Vice President of Education

World Learning

Washington, DC, United States


The VP of Education leads World Learning’s efforts to expand access to quality to education globally with particular focus on increasing employment opportunities for youth, inclusive education, strengthening higher education systems for youth employability and quality education, informal education, education in crisis and conflict environments, STEM, teacher training, curriculum development, and TESOL.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop/monitor operating budget for portfolio area; monitor field budgets;
  • Lead GDE efforts to keep abreast of developing and transitional countries, tracking and analyzing new approaches, other experiences, lessons from WL’s experience, and approaches being advanced by other organizations; share developments within GDE for application to current or new projects;
  • Supervise teams and staff at home office and at relevant field sites; attract and maintain a high quality, motivated, and professional team; monitor staff performance and serve as a mentor for staff; create environment that stimulates and takes advantage of innovation;
  • Provide oversight and assume project supervision from the home office for projects within portfolio, including technical and management support to the project; field visits; donor liaison; review and development of project annual work plans, performance monitoring plans, project documents, reports, and financial reports that are required to meet funding organization’s requirements for progress and results reporting; ensure timely and quality submission of reports to donors; recruitment of staff; budget expenditure oversight;
  • Ensure WL’s cutting edge capacity to implement assigned portfolio programs;
  • Responsible for strategic leadership and direction for program and business development including setting of goals, objectives, and targets for resource acquisition;
  • Drive development of funding and program models, and sellable best practices;
  • Responsible and accountable to ensure program development and use of sector standards for program quality in program design;
  • Provide technical input/writing proposals and program design;
  • Manage overall donor relationships with field coordination;
  • Support proposal budget development process in collaboration with Finance;
  • Lead in and ensure articulation, promotion, and dissemination of WL program strategies, standards, tools, lessons-learned, and best practices in area of expertise to internal/external audiences for policy work, marketing, and program development;
  • Provide overall management for relationships with external partners, donors, subcontractors, etc.;
  • Lead in ensuring representation of WL at sector meetings, conferences, professional associations, etc.;
  • Provide oversight to a variety of educational programs ranging from primary to tertiary education in both formal and non-formal sectors;
  • Support or take the lead on periodic writings, such as articles, background papers; contribute to internal World Learning technical papers or documents as requested;
  • Assist with seeking ways in which program activities can be integrated, coordinated with or collaboration achieved with SIT Study Abroad and the Graduate Institute; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of 10 – 15 years of experience, including significant experience working with developing countries, and including at least 6 years of relevant education development experience;
  • Master’s degree in education, global development, or relevant field, preferred;
  • Experience working on projects funded by official international or bilateral donor organizations (particularly USAID) and familiarity with their project management/documentation/proposal requirements;
  • Experience with U.S. Government procurement policies, procedures and mechanisms (such as Indefinite Quantity Contracts, Cooperative Agreements, etc.) for international development activities;
  • Experience in/familiarity with fiscal and budget management of international development projects.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
  • Outstanding representational skills;
  • Strong human resource management and project management skills;
  • Ability to attend to multiple activities, critical details and challenges;
  • Strong initiative, interpersonal skills and coordination of people and processes;
  • Exceptionally strong leadership and teamwork skills, especially when working in high-stress situations and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams;
  • Good time-management skills, especially when facing tight deadlines;
  • Strong network within the international development community;
  • Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Must be able to learn new software quickly;
  • Understanding of experiential learning approach;
  • Familiarity with curriculum development and training design;
  • Technical specialty in one or more of the following illustrative areas: community participation in education; youth workforce development; gender equality in education; school access, equity and quality; bilingual and intercultural education as well as TESOL; education systems strengthening;
  • Prior project management experience in, or in support of projects in, developing countries in the education area;
  • Fluency in a language other than English, preferably French or Spanish, or Arabic.

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