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The Child Mind Institute is seeking a Country Manager based in the São Paulo, Brazil to provide critical program and project leadership in program operations within the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Child Mind Institute (SNF-CMI GC). The Country Manager will work in partnership with Global Center leadership and leverage expertise in operations and partnership facilitate the planning, launch, and implementation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Child Mind Institute Multicultural Adaptation, Implementation, and Training Initiative in Brazil. This includes identifying and introducing potential partners within Brazil and advising on dynamics within the region to help achieve the Initiative's mission to:
(1) Create a model for adapting evidence-based treatments to ensure that they work for children of diverse cultural backgrounds,
(2) Assess the implementation of multicultural trainings to make sure treatments are actually improving children's lives, and
(3) Build a global digital platform to train professionals across cultures and increase the capacity and numbers of trained professionals certified in evidence-based therapies.
A successful candidate must have substantial operations management experience and the ability to multi-task in a high-energy environment.
Established through a generous $55 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the SNF-CMI GC will be a unique, exciting, multifaceted program that will require creativity, imagination, and energy to build novel opportunities, technologies, and services, with the possibility of a vast impact on and transforming child and adolescent mental health. The efforts of the Country Manager in Brazil will require creativity, focus, and energy to support the development, evaluation, and implementation of a broad range of innovation, research, and clinical projects critical to the expansion of the SNF-CMI GC over 4 years
The Country Manager must have project management and program coordination training and experience, as well as the ability to multitask in a high-energy environment. Experience in a scientific, research, and/or clinical environment is preferred. Global public health and/or international relations experience is preferred. This position will involve periodic international travel. This position provides the opportunity to engage with a broad range of clinicians, policy-makers, researchers, and community leaders in the global health environment.
Reporting to the Director of Psychosocial Interventions of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the CMI, this is an exempt, full-time position based in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Child Mind Institute is proud to be named a Great Place to Work-Certified company! Our competitive compensation and benefits include medical insurance, 401(k), paid parental leave, dependent care, and flexible work schedules, paid parental leave, dependent care and discounted tickets and entertainment perks programs. For more information about our benefits, please visit our employee benefits website.

  • Plan and manage all aspects of implementation, national operations and quality assurance of the SNF Global Center's work in Brazil to ensure activities are coordinated, timely, efficient, and successful in partnership with the SNF Global Center Leadership, to include the establishment and monitoring of key performance indicators.
  • Design and generate a strategic plan for partner engagement to support programmatic implementation as outlined in the above SNF Global Center objectives for Brazil. This will include recommending methodology and operations to regularly track key performance indicators against predetermined goals and generate reports for internal and external use monthly upon approval of strategic plan and tracking process.
  • Serve as the lead in-country liaison for the SNF Global Center to ensure programmatic implementation activities meet the long-term goals of the SNF Global Center grant as well as the needs of local implementing partners, to include tracking and reporting of local of regulatory compliance and requirements for in-country activities, in partnership with the Director of Psychosocial Interventions and SNF Global Center leadership.
  • Foster child and adolescent mental health collaborations, identify strategic partnerships, and maintain partnerships across sectors (government, NGO, service providers, community groups professional networks, etc.) and levels (national, local) by drafting and maintaining potential contact lists, approved MOUs and project agreements, and documenting and reporting progress and/or needs related with those agreements quarterly.
  • Engage service providers, community groups, and organizations (e.g., schools, NGOs, prefectures, professional networks, etc.) to present the project, engage their participation, formalize partnerships, and establish operational implementation plans, in alignment with the Director of Psychosocial Interventions.
  • Conduct, oversee, and document clinical effectiveness research of the training pilot program in Brazil to include drafting a comprehensive report for SNF Global Center leadership.
  • Form and maintain a collaborative relationship with the SNF Global Center International Advisory Council in support of orchestrating meetings with local partners, as appropriate, and securing meeting minutes with detailed action plans.
  • Maintain and support an Expert Advisory Council in Brazil including organizing and tracking meetings and outcomes of the Council and monitoring action plans and recommendations.
  • Lead recruitment efforts and assemble a small, local team to staff the work in Brazil (to include contractors) while providing mentorship and support, in partnership with the Director of Psychosocial Interventions.
  • Use and improve SNF Global Center and local operational management systems, processes, and best practices and offer recommendations for improving efficiency and coordination to the SNF Global Center Managing Director.
  • Work with SNF Global Center leadership to plan, design, and enact a certification and sustainability plan for the program including working with universities, NGOs and certifying bodies in Brazil.
  • Intermittent travel both nationally and internationally will be required, to include coordinating personal travel needs and those of local staff and/or partners, as appropriate, with the SNF Global Center travel agent and in accordance with approval of travel.


  • Masters or Doctoral degree in a related discipline, with a minimum 5 years of senior level, operations, or project management experience.
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills, including the ability to solve or pre-empt problems.
  • Ability to successfully manage relationships with a broad range of stakeholders and represent the Child Mind Institute as a key focal point and leader.
  • Able to build morale and group commitment to achieving goals and objectives across a cross-functional and cross-cultural team.
  • Must display strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Demonstrated strategic and critical thinking.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), systems thinking, and some understanding of financial and organizational management.
  • Understanding of the mental health and child protection landscape and relevant legislation and frameworks in Brazil.
  • Knowledge of operational and resource allocation procedures, as well as business functions such as finance, HR, communications, etc.
  • Either has or is able to rapidly build networks and connections to relevant stakeholders in Brazil.
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese is required.

Special Considerations:
Please upload an English version of your CV/resume when applying.
The salary range for the position is posted. Factors such as candidate's work experience, education/training, job-related skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and business considerations affect the salary offered within this range. In addition, this salary may be subject to a geographic adjustment (according to a specific city and state and depending on the role), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting.
The Child Mind Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment based on race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sex stereotype, gender identity/gender expression/transgender (including whether or not you are transitioning or have transitioned) and sexual orientation; national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver's license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law [Vehicle Code section 12801.9]); ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information/characteristics, marital status/registered domestic partner status, age (40 and over), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.

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