Trek Coordinator – buildOn – New York, NY

Reports to: Trek Director

Hours/FLSA: Full Time/Exempt Status

Schedule: Monday – Friday, Avg. of 1 Saturday per month when in US

Travel Requirements: up to 26 weeks per year

Application Deadline: January 10, 2016

Overview of the Role:

The Trek Coordinator’s primary focus is to coordinate and lead international service and culture immersion trips to buildOn project countries.

There are two primary Trek types:

Investor Treks – an opportunity for supporters (high school, college, corporate, family, small group, and individuals) to connect directly to the people benefiting from their donation. (Trek Coordinators will lead approx. 10 per year)

Afterschool Treks – made up of high school students participating in the buildOn afterschool program from some of the most challenged communities across the nation where school systems and families have limited access to resources. (Trek Coordinators will lead approx. 2 per year)Trek Coordinators are responsible for providing medical treatment in the field. Additionally, Trek Coordinators are responsible for promoting, respecting and maintaining buildOn’s International School Construction & Trek Methodologies.

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 spend up to 26 weeks traveling to rural villages per year. 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, he or she must have a passion and understanding of buildOn’s program focus.

Key Responsibilities

Lead approximately 12 Treks/year (up to 26 weeks of international travel, 50% of time spent out of USA).
Communicate the philosophy and methodology of buildOn to Trek participants while being sensitive to the unique needs of each Trek participant *Ability to handle cross-cultural communication sensitively, and to communicate clearly, effectively and persuasively both verbally and written
Cultivate and maintain relationships with buildOn donors
Support Trek recruitment and train buildOn Regional Program Staff to provide support for Trek students
Lead the Interview & Selection processes for afterschool Program Treks with Regional Staff support
Coordinate and lead Pre-Trek and Post-Trek activities
Assist in the development and maintenance of Trek documents with the support of the Trek & Marketing teams
Manage domestic Trek logistics and international logistics for designated countries on Treks
Maintain accurate records and submit timely and detailed Trek reports and evaluations following each Trek
Collect photos and anecdotes for donor reports & afterschool curriculum while traveling
Host information sessions for potential and confirmed Trek Teams and individuals
Provide additional support to Trek participants in their preparation for travel *Additional tasks as assigned by Manager

Key Requirements

Requires 4 year degree & a minimum of 3 years’ related experience
Experience living and working in the developing world (min. 1 year)
Ability and desire to travel internationally up to 26 weeks per year
Extensive experience leading service projects or as a volunteer
Demonstrated ability to provide high-level support to Investors
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
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
Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively both verbally and in writing
Sound judgment/decision-making and ability to remain calm in crisis situations and to think critically under pressure
Working knowledge of Salesforce*Fluency in Spanish or French preferred *Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, or greater, a plus *Willingness/ability to provide 24/7 On Call Support to Staff in the field*Willingness to work an avg. of 1 Saturday per month when in US

About buildOn

buildOn is not a charity, it’s a movement! At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. In the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Internationally, buildOn is constructing schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Senegal, Malawi, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Our students have contributed over 1.5 million hours of service in the U.S., and have helped build more than 800 schools around the world. buildOn is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing its employees with a work environment that is both challenging and rewarding. For additional information, please visit our website at

How to apply

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter and salary history to: