Trek Manager, Oakland


About the organization

Overview of the Organization:
buildOn is a not-for-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low
expectations through service and education. buildOn is not a charity, it’s a movement. In the
United States, we run intensive service learning programs in 40 underserved 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 1.0 million people living below the U.S. poverty line. 97% of these youth graduate
high school and nearly all of these go to college, even though 40% of the kids going to the same
schools drop out.


The Trek Manager’s primary focus is to prepare buildOn Trek Participants for Trek and
secondary, to support In Country Trek Leaders and Managers remotely by phone and internet
as a Risk Manager.
There are 2 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
● 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. A history of service, donor stewardship, and
youth development experience are crucial. The candidate must be highly organized, a creative
problem-solver, possesses strong interpersonal skills, and is self-motivated. Consistent with
buildOn’s core values and mission statement, have passion & understanding of buildOn’s programs.


● Earnest and sincere commitment to buildOn’s Mission and Core Values
● Requires a 4-year degree & a minimum of 2 years' related experience
● Experience living and working in the developing world (min. 1 year)
● Extensive experience leading service projects or as a volunteer
● Demonstrated ability to provide high-level support to donors
● Knowledge and experience working with urban youth
● Demonstrated ability to balance the demands of a 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
● 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
● Proven record of maintaining timely and detailed records and reports
● Highly results oriented & independent work style
● Holds self, teams, and community members to the highest of standards
● Ability to handle cross-cultural communication sensitively, and to communicate clearly,
effectively and persuasively both verbally and written
● Sound judgment/decision-making and ability to remain calm in crisis situations and to think
critically under pressure
● Working knowledge of Salesforce
● Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please submit a compelling cover letter with your resume to complete your application.

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