The Guatemala Regional Coordinator is a full-time program position responsible for facilitating long-term partnerships between communities of faith in Guatemala and the United States.
The position coordinates directly with 5-8 communities in Guatemala and their partner churches in the US. This coordination includes in-person visits, delegation coordination, community project assistance, and communication with the Guatemalan community and the US church. The Regional Coordinator prepares for and accompanies all delegations for their assigned partnerships, and also serves as support staff on other Sister Parish delegations, as needed.
Position Reports to: Sister Parish, Inc. Executive Director
Location: Home-based office, located in Guatemala with the ability to travel regularly for delegations and community visits.
Start date: Mid-April to May, depending on availability
Position Responsibilities and Tasks
Facilitation of Community Partnerships
- Encourages and maintains communication between partner communities.
- Organizes all delegations for assigned partnerships, including:
- Orientation for delegates and host community
- Budgeting and financial reporting
- Coordination of activities and logistics
- Visa application process (for delegations to the US)
- Interpretation and accompaniment for the full delegation
- Narrative reports and social media posts for each delegation
- Accompanies other Sister Parish delegations as support staff, as needed.
- Provides support and disburses funds for community-based projects managed by the communities in Guatemala. Sends regular reports to the US church that provides funds for the project.
- Provides creative ideas to communities to strengthen their partnerships.
- Provides content for and collaborates on Sister Parish, Inc. communications materials, such as newsletters, annual reports, website updates, videos, and social media posts;
- Maintains contacts with social organizations in Guatemala and stays up to date on current events, particularly as they relate to member communities.
- Participates in regular staff meetings.
- Provides advice, guidance and logistical support to the Guatemalan advisory board. Coordinates and participates in representatives meetings.
- Finds and develops new partnerships, providing additional support, as needed.
- Assists in recruitment and strategic planning efforts.
- Provides monthly expense reports with receipts
- Bilingual English/Spanish
- Oral interpretation
- Competent translation of written correspondence and reports
Organizational and Communications
- Excellent organizational skills for multi-tasking and delegation-planning
- Basic computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office (Excel and Word) and social media platforms.
- Strong written communication; able to provide content for website, newsletters, and social media platforms
- Ability to create and execute budgets with detailed financial reports;
Interpersonal and Intercultural
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently;
- Open to diverse cultures, races, religions, and socioeconomic levels
- Comfortable in and open to participating in ecumenical spaces
- Open to stay in people’s homes for community visits and delegations, regardless of their socioeconomic level
- Able to address conflict with sensitivity to all parties involved
- Possess documentation for travel to and from the United States and El Salvador
- Willing and able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays
- Willing to travel on a regular basis to remote rural areas and marginalized urban areas in Guatemala via public transportation including buses, vans, and pick-up trucks
- Willing and able to be away from home for 10-11 consecutive days during delegation travel (3-6 delegations per year)
- Prior experience with faith-based communities
- Prior work with human rights, solidarity or community development organizations
- Prior experience with Indigenous, economically poor, rural, and/or marginalized communities
- Strong commitment to social justice and grassroots work
- Able to facilitate groups with an understanding of group dynamics and management
- Familiar with popular education techniques
- Able and willing to make a two-year commitment to the position.
Sister Parish provides a computer, printer, and a basic internet plan. This position is home-based with regular staff calls scheduled every week.
Salary and Benefits
$11,500 per year, plus a stipend for each delegation worked. Guatemala medical insurance is provided, which will begin approximately one month after starting employment. Paid vacation and sick time accrues monthly.
Please send a resume in English, three letters of reference with contact information in either Spanish or English, and a cover letter in Spanish to:
Position is open until filled.
About Sister Parish, Inc.
Sister Parish exists to foster mutual understanding and commitment to peace and justice among people in the United States and Central America. This objective is pursued through intentional linking between churches and Christian communities in the United States and Central America. Delegation travel to the North and South with home stays is an essential aspect in enhancing awareness and understanding, and nurturing closer relationships. For more information about Sister Parish, Inc, applicants are encouraged to visit http://www.sisterparish.org
Sister Parish is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation.