Country Manager: Guatemala

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Paid Job Position
Xela or Huehuetenango
Tuesday, October 1
Lake Atitlan + Chimaltenango, Xela + Western Highlands, Quiche + Verapazes
August 14, 2013 - 7:20am
More than Six Months
Education / Schools, Health / Medical
Job Description:

GPSA is looking for an independent contractor to serve as Country Manager for Guatemala. As Country Manager, the new person would have multiple responsibilities including: 1) Management of community partner relationships, including identification of new community partners (schools, hospitals and clinics), communication before student arrival to coordinate on-site projects, communication during student activities to coordinate day-to-day activities, communication after student departure to collect feedback and develop improvement plans and coordination of financial and physical donations to the community partners, 2) Management of housing for students and staff, including identification of new housing, inspection of housing, coordination of payments for housing, and communication before, during and after student experiences to manage problems and expectations 3) Handling of applications for participation from students interested in Guatemala programs, including collecting applications, checking for application forms and their completeness, answering questions specific to the Guatemala program, submitting applications as needed to the admissions committee and occasionally answering questions from parents, 4) Transportation coordination, including transportation to and from the airport, weekend activities and to/from the clinics, schools and other locations within Guatemala and 5) Coordination with a Spanish (or Kiche/Mom) language school.

The Country Manager is expected to additionally act as Trip Director for all short-term (one-week and two-week trips) and most long-term (three-week and four-week) trips in Guatemala. The responsibilities of trip director include 1) assigning students to sites, 2) managing college leaders (long-term trips only), 3) managing leaders-in-training (mostly long-term trips), 4) handling discipline and conflict problems as they arise, and 5) communicating with parents and GPSA staff as needed.

The Country Manager may optionally elect to take on the additional responsibility of recruiting. Recruiting includes one month in a target recruiting zone (such as Europe, Japan, China or elsewhere) visiting schools to give talks, visiting conferences to present and attending camp fairs to work at the GPSA booth. The GPSA Recruiting Coordinator helps to make arrangements for these activities.
The Country Manager may be required to occasionally visit Durham, North Carolina, USA for business meetings. GPSA is expanding rapidly. Therefore, the Country Manager will be expected to participate in new product development, such as spring-break trips, eco-friendly trips, etc.
The Country Manager should possess a Bachelor’s degree. The Country Manager should be able to work comfortably in English and Spanish, additional languages are a plus for those interested in recruiting. The Country Manager should be currently living in or near Xela or Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The Country Manager must be able to demonstrate an ability to receive payments in US$ and account for those payments. A Country Manager with a medical professional background is preferred but not required. A demonstrated interest in tourism and high school students is preferred but not required.

The Country Manager is a contract employee engaged for five months at a time, renewable. A typical sequence of contracts spanning one year might be five months of work, one month without work or contract, five months of work, one month of recruiting. The Country Coordinator will not be provided with benefits or an office. However, an annual budget will be provided for office utilities (telephone, computer, printer and toner). Each five-month contract is expected to be valued at US$2000 - US$2500 depending on the experience and qualifications of the applicant. The Country Manager will be expected to begin work in October, 2013.

How to Apply: 

Interested parties should provide a resume to Dr. Robert Malkin ( before September 6, 2013.

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