Senior Advisor, US Southern Border Programs (P4)

23 Apr, 2022


Senior Advisor, US Southern Border Programs (P4)

Save the Children

Job Details


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.  


The Senior Advisor, US Southern Border will be responsible for leading the delivery of Save the Children’s programs supporting families migrating to the US along the Southern US Border. In leading the Border Programs, the Senior Advisor will ensure successful implementation of programs and financial management across four states through approximately 20 implementing partners that annually supports over 100,000 children and adults.

The Senior Advisor will lead Save the Children’s strategic partnerships at the local, state, regional and national level along with Save the Children Mexico and as such will be responsible to identify, build, and maintain these partnerships to support the Border programming. Additionally, the Senior Advisor will be play a key role in partnering with Public Policy colleagues to advocate to US Government Agencies for substantive policy changes that positively impact children and families.

In support of our commitment to long-term programming along the Southern US Border, the Senior Advisor will lead and partner with internal stakeholders to develop and effectively implement a long term program, operational, and funding strategy for the Border programming. Throughout, the Senior Advisor will continually seek feedback from children, partners, donors, and internal stakeholders to ensure that Save the Children’s programs, processes, and controls are appropriate and sufficient but with a strong bias towards simplicity and effectiveness.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)  

Leads the US Border Program Unit (50%)

  • Lead the development of the Border strategy with clear program goals, operational goals, and fundraising goals
  • Ensure the development and implementation of Border Programs that meet the needs of children and families
  • Ensure all aspects of the Border work reflects Save the Children’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and addresses the diverse experiences and needs of children and families arriving at the US southern border
  • Ensure Child Safeguarding is at the core of our program and operational work and continually seek to improve the Border Program’s efforts around child safety
  • Develop efficient and effective operations that minimize the level of effort and steps needed to successfully implement Border programs
  • Utilize best practice and a risk management approach to minimize risk across: programs, donor relations, program-finances, and child safeguarding
  • Fully accountable for program and financial performance of US Border Programs and associated grants/donation

Develop and Implement Program, Operational, and Fundraising Strategies for US Border Programs (20%)

  • In partnership with Save the Children Program Technical colleagues develops and implements appropriate trauma-informed child protection programming for children and families that adapts to the dynamic circumstances of the border
  • Work with internal fundraising colleagues to develop a Border long term fundraising strategy with an eye to expanding our reach for children
  • Ensure Border Programs meet donor expectations and in partnership with fundraising colleagues and the Head of EPP maintains good donor relationships with an eye towards long term funding growth
  • Work with stakeholders across the EPP Department and US Programs Division to ensure consistent utilization of Agency finance and operations policies

Cultivate and Manage US Border Partnerships (20%)

  • Lead on Border Unit’s development and strengthening of strategic partnerships with national, state and local organizations, agencies, and academic institutions that contribute to safety and protection of migrant children
  • Accountable for the creation of strong sub-grantee program implementation plans and guidelines for program implementation partners that help ensure quality program delivery
  • Strengthen and maintain Save the Children’s reputation and leadership in national, state, local and regional peer and partner networks

Staff Supervision and Support (10%)

  • Recruit and train high performing staff who hold diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Provide professional development growth opportunities for Unit (2-3) staff with an eye to ensuring Agency and Unit work-force management success
  • Ensure Unit staff are networked and utilizing Agency-wide resources and colleagues to successfully and efficiently implement programs
  • Ensures staff well-being for all Border staff

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least seven (7) years of relevant experience
  • Proven experience working with border community organizations and on issues facing migrants along the southern US Border ideally specific to children and families
  • Demonstrated experience working with border wide community multi-stakeholder networks
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Demonstrated commitment to ensuring child safe programming and operations
  • Proven effective customer service skills
  • Demonstrated ability create change while gaining the support of stakeholders
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize time and tasks and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Willingness and ability to travel at least 15% of the time within the US Border Region and occasional trips elsewhere in the US
  • Demonstrated conversational proficiency in Spanish

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. 

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

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 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)

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Job posted: 2022-04-23