Service Learning Program Manager

Job posting
Closing date: 3 May 2020

Type:             Full Time/ Exempt

Location:      New York, NY

Schedule:     Monday-Friday with at least one Saturday per month during school year

Join the movement!

Who We Are

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 2.2 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, Guatemala, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Malawi and Nepal. More than 2.6 million children, parents and grandparents have attended these schools so far, while more than 200,000 attend buildOn schools every day. At least, 50% of these buildOn students are girls or women.  Most importantly, community members have organized leadership committees and contributed more than 2.6 million volunteer work days to building their schools.

We hope you’ll consider joining our team! 

Who We Want 

buildOn seeks an experienced and committed Service Learning Program Manager to manage and directly lead activities of buildOn’s Service Learning Program at one partner high school.  The goal is to achieve the buildOn mission of breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.  This is measured by KPI targets which ensure we are driving student outcomes.  In doing so, the Service Learning Program Manager directly manages a Service Learning Program Coordinator and works very closely with team members and students to implement the buildOn program at a partner a high school.  This role is a combination of directly engaging students in programming and supervising one staff member.  Program activities are conducted in partnership with students and not for students in order to foster the development of constructive leaders.  Constructive Leadership inspires solidarity and unleashes inner our courage, grit, empathy and passion for the possible and it can only be ignited through service!

Reporting to the Program Director of a region, the Service Learning Program Manager will be a key leader of the U.S. program team. S/he must be a strategic and mission-driven leader with the ability to effectively balance a strong vision and commitment to methodology. The Service Learning Program Manager partners closely with school administrators and faculty, as well as community partners to develop excellent service opportunities with students. The Service Learning Program Manager works closely with colleagues to plan and execute regional program events. Additionally, the Service Learning Program Manager oversees and leads recruitment and support of students for Immersions (Trek, 36 Hours, and Partnership program) as well as special events, and fund development opportunities in collaboration with other departments.

This is a great opportunity for a mission-driven leader who enjoys working with people and overseeing programs. If you have a history of leading successful teams with measurable results, then join buildOn as we continue to grow and change the world! 

What You’ll Do

  • In partnership with stakeholders (students, school staff, community partners, etc.), plan and facilitate quality IPARD Service Learning through buildOn’s engagement strategies (i.e. Weekend/Holiday projects, In-class lessons, Ongoing/After-school projects, etc.) to drive student outcomes at partner school(s).
    • Plan, recruit, and work directly with students to lead quality IPARD Service Learning through buildOn’s engagement strategies.  The Program Manager is directly responsible for 30% of the goals at a 300/student program.
  • Directly manage one (1) staff person including weekly check-ins, performance evaluation process, conducting monthly IPARD evaluations, core competency assessments as well as ongoing coaching and support.

How to apply

Please send a resume and compelling cover letter to:


BRONX, NY 10456
United States
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):

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