Senior Project Director

Creative Associates International Washington , DC 20319

Posted 4 months ago

Background:

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, governance and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary:

Creative seeks a Senior Project Director (SPD) for the Stabilization & Development Practice Area within the Communities in Transition Division. The SPD will be responsible for performing specialized and complex work within the project area and may coach or mentor others while overseeing various team project implementation efforts. SPDs assume responsibilities for management of complex projects typically of $35M+ in funding, depending upon variables such as the complexity, projected timeline of the projects, and geographic location of the work. The SPD has a key role in the technical, financial, compliance and accountability for the performance of assigned projects. The SPD supervises Project Directors and other project management staff to ensure quality programming, and achievement of financial targets and contractual outcomes. The SPD travels internationally to perform many of the responsibilities of the role and serves as a lead in new business initiatives and capture/proposal development within the assigned portfolio or geography.

Reporting & Supervision:

The SPD will report to the Practice Area Director, Stabilization & Development, and will supervise and manage one or more Project Directors and/or other project management staff.

Expected Outcomes:

Leadership

Projects under SPD oversight receives senior level guidance and management support. Project Directors and other project management staff under SPD oversight manage their projects purposely, cohesively and efficiently. Project aims are clear on the strategic (outcome leveltechnical), tactical (output levelmanagerial and financial) and operational (milestone-level transactions) fronts. Challenges and potential implementation issues are preemptively identified and proactively addressed. The client is being effectively served and is satisfied with Creative's service and offerings. Senior Management is kept abreast of significant threats, implementation deficiencies and opportunities.

Project Management

Projects under SPD oversight performs wellthey meet contractual obligations, and fiscal targets. Projects are well-planned so that inputssuch as human resource deployments, STTA, procurementscan be timely and effectively supported by HQ. Project staffing, project obligations, and reporting meet anticipated levels and high-quality standards.

Financial Management

Projects under SPD oversight meets performance targets and revenue projections. SPDs proactively manage vacancies, non-billables, and foregone revenue. Projects requiring important course corrections or corporate support receive the attention of upper management.

Staff Management

Project Directors and other staff under SPD oversight are tangibly supported and mentored technically, managerially and professionally; their professional objectives and personal needs are well understood, as are those of key staff in the field. Performance reviews of Project Directors and other project management staff are meaningful and constructive and are administered timely. Projects honor all aspects of programmatic and fiscal compliance.

New Business Development

Projects under SPD oversight demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit; they are able to seize opportunities in the local marketplace, and to position the company and pave the way for the realization of new business opportunities, both in follow on re-competes and in new work, both from the U.S. Government (USG) and other clients. Opportunities for new business generation are created and nurtured. The company is visibly represented before stakeholders. Specific new business pursuits are well planned and timely executed. Activity design is conducted with insight and intellectual curiosity.

Learning & Adaptation

Projects under SPD supervision has a heightened awareness of the value of learning and adaptation. Projects have explicitly defined learning agendas, M&E plans that track progress towards learning, and course corrections that are informed by data. Project interventions and innovations are well documented and cataloged. Pause-and-Reflect events capture salient programmatic aspects with potential for replication or scale up. Salient activities are celebrated and promoted through Creative's Communications Department.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manages projects and oversees assigned Project Directors and project management staff;

  • Ensures that Projects under SPD oversight achieve contractual deliverables with technical distinction, meet fiscal targets, are well planned and resourced;

  • Represents Creative before projects; communicates regularly with client representatives, i.e. CORs and AORs;

  • Tracks all aspects of project performance; oversees project implementation of approved activities, monitoring of timelines, tracking budgets, and supporting subcontract performance and financial management;

  • Resolves issues in project start-up and close-down; manages project backstopping, key field personnel support, consultant agreements; processing of project finance transactions, approval and handling of all travel and related logistics, and grant management implementation;

  • Oversees compliance of project-related documentation including work plans, staff records, communications, and transactions ensuring they are properly documented;

  • Leads pertinent new business development endeavors; contributes to proposal preparation in technical/geographic areas closely connected to projects in the portfolio;

  • Communicates with senior management on matters or importance, including risks and opportunities;

  • Oversees the production of project reports, and other material such as success stories, interventions and innovations;

  • Participates in project learning and data driven adaptation;

  • Serves as a liaison with Creative's support units, including HR, Finance & Contracts, Procurement, Field Operations, Communications, etc; and

  • Acts in the position of the Practice Area Director during periods of his/her absence.

Minimum Skills & Qualifications:

NOTE: Your job title is based on the role you perform and you must meet the minimum qualifications for that job title. Greater (higher) education and experience than minimum qualifications do not automatically classify you into a higher-level job title/position.

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field and fifteen years of relevant experience or Master's degree in relevant field and twelve years of relevant experience;

  • Field experience implementing projects at an operational level, in conflict settings;

  • Minimum of five years of supervisory experience;

  • Demonstrated ability to assume responsibilities for projects typically totaling $35M+ in funding, depending upon the complexity, projected timeline of the projects, and geographic location of the work;

  • Extensive knowledge within their project area and experience in coaching or mentoring others in project implementation;

  • Experience in working with field staff, providing technical and financial oversight on projects to include budget realignments;

  • Demonstrated experience in reviewing & approving project procurements, grants and purchase order agreements;

  • Strategic thinker and decisive evidence-based decision-making skills;

  • Experience in a relevant technical area such as, economic development and enterprise and investment led growth and competitiveness, countering violent extremism;

  • Experience in quickly producing results on a range of assignments in diverse country and programmatic contexts; in developing/monitoring proposal and project budgets;

  • Experience in leading project start-ups and close-downs;

  • Skill in managing teams, handling tight deadlines; ability to travel internationally on short notice;

  • Extensive skill and experience in USG donor relations and client management;

  • Considerable knowledge of USAID Programs and Regulations;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to include, experience in making formal presentations to clients, peers and other groups; and

  • Business Development experience (prior experience with Proposal Management, Championing or Writing USAID proposals).

Languages:

  • Some proficiency in Arabic is desired, but not required.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (gender/race/disability/veteran) and provides equal opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

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