We are seeking a seasoned youth development professional with experience living and/or working in developing countries. If you have a passion for meaningful social change and are able to travel 9 weeks per year, then buildOn is the right place for you!
As the Program and Trek Coordinator, you will be supporting an after school program. You will be responsible for organizing and leading a group of high school students and teachers on a “Trek for Knowledge” to an international buildOn project site.
Program Overview: 60% of this position focuses on running our youth development after-school program, which use community service, fundraising for developing countries, and global education as its vehicle to youth empowerment.
Trek Overview: The other 40% focuses on preparing and leading a team through the Trek for Knowledge enrichment program – an opportunity for students and teachers to experience rural life in a developing country while working alongside community members to construct a schoolhouse.
Who We Are:
buildOn is breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. For the past two decades buildOn has mobilized urban youth to lift up their communities and change the world through volunteer service.
In buildOn’s afterschool programs across the U.S., urban youth contribute intensive community service tutoring children, feeding the homeless and volunteering at senior citizen homes. buildOn takes these same students, many of whom have rarely traveled outside their own neighborhoods, to some of the poorest countries on the planet to build schools.
buildOn is now running after-school programs in 100 urban high schools across the U.S. where students have contributed nearly 1 million hours of service in their cities. We have also built 466 schools in some of the economically poorest countries on the planet. There are more than 73,000 children, parents and grand-parents attending buildOn schools every day. To learn more about buildOn visit www.buildOn.org .
Summary of Program Coordinator Duties:
Support and supervise a buildOn after-school program (approximately 100 students total) in an effort to initiate and sustain weekly community service work, global education initiatives and to reach fundraising goals.
Deliver interactive global education and recruitment presentations to high school classrooms of the buildOn school you supervise.
Maintain and manage accurate records and data of student activity and submit monthly qualitative and quantitative progress reports.
Plan, organize, and facilitate large-scale, weekend group service projects.
Summary of Trek Coordinator Duties:
Work with Trek Manager to select Trek teams which includes: preparing applications; working with other Program Coordinators to recruit applicants; interviewing candidates, communicating with parents, and selecting Trek participants
Lead Trek for Knowledge in the field which includes: school construction; rural host family stay; cultural workshops; language instruction; daily reflection; journaling; and free time
Organize and conduct three Pre-Trek and two Post-Trek workshops which include: teambuilding; primers on cultural immersion; logistical preparation; cultural
re-immersion; and preparation for students to share the experience in their communities
Ability to work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule.
Experience living and/or working in developing countries required
3-6 years of full-time, post-Bachelors, relevant work experience required.
Must be able to travel, up to 9 weeks/year.
Experience working in schools, classrooms, youth centers, or youth programs.
Ability to analyze challenges and creatively problem solve.
Demonstrated experience and ability to communicate effectively with parents.
A background in community service and volunteerism is important.
Knowledge of the communities in which we work.
Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, and/or Mandarin speaking skills a plus.
Experience and enthusiasm for working closely with high school students.
Access to reliable transportation to travel to schools, projects and the office.
Creative input is sought for on-going development of service projects, program components, and new initiatives.
Public speaking, group facilitation, and strong organizational skills are essential.
Demonstrable ability to self-organize, pay attention to detail, project plan, and event manage.
Strong computer, budgeting, presentation, communication, leadership, and database management skills.
Strong and demonstrable understanding of youth development and youth empowerment and its relation to this work.
Ideal candidate must be a self-starter and able to work under two managers, one of which may be remote.
Proven results in meeting goals and deadlines, and increasing quantitative impact.
Benefits and Salary
Salary for this position is competitive but based on budget size and resources. It also depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
buildOn seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. buildOn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information, please visit our website at www.buildOn.org
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