Managing Director, Evidence for Impact (M3)

Save the Children

Job Description

Managing Director, Evidence for Impact (M3)

Full Job Description

Staff whose work requires or potentially could require any in-person interaction with Save the Children colleagues, partners, or beneficiaries must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless otherwise required by law. Save the Children complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.


The Managing Director, Evidence for Impact will provide strategic leadership to Save the Children’s goal to become a world-class thought leader on what works for children. As a senior leader in the International Programs (IP) division, the Director will collaborate with leaders and stakeholders across the Save the Children Alliance (SCA) to strengthen our existing global research and evidence portfolio, contribute to thought leadership, fill critical evidence gaps and foster a culture of knowledge sharing. The Director’s active engagement in establishing strategic external partnerships will elevate Save the Children’s profile, credibility, and influence. The Director will also lead an ambitious fundraising strategy aimed to increase resources for a robust research, evidence, and learning agenda that will deepen Save the Children’s evidence base and contribute to demonstrating our impact and thought leadership.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Strengthen Research & Evidence Portfolio (50%)

  • Facilitate Save the Children’s MERLA (Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Accountability) leadership team to achieve IP’s divisional Future State ambitions in the area of research and evidence.
  • Work with divisional leaders to catalogue and consolidate the research and evidence portfolio funded by US donor accounts across IP’s departments, to ensure influence and alignment with the SCA global learning agenda.
  • Ensure consistent on-boarding, coaching, and developing of staff conducting research across the division to the IP standards, procedures and knowledge-sharing values; and ensure they can clearly articulate the contributions of evidence produced to SCA priorities.
  • Ensure research and evidence briefs are available and utilized by Policy and Advocacy colleagues across the movement.
  • Play a leadership role on Save the Children’s Program Impact Steering Group, ensuring that SCUS priorities around data, analytics and impact are achieved in collaboration with SCA.

Drive Partnership and Business Development Efforts (30%)

  • Work across the IP division and SCA to develop an external representation strategy to position Save the Children as a global thought leader on evidence for children.
  • Catalogue existing research partnerships and forge new international and local Strategic Partnerships to advance SCA’s capacity to generate compelling evidence of Save the Children’s thought leadership impact.
  • Undertake a strategy to generate new private and public funding to support research that advances IP’s and SCA’s global research, evidence and learning agenda.

Increase Collaboration across Save US and Save the Children Alliance (20%)

  • Increase collaboration and synergies with Save the Children Alliance in the area of evidence, impact and thought leadership.
  • Oversee collaboration with Save the Children International to expand a portfolio of Value for Money research, ensuring we enter this space strategically and prioritize studies that inform our “impact at scale” ambitions (supervising Lead Advisor Economics & Data Analytics)

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 10 years of relevant experience
  • Professional proficiency in database querying tools and data management skills, and demonstrated comfort with SPSS, R or similar statistical package.
  • Senior-level experience in managing a broad research and evidence portfolio
  • Demonstrated experience developing successful competitive proposals
  • Proven experience in external partnership development and engagement
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced study in quantitative research, such as statistics, economics, or data science.
  • Program management experience in international development.


Save the Children is offering the following salary range for this position, dependent on candidate location:

  • Geo 1 - NY Metro, DC, and other locations with labor costs significantly above national average: Target Salary for this position is $131,750 – $147,250 base salary

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location. Employee may be eligible for an incentive program. Save the Children also offers paid vacation, accrued at least 12 days a year, depending on paygrade and length of service, paid safety and wellness leave of at least 1 day per month worked for a full time employee which is pro rata reduced for employees working less than a full time schedule, and at least 10 paid holidays a year. Employees may be eligible for additional bonus compensation. Save the Children US also offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, a retirement savings plan with employer contribution, family leave, paid parental/adoption leave of 60 days, commuter benefits, paid caregiver leave days, 1 paid volunteer day a year, paid critical child illness leave days, dress for your day, and much more.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.

You see, Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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