Director of US Projects, PeacePlayers United States

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW 

Established in 2001, PeacePlayers is an international peacebuilding nonprofit organization that uses sport, primarily basketball, as a vehicle to unite, educate and inspire young people living in divided communities. Based on the premise that children who play together can learn to live together, PeacePlayers has become a worldwide leader in the use of sport to build a more peaceful world, reaching more than 75,000 youth in 20 countries. 

At PeacePlayers, our vision is to foster individual and communal connections that create a more peaceful world. The world we live in today has far too many divides – whether racial, religious, ethnic or geographic – and these divisions have created an environment of conflict and instability in our local communities. In partnership with local leaders, we support young people on opposite sides of these divides by using sport as a vehicle to strengthen their leadership and peacebuilding skills to show that we are all more alike than different. We stay with them for the long-term to work towards a more peaceful society for us all – currently operating in nine year-round sites: the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, as well as five cities in the U.S. – Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles. 

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION 

In January of 2017, PeacePlayers launched a partnership with Nike to bring PeacePlayers’ proven model of uniting communities through sport to the United States. This partnership piloted growth in 2017 first to Baltimore, Brooklyn and Detroit, and then in the summer of 2018, also added programs in Chicago and Los Angeles, with the intention of eventually launching additional programs in Portland (OR). Given the dramatic programmatic growth over the last two years, PeacePlayers has strategically decided to formalize a PeacePlayers – U.S. entity that will own the strategic direction of PeacePlayers’ sustainability and growth in the United States, alongside supporting the organization-wide global network. 

PeacePlayers United States is currently seeking a Director of US Projects to help support and provide guidance to day-to-day program management, resource development, and ongoing operational needs of the organization. Having a track record of successfully implementing programming with high risk youth and the leadership skills to share that knowledge and experiences with those doing the work across the network will be critical to the success of this role. 

The Director of US Projects will report to the Head of US Strategy and Operations to build capacity at the US level. The projects assigned to the Director will lead to the successful implementation of local programming across six cities as well as the establishment of PeacePlayers US as an independent organization within the PeacePlayers International partnership structure. The Director will need to be fully capable of being both a team player and yet driven and independent enough to hit the ground running in bringing forth the expertise and leadership to best support local city programming while engaging in local and national fundraising and partnership development efforts. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Leadership: 

  • Provide support and guidance to a dedicated team of US program staff. Solidifying and improving program plans and implementation will be an important part of this leadership role. 
  • Collaborate closely with the Head of US Strategy and Operations and the Global Support Team to develop a multi-year strategy focused on successful program implementation, financial sustainability and programmatic excellence that is in line with the PeacePlayers Global Strategic Plan. 
  • Work closely with US markets to develop regional and local staffing strategies. 
  • Work with external stakeholders (i.e. Nike) to support and grow the ongoing partnership needs. 
  • Adhere to operational excellence as PeacePlayers refines tools and systems to most efficiently support the management of PeacePlayers U.S. entity. 

Program Oversight 

  • Support city program teams in developing strategy to successfully implement the PeacePlayers model within their unique local context. 
  • Provide ongoing support and feedback on program implementation, curriculum delivery, and program impact. 
  • Work closely with city leads to develop a clear program theory of change strategy and then move to implementation. 
  • Assist in the implementation of an impactful Measurement and Evaluation Strategy across the US sites that aligns with the Global Scorecard. 
  • Provide leadership to US “special projects.” For example, MLK Day events, Summer Camp, International Day of Sport, and other projects that come up over time. 

Program Fundraising and Development: 

  • Expectation will be to spend 30% of this role dedicated to working closely with the Head of Strategy and Operations and US Global Support Team to understand the current PeacePlayers’ financial landscape, existing donor base and to identify opportunities for significant growth of support in the United States. 
  • Support development and expansion of local and national fundraising activities to support existing program operations and national expansion. Spend time in-market in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles to support local staff efforts toward local sustainability. 
  • Support national cultivation opportunities to activate and sustain interest in U.S. programs, for example, MLK weekend in January holding basketball tournaments in all U.S. markets. 
  • Represent PeacePlayers United States during national and international opportunities. Be able to share the vision, mission and strategy to achieve those in public appearances and speaking engagements. 

Operations: 

  • Adherence to PeacePlayers’ unifying principles. These “unifying principles” ensure all PeacePlayers’ sites are similar enough to each other to achieve the shared mission of the organization and also afford the flexibility for local leaders in each site to innovate and make contextually driven decisions for the greatest overall impact. 
  • Support partnerships with organizations and institutions to deepen, sustain and scale PeacePlayers’ programmatic impact across the U.S. 
  • Willingness to collaborate with PeacePlayers’ sites (Northern Ireland, Middle East, South Africa and Cyprus) to share learnings and best practices across sites for the good of the global PeacePlayers’ network and to improve and expand US program model and opportunities. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • A demonstrated passion and connection to the mission of PeacePlayers to unite divided communities through sport 
  • Possesses an understanding and passion for addressing challenges created by inequality across racial and socioeconomic divides in the United States. 
  • 5+ years of management experience with a track record of effectively implementing programs for underserved youth. 
  • Undergraduate degree required. 
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and not afraid to get directly involved in the program planning and implementation. 
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and implemented programs and fundraising efforts to enhance and strengthen impact. 
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performing teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and oversee a budget. 
  • An understanding of how sport can be used as a transformational development tool, interest and experience in basketball also helpful. 
  • Ability to travel 30% of the time 

The PeacePlayers Director of US Projects position is a full-time salaried position with benefits, including health insurance and an employer retirement plan matching program. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

The Director of US Projects position will have the flexibility to be based in Cities with PeacePlayers’ programming in place. 

To apply for this position, please email a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to PeacePlayers International at apply@peaceplayers.org with the subject header “Director of US Projects.” 

It is the policy of PeacePlayers to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability, or any other legally protected basis. PeacePlayers evaluates all candidates on a merit basis. 

Max MancherDirector of US Projects, PeacePlayers United States