Communications Coordinator

Semilla Nueva
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Summary of the Position
We are hiring a communications coordinator to hone and share Semilla Nueva’s message with a variety of national and international audiences. We seek an individual who can strengthen our institutional relationships through the creation strategic and consistent promotional materials tailored for large institutional donors. This individual will also lead efforts with our individual donors through online campaigns, maintenance of our donor database, and creating content for social media. Our goal isn\’t just to get publicity and financing, but to create awareness about issues faced by rural Guatemalans. Communicating our successes, failures, and lessons learned is essential to the long-term goal of being leaders in agricultural development. In the last years we have grown tremendously as an organization and our programs are generating interest among larger organizations and across a wider audience.

We need a highly skilled communicator who can create and disseminate a cohesive, focused and powerful
message about Semilla Nueva. We are proud to have maintained a passionate and committed team with great relationships with our partner farmers and allies. We are looking for a new team member who wants to apply their skills and experience to help our organization grow, but equally looking for a team member who shares our values and passions. This full-time position based in Guatemala City anticipates that 85% of the time will be in the SN office. The communications coordinator will have extensive field time with farmers in our partner communities and direct contact with diverse stakeholders.

 Excellent writing/communications skills
 Experience with graphic design and layout
 Experience leading social media and online fundraising campaigns
 Experience with fundraising and relationship management
 Experience with project management
 An autonomous learner with a willingness to develop new skills
 Native/fluent English and intermediate Spanish
 Familiarity with WordPress
 Highly organized and able to manage simultaneous deadlines

 Ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle or willingness to learn
 Photography/Videography experience
– Full-time position based in Guatemala City
– Minimum commitment one year, preferably two
– Ability to work independently, proactively, and prioritize/coordinate a variety of activities
– Ability to work effectively in a multicultural team
– Comfortable working in a fast-paced, constantly evolving work environment
– Comfortable traveling to and spending time in rural parts of Guatemala with difficult living conditions

Specific Tasks
1. Developing Communications Strategy – Work jointly with the director of development to hone the
message of Semilla Nueva and deliver it through a number of avenues such as Facebook, Instagram,
videos, reports, and more. This requires the ability to gather “voices” from several different facets of the
organization (e.g., farmers, field staff, donors, partnering institutions) and delivering them in impactful
ways that engage the interest of existing and new supporters in our network.
2. Source Materials from the Field: Stay in constant contact between the field and the office to ensure that
we have the appropriate materials for telling the Semilla Nueva story. This may involve directly visiting
our field programs to capture photos and video, as well as coordinating with the field team to ensure
receiving these materials and updates in a constant matter.
3. Project Management – Manage deadlines with the internal team and external contractors to develop
videos, photos, and graphic design materials.
4. Collateral Design – This position will be the go-to person for development of all digital and print content.
This may include annual/quarterly reports, pitch decks, and presentations. This also includes using graphic
design software (Canva, Adobe) to create digital content for social media and giving campaigns.
5. Donor Relations – Work in various activities to maintain existing donors and engage new supporters. This
may include creating thank you letters and donor appeals, sending e-blasts and newsletters, etc. , and
working with the development team to create video and photo content for institutional funders.
6. Press Outreach – Work with ED and director of development to identify key organizational stories and
pitches. Cultivate relationships with members of local and international press to increase brand
awareness and secure coverage.
Salary: Competitive local salary, dependent on experience

Before applying, please review our website:, including videos and annual reports.

Additional Information

Malnutrition affects over a billion people worldwide and nearly half of children in Guatemala. Semilla Nueva works
with scientists, farmers, and the Guatemalan government to promote biofortified corn as a sustainable and
scalable solution to this global crisis. These seeds have been bred to have higher yields, better taste, and far more
nutrients. This allows farmers and families to continue growing and eating what they traditionally have, while
dramatically improving the nutrition of their children, and the entire food system.
Semilla Nueva works directly with farmers to test, improve and disseminate new seeds. We scale through
collaborations with farmer groups, NGOs, the government and through direct sales of commercial seeds based on
innovative social marketing campaigns. We have also constructed a national collaboration to promote biofortified
seeds, which has helped nearly 20 organizations in the country reach 5,000 families in its first year. Our newest
seed, launched in 2016, has already changed the daily diets of 27,000 people, and we hope to reach 60,000 in
2017. This year marked our first year of commercial seed sales, which we hope in five years will provide over half
of our revenue, allowing Semilla Nueva to become more financially sustainable.

Our work has led to rapid growth and international recognition, including some of the leading awards in social
entrepreneurship. We are seeking individuals to join our team that share our strong conviction for creating real
development for rural families in Guatemala to help us continue on this path. Over the next five years, we expect
to reach over a million families with more nutritious corn, reducing malnutrition at a national level.