Global Lead for the Learn to Discern Initiative

Global Lead for the Learn to Discern Initiative

IREX - International Research and Exchanges Board

Washington, DC, United States

Description:

IREX seeks a strategic, highly entrepreneurial and results-driven Global Lead for its innovative Learn to Discern Initiative. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the helm of an initiative that seeks to empower people and communities to build information literacy as an enduring life skill for the 21st century and to combat disinformation.

A self-starter, s/he will work across IREX to identify and refine strengths that can be harnessed to accelerate and expand the Learn to Discern initiative. S/he will spearhead new partnerships with government, foundation, and corporate donors to generate funds that support the advancement of the Learn to Discern Initiative. S/he will continually assess the competitive landscape for new opportunities to raise revenue in support of Learn to Discern and respond to those opportunities with proposals for funds, ideas for partnerships, or thought leadership that strengthens the IREX brand. An agile and action-oriented leader, s/he will use a broad array of revenue generation methods including engagement with the philanthropic and corporate social responsibility (CSR) sectors.

As part of IREX’s Strategy and Development Team, s/he will collaborate with IREX programs to accelerate learning from all Learn to Discern activities and to develop a common framework of metrics and robust impact assessment for their progress and success. S/he will work across IREX Groups and Units to integrate essential ingredients of Learn to Discern and promising new approaches into other relevant programs and activities or IREX. S/he will work with professionals across IREX to cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship and support colleagues in developing new information literacy initiatives in areas of priority to IREX.

The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of global efforts to fight propaganda and disinformation, and proven experience with raising fund and generating revenue. This is a role that combines strategy, program design and development, coalition and relationship building, fundraising, learning and measurement, and proposal development.

Duties:

  • Spearheads the global expansion of IREX’s Learn to Discern Initiative;
  • Develops operational plans and related tracking and assessment tools for the global expansion of the Learn to Discern Initiative;
  • Works closely with the Strategy and Development Group and Global Programs to raise awareness of the Learn to Discern Initiative, identifies opportunities for scaling up or replicating the initiative, and helps generate donor support for the efforts to scale it up or expand it;
  • Collects, synthesizes, curate emerging evidence, lessons learned, and insights from IREX activities and those of like-minded organizations and publishes or presents it in public fora and publications to shape the thinking and agenda of relevant donors and partners;
  • Cultivates and grows relationships with government, corporate and foundation donors that are interested in advancing Learn to Discern initiatives nationally and globally, planning at least quarterly visits to, or engagements with, identified donors/markets/locations;
  • Develops, manages and grows relationships with thought leaders and trend influencers in initiatives to advance information literacy and counter disinformation;
  • As part of IREX’s Strategy and Development Group, proactively shapes new business opportunities by initiating, creating or co-creating together with Global Programs, and marketing new services and products in the Learn to Discern portfolio of activities, establishing new strategic relationships/partnerships, and by building on existing relationships/partnerships/programs;
  • Leads and/or authors complex proposal efforts which reflect global best practices, cutting edge approaches, research, and relevant insight; mentors other staff in leading and designing high quality proposals and concept notes;
  • Works across IREX to nurture, design, and develop new Learn to Discern or closely related initiatives (including initiatives developed in partnership with IREX leadership and staff, Board of Governors and Advisory Council);
  • Guides the development of a common framework of metrics for all Learn to Discern activities;
  • Partners with Global Programs to integrate Learn to Discern initiatives across relevant programs and to ensure effective and harmonized measurement of impact in all Learn to Discern activities;
  • Serves as a senior technical advisor in initiatives to promote information literacy and counter disinformation and provides highly responsive and forward-looking technical guidance to programs and initiatives in IREX’s Learn to Discern portfolio of activities;
  • Leads an IREX-wide Learn to Discern task force to facilitate a shared learning agenda, forges an ambitious forward-looking vision appropriate to the scale of the challenge, and in Partnership with Global Programs, designs rapid programmatic refinements;
  • Serves as a key focal point for external communications related to information and media literacy, countering disinformation, and effective global responses;
  • Provides high-level representation and support for prominent communications and outreach events and related to the Learn to Discern Initiative;
  • Captures lessons and best practices and organizes and manages knowledge management processes and systems related to Learn to Discern initiatives;
  • Assists the Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development in assessing the effectiveness of fundraising efforts for IREX’s Learn to Discern initiatives;
  • Serves as advisor to and supports the Executive Vice-President for Strategy and Development, the President and CEO, and the entire leadership team in guiding the implementation of Learn to Discern initiatives;
  • Supports the Executive Team at the highest level of donor cultivation and stewardship with major donors and partners.

Skills and Experience:

  • A deep commitment to IREX’s mission and the goals of the Learn to Discern Initiative;
  • Demonstrated experience in ideating, designing, developing and growing initiatives that promote information literacy and counter disinformation;
  • Proven command of cutting-edge approaches to build durable information literacy skills as an antidote to disinformation, propaganda, or polluted information with emphasis on sustainability and systems change;
  • Demonstrated experience with tools and techniques, including digital ones, that help build skills to check the veracity of information and to detect hate speech, emotional manipulation, fake or misleading information;
  • Demonstrated thought leadership in combating disinformation;
  • Demonstrated experience serving as lead spokesperson and “evangelist” for organizational initiatives or programs;
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and implementing metrics for major organizational initiatives;
  • Demonstrated experience in raising funds from multiple sources – foundations, United States Government, EU Commission, UK Government, Swedish Government, or others to support initiatives that advance information literacy and counter disinformation;
  • A record of success as a forward-leaning, entrepreneurial, and adaptive leader within organizations;
  • Ability to think and plan strategically in the context of broad organizational goals;
  • Superb writing, presentation, and communications skills;
  • Ability to translate strategy into concrete initiatives with the people, revenue, and partners necessary to achieve results;
  • Demonstrated skills in methodically solving problems in fast-paced environments;
  • Ability to engage and collaborate with colleagues across the spectrum of interests and programming at IREX;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to translate and shape complex, innovative ideas into compelling funding proposals or develop other models of revenue generation;
  • Flexibility for significant travel internationally and domestically, as needed, to develop and maintain relationships;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred;
  • 15 years of relevant experience.

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