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HQ Global Director of Technology
Title:HQ Global Director of Technology


Job Title: Director of Technology
Industry: Non-profit/International Development
Job Location: US - Remote
Start Date: Immediate
Term: At-will
Salary: $80,000 - $95,000, based on experience


Founded in 2004, Build Change is an innovative international nonā€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 Colombia, Nepal, the Philippines and the Caribbean, visit www.buildchange.org.


Build Change is seeking a Director of Technology 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 CEO, President, senior management team and global staff on technology strategy, applications and software development. We are growing the development and use of technology tools to expand the reach of our mission, and our Director of Technology 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 tools we create 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 tool sets and our partner tool sets. 
You are highly organized, manage quick or shifting deadlines well, and have expertise with systems and software.

This position reports to the VP of Engineering.

Position Responsibilities

  • Lead Build Change’s technology staff
  • Develop, evolve and implement Build Change’s tech strategy, and work on both high-level design strategy and execution specifics related to tools
  • Represent Build Change in front of key technology stakeholders such as donors, partners, subcontractors and clients
  • Lead Build Change’s software development team
  • Nurture and recruit required talent for the technology team, and support Build Change’s programs around the world in recruiting and/or sourcing new software development talent
  • Manage the timely delivery of work packages from remote coding capacities, including Build Change software based in other countries and non-Build Change software developers working for third-party software development service providers
  • Manage the referencing of existing in-house developed software and the establishment of an internal code repository.
  • Help develop personas and user experiences for applications and tools across the Build Change value chain
  • Develop the Build Change experience theory and model
  • Integrate a mix of Build Change-developed and partner-developed tools
  • Work with a broad mix of partners, including leadership, partners, clients, and software developers
  • Actively participate in planning and execution of technology tools and products to ensure they meet experience and usability goals and requirements
  • Ensure program balanced budgets
  • Ensure that deliverables/milestones for projects for which you are responsible for are delivered according to time and budget
  • Be solution-oriented and ensure the timely delivery of functioning client-ready mobile applications and web portals in accordance to allocated resources
  • Train and mentor the coding team under your responsibility
  • Produce internal monthly reports and, when required, internal reports for the CEO and Board of Directors


Other Responsibilities


  • Work from home, while collaborating with colleagues located around the world (Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America)
  • Travel, when necessary (no more than 25% of your time on average), to support the delivery of software products around the world, or to participate in presenting your work and Build Change’s technology innovations at conferences or at meetings with clients, partners and donors
  • Support business development efforts to develop technology components in concepts and proposals
  • Support the CEO and the business development team in creating and delivering presentations’ slide decks, sales pitches, and promotional videos with the objective of securing new funding for Build Change technology related activities
  • Support the development of a business model and monetization strategy from Build Change technology services and products
  • Perform additional duties as required by your supervisor


You have:

  • 6 years’ minimum experience leading teams of software developers, specifically leading the development of client-focused mobile applications and web portals
  • Advanced college degree in Information Technology or related field


Your experience includes:

  • Managing the delivery of software work packages from large teams consisting of developers reporting to you as well as from third-party software development providers
  • Rolling out and ensuring the maintenance of mobile applications and web portals
  • Managing de-localized teams, including team members in similar time zones and developers in very different time zones
  • Working closely with product design and business teams to bring a client-focused software product to market
  • Contractually managing the performance and timely delivery of software deliverables produced by third-party software development providers
  • Developing and rolling out Artificial Intelligence (AI) functionalities
  • Developing and rolling out Augmented Reality (AR) or Mixed Reality (MR) functionalities
  • Experience calibrating and rolling-out UXs for non-technical / everyday users


You are able to:

  • Recruit and manage a team consisting of, but not limited to, the following specialties:
    • React Native developers
    • Full Stack developers
    • Machine Learning engineers
    • Python developers
    • Dynamo developers
    • 3D animation and AR experts
    • BIM experts


You would describe yourself as:

  • Drama-free, optimistic, flexible, humble, patient, and having a good sense of humor
  • Fluent in English


And maybe you also:

  • Have worked in the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia or emerging nations
  • Speak Spanish or any of the languages spoken in our program countries
  • Have experience successfully developing, rolling out and maintaining software in emerging nations
  • Have experience working on software that is connected to Building Information Modeling (BIM)



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 citizens of Build Change’s program countries are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

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