AidData is seeking a Deputy Director of Programs to support its Policy Analysis Unit (PAU). The Deputy Director of Programs will provide strategic guidance and managerial oversight for a large and growing team of program managers and staff responsible for managing client relationships with external funders, executing grants and contracts, attracting new business and partnerships, as well as ensuring the team’s administrative/operational processes are working efficiently to support the unit’s goals. This position will serve as a senior external representative and ambassador to AidData’s external partners, including governments, international organizations, and private foundations. The Deputy Director will also be responsible to advise the Director, PAU program managers, and other AidData staff as they set fundraising targets, vet possible funding opportunities, draft budgets for new grant proposals, approve the allocation of labor across grants, and ensure the unit has sufficient financial runway to cover its expenditures.
● An advanced degree in business, public policy, public administration, international development, international relations, or related field;
● Significant years’ of experience working in a leadership capacity in the field of international development, development finance or a related discipline;
● Demonstrated ability to manage and grow high performance, cross-functional teams that support multiple projects;
● Record of leading teams tasked with managing high stakes client relationships and delivering high quality outputs for complex projects or programs;
● Experience constructing project proposal budgets, calculating financial revenue/expenditure projections, and programming and tracking expenses across multiple grant/contract vehicles;
● Strong client and partner management skills with a track record of delivering high quality deliverables in line with funder requirements and within time and budget constraints;
● Proven aptitude to procure and manage sub awardees and external contractors/vendors with accountability;
● Ability to work independently in a complex work environment, carry out assignments in a timely manner, and adapt to changing situations and priorities with minimal supervision
● Dedicated team player with track record of working collaboratively across institutional and/or disciplinary boundaries;
● Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy, as well as ability to work successfully with professionals of diverse cultural, educational, and vocational backgrounds;
● Effective written communication skills in various mediums, such as funding proposals and/or project communications collateral for external professional audiences
● Strong verbal communication skills demonstrated by extensive experience representing organizations in a variety of settings - senior-level decision-makers to high visibility presentations for larger and more diverse audiences
● Excellent command of the English language, written and spoken.
● Extensive experience working in a leadership capacity in the field of international development;
● Demonstrated experience working with researchers and in university or think tank environments;
● Knowledge of and familiarity with development finance and/or results data. Experience in collecting, standardizing, and publishing data from multiple sources;
● Experience successfully envisioning and creating new business lines in alignment with broader organizational mandate;
● Proven aptitude to design and execute effective processes to manage human resources, budgeting and financial planning, field operations and/or communications and outreach;
● Experience implementing development projects or research in low- and/or middle-income countries
About the Organization
AidData is a research lab at William & Mary. We equip policymakers and practitioners with better evidence to improve how sustainable development investments are targeted, monitored, and evaluated. We use rigorous methods, cutting-edge tools, and granular data to answer the question: who is doing what, where, for whom, and to what effect?
Housed in William & Mary's Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, AidData's work crosses sectors and disciplines, and serves the unique needs of both the policy and academic communities, as well as acting as a bridge between the two.
AidData's interdisciplinary team works together to seek entry points for research and analysis, using a wide range of novel methods, tools, and data sources to answer questions that cut across sectors, geographies, and disciplines.
Our insights help a diverse set of forward-leaning partners answer critical strategic and operational questions, fueling adaptive learning from initial program design to ex-post evaluation.
In partnership with strategic, long-term collaborators, we invest in public goods and ahead-of-the-market innovations that can fundamentally improve how policies and programs are designed, implemented, and evaluated.