JOB POST: Assistant General Secretary for Organizational Learning, American Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia, USA

Posted on 4 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Disaster Planning & Mitigation, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization, which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.


TITLE: Assistant General Secretary for Organizational Learning
STATUS: Exempt
LOCATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SUPERVISOR: Deputy General Secretary for Programs

Application Deadline: October 3, 2008

The Assistant General Secretary for Organizational Learning (AGOL) supervises the directors of Evaluation, Program Planning, Strategic Methods and Constituency Outreach and Engagement and provides overall guidance, coordination, interpretation, and expertise to enhance the organizational learning environment at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). The AGOL ensures that senior managers are kept up-to-date on external trends and operational issues that may affect organizational learning at the AFSC. The AGOL works with the associate and assistant general secretaries to strengthen internal management and team building, to establish new models of operation that will facilitate positive cultural changes, and to reinforce a culture of accountability and participation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: The key responsibilities of the AGOL include the following:
Staff Management, Development and Support
• Cultivate a work environment that attracts and maintains a diverse and highly-motivated staff.
• Set expectations and goals for results; develop objectives, strategies, action plans and financial projections to accomplish goals. Conduct annual performance reviews based on these objectives.
• Provide leadership and vision to staff members to promote teamwork, to achieve a common purpose, and to encourage continuous professional growth.
• Ensure that all AFSC policies and procedures are followed by all assigned staff.
• Work with staff members to ensure that all projects and programs are high quality, effective, and focused on the mission, goals and objectives of the AFSC.
• Function as an effective decision-maker for the organization – using “sense of the meeting,” consultation, concurrent decision-making, and legally binding (union contract) approaches to decision-making as appropriate.
• Recognize that staff members are highly skilled and motivated and that consultative decision-making (where alternative views are sincerely received) is highly desirable.
Planning and Direction
• Provide strategic and creative leadership to the Organizational Learning unit.
• Keep abreast of the major political, economic, social, and cultural issues that may affect the work of the AFSC and ensure that the Organizational Learning unit is highly responsive to the changing external landscape and to opportunities to bring about positive change in the world.
• Ensures that learning is documented and that the Organizational Learning unit provides for the “historical memory” of the AFSC.
• Periodically and systematically assess staff training needs on program planning, strategic methods, program evaluation, constituency outreach and engagement and other strategically significant areas and work with managers across the AFSC to provide staff training as needed.
• Work with staff members across the AFSC to evaluate progress on the strategic plan and assist in updating the plan as needed.
• Foster the understanding of program planning and strategic methods to implement the strategic plan of the organization within resource constraints.
• Provide recommendations to the leadership of the Program area for AFSC-wide responses to urgent matters.
Financial Management
• Engage staff members in Organizational Learning in preparing an annual budget, which should flow from the strategic direction of the AFSC and be based upon the unit target given to the Organizational Learning unit.
• Manage the budgets of the Organizational Learning unit.
• Understand and monitor all financial and management systems, procedures, and processes of the Organizational Learning unit.
Outreach and Communications
• Maintain frequent contacts with the Religious Society of Friends and represent the viewpoints of the AFSC to all constituents.
• Work with the Office of Advancement to maintain on-going dialogue with supportive and potentially supportive individuals, groups and organizations to foster relationships on behalf of the AFSC.
• Function as the chief spokesperson for the Organizational Learning unit.
• Actively seek opportunities to collaborate with organizations, professional groups, institutions, etc. that will expand the reach and maximize the effectiveness of the AFSC.
• Present appropriate collaboration opportunities to staff members.
• Model collaborative behavior to staff members and to the larger humanitarian services community.
• Work closely with Organizational Learning staff members to ensure that all programs and activities interconnect with fund-raising activities.

Baccalaureate degree required; advanced degree in organizational management, public policy, or a related area is desirable. Exceptional work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

• A minimum of 10 years of broad management experience, with at least five years at a senior level. Non-profit experience is a plus.
• Expertise in one or more of the following areas; strategic planning, program evaluation, strategic methods, or organizational documentation of best-practices.
• Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in budget management.
• Proven track record of staff management, including staff development, coaching and mentoring.
• Experience or thorough comfort level with functioning on an international level.

• Commitment to the faith-based principles and guidelines that define the work of AFSC, including a commitment to nonviolence, equality and anti-oppression work and a belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
• An ability to connect with diverse audiences and to influences situations using tact and diplomacy.
• Ability to persuade and motivate others and to gain the respect and attention of AFSC staff members and volunteers.
• Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities.
• Proven ability to reach out collaboratively to individuals, groups and organizations.
• Strong interpersonal skills with knowledge of and experience in using consultative decision making processes.
• Ability to travel frequently and to work some weekends.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent computer skills.
• Initiative, creativity, drive, energy and a sense of humor.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

The central office of the AFSC is a unionized workplace, represented by District Council 47 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO. This is a management position and is not represented.

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.

Candidates must apply for this and other AFSC jobs via

Thank you to Linda Lotz at AFSC for circulating this notice, including to We Can Do. Linda Lotz indicates that, due to internal re-organization at AFSC, several job openings are currently available. More job openings will become available within the next few months. People interested in working at AFSC should monitor their website directly to ensure that they don’t miss any announcements. (I’ll try to post them here also, but can’t guarantee that I will be able to include all of them.) Also check their site for volunteer opportunities. AFSC strives to be inclusive of people with disabilities in the programs it runs in low-income and post-conflict countries and also is interested in hiring workers with disabilities.

