Practice Area Director

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 27 August 2021


Position Location: Chevy Chase, MD


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, governance and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary:

Creative seeks a Practice Area Director, Citizen Security, for the Communities in Transition Division. The?Practice Area Director works under broad direction and is responsible for leading and directing project implementation strategies in a practice area managing the work project teams, as well as the associated budgets. The Practice Area Director assumes responsibilities for the management of complex projects of all sizes in funding, management of large project teams, and ensuring project implementation success in a Practice Area. The Practice Area Director is responsible for a comprehensive range of activities that include actively anticipating, diagnosing, and resolving project implementation matters of a technical, programmatic, project finance, human resources, administrative, operational, business development, client relations, local relationships, subcontractor relationships, contracts, and compliance nature throughout the project life cycle. The Practice Area Director travels internationally in executing many responsibilities of the role and brings extensive in-country experience on technical aspects of program design and implementation, and in the development of new business initiatives within the Practice Area.

Reporting & Supervision:

The Practice Area Director reports to the Senior Vice President, Communities in Transition Division.


Expected Outcomes

  • Build a distinct, branded Citizen Security Practice Area;
  • Deliver expert, imaginative and responsive programs and services in the Citizen Security Practice Area;
  • Perform all aspects of practice management, including technical leadership, project portfolio and staff oversight, representation, business development, and knowledge development;

  • Projects under Practice Area oversight receive outstanding leadership guidance and management;

  • Projects in the Practice Area perform well, meeting contractual obligations and fiscal targets;

  • Projects are forecasted appropriately and meet performance targets, meet revenue projections and proactively manages vacancies, non-billables, and foregone revenue;

  • Support Directors, Portfolio Management, Senior Project Directors and Project Directors in the Practice Area.

Primary Responsibilities:

Minimum Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a relevant field and ten or more years of relevant experience;

  • At least twelve months of field experience as a Chief of Party, Regional Program Director, Country Representative, or equivalent field role; (desired)

  • Minimum of six years of supervisory experience;

  • Experience in assuming responsibilities for large projects totaling $20M+ in funding in a Practice Area, depending upon the complexity, projected timeline of the projects, and geographic location of the work;

  • Expert level knowledge and experience in directing specialized and complex work of others in project implementation;

  • Considerable experience in providing technical and financial oversight to large projects to include budget realignments; in approving project procurements, grants and purchase order agreements;

  • Five years experience in Crime & Violence Prevention, preferably implementing the Placed-based Public Health model or other Crime & Violence Prevention programs in Central America;

  • Strategic thinker and decisive evidence-based decision-making skills;

  • Experience in quickly producing results on a range of assignments in diverse country and programmatic contexts; in developing/monitoring proposal and project budgets;

  • Considerable skill in managing teams, handling tight deadlines; ability to travel internationally on short notice;

  • Extensive skill and experience in U.S. government donor relations and client management;

  • Expert knowledge of USAID Programs and Regulations;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to include extensive experience in making formal presentations to clients, peers and other groups; and

  • Extensive Business Development experience, including prior experience with Proposal Management, Championing or Writing USAID proposals.


  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish


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