Careers: Director, Ignite

Job Title : Director – Ignite
Location : Chennai
Job nature : Permanent Full-time

This requirement is now closed


The Director of Ignite (Educational program) is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the program according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.The program Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibilities for the program including projects, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core projects, operations, and organization plans. The applicant should be willing to travel within India and interact with the stakeholders of Ignite program.



• Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
• Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
• Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization’s activities
• Foster effective team work between the Board and the ProgramDirector and between the ProgramDirector and staff
• Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate
• Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile
• Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
• Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national rollout
• Lead, coach, develop, and retain high-performance senior management team Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

Operational planning and management

• Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the program
• Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its beneficiaries,, Board and Funders
• Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the program
• Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
• Ensure all necessary documents / files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
• Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials
• Design the national expansion and complete the strategic planning process for the program expansion
• Begin to build partnerships in NGOs, Learning centres, Schools, establishing relationships with the funders, and governmentand community leaders at each expansion site
• Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication

Program planning and management
• Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the program
• Ensure that the program offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
• Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the program to maintain or improve quality
• Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects

Human resources planning and management
• Determine staffing and volunteer requirements for programmanagement and delivery
• Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of roles & responsibilities for all program staff and volunteer coordinators
• Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
• Recruit, interview and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization’s mission
• Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
• Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
• Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance

Financial planning and management
• Work with staff, volunteer coordinators and the Board to prepare a comprehensive budget for the program
• Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
• Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
• Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
• Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget
• Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the program

Education Qualification / Experience:
• Any graduate; Having an MBA would be an advantage
• More than 5 years of relevant work experience
• Excellent track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization
• Hands-on experience in project management
• Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
• Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
• Experience / exposure to teaching, pedagogy, curriculum design and training would be desirable
• Prior experience in non-profit sector would be an advantage

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
• Strong written and verbal communication skills in English, Hindi & Tamil; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
• Strongcomputer skills – Word, Excel, PowerPoint – essential
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to program planning
• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
• Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
• Proactive, Self-Monitored, Resourceful, Accountable
• Problem solving and Decision making skills are essential
• Willingness to travel extensively – locally& nationally

Other Information:
• Reporting to: Board of Directors
• Expected Age: Above 25
• Scope: Full time
• Remuneration: Rs. 75,000 – Rs. 1,00,000
• Expected Joining Date: Immediate

We are looking for someone who is committed to Bhumi for at least three years. If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, send in your resume along with a brief note on your aptitude for this role to [email protected]

Bhumi’s supplementary education programme benefits children from shelter homes, slum and village community centres. The programme is delivered during the weekends by young, trained volunteers of Bhumi. The personal growth through the programme is evident in both volunteers and children – our volunteers gain perspective and the experience to mould themselves into leaders in their communities, while academic/life skills support creates a better future for the children.

Present  structure:

  • Duration of project: 3-5 years per subject
  • Target group: Classes 1-9
  • Number of classes per week per child: 2 classes (each class being 2 hours)
  • Number of hours per year: 100-120
  • Number of children per class: 5-10
  • Number of volunteer teachers per class: 1-2
  • Duration of programmes: 9 months
  • Total contact hours per volunteer: 50-60 hours.

Expectation from Bhumi volunteers:

  • 1 class of 2 hours each every week
  • 1 hour for class preparation/week
  • 1 hour to travel to and fro to orphanage/community centre
  • 1-3 days of training per year
  • Actively participate in the discussions

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