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Associate Director – Global Volunteer Engagement at Habitat for Humanity International

Associate Director – Global Volunteer Engagement at Habitat for Humanity International.

Associate Director – Global Volunteer Engagement at Habitat for Humanity International

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Habitat for Humanity International, generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or simply Habitat, is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976.

Associate Director – Global Volunteer Engagement

  • Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is seeking a seasoned and dynamic leader to serve as Associate Director for Volunteer Programming Regional Coordination as part of the Volunteer and Institutional Engagement (VIE) team. This position will serve as a liaison between VIE and Habitat’s Area Offices (AOs), providing oversight and coordination support to the volunteer efforts that happen regionally. The Associate Director will play a pivotal role in overseeing and optimizing regional volunteer program operations, including Global Village, Habitat’s existing volunteer program, to achieve programming goals and foster collaboration among various departments and stakeholders across Habitat’s global network. The position is expected to collaborate cross-functionally with various departments at headquarters, mainly area office staff.
  • This position may be based in one of the following countries: Bratislava, Slovakia; Manila, the Philippines; Nairobi, Kenya; or San Jose, Costa Rica; or the United States. Flexibility exists to be hybrid, if located near an HFHI office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership and Liaison Supervision

  • Provide thought leadership and guidance to area office staff managing volunteer efforts, providing the support needed to advance innovative volunteer programming with an understanding of regional context.
  • Strategically liaise with all the components of VIE’s work, -including but not limited to Global Village-, to ensure adequate guidance and coordination support will be provided to the regions.
  • Be the point of contact for area offices for any queries related to volunteer programming.
  • Ensure cross-collaboration between regions in developing and implementing volunteer programs.
  • Guide the quick and adequate deployment of needed changes, including problem-solving, as volunteer programs are implemented.

Coordination Support

  • Ensure effective coordination, communication, and alignment of strategies across multiple regions.
  • Convene and work closely with area office program directors, relevant HFHI department heads, and national and/or regional teams to promote cross-functional collaboration, document and streamline processes, and drive the efficient implementation of volunteer programs.
  • Provide strategic vision to enhance regional performance, foster innovation, and maximize overall impact.

Cross-Functional Collaboration

  • Foster a culture of collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and continuous improvement across regional teams in alignment with VIE.
  • Facilitate regular communication to enhance coordination and information exchange.
  • Ensure efficient utilization of resources and strategic alignment of initiatives across regions.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Establish reporting mechanisms to track progress, identify areas of concern, and develop corrective actions.
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations to be shared with the rest of the organization, including senior leaders, providing insights into regional achievements, challenges, and opportunities in relation to volunteer programming.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, social sciences, development studies, or minimum of 12 years of related field experience
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Minimum years of related experience:

  • 8 years in leading, developing, implementing volunteer programs or international development work at the regional level or in coordination with a regional entity.
  • Minimum of 4 years –out of the 8 required– of direct experience in an international development setting is a must.


  • Familiarity with diverse volunteer programs and models, from inception to implementation.
  • Demonstrated success engaging diverse audiences and community-based volunteers as part of multi-stakeholder engagement.
  • Leadership to manage and collaborate with diverse teams celebrating unique skills and inspiring them into reflection and action.
  • Ability to convene and facilitate dialogue, translating different perspectives into concrete actions points.
  • Excellent communication skills, including networking and presentation skills.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft software and basic office equipment.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Capacity to work cross-culturally and uphold HFHI’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Understanding of the non-profit sectors.

Preferred – in addition to minimum:

  • Knowledge of sustainable development and related global issues.
  • Exposure to different global regions.
  • Experience working as part of a federated network.
  • Working knowledge of another language, particularly Spanish.

Active support of HFHI Values:

  • Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves
  • Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular
  • Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to Habitat for Humanity International on to apply

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