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16 Feb 2021

Full-Time Chief of Staff

OScislowicz – Posted by OScislowicz Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

About KIND:  

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Summary: 

KIND seeks a senior executive to serve as Chief of Staff, reporting to the President, who will work closely with the organization’s senior leadership team. The Chief of Staff will have an immediate impact on our productivity, as this role will be responsible for streamlining strategic initiatives; collaborating with our Executive Vice President, Operations and other members of the senior leadership team; and communicating objectives between departments.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in a business management role, with a special focus on executive-level advising and interdepartmental collaboration.

Essential Functions: 

  • Oversee strategic business initiatives from development through successful execution in collaboration with senior leadership .
  • Assist and communicate with senior leadership in decision-making, program management, and initiative implementation.
  • Review, design, and execute on improvements to organizational structure in collaboration with senior leadership.
  • Improve current processes and coordinate organizational procedures for optimized efficiency and productivity in collaboration with senior leadership.
  • Ensure meeting time is used effectively by setting up, facilitating, and following through on any decisions that are made.
  • Serve as liaison between staff,  senior leaders, and president, regarding company climate, employee well-being, project updates, proposals, and planning.
  • Liaise with the human resources team on strategic recruitment, hiring, onboarding, staff morale, and resolution of employee concerns.
  • Help define new programmatic and operational strategies, working with President and senior leadership.
  • Liaise with Board of Directors and Advisory Committees through regular communication and consultation.

Qualifications and Requirements: 

  • Advanced degree in Law, Business Administration or another relevant field preferred
  • At least seven years of experience in business management or supervisory role
  • Proven experience organizing and directing multiple teams and departments
  • Excellent communicator in written and verbal form
  • Extremely versatile, dedicated to efficient productivity
  • Experience planning and leading strategic initiatives
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Experience with budget management
  • Consulting experience with a focus on operations management
  • Proven success in a project coordination role
  • Nimble business mind with a focus on developing creative solutions
  • Strong project reporting skills, with a focus on interdepartmental communication
  • Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND’s team

How to Apply

Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.    Click here to apply.

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: human rights, immigration, law, non-profit, and Policy.

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