Trek Leader/Manager

buildOn

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 27 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. Moreover, 98% of buildOn students graduate high school, and most go on to college.

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 1500 schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Malawi, Nepal, and Guatemala.

Duties

buildOn seeks a Trek Leader whose primary focus is to prepare, plan, and lead best-in-class buildOn treks within their country. There are two primary Trek types.

• Treks for buildOn Partners - an opportunity for supporters (high school, college, corporate, family, small group, and individuals) to travel and work in solidarity with community members who are also contributing to the construction of a school in their village.
• Treks for buildOn US - made up of high school students participating in the buildOn US service learning program from some of the most challenged communities across the nation where school systems and families have limited access to resources. Trek is an opportunity for these students to experience tremendous personal growth through travel to the developing world, to work and live in solidarity with rural community members, and to bring those experiences back to their community through Trek presentations.

The ideal candidate is an International Service professional with extensive experience living, traveling, and leading trips in the developing world. The candidate must have a strong desire to live and work aboard and spend extensive time in rural villages. A history of donor stewardship and youth development experience are crucial. The candidate must be highly organized, a creative problem-solver, possess strong interpersonal skills, and be self-motivated. Consistent with buildOn’s core values and mission statement.

Qualifications

• Requires 4-year degree & a minimum of 2 years' related experience
• Experience living and working in the developing world (min. 1 year and preference given for experience in a buildOn partner country)
• Ability to live and work aboard
• Extensive experience leading service projects or as a volunteer
• Demonstrated ability to provide high-level support to donors
• Knowledge and experience in the field of Youth Development
• Demonstrated ability to balance the demands of rigorous methodology with the unique needs of each stakeholder
• Strong interpersonal skills with the capacity for building relationships with all types of stakeholders, from corporate CEOs, to college students, to urban high school youth to rural community members
• Ability to handle cross-cultural communication sensitively, and to communicate clearly, effectively and persuasively both verbally and written
• Demonstrated leadership and organizational ability to balance and coordinate multiple projects, people, and assignments simultaneously
• Track record of taking initiative and requiring minimal supervision while completing complex assignments
• Proven record of maintaining timely and detailed records and reports
• Highly results oriented & independent work style
• Sound judgment/decision-making and ability to remain calm in crisis situations and to think critically under pressure
• Proficiency/Fluency in Spanish preferred
• Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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