Ecuador Program Manager

The Tandana Foundation is looking for an energetic, detail-oriented person to lead our programs near Otavalo, Ecuador. The Ecuador Program Manager will plan, coordinate, and follow up on group volunteer programs as well as managing staff and interns and overseeing the scholarship program and community projects. She or he will build strong relationships with community members, manage and evaluate community projects, maintain excellent communication both within the organization and with various stakeholders, and lead our effort to improve and expand our Ecuador programs.

The ideal candidate will be someone who has proven experience with the cultures of both Ecuador and the United States, fluency in both English and Spanish and at least 2 years’ management experience. We are seeking a candidate who enjoys people, easily develops rapport with people from all walks of life, is passionate about helping to build bridges between cultures, and is comfortable juggling a lot of different responsibilities. He or she will also need to be meticulous in his/her care and use of the funds that our donors have entrusted to us; detailed record keeping and transparency are very important. The ideal Ecuador Program Manager will actively join with the Founding Director and Operations Director in strategic thinking about new programs and better ways to serve the communities with whom we are involved and the volunteers who dedicate their time. He or she will take a leadership role in crafting a respectful, responsible, inclusive organizational culture.

Start date: September 1, 2017. Applications due by July 31, 2017.


·      Oversee volunteer programs in Ecuador

o   Prepare for program itineraries

o   Arrange details with community members

o   Train, orient, and manage Program Coordinators

o   Ensure that programs are evaluated and improved each time

o   Manage supplies inventories

o   Take on Emergency Contact responsibilities during Ecuador programs.

·      Oversee Cursos Vacacionales (Summer School)

o   Hire and manage a Cursos Coordinator

o   Oversee curriculum and evaluation

·      Oversee patient follow up

o   Manage Patient Follow Up Coordinator and interns working on Patient Follow-Up

o   Coordinate staff and board in the making of policies

·      Oversee scholarship program

o   Manage Scholarship Coordinator

o   Coordinate staff and board in the making of policies

·      Oversee community projects

o   Manage Logistics Manager

o   Approve small projects and seek Directors’ approval for larger ones

o   Evaluate project impact

·      Select and manage interns in Ecuador

o   Select appropriate candidates and prepare them for a successful experience

o   Arrange volunteer placements and host families

o   Orient, support, and manage volunteers while they are in Ecuador

o   Provide support to host families before, during, and after volunteers’ stays

·      Work with Ecuadorian bureaucracies to obtain necessary authorizations, paperwork, etc.

·      Live in either Quichinche or Otavalo

o   Maintain old and build new relationships with communities and individuals in Quichinche

o   Be available for volunteers and Program Coordinators to call on for support

·      Communications and promotion

o   Provide material related to Ecuador programs for website, blog, social media, and supporter updates

o   Maintain close communication with the Operations Director and Founding Director

o   Improve communication with a wide variety of community members

·      Manage Ecuador office, funds, staff, and all supplies

o   Complete and submit monthly expense reports

o   Complete annual staff evaluations

o   Oversee maintenance and organization of office and equipment


·      Salary of $23,000-$26,000, commensurate with experience

·      Two weeks paid vacation

·      Phone and other work expenses


To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and a video statement of purpose to Aaron DiMartino at  The video should be no longer than 2 minutes and should show you explaining why you believe this kind of work is important and how you are prepared to take on this role.  You should speak both English and Spanish in the video.  You can upload the video to the site of your choice (Dropbox, YouTube, etc.—please do not use Skype) and just send us a link to view it.