The U.S. El Salvador Sister Cities Network is excited to announce the search for a new member of our team. This position will be based in the U.S., and begins in June of 2012.
The U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities Network is a grassroots organization made up of communities 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 member of our team will work closely with El Salvador staff, our Board of Directors and U.S. committees to ensure the strength and growth of our network.
The U.S. Coordinator will be responsible for the following:
Financial and Legal Administration:
• Documenting network finances with Quickbooks and preparing financial reports
• Processing donations and sending donor thank yous and tax receipts
• Tracking & managing monthly donor program
• Assuring that organization is fulfilling national and state legal requirements
• Processing payroll and national and state taxes
Fundraising and Development:
• Coordinating fundraising strategies with board and finance committee
• Overseeing yearly fundraising campaign
• Preparing print and online fundraising appeals
• Managing donor database
• Outreach to major donors and work with board on major donor strategy
• Writing content of Annual Report and other promotional materials
• Researching, proposing and implementing new fundraising opportunities
U.S. Grassroots Outreach:
• Direct & frequent communication with Sister Cities committees
• Outreach to target committees as specified by Sister Cities board
• Supporting committees’ fundraising and organizational capacities
• Travel to visit committees in U.S. when possible
• Encouraging and helping plan and prepare for delegations
• Planning speaking tours in coordination with El Salvador staff
• Building relationships with new contacts and establishing new sistering relationships.
• Weekly team meetings with El Salvador staff
• Monthly board and finance committee calls
• Participation in October National Gathering and Sister Cities U.S. tour
• Participation in U.S. Spring board meeting
• Ability to work well independently, self-supervise and problem-solve is essential.
• Experience working with grassroots organizations in the United States.
• Experience in Latin America, especially in El Salvador is a plus.
• Fluency in Spanish and English is preferred.
• Strong cultural sensitivity and willingness to adapt in cross-cultural environments.
• Strong written and spoken communication skills.
• The ability and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally as needed.
• Ability to work in a team.
• Experience with fundraising or administration is a plus.
• Experience with accounting or willingness to learn accounting software
• Familiarity with the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities network preferred.
It is strongly preferred that the coordinator be based close to any of the following Sister City committees:
Arlington, MA, Austin, TX, Bangor, ME, Binghamton, NY, Cambridge, MA, Concord, NH, Crystal Lake, IL, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Lawrence, KS, Manhattan, KS, Madison, WI, Watertown, MA or Wichita, KS.
Salary and Benefits:
The position is part time 20 hours/week (Possibility of increasing to 25/week in 2013) with a gross pay of $1480 per month. Monthly healthcare stipend.
The job commitment is a minimum of 2 years.
Process and Timeline:
The person hired will begin working in June, 2012. We will be accepting applications until May 7th. We will arrange a telephone and /or in-person interview after receiving the application.
Please send a cover letter, resume and two letters of reference to: Jesse Kates-Chinoy at firstname.lastname@example.org