Associate Director of US Programs

March 28, 2019
Alexandria, Virginia
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Job Title:             Associate Director of US Programs

Status:                 Full-time

Location:             Alexandria, VA

Division:              Programs

Position Summary

This position is responsible for the management and direction of the US programs of Islamic Relief USA, including the Disaster Response Program, US grant-making, community engagement, nonprofit partnerships and acquisitions, and direct service programming.  Islamic Relief USA is on a path to expand US programming and deepen the impact of the work, with strengthened local partnerships and more visible value to American communities.  The Associate Director of US Programs is responsible for ensuring a cohesive portfolio of programming, aligned with the IRUSA mission and values, and thoughtfully advancing the organization’s strategic directions.  The position is responsible for the development and execution of strong management systems and for representing the domestic programmatic work of IRUSA internally and externally.  The position is also responsible for establishing new funding streams for US programs and maintaining the necessary external relationships and organizational profile.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Setting Direction

  • Establishes the strategic direction for US programs in consultation with critical stakeholders.
    • Upholds the mission, vision and values of Islamic Relief USA, and aligns with the strategic priorities established for IRUSA Programs.
    • Determines program impacts and oversees the development and implementation of measures of success.
    • Designs and executes business plans and business models that ensure effectiveness, efficiency and sustainable revenue streams.
    • Designs and manages program structures and systems to deliver results.
    • Articulates a compelling case for US programs, fostering greater commitment and providing inspirational leadership internally and externally.
    • Stays highly attuned to social, economic and environmental trends and ensures that IRUSA is adaptive to the challenges and opportunities posed through ongoing strategic guidance to US programs.


  • In collaboration with organizational stakeholders, establishes program targets, timelines and standards and maintains accessible reporting and documentation of achievement toward these.
  • Ensures the effectiveness of US programs through a results-based management style.
  • Establish and hold the division accountable for behaviors that promote collaboration, peer-to-peer learning, and service to IRUSA’s partners.
  • Ensures that US programs function within a documented cycle of learning from planning and design to evaluation and after-action reviews.
  • Establishes and oversees efficient business processes and maintains a division culture of continuous improvement.
  • Establishes and oversees strong financial management practices.
  • Ensures a robust risk management approach.
  • Supervises the US Network Manager and the team leaders for grant-making and seasonal programming and coaches their performance as supervisors.
  • Ensures that IRUSA’s fundraising and marketing divisions have the information they need to effectively inform donors and other stakeholders about the work of IRUSA in the US.
  • Ensures that IRUSA’s volunteer division is integrated into US Programs planning and business processes to maximize volunteer engagement and meaningful opportunities to serve.
  • Works closely with US regional offices to ensure a coherent IRUSA approach to US Programs.
  • Coordinates closely with the president’s office on public policy, media and the management of critical stakeholder relationships.

Business development and partnerships

  • Develops and pursues a plan for IRUSA program growth in the USA with the goal of deepening effectiveness, providing demonstrated value to communities and partners, and securing the increased engagement and support of stakeholders, including institutional funders.
  • Negotiates partnerships, mergers and acquisitions in pursuit of the US Programs business plan.
  • Promotes collaborative approaches across all programs.

Institutional fundraising

  • Advances the public profile of IRUSA on social and economic issues, including the impact of climate change, refugee and migration integration issues and the improved inclusion of at-risk populations.
  • Cultivates relationships with institutional funders.
  • Ensures a strong institutional fundraising lifecycle, including research, development of case statements, program design, proposal development, budget development and reporting.

Other Organizational Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of IRUSA strategies with perspectives from US programs.
  • Participate in organizational planning, budget preparation, and coordination work.
  • Participate in meetings, working groups, collaboration processes and other departmental or organization-wide efforts.
  • Ensure communication of project status, results of evaluation and learning and relevant environmental developments to colleagues.
  • Contribute positively to the culture of Islamic Relief USA.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • At least ten years of senior management experience, in successively more responsible positions.
  • Superb communication skills:
  • Fluency in English, with the ability to convey ideas and concepts in multiple ways for different audiences both in speaking and in writing.
  • Highly persuasive, with the ability to move others to new ways of thinking and new forms of action.
  • Ability to convey complex issues with clarity and simplicity.
  • Ability to communicate well in a wide range of cultural contexts.
  • Significant experience in at least one of the programmatic areas in US programs, and ability to quickly master the critical technical knowledge and operational dynamics of the others.
  • Ability to work effectively in a faith-based setting, including in interfaith and multi-faith partnerships.
  • Commitment to the values of IRUSA, and the ability to translate these values into programmatic terms.
  • High degree of awareness of the social, economic and environmental issues critical in the US context.
  • Astute awareness of the political environment in which IRUSA operates and ability to navigate this environment successfully.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the US nonprofit sector, including its role and purpose, governance structures, business challenges, and capacity development needs.
  • Passion for social justice.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, with a demonstrated track record of responsible and calculated risk-taking backed by a good business sense and strong revenue streams.
  • Appreciation for the dynamics and challenges of collaboration and ability to effectively manage cohesive collaborative relationships; knowledge of networks and ability to leverage their power.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.



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