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Deputy Director/Director, Organization Development and Partnership (ECDA, KidSTART)

Agency: Ministry of Social and Family Development
Job no.: 540339
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Administration Support, Corporate Strategy/Top Management, Organisation Development, Public Relations/Corporate Communications/Psychology, Social and Community Development

“We are Professionals with Passion for People”

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) develops the “heartware” for Singapore through our policies, community infrastructure, programmes and services. Our mission is to nurture resilient individuals, strong families and a caring society that can overcome challenges together.

We are committed and passionate in developing a strong social service sector, and play key roles in shaping the future of Singapore. Through these efforts, we hope to play a part in helping our citizens achieve their hopes and aspirations for themselves and their families.

A career in MSF is a challenging and fulfilling one that allows you to make a difference in shaping the lives of Singaporeans. If you are driven and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, we welcome you to be part of the MSF Family!

KidSTART was introduced as a three-year pilot programme in 2016 to provide upstream support to children (aged 0-6) from low-income families in the areas of childhood development, health and social service. As we prepare to expand into new regions over the next few years, the Ministry of Social and Family Development is setting up a dedicated agency to implement the KidSTART programme and deepen partnerships between the community and Government to give these children a good start in life.

Click here for more information on KidSTART.

Description of Branch/Role:

You will lead the Partnership and Communications, Capability Development and Corporate Development teams in the KidSTART Programme Office.

The Partnership and Communications team will work with corporates and individuals to foster deeper and more sustained giving relationships with KidSTART children and families under the Growing Together with KidSTART initiative. You will also lead the team to formulate, implement and review the strategy and plans relating to donations/volunteers/partnership efforts, identify new/emerging needs on the ground, formulate the overarching communications, branding and marketing strategy for KidSTART and Growing Together as well as manage communications with key stakeholders and the public.   

The Capability Development team will develop, deliver and coordinate specific training programmes for KidSTART practitioners (including provision and facilitation of mentoring and coaching) and volunteers ranging from early childhood development, parenting to social and health. You will work closely with an early childhood and curriculum consultant and lead the team to formulate, implement and review the strategy and plans to upskill KidSTART practitioners and key stakeholders in the wider sector.

The Corporate Development team will oversee a suite of corporate services such as Finance, Human Resource, Payroll and Claims, Data Management and IT services. You will lead the team to formulate, implement and review the Finance/HR/IT strategy and plans to ensure smooth running of the office.

In order to achieve the above, you will need to work closely with the Programme Planning and Regional Service Delivery Teams within the KidSTART Programme Office, be plugged into KidSTART’s work in the community, engage with funders and stakeholders across Government and non-Government agencies (e.g. training providers/vendors, consultants), corporates and individual partners and build stakeholder and media networks.  

As the overall Branch Head, you will also provide supervision to staff under you and be expected to work closely with senior management, Board members, ECDA and the Growing together with KidSTART Council to forecast, anticipate and respond quickly to the evolving needs of the organisation.


Competencies required:


Functional/Technical Competencies

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and interest in the social service sector
  • Have at least 8-10 years of supervisory experience
  • Track record of leading similar teams in other organisations is preferred  


Generic Competencies

  • Good strategic and analytical skills with strengths in attention to details
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and partnership development skills
  • Ability to forecast and anticipate issues and identify and address potential shortfalls
  • Excellent written, communication and presentation skills
  • Flexible, adaptable and open to change

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