadlines, and be flexible
- Strong donor, partner, and peer collaboration and negotiation skills.
- Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
- Experience creating, managing, and monitoring program budgets
- Professionalism in written correspondence and report writing, excellent presentation and oral communication skills; able to produce final draft quality communication and documents in a timely manner
- Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize
- Experience with Department of State or other USG grants and contracts, strongly preferred
- Availability for potential domestic and international travel (less than 10% annually)
- Availability to support scheduled program activities in the evenings and on weekends as needed
- Experience in mentoring, coaching, or other relevant leadership development work with young professionals preferred
- Demonstrated understanding of sub-Saharan Africa and recent developments in the region, strongly preferred
- Experience in large event management, preferred
Your Daily Tasks
- Provide leadership and oversight for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit and other project-wide events, including serving as primary liaison with the funder for these activities and directly supervising Summit support staff.
- Serve as the lead for Fellowship outreach and relationship management with private-sector partners, coordinating with project managers to identify opportunities for cash and in-kind support.
- Establish and maintain effective relations and coordination with funder and other Fellowship stakeholders
- Provide direct oversight for Alumni team and project portfolio, providing guidance and expertise in programming design, adaptation, and implementation. Coach team members on best practices for successful project implementation to ensure Alumni activities position the team to fulfill program objectives and goals in line with both participant and funders interests.
- Work closely with program staff to ensure successful day-to-day management and collaboration of project activities across program components, including overseeing activities, leading meetings, and providing guidance and coaching to project staff
- Identify and support implementation of program best practices, including Alumni materials and strategies, and design tools and resources that are shared with other program teams and NBDU, furthering IREX’s expertise in project implementation and positioning IREX well for new business opportunities.
- Provide oversight for financial management of project budgets, working with team members to develop and monitor spending and ensuring budget discipline and accurate financial tracking
- Maintain familiarity with IREX procurement requirements and ensure compliance with USG funding regulations
- Work closely with Sr Project Director to ensure successful day-to-day management and collaboration of project activities, including overseeing activities, leading meetings, and providing guidance to project staff.
- Supervise and mentor Alumni team program staff, including conducting staff performance reviews
This position is based in Washington, DC but eligible for occasional Telework.
IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.
Successful candidates are subject to background screenings
This position is eligible for Telework.
This position is ineligible for Immigration Sponsorship