Senior Specialist School Based Programs
Save the Children - Berea, KY

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The Senior Program Specialist is the front line Save the Children (SC) staff member providing technical and management assistance to partners to ensure the effective coordination, implementation and monitoring of school based programs such as literacy, nutrition and physical activity. Under the supervision of the National Director Programs & Partnerships, and supported by the National ECD and Education teams, the Senior Program Specialist oversees the implementation of the integrated programming of assigned partner sites. (The number of sites will vary by location and the levels of guidance and support required by partners depending on their respective needs.)

The Senior Program Specialist may be delegated to coordinate programs in district/cluster sites within the State and will be assigned to oversee new field projects as appropriate. Other regular responsibilities include managing relationships with assigned partner sites; lead partner planning; identify new partner sites and conduct site assessments; guiding new partners through the start-up process; providing training and technical assistance to partners to ensure high-quality programs; monitoring partner progress and performance to ensure that they are achieving program objectives. The position holder regularly consults with other support teams such as Education Specialists and sub-grant management teams to resolve complex issues and ensure compliance with sub-grant terms and conditions.

The Senior Program Specialist, School Based Programs, will play important role in contributing for the development of the Center for Health, Education and Protection. As the front line representative of Save the Children, the Senior Program Specialist represents Save the Children’s values and principles to both internal and external audiences.


Partner Planning and Relationship Management

Take lead role for the partner planning with assigned sites

Manage partner relationships

Observe and monitor partner progress and performance

Partner analysis and reporting

Training and Technical Assistance

Implement training and technical assistance programs based on the modules and methods provided by the Center

Visit sites when needed and provide professional development and support to partners and staff members

Monitor the appropriate implementation of the two components of the CHANGE Program:CATCH physical activity curriculum and a healthy snack according to SC's established standards

Sub-Grant and Operations Management

Coordinate partner planning budget with assigned sites

Orient partners on signed partner agreement

Upon receipt from USP Finance staff, review for appropirateness partner requests for funds,quarterly financial reports and budget revision requests and provide confirmatiom or questions to Finance and Sub-grants team for processing

Sponsorship Operations Support

New Site Start Up

Participate in the identificatio of new sites, work with team members to complete site assessments, and lead new site start-up procedures as needed.

Coordinator Development

Indirectly supervise the coordinators at assigned sites and ensure that they meet the performance standards and expectations


College Degree in Education, child development, physical activity or related discipline. Min of 5 years experience working as teacher or other programming specialist in a school environment. Elementary School age experience highly preferred.

Employee Type

Full Time

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In 2010, we improved the lives of over 64 million children in need in the United States and around the world. Our goal is to reach more than 74 million children annually by the year 2012. Join our dedicated and diverse staff committed to improving the well-being of children.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more.

We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.

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Save the Children helps poor and malnourished children in about 15 US states and about 120 countries, focusing on such areas as health and...