Co-Coordinator, El Salvador Office
U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities
The U.S. El Salvador Sister Cities Network is excited to announce the search for two new co-coordinators to work in our El Salvador office. These positions will be based in San Salvador, and it begin in late January, 2016.
The U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities Network is a grassroots organization made up of communities and individuals in the United States that maintain ongoing partnerships with rural communities in El Salvador to protect human rights, build solidarity, and support sustainable communities in both countries. Many of these solidarity or "sistering" relationships have their roots in our organization´s history of human rights advocacy and accompaniment of the rural civilian population during the civil war in El Salvador (1980-1992). In keeping with this legacy, our "sister city" relationships now link us closely with movements for social justice in El Salvador, and the country's largest rural community organizing movement, CRIPDES.
The newest members of our El Salvador team will work closely with community, regional and national leaders in the Salvadoran social movement, and help to coordinate and mobilize a diverse and fun group of U.S. based communities and individuals committed to these solidarity relationships.
The El Salvador Co-Coordinator will work in a team with two other staff members – one in El Salvador and the other in the United States -- to accomplish the following:
Communication, Coordination and Relationship Building:
- Facilitate communication and coordination and strengthen relationships
among rural communities in El Salvador, regional CRIPDES offices, and
their sister cities in the United States.
- Make regular visits to rural sister communities; create and
strengthen spaces for coordination with CRIPDES counterparts.
- Participate in the development, planning, and evaluation of regional
and national sistering programs together with CRIPDES and other counterparts.
- Orient, coordinate with, and supervise Sister Cities volunteers in El
- Generate updates and maintain communication via email and telephone with
the Sister Cities committees in the United States, helping them to strengthen their work on a local level.
- Produce updates with analysis and information about the social, cultural, economic and political realities of El Salvador that are pertinent to our work.
- Lead in the development of strategies to strengthen and grow the base of US committees.
Social and Environmental Justice Campaigns
- Work with our partners in El Salvador as well as Sister City committees to collaborate on international actions and campaigns.
- Research and synthesize information for the Sister Cities network such that it is able to mobilize around specific advocacy campaigns.
- Coordinate urgent response actions.
- Present on these issues during speaking events, webinars, and via other creative methods of communication.
Community Projects in El Salvador:
- Facilitate the design, revision, and evaluation of community, regional, and national projects in cooperation with our CRIPDES counterparts in El Salvador and Sister City committees in the United States.
U.S.-El Salvador Cultural Exchange
- Coordinate delegations of participants from Sister Cities in the United States to build healthy cross-cultural relationships in El Salvador, raise consciousness, and strengthen organizing. Responsibilities here include logistical coordination, itinerary planning, accompaniment of the delegation during its visit, translation/interpretation, and orientation about the history and current context of the Salvadoran social movement and communities.
- Support and organize tours of our Salvadoran counterparts to the United States. Responsibilities include logistical coordination, creating tour itineraries, coordinating visa application processes, coordinating fundraising activities, and translation/interpretation on tour.
- Conduct administrative duties including compiling financial reports for all projects and creating financial reports on QuickBooks.
- Contribute to the organization’s budget planning
- Participate in monthly board calls and give an individual staff report for the call.
- Experience working with Latin American social movements, rural
communities, and grassroots organizations in the United States.
- Fluency in Spanish and English, with the ability to translate and interpret (written and spoken) is ESSENTIAL
- Experience living and/or working in Latin America. Experience in El Salvador is a plus.
- Strong cultural sensitivity and willingness to adapt in cross-cultural environments.
- Strong written and spoken communication skills.
- The ability to adapt personal and work calendars to accommodate delegations and tours.
- Ability to work in a team.
- Experience with advocacy campaigns, especially environmental, trade and human rights campaigns. Knowledge in the design and coordination of these campaigns is a plus.
- Personal initiative, motivation and ability to self-supervise.
- Ability to work at times in a high stress environment.
- Ease in using Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel. Familiarity with QuickBooks, joomla and html is also a plus.
- Ability to responsibly administer the financial aspects of projects and operations.
- University degree preferred but not required.
- Willingness to work flexible hours, overnights and some weekends.
Salary and Benefits:
The position is full time, 40 hours per week, and includes a competitive salary for similar El Salvador positions. Staff travels to the United States once or twice a year for meetings and additionally receives 30 days of vacation per year.
The job commitment is a minimum of 2 years.
Process and Timeline:
The person hired will begin working on January 25th, 2016. We will be accepting applications until December 11th. We will arrange a telephone and /or in-person interview after the application deadline.
Please send a written response to ONE of the following prompts. Responses need not be longer than a few paragraphs.
- What does solidarity mean to you? Please list example(s) or personal experiences.
- What are some of the social, political and economic realities in El Salvador today?