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Roving Executive Director

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Senior Executive
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
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The Roving Executive Director (RED) draws from their deep knowledge of resettlement programming, strong ability to lead a mission-driven team, and a broad and effective network to fill senior management-level staffing gaps within RAI-US’ program offices, drive critical network-wide initiatives forward, and play a leading role in opening new RAI-US offices.

This is a full time, regular position that consists of consecutive, and potentially concurrent, temporary assignments.


Interim Senior Leadership within RAI-US Program Offices

·Provide effective, interim leadership to large teams within the RAI-US network, including planning and managing high quality, compliant program implementation, leading resource development and reporting efforts, and ensuring operational needs are met.   

·Build and cultivate an effective, inclusive team.  Plan, organize, distribute, and coordinate the flow of work.  Hire, supervise, guide, and advise staff in accordance with IRC processes and values.

·Collaborate with donors and community partners to address client needs and support an enabling environment for refugee integration.

·Support local implementation of IRC protocols related to procurement, IT, and security and safety.  Collaborate with HQ partners as needed.

·Lead local advocacy, media, and communications efforts and support related national efforts.

·Manage associated budget.  Regularly review the operating budget and monthly budget-to-actuals; maintain effective systems for tracking spending rates, and address anomalies in revenue and expenses.

Lead Special Projects and Ongoing Initiatives

·Lead special projects and support new and ongoing network-wide programming initiatives, such as Community Sponsorship and Complementary Pathways.

·Support and advise program office leadership as needed.

·Train and mentor new senior managers.

New Office Development

·Travel to potential new office sites to assess programming opportunities.

·Assess and develop partnerships with external stakeholders for purposes of opening a new office.

·Hire and train new team members.

·Perform office start-up and associated tasks, including identifying office space.

·Other duties as assigned.


Position reports to: Regional Director, with dual reporting to other senior staff while on assignment

Position directly supervises: Staff in assigned office

The RED maintains close working relationships with the members of the RAI senior management team, the scale and reach workstream staff, and the Sr Director of Resettlement and Processing.  The RED may also be expected to work closely with staff in other departments, particularly Finance and Human Resources.


·Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree in related field preferred.

·Minimum 8 years of progressively responsible work experience with social services or humanitarian assistance programs; strong preference for previous experience with direct services delivery to clients in cross-cultural environments. Prior experience serving as an IRC Executive Director a plus.

·Demonstrated staff, program, and project management experience.

·Authentic leadership; demonstrated ability to promote an organizational culture that reflects IRC’s core values of service, accountability, integrity, and equality.  Ability to lead in a way that recognizes that IRC’s work is best accomplished through the true collaboration of individuals from many cultures with a great variety of skills and perspectives.

·Financial management experience, including effective management of budgets.

·Proven people management skills; demonstrated ability to deliver results and translate words into action.

·Keen diplomatic and interpersonal skills; ability to enhance internal and external relationships, including with partners and donors. Ability to work successfully and with utmost integrity and respect in cross-cultural environment and with limited English-speaking client population.

·Superior organizational skills: ability to set priorities and effectively manage time in a fast-paced team environment.

·Proven digital literacy to include experience using MS Office.

·Valid driver’s license required.


·Combination of standard office work environment and remote work.

·Location flexible throughout the RAI network.

·Approximately 70% domestic travel required.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal. 

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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