Senior Advisor, Food Security, Nonprofit Partnerships (P4)

  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    1 month ago
  • Category:
    Project Management
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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 contribution to a full cradle-to-career continuum is focused on the early years, birth through elementary school; and 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 Senior Advisor, Food Security. As a member of USP’s Nonprofit Partnerships team, which builds relationships with partners to expand services and resources available to rural communities, you will advise and support the building of partnerships with regional and national food security organizations to expand food access and resources available to children in rural communities. These partnerships will complement and enhance our existing programs and build strategies that will increase food security.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Food Security Partnership Strategy (20%)

  • Establish and formalize Partnerships food security function: take inventory of existing collaborations, advise, and develop formal partnership guidelines and policies.
  • Partner with US programs in rural communities to support the improvement of food security initiatives and connect them with research-based resources, through collaboration with Monitor Evaluation Research and Learning (MERL) and Program Implementation (PI).
  • Cultivate partnerships and/or relationships with external organizations, donors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Acts as a resource for other team members; may lead projects with limited risks and resource requirements.
  • Co-creates key performance indicators with partners to communicate impact and ensure successful collaborations.
  • Sustains and stewards relationships across U.S. Program’s Nonprofit partnerships portfolio.

Partnership Development (20%)

  • In partnership with the Senior Managing Director, establishes annual food security program partnership goals and meets those goals by researching, outreaching, and negotiating with new partners.
  • Advises and supports the development of a compelling joint value proposition for each prospective partner.
  • Cultivates and maintains relationships with existing and potential partners in food security and adjacent sectors (e.g., agriculture, logistics)
  • In collaboration with program and advocacy colleagues, builds, and maintains U.S. Programs membership in relevant networks and coalitions.
  • Collaborates with partners to build thoughtful and systemic approaches to food security. 

Partnership Management (20%)

  • In partnership with the Senior Managing Director, advises on the development and executes systems for relationship management, including tracking and reporting.
  • Ensures program alignment to community needs and insights; maintains continuous feedback loop between national, state, and local partners to match program offerings to identified needs.
  •  Serves as technical content expert, specializing in food security programming and practices, leads strategy development, informs monitoring and evaluation plans, and provides oversight of food security programming, projects, pilots, and initiatives, serving as key point of contact with partners regarding project agreements, budgets, etc.
  • Works with Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning (MERL) to ensure programs are culturally relevant, backed by research, evidence, and best practice, and effectively promotes efforts to combat rural child hunger.
  • Acts as a resource for other team members, may lead projects with limited risks and resource requirements.
  •  Leads development and supports delivery of training and resources to build programmatic competencies of state-level staff, regional and national partners.
  • Supports evaluation planning, tool development, data collection, analysis, and reporting for food security programming.
  • Explains complex, difficult and/or sensitive information; works to build consensus.
  • Cultivate and manage external partnerships, consultants and vendors supporting food security programming, in coordination with USP partnership development team as applicable.  

Cross-Collaboration (20%)

  • Work inclusively across the organization, facilitate cross-departmental collaboration to purse partnership goals and priorities. Examples include collaboration with program advocacy, marketing and/or resource development colleagues to advance partnership opportunities that involve joint programming, joint advocacy, and thought leadership.
  • Serve in a technical advisory capacity to support food security program implementation; work in collaboration with state-based leadership and program staff to ensure high quality implementation of programs, practices, and strategies across rural communities.
  • Serve as the technical lead on food security programming and proposals, including but not limited to capture planning, positioning, information gathering, partnership brokering, program design facilitation and decision-making.
  • Lead and support team members in analyzing information and formulating effective technical strategies, integrating best practices, and identifying innovations.
  • Promote best practices and ongoing learning through community of practices, standing TA, and increased awareness of and access to professional development opportunities.  

Operational Excellence (20%)

  • Provide inputs to develop annual food security budget and strategic plan.
  • Prioritize cross-team collaboration across various functional units within USP and the agency, including resource development, MCF, operations, partnership development, PAC/SCAN.
  • Work directly with fundraising colleagues on an ongoing basis, within both private and public teams, to support program growth, donor relations and communication, development of fundraising toolkits, and proposal development.
  • Support development and execution of communication and media strategies to increase program visibility and thought leadership through external communications, presentations, and other related activities.
  • Foster collaboration between technical advisor teams and field implementation teams; ensuring strategic approach is effective and in alignment with best practice and local contexts/needs.
  • Work in partnership with PAC/SCAN colleagues to align program to policy steers, provide case studies and impact stories, raise awareness of rural issues, and provide collaborative support for policy and advocacy efforts.
  • Ensure that Save the Children is safe for children by promoting awareness and prevention to mitigate the risk of, or actual, harm that may come to children by representatives across all programming, operations, campaigns, and activities.
  • Plan, monitor and manage overall team operations; overseeing project planning, budgeting, and spending, grant management, and staff resourcing.
  • Responsible for establishing a healthy workplace culture and setting the team pace and direction; promoting staff development, engagement and well-being while holding supervisors and staff accountable for achieving results, demonstrating the organization’s core values, and operating within our ethical standards.  

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 7 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated technical depth and understanding of food security concepts and programmatic approaches
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrates a clear understanding of, and ability to convey, issues related to poverty in rural communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage, communicate, and collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders internally and externally including advisory groups, coalitions, forums, foundations, high-level donors, corporate sponsors and practitioner groups
  • Strong working knowledge of food-related policies and practices at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Proposal development experience, including experience leading the technical aspects of complex, large proposal efforts;
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically up to 25% of the time.


Save the Children is offering the following salary ranges for this position, dependent on candidate location:

  • Geo 1 – NY Metro, DC, and other locations with labor costs significantly above national average: Target Salary for this position is $108,800 – $121,600 base salary.
  • Geo 2 – Locations around the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $98,600 – $110,200 base salary.
  • Geo 3 – Locations significantly below the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $88,400 – $98,800 base salary.

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location (more information on job structure is available here). Employee may be eligible for an incentive program. Save the Children also offers paid vacation, accrued at least 12 days a year, depending on paygrade and length of service, paid safety and wellness leave of at least 1 day per month worked for a full-time employee which is pro rata reduced for employees working less than a full-time schedule, and at least 10 paid holidays a year. Employees may be eligible for additional bonus compensation. Save the Children US also offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, a retirement savings plan with employer contribution, family leave, paid parental/adoption leave of 60 days, commuter benefits, paid caregiver leave days, 1 paid volunteer day a year, paid critical child illness leave days, dress for your day, and much more.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team… 

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, 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

No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent, and expertise to changing the world for kids. It is an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.

You see, 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.

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