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Job ID : 180224.1
Job Title : Director, Youth Practice
Organization : IREX
Job Location : Washington, D.C.
Salary Range :
Job Description : 180224.1

Reports To: Vice President of Global Programs


To build a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world, IREX and its partners empower youth, cultivate leaders, strengthen institutions, and extend access to quality education and information.


IREX seeks a strategic, innovative and collaborative Director of the Youth Practice to spearhead IREX’s efforts to develop and deliver highly effective international youth development programs that are in line with IREX’s impact goal to empower youth in service of IREX’s mission to build just prosperous and inclusive societies.

The IREX Youth Practice provides high-quality economic, civic, social, learning, and engagement opportunities for youth aged 10-29, with a focus on catalyzing and empowering youth to build their skills, lead their peers and communities, and create positive change at the local, regional, and national levels. IREX offers training, education, consulting, mentoring, practical experiences, and networking to youth in over 100 countries around the world. IREX further supports youth-serving organizations and institutions to strengthen their products, services, and approaches to empowering and engaging youth.

The Director of the Youth Practice manages and mentors a team of over 30 talented staff who support, coordinate, design and implement programs within a nearly $30 million-dollar portfolio of youthdevelopment programs. The Director will be charged with ensuring high-quality youth development programming across the portfolio, building the youth practice by helping to generate revenue from diverse sources to expand programming, and will ensure high quality, results-focused program management.

The Director of the Youth Practice serves on IREX’s senior management team, which provides leadership to the whole organization. S/he provides leadership across the organization in support of IREX’s work to achieve its youth impact goal through all relevant IREX programs.

A self-starter, the Director of the Youth Practice will continually assess the competitive environment to consolidate existing partnerships and to identify new opportunities for IREX to advance its mission. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the youth development field and proven experience leading and managing youth development programs, including forward-looking models and approaches that partner with the private sector and philanthropic community.

A proven team leader, s/he will guide the Youth Practice and collaborate with other IREX teams to develop and observe standards of excellence and to ensure customer and partner satisfaction. S/he will work with IREX’s Global Programs and the Strategy and Development Group to implement the newly-developed IREX Approach to Youth Development across the organization. S/he will work with professionals across IREX to cultivate a spirit of learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship and to further strengthen systems for delivering high quality services and products. S/he will maintain a broad understanding of youth development, IREX’s comparative advantage, and IREX’s operating environment. This is a role that combines strategy, excellence in program execution, relationship building, andgeneration and acquisition of new revenue. The Director of the Youth Practice serves on IREX’s senior management team, which provides leadership to the whole organization.


• Provides strategic vision and guidance to the Youth practice.
• Publicly represents and promotes IREX’s youth work to a range of external audiences.
• Ensures all projects assigned in the practice portfolio are measuring and achieving their intended impact, are compliant with donor and IREX policies, and are fiscally sound.
• Provides sound and forward-looking technical and management support and coaching to Youth practice projects; provides leadership and vision to IREX’s youth work across the organization in support of its youth impact goal.
• Provides technical input to youth initiatives across IREX.
• Serves as Project Director for projects as needed, ensuring effective and compliant project management with a focus on results, impact, and donor deliverables. Provides or oversees effective and timely management of project start-up and close downs.
• Liaises with funders at the stage of award negotiation and during project implementation.
• Provides high-level representation and support for large program events and key interventions.
• Contributes substantially to creating new business opportunities for IREX through establishing new strategic relationships/partnerships, building on existing relationships/partnerships/programs, and supporting, and leading technical design of new initiatives, programming, products, and proposals.
• Leads and/or authors complex proposal efforts ensuring that global best practices, research, and technical approaches are incorporated into design; mentors other staff in leading and designing high quality proposals and concept notes.
• Develops and promotes practice technical expertise and program impact through strategic communications products and approaches.
• Prioritizes and executes plan for practice talent management, including recruitment, performance goal setting and management, and training and other professional development.
• Ensures IREX values are “lived” by practice staff by setting example and tone for practice and emphasizing the importance/necessity of practicing our values to achieve impact.
• Oversees Youth Practice annual budget.


• Ability to lead, motivate, develop, mentor and manage a large, diverse team of high capacity international staff (both in the U.S. and in the field) in achieving Practice vision and impact goals.
• Ability to set and guide strategic vision and goals for the Practice, and contribute to setting short and long-term organizational goals through participation in IREX’s Senior Management team.
• Demonstrated ability to manage complex donor-funded programs, including project execution, financial management, policy compliance, staff recruitment and management, evaluation and communication, excellence in technical approaches, and producing high-quality and timely donor deliverables.
• At least ten years of progressive program and staff management, and leadership experience in international development, including field-based experience.
• Strong experience and knowledge of best practices in international youth development programming.
• Progressive experience capturing and implementing/managing multi-million dollar USAID-funded and other U.S. government required; experience capturing and managing privately funded programs preferred.
• Excellent organizational planning, presentation, and professional-technical writing skills.
• Agile learning skills that lead to personal and group continued learning of practice technical area.
• Strong donor, partner, and peer collaboration and negotiation skills.
• A strong network within the international youth development field
• Strong budgeting and financial planning acumen.
• Demonstrated commitment to IREX values (https://www.irex.org/our-value... and collaborative staff management style

Date Revised: 2/16/2018
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Grade Level: 8

How to Apply :

Online: https://www.irex.org/careers?p... |

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