We welcome applicants to express interest in both positions if applicable, and can provide more info on the differences in the roles during the interview process. A brief summary of the differences in the position responsibilities is here and the full detailed descriptions and distinct responsibilities & qualifiations are below.

International Operations & School Coordinator: We seek someone interested in operations who will support the team with project development, monitoring & evaluation, preparing budgets, as well as building capacity for local team members to lead their programs. They will report to the Executive Director and the Director of Development & Communications (both based in the US). All details are below. 

International Communications & Program Support Coordinator: We seek someone interested in communications and development who will work to further the development of our programs through communications and donor relations, and by building capacity for local team members to lead their

programs. They will report to the Director of Development & Communications (based in the US). All details are below. 

 

DETAILS ON BOTH POSITIONS

Application Deadline: June 23, 2022 (We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and filling the position as soon as we find the right candidate)

Start Date: July 13, 2022, or ASAP thereafter

Location: Chajul, El Quiché, Guatemala
How to Apply: Email resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the "[Job Title or both if interested in exploring both], [Your Name]” in the subject line. Only successful candidates will be contacted. If selected for an interview, references and work samples may be requested.

Summary: Because we are a small team, each colleague has a wide variety of responsibilities. We hire team members who are flexible, eager to learn new things, and willing to engage in both high-level and administrative work. Working with Limitless Horizons Ixil is a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth; team members 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 an 18-year record of excellence in community development. We are led by a strong, passionate, and committed local indigenous staff, the majority of whom are women. The work is challenging, exhilarating, and could be the most rewarding endeavor you ever undertake.

Because we are a small team, each colleague has a wide variety of responsibilities. We hire team members who are flexible, eager to learn new things, and willing to engage in both high-level and administrative work. Working with Limitless Horizons Ixil is a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth; team members 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 an 18-year record of excellence in community development. We are led by a strong, passionate, and committed local indigenous staff, the majority of whom are women. The work is challenging, exhilarating, and could be the most rewarding endeavor you ever undertake.

Organization: Limitless Horizons Ixil is a non-religious, non-partisan Guatemala-based organization with legal status in Guatemala and 501(c)(3) status in the United States. Our mission is to create 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. See tinyurl.com/LHIoverview for more organizational info.

Limitless Horizons Ixil achieves its goals through the integration of its core programs:

  • Colegio Horizontes is the innovative middle school we opened in January 2022, led by Ixil women. Our school began with a class of 24 7th graders and will expand by adding a grade each year till we reach full capacity (6 grades), and will provide high-quality middle and high school education to indigenous youth in Chajul. Colegio Horizontes brings culturally responsive, rigorous, and engaging academics to Chajul for the first time, opening doors for girls to attend and thrive in school along with a small group of boy allies. Students will be part of a new generation of civic-minded youth who are academically prepared for college and well-paying careers.

  • The Youth Development Program has been very successful in supporting over 225 youth (mostly girls, for whom the need is greatest) to attend middle and high school and pursue their dreams. This program is phasing out as students graduate from high school as we’ve incorporated its services into the new school.

  • The Saber Sin Límites (Limitless Knowledge) Community Library serves nearly 500 active members in person when the library is open, while offering the entire community access to around 10,000 books and literacy programming, academic support, and other resources.

  • The Emerging Leaders Program provides alumni with ongoing support in their transitions to university, employment, and/or entrepreneurship.

Compensation & Benefits: Limitless Horizons Ixil offers compensation equivalent to a professional Guatemalan teacher that is more than enough to cover living expenses, as well as some additional personal expenses. Limitless Horizons Ixil also pays for housing (in a Limitless Horizons Ixil international team house), work-related transportation, flights to and from Guatemala (up to USD $800/year to be reimbursed after successful fulfillment of contract), health/travel insurance (up to USD $750/year to be reimbursed after successful fulfillment of contract), and costs associated with 90-day visa renewals. We are also open to collaborate on grant proposals to secure additional compensation, university opportunities, or paid opportunities such as through Fulbright. Paid time off is also included. While Limitless Horizons Ixil requires a minimum commitment of 15 months, we encourage colleagues to stay on for an additional year following an evaluation at the end of the contract, and will implement a 10% pay raise after one year, and a 20% pay raise after 18 months. Limitless Horizons Ixil team members get 7 weeks of time off in the 15-month contract (last 2 weeks of December, 1 week around Easter, and 20 other personal days), plus Guatemalan Independence Day (Sept. 15). International team members staying past their initial contract of 15 months will earn additional vacation days. 

