Job Opportunity: International Coordinator

Application Deadline: June 5, 2017
Start Date: July 17, 2017

Location: Chajul, El Quiché, Guatemala

 

About Limitless Horizons Ixil

Limitless Horizons Ixil (LHI) is a non-partisan, non-religious Guatemala-based organization with legal status in Guatemala and 501(c)(3) status in the United States. LHI creates opportunities for the indigenous youth, women, and families of Chajul, Guatemala to develop the academic and professional skills needed to effect change in their lives and community.

LHI achieves its goals through the integration of three core programs:

  • The Youth Development Program supports middle and high school education for youth who would not otherwise have the means to continue their education past primary school. The program provides youth with scholarships and a comprehensive range of support services, including tutoring, computer and Spanish language classes, a work-study program, career counseling, mentorship, and life-skills workshops.
  • LHI founded and operates Chajul’s first and only community library. The library serves 50 to 100 visitors daily and provides access to over 8,500 books.
  • The Artisan program provides women with the opportunity to earn a fair wage using their traditional weaving skills.

 

Position Description

LHI seeks a creative, flexible, relationship-oriented team member with excellent communications and interpersonal skills, and who is passionate about international community development and interested in nonprofit management. The International Coordinator will work to further the development of our programs by managing communications and donor relations, as well as building capacity for local managers to lead their programs. The ideal candidate will be an adaptable and supportive team member, an independent, self-motivated worker, and strong critical-thinker. S/he must also have excellent written and oral English skills, advanced oral and written Spanish skills, and must be comfortable working closely with a diverse international team. The International Coordinator will work alongside the LHI staff, reporting to the Managing Director and the Executive Director and working in partnership with the Board of Directors.

Because we are a small team, each employee has a wide variety of responsibilities. We ask candidates to be flexible, eager to learn new things, and willing to engage in both high-level and entry-level work. Working with LHI is a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth; employees are given significant responsibility and independence in their work and are mentored by the Executive Director, colleagues, and the Board of Directors.

This is a multifaceted opportunity for the right individual to join our small NGO with a eleven-year record of excellence in community development. Are you the motivated, hard-working, talented, and reliable individual to join our LHI team? The work is challenging, exhausting, exhilarating, and could be the most rewarding endeavor you ever undertake.

 

Responsibilities 

Communications, Fundraising, and Donor Relations 

  • Support Associate Director in executing fundraising and communication strategies
  • Support and coordinate communications to our network (including drafting and publishing newsletters, blogs, and other communication materials)
  • Manage online presence, including social media outlets
  • Complete reports to staff, board, partners, and major donor
  • Support with fundraising campaigns

Program Support and Direct Services

  • Provide program managers with support and follow-up in their activities
  • Support local staff coordination of workshops and activities for youth and families

Strategic Planning and Program Development

  • Participate in annual strategic planning process
  • Support with quarterly progress reviews
  • Assist in writing yearly evaluation and strategic plans

Community Engagement and Tourism

  • Supervise on-site volunteers and interns
  • Assist with LHI’s sustainable tourism trips, including marketing, communications, planning and logistics
  • Lead student and adult groups

Capacity Building

  • Provide support and training to local staff as needed
  • Assist with creating and maintaining team cohesion and professional development

 

Qualifications

Required

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a relationship-oriented work ethic
  • Flexible, patient, diplomatic and friendly, with a positive attitude
  • At least 1 year of professional work experience and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Experience living in a developing country (Latin America preferred)
  • Fluent in English (native preferred) and excellent verbal and written communication skills in Spanish
  • Capable of writing effectively for various audiences
  • Interested in international development and indigenous communities
  • Cultural sensitivity and capacity to adjust behavior accordingly
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized
  • Responsible, reliable, and proactive
  • Reflective and eager to learn
  • Excellent independent worker
  • Understanding of and commitment to staff capacity building

Preferred

  • 3 years of professional work experience
  • Experience working with youth and/or families
  • Experience in fundraising and/or donor development
  • Experience in writing and communications
  • Experience in staff capacity building
  • Experience leading trips or activities

 

Compensation and Benefits

LHI provides a monthly stipend (approximately a local professional salary) of 2,497 Quetzales (USD 330), covers phone and Internet costs, and reimburses work-related transportation. LHI also provides stipends that cover required visa renewals. International travel up to USD 750 per year and health/travel insurance up to USD 500 per year will be reimbursed with the fulfillment of each year of employment. While LHI requires a minimum commitment of 13 months, we encourage employees to stay on for a second year following a one-year evaluation, and will implement a significant pay raise for the second year. LHI employees get 6 ½ weeks of vacation in the first year of employment (last two weeks of December, one week at Easter, Guatemalan Independence Day, and 17 other personal days). Second-year employees earn an additional week of vacation.

 

Work Location

The Ixil region is isolated by beautiful mountains and has maintained its rich Maya Ixil traditions and language. Chajul, Nebaj, and Cotzal are the three counties that make up the Ixil region in the Department of Quiché in the western highlands of Guatemala. Limitless Horizons Ixil serves Chajul, which consists of an urban center (pop. 20,000) and many outlying rural villages (pop. 30,000). Having been at the heart of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, Chajul experiences post-war challenges such as land displacement and fragmented families. Within the community, 84% of families live in poverty with 27% in extreme poverty. Limited educational opportunity remains a significant impediment to progress, with only 11% of youth in Chajul graduating from middle school.

 

Housing Location 

While LHI works in Chajul, the International Coordinator will live in the nearby larger town of Nebaj. Nebaj has a population of approximately 25,000 people. There are also restaurants, stores, amenities, and a long-term volunteer/traveler community of foreigners. The LHI team will help to arrange housing. The International Coordinator has the option to work from home in Nebaj up to 2 days per week, and will travel to the LHI office in Chajul at least 3 days per week. The daily commute to Chajul takes roughly 40 minutes in each direction by frequently running public minibuses. There are infrequent occasions when it would be necessary to stay in Chajul or travel to other Guatemalan cities such as Quetzaltenango (Xela) or Antigua.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Email resume and cover letter to opportunities@limitlesshorizonsixil.org with “International Coordinator. [Your Name]” in the subject line. Only successful candidates will be contacted. If selected for an interview, references and work/writing samples may be requested.