Habitat for Humanity International- Special Projects

Organization Description

At Habitat for Humanity (HFH), their vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This simple, basic concept resonates throughout every program, country, and family touched by Habitat's efforts. They are known as an international non-profit leader in providing housing solutions, whether it be building homes in areas affected by disasters in Thailand, working with local communities to develop microsaving programs for home improvement in the Philippines, or piloting solar cookers in Central America. To date, Habitat has helped to build or repair more than 800,000 decent, affordable houses, serving more than four million people worldwide. This amazing work could not be accomplished without an excited, dedicated, and driven base of employees, volunteers, and partner families that make up their global "Habitat family."

Special Projects Fellow - Volunteer & Institutional Engagement

The Global Village (GV) program supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity by: working in partnership with Habitat's national programs in more than 40 countries; providing volunteers with cross-cultural one to two-week experiences of building houses and sustainable relationships within communities; and generating resources, in the hope of creating long-term advocates for affordable housing. In fiscal year 2013, the Global Village program organized 419 trips, engaged more than 5,400 volunteers and raised more than 3.2 million to support Habitat's global building programs. Through Global Village trips, volunteers have an opportunity to contribute to Habitat's work and create positive change in the world. Many volunteers have described their Global Village trip as a life-changing, transformative experience through which they gained a deeper understanding about poverty housing, development challenges and the importance of being a global citizen. The fellow will focus on expanding the Global Village program's marketing initiatives with the goal of engaging more volunteers in Habitat's global work.

Through Habitat for Humanity's tithe program, the more than 1,400 U.S. Habitat affiliates provide and promote housing solutions around the world. In fiscal year 2013, Habitat affiliates tithed $13 million to support the international mission. Through additional education and access to resources, we believe that this revenue will grow, thereby allowing Habitat's National Organizations (NOs) to serve even more families. The tithe also provides a powerful mechanism for community engagement with the NOs. The fellow will play a critical role in educating affiliates about global poverty issues and the work of NOs, thereby increasing affiliate commitment to the international mission.

Essential Job Functions

As the international special projects fellow, you will support the Global Village and Tithe departments within the Volunteer and Institutional Engagement division through developing resources and promotion of Habitat's Global Village program with the goal of engaging U.S. affiliates and new volunteers more deeply in the international mission of HFHI. You will develop background materials (location specific settlement materials, comprehensive overview of Habitat strategies, and post-trip action steps) on poverty housing and Habitat's strategy that will provide team members with global context for their experience.

Working under the direction of the international volunteer projects manager, you will be responsible for content development for the GV website to promote opportunities to various market segments and managing material distribution to various prospective partners and follow-up to discuss further engagement opportunities. You will be based out of our administrative headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Working with the Global Village Customer Service staff, you will create a plan for re-engaging past GV trip members for future trip and advocacy campaigns.

At the conclusion of your fellowship, you will have a deep knowledge of global poverty issues and strategies for addressing them. You will have developed a strong understanding of program marketing and the importance of social media in engaging the next generation of partners.

Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Develop resources for use by U.S. affiliate GV teams before, during and after the overseas build experience. The resources will educate team members about HFHI's international programs and strategic goals
  • Design and maintain a web-based, user-friendly resource library for U.S. affiliates containing relevant and current information on HFHI's international programs and strategies. Resources may include podcasts with directors of Habitat National Organizations and HFHI program experts and National Organization newsletters and strategic plans
  • Plan and implement strategic marketing initiatives, including outreach to social media networks, universities, and faith communities to engage more volunteers in Habitat's global work
  • Write program communications about Habitat's international work, including webpages, social media posts, and newsletter items

Qualifications of a Successful Candidate

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Marketing and social media experience
  • Exposure to issues of social justice, development and volunteerism would be beneficial
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft software, internet, and basic office equipment
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to multi-task
  • Active user of social media and understand the various social media features added bonus (ex. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest)