Special Assistant to the CEO & CRO


About the organization

buildOn is a not-for-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. We’re not a charity, we’re a movement. In the United States, we run intensive service-learning programs in under-resourced, urban high schools in six major cities. Through these programs, buildOn empowers youth to transform their communities through high-impact service. Over the last 28 years, buildOn has empowered more than 100,000 urban youth to contribute more than 2.3 million hours of service that has touched the lives of more than one million people living below the U.S. poverty line.

Globally, teams of students from buildOn programs fan out across the world to help build schools in the economically poorest countries on the planet. We have now built over 1600 schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Malawi and Nepal. More than 220,827 children, parents and grandparents attend these school everyday.


• Complete a wide variety of administrative tasks for the CEO and CRO including: managing an extremely active calendar of appointments; completing expense reports;
• and preparing confidential correspondence; arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries, and agendas; and compiling documents for travel-related meetings.
• Maintain proactive and thoughtful communications with the external partners, leadership team, and other staff on behalf of the CEO and CRO.
• Plans, coordinates, and ensures the schedule for the CEO and CRO is followed and respected. Provides "gatekeeper" and "gateway" role, creating win-win situations for direct access to the CEO's and CRO's time and office.
• Professionally communicate on the CEO and CRO's behalf with critical external partners.
• Work closely and effectively with the CEO and CRO, keeping them informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Acts as a "barometer," having a sense of urgent and time-sensitive issues taking place in the environment and keeping the CEO and CRO updated.
• Prioritize conflicting needs; handles matter expeditiously, proactively, and follows-through on projects to successful completion, often with deadline pressures.
• Work with buildOn staff to collect and assemble information for presentations, projects, and strategic planning.
• Participate in Board of Directors meetings to track key action items and prepare minutes and follow up plans.


• Passion for and commitment to the mission and core values of buildOn.
• Grit, resilience, and tenacity around achieving our mission.
• A willingness and flexibility to do "whatever it takes" for "whoever needs it" to achieve our mission.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills with an eye for details such as grammar, spelling, and formatting.
• High degree of organizational skills, time-management skills, and problem-solving ability; individually, the ability to work as a self-starter.
• Strong people skills, collegiality, humility and respect for others.
• Ability to handle multiple competing priorities with grace and professionalism in a timely manner.
• Ability to drive for efficiency, attention to detail, resourcefulness, and good judgment.
• Previous experience in office administration is required, bachelor's degree, and prior non-profit experience preferred.
• Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint); familiar with Google apps; mail, calendar, and drive required.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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