ProNica, Quakers in Solidarity with Nicaraguan Grassroots Organizations

 Title:                              Program Director

Location:                     Managua, Nicaragua

Opening Date:           May 20, 2014

Closing Date:             July 05, 2014

ProNica is a Quaker-founded nongovernmental organization that assists in creating and sustaining programs by and for the Nicaraguan people. These projects are initiated by Nicaraguans and hold promise for grassroots growth, arise from Nicaraguan needs and tradition, and promote empowerment.  Our priorities are on women’s health, children’s rights, rural community development, literacy, and environmental sustainability.

ProNica nurtures cross-cultural solidarity through education of North Americans about Nicaragua’s history, culture, and current conditions.

ProNica is rooted in the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship of the earth.

Program Director Responsibilities

Oversees all components of ProNica’s operations in Nicaragua within a long-range strategy to achieve dual missions:  grassroots solidarity with Nicaraguan partner organizations and education of North Americans about Nicaragua and issues of social justice.

  • Reports directly and with regularity to the Executive Director in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, and works in partnership with the local advisory council (consejo) in Nicaragua and the Board of Directors in the US.
  • Participates in and supports the Managua Quaker Worship Group.
  • Supports and evaluates project partners through regular personal visits; investigates and recommends new project partnerships.
  • Oversees the international delegation program to provide safe and high quality educational experiences.
  • Manages the hospitality house, Quaker House, supervising the staff to provide safe and quality guest experiences.
  • Participates in fundraising and development through presentations, writing, social media & networking; writes and solicits articles for quarterly newsletters.
  • Analyzes changing organizational needs and participates in making adjustments to policies and procedures. Maintains working knowledge of practices and trends in nonprofit/NGO management.
  • Stays abreast of Nicaragua’s political climate, culture, history and current events.
  • Manages the maintenance and safety of the properties, vehicle and equipment.
  • Ensures that administrative procedures are in place and implemented for financial reporting, filing, bookkeeping, processing mail, bill-pay, personnel records, taxes, etc.
  • Travels to the US for meetings, Quaker-based and otherwise.
  • Conducts work within the framework of Quaker Process.

Requirements

Professional experience in international development work in Latin America. Progressive responsibility leading to management experience in Nicaragua preferred

  • Bachelor degree in international studies, social work, or relevant field.  Masters degree preferred
  • Fluency in English and Spanish with the ability to interpret and translate
  • Relocation to Managua, Nicaragua.  Already living in Nicaragua preferred
  • Ability to freely travel between Nicaragua and the United States
  • Strong organizational, written, communication and presentation skills
  • Works independently, manages time and meets deadlines
  • Ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers
  • Works collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to drive a 4 wheel drive, standard transmission vehicle in Nicaragua and has a US or Nicaraguan driver license
  • Computer literacy including Word and Excel
  • Cultural sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
  • Compatibility with Quaker values that define the work of ProNica, including commitment to non-violence, equality, peace, and social justice and belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual
  • Commitment of 3 years minimum preferred

Compensation and Benefits

  • Lives in ProNica’s two-bedroom residence and shares detached office with ProNica staff
  • Monthly salary ranging from $600 to $800 per month
  • Use of ProNica vehicle
  • Vacation, holidays and bonus in accordance with Nicaraguan labor code
  • Healthcare plan
  • Up to six weeks training and transition guidance

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to stateside@pronica.org and laura@pronica.org with the subject line: Program Director Search

Both individuals and couples are encouraged to apply.  Interested candidates should be available to commence work within six weeks of selection.  No phone calls please. For more information, visit http://www.pronica.org/.

ProNica was founded in 1986 under the auspices of the Southeastern Yearly Meeting (SEYM) of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers. 

ProNica is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, ideology or age.  We welcome qualified candidates to apply.

 

 

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