Lead Associate, School Age (P2)

at Save The Children in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Job Description


Staff whose work requires or potentially could require any in-person interaction with Save the Children colleagues, partners, or beneficiaries must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless otherwise required by law. Save the Children complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.


Save the Children’s U.S. Programs (USP) division is committed to ensuring that all children in rural America have a healthy, strong foundation to thrive as learners and in life. Our goals are to increase kindergarten readiness and grade-level literacy and math proficiency for children in under-resourced rural communities.

Save the Children is seeking a Lead Associate, School Age. In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring programs are implemented effectively and achieve results for the children we work with. Working on-site and remotely, you will provide training, technical assistance, and management support to a portfolio of program partners, including overseeing program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation at your assigned partner sites.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Program Implementation 55%:

+ Guide and support program staff to ensure quality implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Save the Children’s program models according to established standards.

+ Provide in-person and remote training and technical assistance for program staff; maximize the use of technology to do so.

+ Visit each assigned site in compliance with the program model to conduct observation, coaching, and mentoring. Complete site visit reports. In state travel will be required for each of the site visits.

+ Ensure accurate and up-to-date data collection and reporting for each assigned site.

+ Consult with the Advisors about program questions and needs.

+ Regularly communicate with the Assistant State Director and Advisors about program implementation challenges and successes and how to resolve complex issues.

Partner Operations and Management: 20%

+ Support the Assistant State Director with partner management including but not limited to annual partner planning, subaward budget and spending, grant budgets and reports, annual district/site stakeholder meetings, partnership performance management, sponsorship, and emergency/disaster communication and reporting.

+ Meet regularly with each site supervisor.

+ Ensure timely and accurate incident reporting and necessary follow-up.

+ Support the Assistant State Director with identification and assessment of new sites.

+ Provide new sites with start-up support including but not limited to hiring and training program staff, technology and program materials, and Partner Portal usage.

Local and State Relationships/Advocacy: 10%

+ Support the Assistant State Director, and program partners as appropriate, with local, regional, and state community engagement activities, community partnerships/coalitions, and state level relationships.

+ Support the Assistant State Director with local, regional, and state program presentations.

+ Support program partners with media opportunities to highlight Save the Children programs.

Continuous Improvement: 15%

+ Participate in Save the Children Lead Associate calls, meetings, and trainings.

+ Stay current on relevant national standards and best practices.

+ Share knowledge and experience with the national program team and program specialist colleagues.

+ Participate in national program team projects and USP work groups.

+ Provide stories from the field to national staff.

+ Support Assistant State Director with VIP visits and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

+ Minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent, plus at least 3 years of relevant experience

+ Experience delivering literacy/reading and/or math education programs

+ Demonstrated ability to convey clear understanding of issues related to poverty in rural communities

+ Working knowledge of financial and subgrant management

+ Professional proficiency in MS Office suite

+ Professional proficiency in spoken and written English, with proven abilities in interpersonal communication and public speaking skills,

+ Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally

+ Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

+ Willingness and ability to travel within the state up to 40% of the time.


Save the Children is offering the following salary ranges for this position:

+ Geo 3-Locations significantly below the US National Labor Cost Average: Up to $64,000/year

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location.

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.

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 b

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Job Posting: JC218638256

Posted On: Jul 15, 2022

Updated On: Aug 17, 2022