Risk Management Lead Officer
Washington, DC  / Fairfield, CT  / Lexington, KY 
Posted 19 days ago
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 Risk Management Lead reports to the Chief Operating Officer and manages the Enterprise Risk Management function, providing leadership, vision, and direction for the organization's adoption of best risk management practices. You will oversee the implementation of enterprise risk management as a second line of defense accountability and will lead continuous improvement and refinement of SCUS's enterprise risk management framework, including systems, processes, and centralized reporting.

What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Enterprise Risk Management Leadership and Subject Matter Expertise

  • provide vision, leadership and direction for enterprise risk management;
  • represent and communicate Save the Children US's (SCUS) strategies and policies for risk management to senior management and other stakeholders;
  • recommend the adoption of risk appetite statements and protocols for reporting and escalation and de-escalation of risk exposures to the Senior Leadership Team;
  • establishes the methodologies and tools for identifying, assessing, monitoring and reporting on SCUS's risk exposures; including annual interviews with senior leadership team members and other senior staff to determine key risks that could affect implementation of the Agency's strategy, and ensuring maintenance of risk registers at the division and Agency levels;

Risk Reporting and Analysis

  • prepare and deliver regular updates to the Board of Trustee's Audit and Risk Committee indicating key risks facing the Agency, and preparation of regular senior management oversight reports including follow-up of outstanding actions
  • develop toolsets, including systems and their specifications for capturing risk information and reporting on risks issues and mitigating actions;
  • lead continuous improvement and refinement of SCUS's enterprise risk management framework, including systems, processes, and centralized reporting
  • oversee risk ownership and accountability both for first line risk decision-makers and second line risk owners for specific categories of risk
  • ownership of the enterprise risk management framework and implementation for risk appetite measures and escalation and de-escalation protocols for incidents as well as appetite measures;

Capacity Development

  • lead efforts to embed risk management across the organization and evolves enterprise risk management tools and competencies to continually develop risk management in line with leading best practice;
  • act as a focal point for best practice sharing on enterprise risk management with stakeholders across the Save the Children movement;
  • represent SCUS at the Save the Children International Global Risk Management working group, staying abreast of best practices, and contributing to the effective development of risk management system architecture to adequately address globally shared risks across the movement.
  • Communication with stakeholders across the Agency on all elements of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 10 years of relevant experience
  • Proven experience and capability of leading an Enterprise Risk Management function
  • Demonstrated ability to develop all elements of an ERM plan, and success in communicating all aspects of ERM to Trustees, Senior Leadership Team members, managers, and staff
  • Proven success in handling multiple competing priorities and tight timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to manage relationships and influence without authority
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully communicate and collaborate with individuals and teams at all levels of the organization
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 20% domestically and internationally to SCUS or Save the Children International locations.
  • 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

  • Familiarity with USG regulations for grantees and contractors preferred

Why you should join the Save the Children Team...

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, 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.

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About Save the Children

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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