Finance and Administration Manager

Semilla Nueva
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Summary of the position
The Finance and Administration Manager will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the executive director (ED). The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop an internal team to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and IT.

The Finance and Administration Manager will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as Semilla Nueva continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

Financial Management
 Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly
and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and
oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
 Coordinate and lead the audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the
board of directors; assess any changes necessary.
 Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED; administer and
review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team
abreast of the organization’s financial status.
 Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
 Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/ reporting system; ensure that
the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are
steady and support operational requirements.
 Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance
department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
 Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the board of directors.
 Coordinate with senior leadership to lead the development and maintenance of Semilla Nueva’s
business plan and five year plans and projections.

Human Resources, Technology and Administration.
 Coordinate with senior leadership to lead constant improvement of organizational and managerial
culture at Semilla Nueva, measurably improving staff engagement, leadership development, and
 Further develop Semilla Nueva’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional
development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training and recruiting.
 Ensure that recruiting processes are consistent and streamlined.
 Establish and manage a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools,
policies and procedures.
 Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.
 Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the
organization scales.

 Minimum of a B.A., ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree
 At least 3-4 years of overall professional experience; ideally 3+ years of broad financial and operations
management experience
 The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data,
reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably
overseen a human resources function previously
 Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with — programmatic and
fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
 A passion for creation of organizational culture and team development
 A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills
which support and enable sound decision making
 Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work
with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
 A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
 Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Semilla Nueva

 Full-time position based in Guatemala City
 Minimum commitment of two years, preferably three
 Comfortable traveling to and spending time in rural parts of Guatemala with difficult living conditions.
 Fluent English and Spanish

Salary: Competitive local salary, dependent on experience

Before applying, please review our website, blog, and Annual Report which are found at

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 seeds have already changed the daily diets of 27,000 people in 2016 and over 60,000 in 2017. Our first year of commercial seed sales also begin in 2017, 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 globally. 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—and begin expanding our model internationally.