EWB-USA Managing Program Director

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a dynamic non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado. EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences that enrich global perspectives and create responsible leaders. Established in 2002, EWB-USA has over 12,000 members engaged in 600 projects around the world. Through these partnerships, EWB-USA helps communities meet their basic needs such as clean water, sanitation and renewable energy.

EWB-USA is searching for a new team member, a Managing Program Director who will report to the Executive Director, and whose role will be to provide overall strategic leadership, management for, and implementation of EWB-USA’s community programs. The main responsibility will be for the direct management of the International Community Program, which includes EWB-USA’s international projects, implemented under our community-driven delivery model. Additional responsibilities will include the oversight of the development of in-country offices, Community Engineering Corps (domestic projects) and the Engineering Service Corps (provision of individual expertise).

This position is located in the Denver, Colorado office.

The principal responsibilities of this position include:

*Lead strategies for implementing and growing EWB-USA’s programs that follow the goal of ensuring that projects implemented are of high quality, sustainable, and consistent with our vision, mission, and principals to development. This includes the assessment, evaluation and improvement of activities in these programs.

*Be a full member of the Management Team within EWB-USA to ensure that all activities are coordinated, communicated, and understood by the other Staff. Specifically, work with Impact Analysis Staff to ensure that the program systems are continuously improving.

*Lead strategies to ensure that the health and safety of our members is protected. This includes the implementation and continuous improvement of health, safety, and travel policies, oversight of a Health and Safety Committee, participation in the Crisis Management responses of EWB-USA, etc.

*Provide (or know where to obtain) expertise regarding issues that include (but are not limited to) site assessment methodology, rural development theory and history, liability issues and the standard of care for community driven infrastructure projects.

*Oversee volunteer committees that directly contribute to the quality management of projects including the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Application Review Committee (ARC), and Standing Content Committees (SCCs).

*Oversee and expand the in-country presence of EWB-USA where necessary. * Represent EWB-USA to external audiences including potential funding and project partners. Develop relationships with partnering organizations.

*Have previous extensive knowledge of and contacts at many large-scale development organizations such as Care, Caritas, USAID, World Bank, Oxfam, UNICEF, etc.
*Operations and management experience; professional experience setting up processes and systems within a department and/or organization. Experience with budgets, staff development, volunteer oversight, etc.
*Nonprofit/NGO work or volunteer experience
*International development experience: 15 plus years, including at least 5 years of living and working in the field
*Have 5 years of experience with international infrastructure projects or professional engineering licensure
*Have previous extensive knowledge of working with large scale international NGO’s

Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include: health, dental and vision insurance; paid time off, paid holidays, life insurance flex-plan; short and long term disability insurance; 401k, and performance-based bonus system.

EWB-USA is an equal-opportunity employer.


  • : cathy.leslie@ewb-usa.org
  • : Cathy
  • : Leslie
  • : Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA)
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