Managing Director

Fundación En Vía
Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Position Description:

The Managing Director works with En Vía’s Executive Director to think creatively about En Vía’s mission, develop programs, and provide overall direction and vision to our team of staff and volunteers.  The ideal candidate will have experience managing a non-profit and/or experience managing staff, giving feedback, and directing programs.  We seek an individual with strong interpersonal skills who can both provide direction and also incorporate ideas from staff members and program participants into the overall organizational plan.

The Managing Director also oversees En Vía’s budget and manages our fundraising efforts.  A major responsibility of the next Managing Director will be to grow our pool of individual funders and foundation grants.  Candidates should have strong organizational skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills (in both Spanish and English), ideally with previous experience in fundraising.

En Vía is a small (5 employees), volunteer-fueled (about 20 volunteers at any given time), and locally focused organization with eight years of experience developing strong relationships in the communities that we work in.  We have recently embarked on our first ever impact assessment.  The next step for En Vía is to use what we have learned thus far from impact assessment to refine, reshape, and grow our programs.  The next Program Manager will lead our team in this effort.  The role provides an exciting opportunity to make a big difference in a small organization.

Key Responsibilities:
Staff Management:
–       Meet bi-weekly with each of three program managers: Education and Microfinance Program Manager, Operations Program Manager, Responsible Tourism Program Manager to oversee the progress of each of these programs and provide guidance and vision for moving forward
–       Oversee and approve budget for all programs
–       Communicate regularly with Executive Director to give updates on the progress of each program and to work together on major program developments
–       Approve vacation time and sick days, submit paperwork as needed to immigration to maintain employment status of foreign employees, and generally provide leadership to the office team

Strategic Planning:
–       Work with Executive Director to shape En Vía’s programs moving forward, make critical choices about program development, and work with the team to implement changes
–       Maintain working and projected budget for the organization as a whole
–       Regularly visit En Vía communities, build rapport with program participants, and incorporate participant perspectives in to program planning
–       Work closely with Operations Program Manager to oversee the impact assessment program
–       Oversee internal system improvements such as database development
–       Work with Executive Director to establish fiscal sponsorhip or 501©3 status in the USA

Fundraising and donor relations:
–       Send donor thank you letters
–       Write and publish quarterly newsletter through mailchimp
–       Write reports and maintain communication with a handful of private foundations
–       Research possible funding opportunities and establish new relationships with potential funders

General Program Support:
–       Loan officer: all staff members at En Vía double as loan officers.  As a group we visit each community weekly.  You will give loans, collect loan money, and answer inquiries about our loan program.
–       Tour guide:  all English speaking staff members at En Vía are also part of our tour guide team.  As a guide you will lead groups of 4-12 donors to visit program participants at their businesses.  You will share information about En Vía and translate and facilitate conversations with program participants.
–       Project tour planning support: Assist the Responsible Tourism Program Manager in planning for 5-day donor visits.  Plan and arrange hands-on development projects such as stove-building and storefront-painting to engage in with visiting donors.
–       Manage and update En Via website

–       Experience managing staff, giving feedback, and directing programs
–       Excellent interpersonal skills and a relationship oriented work ethic
–       Motivational personality, friendly and diplomatic with a strong sense of mission
–       Advanced Spanish proficiency and advanced English proficiency
–       Experience living abroad preferably in Latin America (if not from Mexico)
–       Culturally sensitive with the capacity to adjust behavior accordingly
–       5 years of professional work experience
–       2+ years of working in community development, international development, and/or microfinance
–       Capable of writing effectively for various audiences
–       Superb organizational skills
–       Ability to work independently with little supervision
–       Demonstrated interest in international development and indigenous communities
–       Responsible, reliable, and pro-active
–       Understanding of the basic concepts behind microfinance
–       Experience volunteering and/or experience managing volunteers

–       Experience managing a small non-profit
–       Experience spearheading fundraising campaigns
–       Experience managing the budget of an organization or large program
–       Experience in writing and communications
–       Experience in education (teaching and/or curriculum development)
–       Bachelors degree in a related field

Bonus qualifications
–       Additional experience working in finance
–       Experience working with indigenous communities
–       Masters degree in a related field
–       Previous experience with En Vía: volunteering, joining us on tours, etc.

Salary range: $15,000 – $18,000 MXN per month, depending on experience

Vacation: 15 days of paid vacation plus a floating holiday for each of Mexico’s national holidays.  Please note, applicants should plan to be in Oaxaca during high tourist season including Day of the Dead and Christmas/New Years (this can be negotiated on a year to year basis).
Insurance: The position includes enrollment in Mexico’s national healthcare system

Commitment:  Ideally we would like to find a candidate who can commit to work with En Vía for 3+ years.

To apply: send your resume and cover letter to

Additional Information

Fundación En Vía is a non-profit organization located in Oaxaca, Mexico. We work with women artisans and entrepreneurs in six Zapotec Communities outside of Oaxaca de Juarez.
Our mission is to support the growth and creation of income-generating businesses, and encourage personal development through education and participatory programs in order to empower women and allow them to better provide for their families.

We work toward this mission through three main programs: microfinance, education, and responsible tourism. Our microloan program gives women the opportunity to create or expand small businesses, empowering them to better provide for themselves and their families. Our educational programs impart the knowledge the women need to make better decisions regarding their businesses, the loan money they receive, and their personal finances. Our tourism model allows us to leverage resources from tourism and direct them in a sustainable manner into the communities that we work in.