Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
Background: As a global organization, CRS has almost 7,000 staff from over 100 countries who collaborate to catalyze transformational change. As part of CRS’ Vision 2030 Strategy, the agency seeks to build a more agile, innovative, and impactful organization. The Organization and Talent Development Team within Global People Resources (GPR) is integral to shaping this more agile, innovative and impactful agency. **Job Summary
CRS’ Talent Pipeline Programs support specific workforce needs by recruiting, developing and positioning talent for key roles with the agency. The Strengthen, Advance, and Inspire Leaders (SAIL) Program builds CRS’ internal talent pool of diverse candidates by preparing current staff to progress in their chosen career pathways and become leaders within countries and regions. The Senior Advisor for SAIL will lead the program’s implementation, design, learning and adaptation to maximize efficiency and impact.
Roles and Key Responsibilities**
- Lead implementation of the SAIL Program in close collaboration and partnership with regional leaders (e.g. RD, DRD, RPO), ensure regional ownership and alignment with regional workforce initiatives & objectives
- Guide decisions on SAIL program timeline, scale and approach through collaborative process with regions
- Establish program goals, track results and impact (collect and analyze program data, capture and share lessons learned, etc)
- Continually review program design and proactively propose adaptations based on qualitative and quantitative data, experience of participants, etc
- Partner with regional leaders to identify career pathways and development goals for program participants, track progress against development goals, and raise visibility of program participants
- Analyze program assets and resources (e.g. facilitators, coaches, mentors, program alumni, budget) and propose strategies to optimize use of staff and financial resources
- Create an enabling environment for program participants and managers to engage in meaningful discussions about development and growth throughout the program
- Effectively collaborate with other teams to leverage resources for SAIL Program (e.g. mentoring, coaching, technical areas: capabilities, safeguarding, communications)
- Lead facilitation of leadership sessions and coaching of SAIL participants as needed
- Build trusting relationships and safe learning environments with leaders across diverse backgrounds, identities, and contexts
- Provide advice and/or support implementation of other CRS pipeline programs (e.g. International Development Fellows, Junior Professionals, ASPIRE) as needed.
- Master’s degree in International Development, Program Administration, HR, Organization Development, Leadership Development, Instructional Design or related field
- 10 years of experience in program management or related technical field (e.g. monitoring and evaluation, learning & knowledge management) or equivalent
- Experience delivering learning and leadership development solutions within a global and multi-cultural environment
- Knowledge and experience with adult learning theory, leadership development, and/or coaching competencies. Coaching certification a plus.
- Collaborative working style and willingness to work with virtual & multicultural teams across multiple time zones
- Demonstrated experience transferring knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and informal methods
- Experience applying diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) concepts and practices in programs (in leadership development programs a plus).
**Required Languages – English. French, Spanish or Arabic a plus.
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel 10-15% of time internationally
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities**
- Strong organization and program management skills
- Experience with capacity strengthening and adult learning
- Experience with program monitoring and evaluation and analysis
- Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence without authority
- Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills
- Strong writing and communication skills
- Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
- Proactive, resourceful, results-oriented, adaptable
- Proficiency in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications
**Agency-wide Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Competencies
Based on the mission, values, and guiding principles of the agency, CRS REDI competencies are to be exemplified by all staff in fulfillment of his or her respective roles and responsibilities.**
- Personal Accountability
- Acts with Integrity
- Builds and Maintains Trust
- Collaborates with Others
- Open to Learn
- Strategic Mindset
- Develops and Recognizes Others
- Leads Change
**Supervisory Responsibilities: No
Key Working Relationships:
Global People Resources (various teams), Regional Leadership, Country Program Leadership, Participants in CRS Pipeline Programs (primarily SAIL participants)
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer**
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.