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Senior Advisor, Governance & Strategic Initiatives

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
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Job Overview/Job Summary

The Senior Advisor will build and continually optimize lean governance systems to facilitate strategic and transparent decision-making.You will play a central role in supporting a positive team culture and learning environment, and communicating about our work internally. You will also serve as a strategic thought partner to Airbel leadership, leading the coordination and communication of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work, and agile change management initiatives.

Governance and Knowledge Management

Build and improve lean and efficient governance systems and processes to facilitate streamlined strategic decision-making, risk mitigation, and implementation of quality projects; ensure clear transparency around decision-making; centralize and organize departmental information

Manage, continually optimize, and streamline team governance and quality assurance processes

Lead on establishing departmental indicators, data collection processes, and reporting

Establish and track return on investment of our portfolio

Foster strong knowledge flows within the department by streamlining information collection, capture, and sharing

Team culture and learning

Co-lead creation, implementation, and evolution of Airbel’s strategy to support a positive team culture and foster learning

Support a diverse and distributed team to ensure a shared sense of mission and community, and to uphold quality standards

Build distributed/remote team working norms and infrastructure

Strengthen opportunities for remote team building

Lead structure and content for sharing events/moments, including team retreats, learning series and/or one-off sessions; help colleagues connect to one another

Create efficient systems for soliciting team feedback and monitoring engagement

Internal Communications

Support internal communications to ensure team members have clear and coherent mental models about how initiatives fit together and enhance Airbel’s profile across the IRC

Create team communications materials such as FAQs, talking points, decks, and email drafts to align leadership messaging and ensure effective team communication

Develop IRC communications content to clarify links with IRC’s Strategy100, enhance Airbel’s profile, and share key lessons learned and foster knowledge sharing

Engage strategically in opportunities for knowledge sharing with the broader IRC

Own and foster the relationship with IRC’s internal communications team

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Lead coordination and communication of Airbel’s work to enhance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Cultivate an environment of sharing lessons learned, active feedback loops with clients and partners, non-retaliation, and commitment to continually improving

Oversee monitoring of Airbel’s DEI action plan

Convene and facilitate Airbel leadership integrating DEI commitments into their regular business processes

Work with relevant stakeholders to generate communications and knowledge management standards that facilitate DEI

Strategic initiatives / Change Management

Support change management for ad hoc strategic projects at the direction of the Associate Director of Planning and Chief Research and Innovation Officer

Develop and lead the execution of roadmaps for change management

Work with senior management at the outset of change programs to pressure test, challenge proposed requests for change to ensure minimum team burden and maximum positive impact for Airbel’s clients

Create lean change management plans for Airbel leadership and work with them to implement in their dispersed teams

Set metrics and analyze progress to better understand the success of efforts, and make shifts to overall change management strategies, as needed


6-8 years of progressive experience in internal communications, governance, and/or agile change management

Exceptional communication and strategic thinking skills to engage with leadership

Experience conveying technical information in easily digestible formats for broader audiences

Experience managing organizational change initiatives, and large-scale, cross-functional projects

Experience addressing complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value; experience with agile management

Dedication to and knowledge of best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion work

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships remotely

Experience working in an international organization with a dispersed workforce

Experience capturing and sharing knowledge with a diverse and distributed workforce

Excellent writing, presentation and meeting facilitation skills

High level of proficiency with MS Office, documents management solutions and project management tools

Fluency in another IRC working language a plus

Quantitative data analysis skills a plus

Reporting to:

Associate Director of Planning

Direct reports:


Key internal contacts:

Jeannie Annan, Chief Research & Innovation Officer

Airbel Leadership Team

Internal Communications colleagues

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