Alterna Development & Recruitment Fellowship

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How to Apply:To apply, please send us your CV and a cover letter, including how you heard about Alterna, when you are able to start, and how much time you would be able to dedicate. Send these to Please include your name and the title of the fellowship you are applying for in the Subject of the email. We look forward to receiving your application!Website:

Overview of Position

We consider Alterna Fellows our entrepreneurs’ first and most influential impact investors. Alterna relies a team of pro-bono experts with deep expertise to support entrepreneur cultivation. Fellows contribute their most valuable assets—time and experience—over the course of 6-10 months, working directly with entrepreneurs to provide tailored services to entrepreneurs as they create solutions to social problems.

Alterna is looking for an experienced professional to lead the process of identifying new pipelines of fellows, to manage the full recruitment process and to implement a post- fellowship cultivation strategy that engages potential, current and previous fellows. Through developing and guiding the organization’s recruitment and retention action plan, this person will form a crucial part of Alterna’s operations team and growth strategy.

You will:

  • Live and work in Central America with 9-15 other fellows from around the world

  • Identify, attract and retain new and ongoing relationships and partnerships to source

    Alterna with highly qualified fellows, and interns

  • Build and implement a development strategy to secure funding for 5-7 fellows year-


  • Lead the process of recruiting, interviewing and on-boarding new fellows

  • Refine and implement a post-fellowship engagement strategy alongside the

    Communications Manager and development team

  • Gain on the ground exposure to innovative approaches, ideas and best practices in the

    areas of Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship


You have:

  • 3-8 years of work experience in Human Resources, Development, Project Management or Operations

  • 12 months of availability (minimum)

  • Ability to relocate to Guatemala

  • A strong working proficiency in English and Spanish

  • Impeccable project management skills

  • Excited about the growing sector of social entrepreneurship


Ideally, you are:

  • Passionate about organizational sustainability

  • A people person, and love to connect with others

  • Proactive and innovative

  • Resourceful and an independent worker, with self-directed guidelines

  • Where others see boundaries, you see opportunities

Fellow Spotlights

The Alterna Fellowship has been wonderful. From working with talented fellows and entrepreneurs on pressing social issues to exploring Guatemala, there are lots of meaningful connections, projects and experiences here. I’m currently leading an innovative “pay it forward” fund initiative, driving applications, interviewing and awarding up to $10,000 to Guatemalan entrepreneurs. In return entrepreneurs pay the investment amount forward to their community in free products, workshops or pro-bono services.

Patrick Woolpert, USA, Business Development Fellow 2014-2015

After three years at a large corporate law firm, I was looking to make a change. Serving as an Alterna Fellow allowed me to develop new skills, build great relationships, and feel like I was finally making a difference. It also gave me time to figure out my next move, which ultimately was joining a tech startup in New York. For anyone interested in social entrepreneurship, or ready to take their career in a new, more fulfilling direction, I'd highly recommend the Alterna Fellowship Program.

Matthew Glick, USA, Alterna Fellow 2013-2014

Alterna provided me with a dynamic and exciting work environment where I was able to develop my leadership and teamwork skills. I felt like I was a part of building something from the ground-up and was able to take ownership of my projects, while putting my skills and experiences to use doing hands-on, meaningful work.

Shari-Lynn MacLellan, Alterna Fellow 2014