Work & Housing 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, 93% 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.


This role works between the Chajul locations of Limitless Horizons Ixil’s programming, and the town of Nebaj where the International Communications & Program Support Coordinator will live, about a 45-minute drive from Chajul. The role will typically work about 3 days/week in Chajul and the other 2 days from the home office provided in Nebaj or another location of the person’s choosing, though certain times of the year will require physical presence in Chajul for the full week. While the Ixil region is a rewarding and beautiful place to live, it is not without its challenges. As is the case in much of the developing world, water quality is poor and illness is common. Limitless Horizons Ixil works hard to maintain the health of its team, providing water filters, as well as reimbursing travel insurance and maintaining a wide network of quality healthcare providers in the region and beyond. The ideal candidate will be understanding of these risks, eager to tackle the challenges of living in the developing world for the reward of participating in truly meaningful work.

 

 

OPERATIONS & SCHOOL COORDINATOR SPECIFIC:

Responsibilities:

  • School support & strategic planning 

    • Support the School Director to oversee the planning and management of school 

    • Support the team with aspects of strategic planning, including student selection process, student evaluations, finalizing a logic model, developing student competencies, teacher professional development, recruiting international coaches

    • Draft and review school documents, manuals, reports, and updates

    • Support in strategic planning for school development, including coordination with local team, international team, and the board 

    • Conduct research related to the school and education and help to translate best practices into the Chajul context 

    • Lead or support with any strategic research or other projects that the team may identify

  • Monitoring & evaluation

    • Develop and improve Limitless Horizons Ixil’s monitoring and evaluation plan

    • Design and implement data collection tools and methods, including surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups

    • Produce effective communications to report evaluation findings to staff, board members, partners, grantors, and donors

    • Research and update statistics related to education, gender equality, Guatemala, and Chajul

  • Budget

  • Support annual, programmatic, and one-off budgets

  • Support the team reviewing and adapting the yearly budget

  • Support the grants manager with reviewing budget grants

  • Capacity building, trainings, & facilitation

    • Lead capacity building sessions and trainings for local staff on school related topics, international development goals, equity, and gender equality etc.

    • Facilitate meetings with local staff

  • Communications support

    • Report, coordinate, and facilitate information-sharing regarding the school between staff in and outside of Chajul 

    • Support the team in communications with partners

    • Share stories, updates, and pictures with Limitless Horizon Ixil’s communications team

    • Translate and interpret from English to Spanish and Spanish to English occasionally in meetings and reports

 

Qualifications:

Required

  • At least 1 year of professional work experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a relationship-oriented work ethic, ready to be a collaborative team player 

  • Flexible, patient, diplomatic, and friendly with a positive attitude

  • Fluent in English (native or near-native level) and excellent Spanish verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent writer capable of communicating effectively with various audiences 

  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized 

  • Responsible, reliable, and proactive 

  • Excellent independent worker

  • Reflective and eager to learn 

  • Understanding of and commitment to Guatemalan local leadership and team capacity building with commitment to integrating equity practices in daily work 

  • Interested in international development and indigenous communities, and respectful of local and indigenous cultures

  • Prepared for the challenges (and rewards) of living in an isolated and developing indigenous community 

  • Commitment to the mission and work of Limitless Horizons Ixil and Colegio Horizontes

 

Preferred

  • 3+ years of professional work experience, including nonprofit/NGO, and/or school experience

  • Experience living in a developing country (Latin America preferred) 

