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 29 years, buildOn has empowered more than 100,000 urban youth to contribute more than 2.6 million hours of service that have 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 schools every day and at least 50% of these buildOn students are girls or women. Community members have organized leadership committees and contributed more than 2.9 million volunteer workdays to building their schools.
Who We Want
buildOn seeks an experienced and committed professional with a demonstrated passion for engaging youth in breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through participation in service-learning both in school and out in the community. A successful Engagement Specialist believes in the capacity of all young people and builds on their Constructive Leadership skills so they can grow as individuals and mobilize their peers to join the movement. Constructive Leadership inspires solidarity and unleashes inner courage, grit, empathy and passion for the possible and it can only be ignited through service!
At the same time, He/she embraces the opportunity to bring people together to serve in solidarity to effect positive social change. They are optimistic about the potential of connecting those who might not otherwise have the chance to serve and learn together. This occurs through Immersion programs where donors and students come together to learn about each other, grow their Constructive Leadership skills, and serve the local community side by side. Similarly, this is achieved in the Trek program where students have the opportunity to travel to a buildOn partner country, live with a host family, and serve in solidarity to build a school.
The Engagement Specialist is motivated by achieving student engagement goals as measured by Key Performance Indicators which ensure both the quality and reach of the program. These indicators are essential to ensuring program reach and the ability of the program to have a positive impact on students. The specialist is passionate about engaging youth in service!
What You’ll Do
You will work in partnership with teachers, administrators, guidance and students to implement buildOn’s IPARD service-learning curriculum. Utilizing universal methodology and resources, you will develop students as leaders by engaging them in each step of IPARD. You will use an array of strategies ranging from digital to in-person in order to extend your reach. You will regularly partner with teachers to do classroom service-learning projects as well as get students out in the community to serve after school, on weekends, and during other days off from school. Students will<i> investigate</i> issues in their communities, digging deep into the systemic causes which perpetuate homelessness, poverty, blight, etc. Students will <i>Prepare</i> to address either the root causes or to help alleviate the immediate human suffering and then take <i>action </i>by serving those who need it most. After service, careful r<i>eflection </i>helps the students understand the power of their service - understanding the effect it has on themselves and on the community they serve. Finally, students <i>demonstrate</i> what they have learned along with the effects of their service to their community. <i>Demonstration </i>also offers an opportunity to advocate for system change.
Core Job Functions
Student Engagement in Service Learning
In partnership with a local high school, facilitate buildOn IPARD Service Learning for 150 students monthly through classroom IPARD instruction alongside teachers, after school, on Saturdays and during time off from school.
Achievement of KPI Focuses & Data-Driven Decisions
What You Bring
buildOn offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to its employees. That includes insurance plans that support your health and well-being, and a retirement plan for added financial security. New employees are offered immediate participation in all buildOn benefits.
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