Open Position: Senior Director of Programs

Senior Director of Programs

New York / Nairobi / London

Compensation dependent on location

citiesRISE is a global platform committed to transforming mental health policy and practice in cities and beyond. citiesRISE’s vision is a world where mental health support is mainstreamed in the places where young people are, through the approaches that work for them, enabling them to develop resilience and thrive.

Founded in 2018 and supported by leading institutions and philanthropic organizations, citiesRISE is positioned to dramatically deepen its impact through the expansion of its current initiatives and the launch of new global programming to fundamentally transform the story of mental health around the world.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and part of the senior leadership team, the Senior Director of Programs will ensure citiesRISE maximizes its potential for impacting millions of young people around the world. Leading and motivating a small team of program managers, they will provide direct support to innovators, build out accelerator and learning platform services, that support scaling for mental health innovators in over 20 countries, broker and manage partnerships, create systems and structures that enable collaboration and information flow between the Accelerator and Learning Platform and citiesRISE’s local programs in four countries.

Candidates should bring experience of leading complex projects, functions, programs and initiatives and thrive in an entrepreneurial, collaborative, and fluid context. Your experience may have been gained in supporting innovation in global development or at a strategy consulting firm but you will be skilled at translating vision and strategy into innovative and scalable program deliverables. You’ll also have exceptional operational abilities including budgeting, reporting and building best-in-class systems and processes to deliver high quality results. Your outstanding people skills will enable you to establish trust, work successfully across different countries and cultures and build on your track record of leading high performing teams.

This role offers significant opportunities to be part of creating tangible, lasting impact in mental health, both at the level of individual innovations, as well as the broader field. Candidates must be committed to citiesRISE’s mission of mobilizing leadership, resources, and practical action to achieve significant, measurable improvements in mental health.

Closing date: August 26

Prospectus interviews: September 6-10

citiesRISE interviews: TBC

For the full appointment brief, including details on how to apply, please follow this link. Borge Andreassen and Joan Mwangi, citiesRISE’s recruitment advisors, are available for a confidential conversation.

citiesRISE is committed to building a diverse workforce and welcome applications regardless of sex, gender, race, age, sexuality, belief or disability.