Director, Engineering Service Corps (ESC)

Denver, CO, United States Full Time

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Reports to: Managing Program Director

Supervision of: ESC headquarters staff, contract employees, and interns

Travel: Up to 25%

Duration and type of contract: At-will, open-ended

Commencement: As soon as possible

Classification: Exempt

Since its founding in 2002, Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) has grown from a handful of passionate individuals to an organization of more than 16,800 dedicated members working on 698 engineering projects in 46 countries. The majority of EWB-USA’s members are engineers, with their skills being complemented by members from other professions such as construction and public health. They dedicate their time and talents to deliver high-quality technical expertise in agriculture, water supply, sanitation, energy, structure, and civil works. Our 31 staff members operate out of our headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and from country offices in Guatemala and Nicaragua. By mid-2018, we plan to open a third country office in Uganda.

EWB-USA’s Engineering Service Corps program draws on the expertise of our most seasoned volunteers from across engineering disciplines and industry sectors. Engineering Service Corps responds to requests for engineering project support from governments, international NGOs, United Nations agencies, local communities and other institutions who lack access to the necessary technical resources to address the engineering challenges faced by some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Projects vary greatly in scale and duration, with focus areas of expertise in disaster response, infrastructure, agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). Our volunteers work as part of an integral team that performs a variety of services, including engineering studies, owner’s representation, planning, design, project management, training, and knowledge sharing. The Engineering Service Corps is comprised of volunteers with several years of both professional and international experience. Engineering Service Corps assignments range from several weeks overseas to a home-based design review that requires no travel at all. Responses to project requests are crafted on a case-by-case basis and depend entirely upon the project needs and roles required of the volunteers

EWB-USA is searching for a new team member, an ESC Director, to be based in our Denver headquarters, and who will report to the Managing Program Director. The Director’s main role will be to build our ESC practice around high-level technical advisory services that in turn build local engineering capacity to deal with challenging issues such as climate change, disaster response and infrastructure development for vulnerable communities in low-income countries.


The ESC Director is responsible for providing overall strategic leadership, management, implementation and growth of the ESC’s expert deployment function within EWB-USA.

The principal responsibilities and leadership expectations of this position include:

  • Lead strategy development of ESC to contribute to overall goals of EWB-USA and to ensure consistency with EWB-USA’S Vision and Mission Statement.

  • Represents EWB-USA nationally and/or internationally. Cultivate relationships and represent ESC with donors, partner, and peer agencies in all high-level meetings and at external conferences, forums, etc. Manages complex content and complex stakeholder relationships.

  • Involved in fundraising, grant management, and relations with institutional donors. Foster and maintain positive relations (OECD-DAC, UN agencies, select private foundations, etc.). Ensure for close coordination of such relationships with EWB-USA’s Public & Donor Relations department.

  • Create and maintain internal controls and operating procedures

  • Continue to develop and maintain ESC Roster system

  • Develop and maintain ESC Deployment system

  • Long-term goals as governed by future department growth:

  • Directly manage or facilitate Quality Assurance/Quality Control of all projects

  • Develop a vibrant corporate program whereby corporate sponsors are able to staff an ESC project, providing value to our client and an engagement opportunity for our sponsors.

  • Secure funding to provide a grant program for small/local NGO projects

  • Liaise with EWB-USA Country Offices to facilitate ESC opportunities

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The ESC Director manages and supervises staff and interns assigned to ESC activities. The employee will be accountable for all relevant duties and responsibilities, and in accordance with the EWB-USA 2018 Employee Handbook.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in engineering (registered P.E. preferred), planning, architecture, or other relevant equivalent.

  • Minimum of 10 years of humanitarian relief and/or development management experience, including managing rapid deployment activities, strategic planning, and implementation; working with rapidly changing project designs.

  • Minimum of 5 years of overseas work experience in low-income countries, specifically conflict-and disaster-affected contexts.

  • Demonstrated ability of delivering assistance in crises across different cultures; ability to manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines across various geographic areas;

  • Knowledge of humanitarian system/architecture (Cluster Approach, UN structure and mechanisms, international tools and services in disaster response, etc.), and international development sector.

  • Professional services management experience

  • Fundraising and donor relations experience with institutional donors

  • Operations and management experience; professional experience setting up processes and systems within a department and/or organization. Experience with developing and managing budgets, staff development, volunteer oversight, etc.

  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

Salary and Benefits: 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.

How to apply:

Please state “ESC Director” in email subject line and send cover letter with attached CV to:

Due to the number of applications received, we regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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