Details: Salary commensurate with experience and skills.
Flexible with preference for New York or Washington, DC
ABOUT BECA: BECA recruits, trains, and supports a diverse and committed team of volunteers to teach in our network of three partner-led Honduran bilingual schools (serving children in preschool through 9th grade). At every level, we work in collaboration with our Honduran partners to provide high-quality instruction to more than 650 students in Northern Honduras. As BECA has grown since our earliest days, our grassroots model has been sustained by these robust partnerships between Hondurans committed to creating educational opportunity in their communities and English-speaking volunteers drawn to truly authentic service-learning and cultural immersion experiences.
In Honduras, only 35% of students who complete primary school continue to the secondary level. Enrollment numbers at colleges and universities are lower still. In contrast, our graduates’ high school matriculation rate is 98%. By providing access to a high quality bilingual education, BECA’s students are equipped for success in high school and college, thereby providing them with access to much greater personal and professional opportunities than they would otherwise be afforded. Our graduates are proof of this model’s efficacy. Working as engineers, translators, call center operators and teachers, they represent a new generation of active citizens in Honduras whose unique, multicultural and bilingual education have positioned them to identify and create opportunities for the betterment of themselves, and our world.
Learn more about us at www.becaschools.org.
ABOUT THIS MOMENT: For seventeen years, BECA has operated as a labor of love for the thousands of people who comprise our BECA family - staff members who have gone well beyond the confines of their expansive job descriptions, teachers and other school staff who have given their whole selves both inside and outside the classroom, students who have welcomed and invested time and energy in life-long relationships with BECA’s team members, board members who have filled roles more typically held by paid staff, our alumni who serve as recruiters, champions, and donors, and the countless parents and caregivers at each of our partner schools whose actions and efforts are the sustaining force in bringing our collaborative vision to life.
In this moment, BECA seeks an Executive Director who can lead our efforts toward amplifying BECA’s role in creating viable solutions in the region by developing and implementing a strategy to ensure the long-term strength of our programming. The success of our current model will serve an incoming director well as the foundation upon which we seek to build a stronger base of support for our students, teachers, and families.
We are seeking a visionary - with a proven record for moving effectively from ideas to action - someone who can ensure BECA centers the many strengths of our community partners, while equipping our teachers to effectively serve our students and families through best practices within the classroom and authentic relationships outside. Such multicultural collaboration is an intentional component of our dual-pronged mission to provide a high quality bilingual education and promote meaningful cultural exchange.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for BECA’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. She or he will initially be charged with developing a deep knowledge of the elements and attitudes which make up BECA’s core operations, as well as how we comport ourselves within partnerships.
LOCATION: Flexible with preference for New York or Washington, DC. Anticipated that at least 3-4 annual visits to Honduras will be important. NOTE: BECA does not currently maintain permanent office space in the United States.
- Further develop, communicate, and model BECA’s vision for accessible high-quality bilingual education and multicultural collaboration to all relevant parties and provide executive oversight of program operations.
Leadership & Management:
- Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, effective internal communications, and consistent integrity in the stewardship of donor funds.
- Preserve and improve upon quality of financial administration, fundraising and communication systems, working with staff, partners, teaching teams, and teaching alumni to develop timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
- Actively engage and energize volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio member of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.
- Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performance staff and in-country volunteer team.
- Collaborate with in-country partners and stakeholders to create adequate processes and protocols for crisis management, implementing protocols with timely efficiency and care when circumstances call for such measures.
Fundraising & Communications:
- Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and create opportunities for programmatic strengthening.
- Build out and execute plan for securing resources from institutional philanthropy.
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
- Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
- At least five years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading and scaling efforts; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
- Demonstrable ability to work with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage across a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
- Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
- Capable of operating creatively in a low-resource environment.
- Conversational English & Spanish language skills.
- Familiarity with Latin America, preferably Honduras.
- Background in pedagogical theory, classroom management, and teacher mentoring.
- Fluent English & Spanish language and presentation skills.
- Experience with budget creation and facilitation.
Professional Development Opportunities
Level of Language Proficiency
English and Spanish: Conversational English & Spanish language skills required. Fluent English & Spanish language and presentation skills preferred.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
If interested in applying or referring a potential candidate, please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews will begin on August 15th. More information about our organization can be found at www.becaschools.org.