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Director of Application Development
Title:Director of Application Development


Job Title: Director of Application Development
Industry: Non-profit/International Development
Job Location: Based in the Americas – Remote, with travel
Start Date: Immediate
Term: Full-time, At-will
Salary: $90,000 - $110,000, based on experience

Founded in 2004, Build Change is an innovative nonā€profit social innovator whose mission is to greatly reduce deaths, injuries, and economic losses caused by housing and school collapses due to earthquakes, extreme weather and fires. Our global experience shows that home improvement programs focused on improving existing housing can be carried out successfully across a range of countries and disaster contexts. To do this, we implement programs that are both economically and socially sustainable. Our approach looks beyond construction and engineering, to creating an environment in which people want to improve the safety of their homes, and in which it is possible and affordable for them to do so. Build Change is currently active in South East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, South America and the United States.

Build Change is the recipient of multiple awards, including a 2017 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship and 2016 Open IDEO Urban Resilience Challenge Winner, and was a top three finalist in IBM’s inaugural Call for Code Developer Challenge in 2018.

Build Change is seeking a Director of Application Development to lead and drive the organization’s client-focused technological innovations across its country programs and globally. You will also have the opportunity to work with the executive team, senior management team and global staff on technology strategy, applications and software development. We are growing the development and use of technology applications to expand the reach of our mission, and our Director of Application Development will lead this effort. Build Change works in a multi-faceted ecosystem of homeowners, contractors, government entities, NGOs, and partners, with a wide variety of skill-sets, cultures, and knowledge. The applications we create and use need to be appropriate and usable for each member in that ecosystem, and we are looking for the right person to lead the definition and execution of the experiences across both our self-developed applications and systems and those of our partners.

You are highly organized, manage quick or shifting deadlines well, and have expertise with systems and software. Note that this position is mainly focused on leveraging innovative use of technology to scale our impacts and reach. Internal/administrative IT work is handled by the administrative team.

This position reports to the VP of Engineering.

Position Responsibilities
Technology Leadership and Management:

  • TEAM LEADER: Take responsibility for direction, engagement, mentorship and work product of Build Change’s technology staff, including the coding hub developers, and other global and program-based technology staff.
  • STRATEGY: Develop, evolve, and implement Build Change’s tech strategy for leveraging technology in our work, and work on both high-level strategy and execution specifics related to application development and deployment. Integrate a mix of Build Change-developed and partner-developed applications as applicable.
  • PRODUCT MANAGEMENT: Manage the timely delivery of work packages (typically remotely) by team and others, including Build Change software developers based in other countries and non-Build Change software developers working for third-party software development service providers, to ensure delivery of milestones on time and on budget.
    • Develop a thorough, comprehensive understanding of the applications, technologies and concepts developed and/or implemented by Build Change (current and past) including Fulcrum, Revit, Dynamo, React Native, Full Stack development, Python, Kobo Toolbox, Building Information Modeling, Virtual Reality, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
    • Understand the use of technology in our programs and what technology application needs exist for each program globally.
    • Actively participate in planning and execution of technology applications and products to ensure they meet experience and usability goals and requirements, with the support of the User Experience Designer.
    • QA/QC: Perform internal reviews of development processes and products to ensure quality assurance procedures are implemented and consistent quality is achieved.

Administrative and Operational:

  • RECRUITING AND TALENT: Nurture and recruit required talent for the technology team, including those supporting and based in Build Change’s programs around the world.
  • KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: Work with the Technology Program Manager and others to manage the referencing of existing in-house developed software and the internal code repository. Facilitate the transfer of applications, resources and knowledge across programs to leverage experience and knowledge globally. Oversee the work of the global IMR focal point/Technology for Engineering Project manager to use applications to streamline information management and reporting (IMR) across programs for metric tracking and reporting.
  • REPORTING: Produce internal monthly reports and, when required, internal reports for the CEO and Board of Directors; contribute to project reporting.

Development and Advocacy:

  • REPRESENTATION & PARTNERSHIP: Represent Build Change in front of key technology stakeholders and work with a broad mix of partners, such as donors, partners, subcontractors, and clients.
  • DEVELOPMENT: Support business and fund development efforts to develop technology application components in concepts and proposals, including outlining scope, deliverables, required staffing level of effort, and direct cost budgeting.


  • GLOBAL REMOTE ROLE: Work from home, while collaborating with colleagues located around the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean).
  • TRAVEL: Travel as needed (up to 25% of your time on average) to support the delivery of technology products around the world, to work with team members, or to participate in presenting your work and Build Change’s technology innovations and applications at conferences or at meetings with clients, partners, and donors.
  • OTHER: Perform additional duties as required by your supervisor.


You have:

  • 6 years’ minimum experience being a successful leader to multidisciplinary application development teams, including developers, UI/UX specialists, BIM users, etc.
  • A college degree in information technology, computer science, or related field.

Your experience includes:

  • Managing the delivery, rollout, and maintenance of applications from large teams consisting of developers, UI/UX designers, data analysts, GIS specialists and SMEs, including team members and third-party providers. Experience managing work remotely, in an emerging country, and/or working with software connected to BIM are pluses.
  • Working closely with product design and business teams to bring a client-focused software product to market, and experience overseeing development of UXs for non-technical/everyday users.
  • Developing and rolling out Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence (AI) functionalities, Augmented Reality (AR) or Mixed Reality (MR) functionalities.

You are able to:

  • Demonstrate excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with both expert and non-technical audiences.
  • Work effectively in a team, be responsive and resourceful in finding solutions, and lead a global program.

You would describe yourself as:

  • Passionate about the right of all people to dignified and safe housing.
  • An effective leader and manager.
  • Proactive, self-motivated, and able to work independently while also contributing fully as a team member.
  • Fluent in English, and maybe also any of the languages spoken in our program countries.

Then please visit www.buildchange.org/about/careers and select the link for this position. Applications will be accepted until filled and will be reviewed as received. Build Change is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified women and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

Build Change is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. It is the policy of Build Change that qualified individuals with disabilities not be discriminated against because of their disabilities in regard to job application procedures, hiring, and other terms and conditions of employment. It is further the policy of Build Change to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process. Build Change is prepared to modify or adjust the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of the applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee to be considered for the position he or she desires, to perform the essential functions of the position in question, or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities unless the accommodation will impose an undue hardship.

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