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Human Resources and Administrative Manager
Title:Human Resources and Administrative Manager



Job Title:              Human Resources and Administrative Manager    

Industry:              Non-profit / International Development

Job Location:      Denver, CO        

Start Date:          May 1, 2019       

Salary:                  Competitive, with subsidized health benefits




Founded in 2004, Build Change is an innovative international non‐profit social enterprise whose mission is to save lives in earthquakes and hurricanes. We do that by designing disaster-resistant houses and schools; training homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials to build them; working with governments to develop and implement building standards; partnering with the private sector to improve building materials quality and create jobs; and facilitating access to incentive-based capital for reconstruction and retrofitting by partnering with financing institutions and government subsidy programs.


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


To learn more about us and our programs in Indonesia, Colombia, Guatemala, Philippines, Nepal and the Caribbean, visit www.buildchange.org.



As Human Resources and Administrative Manager, you will utilize your professional experience and excellent organizational skills to oversee the HR and logistics needs for all US-based and expatriate staff, provide efficient office management of the Denver headquarters, and contribute to activities of the finance team. You will also be responsible for oversight of HR in Build Change’s country programs, ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are in place.


You will have the opportunity to recruit outstanding candidates for our US and international programs, identify and manage benefits programs to meet the needs of staff, plan and coordinate a performance review process that engages and supports staff, and prepare and maintain policies that reflect the organizational culture.


You will also be the first point of contact for Build Change headquarters via phone, email or in person, will ensure that equipment is well maintained, office technology is efficient, and supplies are available. Additionally, you will manage semi-monthly timesheets, contribute to the payroll process, and handle payment processing.


You are prepared to provide general support to headquarters staff, and also support an international team with a variety of needs, including onboarding and orientation, complex travel logistics, travel insurance, and purchasing needs. You will assist the CEO to manage and maintain her business calendar, meetings, travel planning and expenses. You will also ensure appropriate business insurance is in place.


You are excited by the opportunity to develop relationships with your counterparts in Build Change country programs, vendors, universities and other partner organizations who support Build Change. You are eager to identify creative ways to support staff to improve their effectiveness and satisfaction, and to improve efficiency throughout the organization.


The Human Resources and Administrative Manager also holds the responsibility for maintaining the organization’s employee database and US/expat employee files, ensuring the Staff page of the Build Change website is current, providing employee data for a monthly internal e-newsletter, managing Google Drive and staff email accounts, and assisting with the logistics for board meetings, strategic planning sessions and other organizational events.



You have:

  • A deep understanding of labor laws, regulations and requirements within the US, preferably SHRM or SPHR certified
  • A familiarity with managing human resources for an international team
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to manage competing deadlines and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to identify the missing pieces
  • Exceptional communication skills with an understanding of and sensitivity to the target audience
  • Advanced skills in Word, Excel and G-Suite products, and proficiency using Outlook, Adobe Acrobat and Visio.

Your experience includes:

  • A minimum of eight years in a Human Resources role and a minimum of five years in an office management or related role
  • Working for an international organization, preferably in the nonprofit or social enterprise arenas
  • Providing outstanding support to a large team of colleagues, both local and remote
  • Managing international and domestic travel, including to less-traveled locations
  • Handling accounts payable, payroll, and purchasing
  • Preparing correspondence with board members, vendors, and other third parties

You are able to:

  • Build professional and collegial relationships with people of various backgrounds, abilities and cultures, both in person and remotely
  • Bend without breaking, willing and able to change priorities on a daily basis
  • Troubleshoot IT issues and identify ways to efficiently manage files and data
  • Work in an open office environment, on a computer, on a daily basis

You would describe yourself as:

  • a proactive and enthusiastic problem-solver
  • willingly flexible to meet the needs of others
  • eager to find and learn new technologies that improve efficiency
  • optimistic, patient, friendly and having a good sense of humor
  • fluent in English

And maybe you also:    

  • are familiar with Quickbooks
  • have worked in the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia or emerging nations, or for organizations operating in these regions
  • speak Spanish, French or 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.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  No calls please.

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