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De la Gente is a vibrant organization dedicated to improving the lives of coffee farmers through sustainable economic development. We pride ourselves on hard work, inter-disciplinary knowledge and a willingness to do what it takes to achieve our mission, while making sure we have fun and keep our sense of humor along the way.

Why work with DLG?

  • Utilize and develop your professional skills in the service of others

  • Learn about a new culture within a framework of international development

  • Build relationships with our wide range of partners, customers, and beneficiaries

  • Gain first-hand knowledge of all aspects of coffee production and trade

  • Be part of an innovative, growing organization developing creative approaches to economic development

  • Perfect your Spanish or English proficiency

  • Meet people and make new friends from all over the world

If you are a sharp-minded individual who wants to dedicate your time to an organization working at the intersection of development and enterprise, then read on! Our office atmosphere is a lively and friendly place to work. We foster learning opportunities for our team members, while combining professionalism and excellence with fun and experimentation in our office culture. As part of the DLG team you will learn more about the coffee process, sometimes as an active participant, while developing friendships not only with co-workers, but also with farmers, artisans, and their families.

Our office is located in San Miguel Escobar, a neighborhood of Ciudad Vieja located about 10 minutes outside of Antigua. Our location keeps us in close contact with the farmers and families whom DLG’s projects and work benefit. The city of Antigua is the former colonial capital of Guatemala and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua is a hub for international travelers, workers, and volunteers, with many great opportunities for socializing with both internationals and locals and taking in diverse cultural offerings.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

FULL-TIME POSITIONS:

FUNDRAISING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

De la Gente is searching for a Fundraising and Development manager to join our diverse and high-impact team, to help us achieve our mission of creating economic opportunity for coffee farmers and cooperative in Guatemala that improve the quality of life for their families and communities.

Through our transparent coffee trade, growing technical assistance, micro-lending, and community tourism programs carried out with our partner cooperatives, we are working together to build a more equitable, inclusive, and prosperous future for small-scale coffee farmers.

Job Description

The Fundraising and Development Manager is responsible driving DLG’s fundraising department to support our impact and grow our organization. This role works closely with both donors and program staff to maintain communication through the fundraising, project implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates who are excited and competitive about achieving fundraising goals, which will ultimately support the growth of De la Gente and therefore the 350+ coffee farmers with whom we work.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement fundraising strategy and annual fundraising plan

  • Working with the Board of Directors, identify, cultivate and solicit new funding opportunities by researching and presenting DLG’s work to foundations, organizations and individual donors

  • Diversify and grow existing donor revenue streams, increasing individual giving by reconnecting with lapsed donors

  • Develop and submit LOIs, grant proposals, and reporting requirements to individuals and foundations

  • Compile data for grant reporting and other donor programmatic updates with the Program Coordinator

  • Working with the Communications Team, draft and present individual donor solicitations, such as annual appeals, project-specific support, and corporate sponsorships

  • Facilitate and manage the logistics of in-country donor site visits, including transportation, food and lodging, and activities to showcase DLG’s impact in our partner cooperatives

  • Visit project sites for monitoring and evaluation. Site visits typically involve 2-5 days working away and require travel to communities that are up to 7 hours by car

  • Manage micro-financing programs with cooperatives and farmers, including reviewing applications, disbursing funds, collecting repayments on time, and reporting on the success of the investment

De la Gente Team Members are:

Well organized and highly detailed oriented

Thick-skinned, able to see through problems and get to the root of issues

Dedicated to supporting coffee farming communities of diverse educational, economic, and cultural backgrounds ethically and justly

Qualifications:

Necessary:

  • 3-5 years fundraising or development experience

  • Proven track record of securing funding

  • Excellent written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal, spoken, and diplomatic communications skills

  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish

  • Knowledge of MailChimp and CRM softwares

  • Energy and ability to engage new audiences about De la Gente

  • Minimum commitment of 18 months

Desirable:

  • Experience living in Latin America

  • Familiarity with international development project practices

Benefits:

  • Competitive local salary, commensurate with experience.

  • 4 weeks (20 days) annual paid vacation and 10 office holidays

  • Private health insurance plan

  • Support in securing permanent or temporary residency to fulfill legal working requirements

  • Opportunity to pursue professional development in fundraising or other areas of international development.

Work Schedule:

Typical working hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. Due to non-recurrent travel needs, early mornings, late nights, and weekends hours should be anticipated.

Our office is located in Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepequez – about 10 minutes outside of Antigua, Guatemala via public transport

Excited by this opportunity? Please send your CV and a letter of motivation, detailing your past experience, interest in this position, what you expect from this opportunity, to jobs@dlgcoffee.org before August 9 2019. Be sure to include examples of your previous fundraising experiences and successes.

Application Deadline: August 9, 2019 with applications reviewed on a rolling basis

Start Date: Ideally September 02

PART-TIME POSITIONS

No part-time positions are listed currently. Please check back in the future or follow our Idealist page.

CONTRACT POSITIONS

Tour Translator

DLG's corps of translators facilitate our highly-regarded community tours, serving as the link between Spanish-speaking guides and English-speaking participants. Our translators come from many countries and backgrounds but are united by a love for community tourism that builds relationships across cultures. We are looking for energetic communicators who are excited about engaging visitors from all over the world and delivering world-class experiences in partnership with our local community guides.

This is a part-time, as needed role and translators are assigned work by the half-day tour. If you are interested, please email tours@dlgcoffee.org with your resume and interest in the position, with "Translator Application [NAME]" as your subject line. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email, please do not call. We receive applications year-round and accept qualified applicants depending on need.

 

INTERNSHIPS

We do not have any openings for internships at this time. Check back soon or subscribe to our newsletter and social media pages for updates.

 

VOLUNTEERS

We welcome volunteers to work in San Miguel Escobar in the areas of coffee agriculture or administration (projects, donor relations, marketing, operations, etc.). We aim to personalize your experience by matching your background and interests to your specific volunteering goals. Or, if you just want to help and learn about Guatemala, practice some Spanish, and have an amazing travel experience, this is an excellent opportunity!

If you choose to work in coffee agriculture, volunteers generally work side-by-side with small, independent coffee farmers in every step of the planting, harvesting, and processing of high-quality Arabica coffee. This may involve hiking up to pick fruit or clear land in the fields at the base of Volcán de Agua, or working in the family home to process or sort coffee beans. Work varies depending on the season. Please email us at volunteer@dlgcoffee.org for more information.