Ecuador Country Director, International Nonprofit Organization
- Job posted by Manna Project International
Manna Project International, an Orlando-based nonprofit operating in Nicaragua, Ecuador, and the USA, fosters communities of talented young leaders to become the next generation of social change agents by engaging in collaborative, on-the-ground service with international communities in need. At our international sites, groups of 5 to 13-month volunteers live and work together implementing a range of health, education, and economic livelihood community development projects in geographically defined areas. For more background on MPI, please visit our website, www.mannaproject.org.
The Ecuador Country Director leads the team of yearlong volunteers on the ground in the realization of MPI’s mission, vision and goals. In practice, he/she serves as executive director of the organization in Ecuador, and is responsible for both the daily management and long-term planning of the organization there. The Ecuador Director is directly accountable to and reports to MPI’s Executive Director.
This position is located in Sangolqui, Ecuador.
We’re looking for someone with:
- Strong relationship-building skills
- Fluency in English and Spanish
- A minimum of two years' experience in Latin America (preferably Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru or Bolivia)
- Experience in and a passion for community development and/or community organizing
- A passion for and experience in working with volunteers, college students or in leading young people
- A visionary mind and an entrepreneurial initiative
- A strong ability to multi-task and balance short- and long-term goals
- Personal experience as an international volunteer (preferred)
- Experience in the classroom (preferred)
- A willingness to commit and contribute to MPI’s collaborative, community-based, holistic approach to community development
- A minimum two and a half-year commitment
- A Bachelors degree required; Masters preferred
The Ecuador Country Director’s daily responsibilities include any and all tasks necessary to maintaining and improving the operations of the organization, including but not limited to:
- Building and deepening MPI-Ecuador’s local and international partnerships; meeting with partners, completing documentation required, etc.
- Leading program development and improvement while ensuring that these programs align with MPI’s holistic approach and development goals
- Managing program quality, metrics tracking, strategic planning for programs, etc
- Managing on-site finances, reporting regularly to the Executive Director and volunteers; ensuring compliance with Ecuadorian tax law along with local accountant
- Maintaining legal operation of the organization in Ecuador, including yearly submission of government mandated annual report and any other legal documentation
- Compilation and management of visa applications, accompany volunteers through entire visa process from pre-departure documents, on-site translations, and
- Management of Community Center and Manna Volunteer house, oversee maintenance issues as they correspond to budget, ensure safety of these areas, etc.
- Fundraising a minimum of $5,000 annually for on-site programmatic and operational development; via events or grants
- Reporting regularly and thoroughly to the Executive Director on the condition and quality of MPI programs and resources in Ecuador; and
- Participating in organization-wide planning and development.
- Manage all interviews, pre-departure materials, email inquiries and arrival coordination for PDs, Spring Break, and Summer Interns.
- Ensure that volunteers conduct local programs in a goal-oriented, culturally sensitive way, and that they are in line with the mission and vision of MPI’s holistic approach;
- Communicating regularly with volunteers to ensure their well-being, safety, effectiveness in projects and overall volunteer experience;
- Navigating the annual transition between groups of yearlong volunteers, with an eye to efficient, effective, and sustainable progress in programming;
- Overseeing the recruitment, planning and on-site management of short-term groups, interns, and skill-based volunteers;
The Ecuador Country Director may delegate responsibilities and tasks to trusted volunteers in order to best realize these goals, as is appropriate and as they see fit.
- Four weeks paid vacation
- International travel insurance
- A visa to live/work in Ecuador for the duration of employment with MPI
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish and English
Minimum Education Required