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JOB POST: Secretary General, Rehabilitation International

Posted on 20 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Inclusion, Jobs & Internships | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Michael Fox, president of Rehabilitation International, has been circulating the following announcement; note that the application deadline is March 28, 2008:

As advised at the RI 2007 Assembly in Djerba, Tunisia – our Secretary General Tomas Lagerwall has decided to leave RI later this year – and return to Sweden after a seven year term with RI.

Accordingly, and on behalf of the RI Selection Committee, I am pleased to invite submissions from applicants worldwide for this important role of RI Secretary General – as following details and information.


Michael Fox
RI President
Sydney phone 612 6552 9333

4 February 2008

RI Secretary General – New York

RI was established in 1922, and is a well recognised and respected international disability and rehabilitation advocacy organisation. RI is a global cross-disability and cross-disciplinary NGO providing a unique meeting ground for participants in a field that has disciplinary and ideological opinions and differences. RI has well-established partnerships with the UN and its agencies as well as other international and regional organisations in the field of disability. Further information on RI and our UN and global networks are available at

RI is a democratic organisation governed by an Assembly – representing RI member organisations in almost 100 countries. The RI Annual Assembly is a global forum to discuss developments in disability issues and general policies and programs of the organisation. The RI Executive Committee provides strategic direction, formulates and considers policies and oversees the budget of the organisation. The RI EC consists of 22 members composed of the RI President, President-elect or Past President, Treasurer and representatives of RI Regions and expert Commissions.

RI is a matrix organisation, with regional leadership in Africa, the Arab Region, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America as well as thematic Commissions in particular fields of expertise, to assist in developing and expanding program activities in accordance with RI strategic goals. The RI Foundation was established in 2006 and provides the basis for significant growth and development of the RI agenda worldwide.

RI and its members are involved in a range of advocacy projects and activities to promote the RI goal of advancing and achieving the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities worldwide. The next RI World Congress is scheduled in Quebec City, Canada during August 2008. RI also works toward increasing international collaboration and advocates for policies and legislation recognising the rights of people with disabilities and their families, including the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

RI Secretary General
RI is managed by a full time Secretariat in our New York City head office. The Secretary General is the CEO of the organisation and our current incumbent has successfully managed this role since 2001.

We now require the services of a resourceful, experienced and dynamic candidate for the role of RI Secretary General. There will be a suitable and agreed transition period for the successful candidate.


DUTY STATION New York, United States of America

ACCESSIBILITY RI New York offices are ADA accessible

Responsibilities and Competencies of Secretary General
The responsibilities and competencies of the successful applicant will include

* Implementation of RI policies, strategies and programs as determined by the RI General Assembly and RI EC – and as agreed with, and in close consultation with, the President, Executive Committee and RI Foundation Board

* Effective management and implementation of the RI Strategic Plan – with balanced commitment to RI Global activities and development of the RI Foundation

* Demonstrate professionalism, judgement, technical awareness and leadership

* Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively across organisational boundaries – with ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds

* Solicit input by genuinely valuing other peoples ideas and expertise – and willing to learn from others

* Ability to operate in a changing environment with innovation and professionalism

* Take the lead with respect to the preparation and implementation of the work program, ensuring that resources are utilised effectively and prudently to implement activities in accordance with the RI Mission, budget and available human and financial resources

* Monitor and review the work program and budget by conducting regular analysis to assess progress of actual work versus the program

* Define requirements and work with system units with respect to improving budget reporting systems and cost effective utilisation of program resources

* Supervise and provide guidance on financial administration and management information issues and practices to Board members, in conjunction with the Finance Committee

* Support, manage, travel and organise RI events as required

* Supervise staff at RI New York and other locations as required

* Provide guidance and leadership to RI staff

* Promote RI membership growth in conjunction with the Membership Committee

* Oversee work related to billing and receipt of income from various services, monitoring and evaluation of individual contractors for services

* Represent RI at international, regional and national meetings related to disability rights and related issues – including IDA, the International Disability Alliance

* Collaborate with relevant organisations including United Nations, World Bank, DPOs, foundations, the private sector, NGOs and civil society at large

* Participate in inter-agency consultations, meetings, and conferences related to disability rights and services issues

* Organise and participate in expert group meetings, workshops and seminars on disability rights and services as required

* Provide advisory services to and collaborate with UN agencies, governments, DPOs, NGOs, regional groups, private sector groups and other stakeholders on disability rights, services and related issues


Education – A minimum of first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience.

Work Experience – A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in change management, human resources and financial / budget operations, with relevant professional experience in international, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

The RI Secretary General role calls for very good administrative, diplomacy and management skills. First hand disability related experience is preferred.

Languages – Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency and / or working knowledge of other languages is desirable.

Other Skills – Ability to use relevant computer technology and software.

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered – subject to professional experience, family situation and other criteria as may be applicable. Immigration procedures can be negotiated as required.

Selection Process
Applicants will be short listed on the basis of academic credentials, experience, availability and other relevant factors. Additional information may be requested from candidates.

Short listed applicants will be invited to come to New York or elsewhere as appropriate, for an interview with representatives of the RI Selection Committee. Candidates will be interviewed on various criteria including related knowledge, skills, abilities, personality and availability.

The intention is for the new RI Secretary General to be appointed by June 2008.

How To Apply
Interested persons from any nationality worldwide are invited to apply for this important position. This invitation to apply for the role of RI Secretary General is open to everyone.

Detailed responses including Resumes / CVs, and a minimum of two written references, are to be submitted by Friday 28 March 2008. Submissions can be sent by email, post of fax to

Marca Bristo, RI North America Vice President

c/o Access Living
115 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 USA

Email or
Fax 1 312 640 2140

All applications will be confidential to the Selection Committee and RI Executive Committee, until the successful candidate is announced.

We look forward to your application


Michael Fox AM
RI President
Sydney Australia

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