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Global Advocacy & Development Associate
Title:Global Advocacy & Development Associate


POSITION: Global Advocacy & Development Associate

Industry: Non-profit/International Development

Job Location: US – Remote

Reports to: Director, Global Advocacy

Start Date: Immediate

Term: Full time, at-will employment

Salary: $55,000 - $65,000 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 Indonesia, Colombia, Guatemala, Philippines, Nepal and the Caribbean, visit www.buildchange.org.


Build Change is seeking an Advocacy & Development Associate to join the Global team. The Advocacy & Development Associate will provide critical additional capacity to both the Global Advocacy and Global Fund Development teams, to help elevate disaster-resilient housing on global and US development agendas and support communications with our donors.

In this position, you will be expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Write and edit high-quality content, including newsletters, factsheets, impact reports, meeting requests, research briefs, and other communications, for a range of audiences
  • Support team members to prepare for meetings and events with potential donors, national and international governmental officials, the NGO community, and networks and associations;
  • Take notes, document key outcomes, and manage logistics and follow-up of conferences, events, and donor meetings via online task management systems
  • Oversee the tracking of donations in the CRM and acknowledgment of all donations in an accurate, timely and appropriate manner
  • Improve and maintain Build Change’s profiles on external fund development and ratings websites, including compliance with Guidestar and Charity Navigator.
  • Help build, manage, and improve the processes and procedures for the Advocacy and Fund Development teams
  • Attend events (virtually and/or in person) and support the production of Build Change events and webinars through coordination with speakers and panelists, organization of tech elements and logistical prep
  • Monitor and research policy and related developments pertaining resilient housing and identify opportunities where Build Change can strategically act alone or in alliance with others to strengthen policy and practice
  • The Advocacy & Development Associate is expected to fulfill other tasks and take-on other responsibilities as directed by the supervisor.

This position will work remotely from the United States. Candidates are strongly preferred to reside within 100 miles of Boston, MA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; or Washington, DC.


You are thoroughly committed to Build Change’s mission and have curiosity, a strong work ethic, and a desire to grow and learn as a development professional. You are an exceptionally driven individual with excellent communication skills, and an interest in international development and policy.

You presently have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, government, political science, or communications
  • Extraordinary communication, writing, researching, and speaking skills. You know how to find answers and communicate simply and convincingly.
  • Experience of fundraising and communicating with donors
  • Event planning and hosting experience. You’ve put together successful strategic events and meetings, both virtual and in person.
  • Social media confidence and savvy. You are a natural using technology and networking through social media.
  • A strategic and detail-oriented skillset. You can work independently and focus on details yet fully embrace and articulate the big vision and organizational strategy. You can prioritize opportunities and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.

You are able to:

  • Quickly grasp complex topics and communicate them to diverse audiences through creative and engaging content.
  • Research and report succinctly, to give the “bottom line up front” and connect your learning to what decision-makers need to know.
  • Work effectively, both independently and in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Use your initiative but know when to ask for support.
  • Ensure coherence and consistency in spite of urgent deadlines.
  • Communicate clearly, persuasively and passionately, in both written and verbal forms, with excellent interpersonal skills.

You would describe yourself as:

  • Fluent in English (additional languages desirable).
  • An excellent communicator
  • Highly organized
  • Action-oriented and adaptable, with an innovative approach to project planning.
  • Forward-thinking, able to anticipate needs and be proactive.
  • Curious, optimistic, tenacious and willing to find and implement sustainable solutions.
  • Passionate, idealistic, mission-driven, and self-directed, with a high level of integrity and a positive attitude.


Please visit http://www.buildchange.org/about/careers and click on the link for this position. Applications will be accepted until filled. Qualified women and United States nationals are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls please.

This position will work remotely, preferably from the United States


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