  • Experience working with youth and/or families, and/or in a school or educational setting

  • Experience in capacity building with teams and/or adults 

  • Experience with monitoring and evaluations and data collection and analysis

  • Experience with budgets

 

COMMUNICATIONS & PROGRAM SUPPORT COORDINATOR SPECIFIC:

Responsibilities:

  • Communications, Development, & Donor Relations 

  • Support and coordinate communications to our network (including drafting and publishing e-newsletters, blogs, social media posts, and other communication materials, and coordinating & taking photos), in coordination with Director of Development & Communications 

  • Support in executing annual development and communication plan and specific strategies 

  • Support with management of online presence, including social media outlets 

  • Interview local students, staff, and community members for communications and grant content

  • Draft reports to team members, board, partners, and donors 

  • Support with fundraising campaigns 

  • Translate communications between scholars and sponsors and support sponsorship program and Development Manager as needed

  • Community Engagement Trips

  • Support with Limitless Horizons Ixil’s community engagement trips, including marketing, communications, planning, and logistics 

  • Lead student and adult groups during visits to Chajul and other parts of Guatemala

  • Coordinate visits from sponsors, donors, and other visiting individuals and small groups 

  • Supervise on-site volunteers and interns as needed 

  • Program and School Development & Strategic Planning

    • Provide program managers and school leadership team with support and follow-up in their programs, activities, and priorities; this may include:

      • Support the team with aspects of school planning, which may include student selection process, student evaluations, finalizing a logic model, developing student competencies, teacher professional development, recruiting international coaches

      • Conducting research related to the school and education and help to translate best practices into the Chajul context 

  • Coordinate, in collaboration with local team, workshops and activities for youth and families

  • Participate in annual strategic planning process with full team and assist in writing and translating yearly evaluation and strategic plans 

  • Lead or support with any strategic research or other projects that the team may identify

  • Capacity Building

  • Provide support and training to local team as needed 

  • Assist with creating and maintaining team cohesion, professional development, and support around international development best practices, with focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, & Budgeting Support

  • Support with developing and improving Limitless Horizons Ixil’s monitoring and evaluation plan

  • Collect and analyze data for monitoring and evaluation purposes

  • Support with annual, programmatic, and one-off budgets

Qualifications:

Required

  • At least 1 year of professional work experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a relationship-oriented work ethic, ready to be a collaborative team player 

  • Flexible, patient, diplomatic, and friendly with a positive attitude

  • Fluent in English (native or near-native level) and excellent Spanish verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent writer capable of communicating effectively with various audiences 

  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized 

  • Responsible, reliable, and proactive 

  • Excellent independent worker

  • Reflective and eager to learn 

  • Understanding of and commitment to Guatemalan local leadership and team capacity building with commitment to integrating equity practices in daily work 

  • Interested in international development and indigenous communities, and respectful of local and indigenous cultures

  • Prepared for the challenges (and rewards) of living in an isolated and developing indigenous community 

  • Commitment to the mission and work of Limitless Horizons Ixil and Colegio Horizontes

 

Preferred

  • 3+ years of professional work experience, including nonprofit/NGO, and/or school experience

  • Experience in communications, writing, marketing, and/or social media (experience with communications tools such as Constant Contact, MailChimp, social media management tools ideal but not required)

  • Experience in fundraising and/or donor relations (experience with databases especially CRMs or donor databases such as Salesforce or Blackbaud products ideal but not required)

  • Experience living in a developing country (Latin America preferred) 

  • Experience working with youth and/or families, and/or in a school or educational setting 

  • Experience leading trips and/or activities for groups of youth and/or adults

  • Experience in capacity building with teams and/or adults 

  • Experience with monitoring and evaluations and/or budgets

  • Experience with photography, basic videography, and/or simple graphic design and related programs (e.g. Canva, Adobe products, iMovie, etc.)

Organization
Limitless Horizons Ixil
Type
Full-Time
Job Posting Expires On
07/24/2022