JOIN OUR DYNAMIC TEAM

PROMOTE YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACROSS THE AMERICAS

AMIGOS staff believe in the power of youth to change the world. Join our community that works everyday to help young people do amazing things.

GREAT BENEFITS AND VACATION TIME

Hard work is important, but our staff are encouraged to have a great work-life balance.

GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

AMIGOS staff participate in bi-annual volunteer days to give back to our community, and have many other optional service opportunities throughout the year.

TRAVEL TO LATIN AMERICA

Many of our staff members regularly visit our programs and help with youth trainings in the US and Latin America. Take advantage of this opportunity to get out of your element!

POSITION SUMMARY

AMIGOS is looking for a versatile office manager for its international headquarters (located near the Galleria). This key position will work closely with various departments to help send hundreds of volunteers each year to Latin America. Under direct supervision of the CFO, the Office Manager provides support for all major responsibilities of the department with a focus on travel management, accounts payable, and facility management.

Location: AMIGOS headquarters in Houston, TX
Salary: Dependent on experience and includes excellent health, retirement, and paid time off benefits
Deadline: The ideal candidate would begin in April 2016

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Travel Management (40%)

  • Serves as office liaison to travel agent and airlines
  • Oversees summer travel process and manages airport layovers and other summer flight logistics
  • Helps minimize travel costs for staff
  • Some travel to Miami and Latin America may be necessary

Accounting & Finance (40%)

  • Supports Accounting Manager and CFO with accounts payable and accounts receivable functions
  • Supports Accounting Manager and CFO in the maintenance of proper files and records
  • Follow up with vendors in relation to any questions or outstanding concerns for invoices
  • Processes and reconciles check requests and expense reports for HQ Staff

Facilities & Office Management (20%)

  • Maintain office and mailing efficiency
  • Support human resources functions when needed

In addition to the above, other tasks may be assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Positive, resilient attitude with strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments.
  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Previous experience in office management or related fields
  • Knowledge of Spanish not required, but a plus

 

Submit a resume with a cover letter, including qualifications and salary requirements to:

Luis Mena, CFO
Amigos de las Américas
Email: jobs@amigosinternational.org

 

AMIGOS is an equal opportunity employer.

POSITION SUMMARY

AMIGOS is looking for a tech savvy and results-oriented self-starter with an interest in developing a career in digital marketing. This position is based at the National Office in Houston, TX and reports to the Manager of Marketing and Communications. The Digital Marketing Coordinator works closely with the cross-departmental marketing team to support key recruitment and fund development initiatives.

The ideal candidate is a skilled researcher with an eye for quality and a knack for digital processes. He or she must be a strategic thinker with the ability to balance competing needs in a fast-paced environment. Excellent opportunity to learn, grow, and hone digital skills with a dynamic and passionate team.

Location: AMIGOS headquarters in Houston, TX
Salary: Based on experience. Excellent benefits and training
Perk: You may land in Latin America!

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Digital Marketing Coordinator will manage day-to-day marketing processes as well as work to execute various campaigns. He or she must maintain awareness of digital trends, best practices, and technologies, especially as related to AMIGOS target demographics.

Key work areas include:

Content Development

  • Collect interviews and testimonials
  • Create and edit graphics, photos, and brand elements for print and web use
  • Maintain various content libraries: images, video, written content
  • Ideation and creation of compelling content for blogs, brochures, emails, web pages, video, infographics, etc.

Website Management

  • Backend website management and training
  • Web-based lead generation activities
  • Assist in web development projects, focusing on user experience and functionality
  • Blog posting and management

CRM and Email Marketing

  • Create and edit reports
  • Ideation, creation, sending, and reporting around email marketing campaigns, including HTML editing, quality assurance, and deliverability testing
  • Manage email marketing calendar

Brand and Messaging Maintenance

  • Monitor brand image across platforms and chapters. Work throughout the organization to identify and update outdated brand materials

Social Media

  • Maintain AMIGOS social media presence and scheduling software
  • Develop and publish engaging social posts to maximize clicks

Collateral and Promotional Materials

  • Manage in house collateral inventory, including ordering and shipping materials
  • Assist in creation of print materials and promotional items

Reporting

  • Assist with reporting and data collection
  • Monitor performance and conversion across campaigns, including measurement against KPIs

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.  Must be able to capture the AMIGOS brand, experience, and vision to inspire interest in the organization
  • Experience in document creation, spreadsheets (Microsoft Word, Excel)
  • Willing to work some evenings and weekends for events, meetings, and travel
  • Positive attitude and a commitment to help AMIGOS meet its strategic goals
  • Knowledge of various social media channels
  • Excellent time and project management with exceptional attention to detail

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of AMIGOS and/or past participation in AMIGOS programs
  • Experience in Salesforce (or equivalent CRM), email service providers (such as Exact Target), backend website management (WordPress)
  • Experience managing social media accounts for a professional brand (Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Working knowledge of HTML for email
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)

HOW TO APPLY

Submit a resume with a cover letter, including qualifications and salary requirements to:

April Hearne
Manager of Marketing and Communications
Amigos de las Américas

Email: jobs@amigosinternational.org

 

AMIGOS is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Dates: June 1 – August 22, 2017 (start and end dates subject to change)
Location: Houston TX
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017 (or until filled)
Salary: Up to $12/hour, commensurate with experience

Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is an international, nonprofit organization established in 1965.  AMIGOS’ mission is to inspire and build young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences.  During the summer of 2016, 521 U.S. teenagers and young adults served as AMIGOS Participants and Project Leadership Team members in almost 300 host communities in Costa Rica, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Paraguay. AMIGOS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of college
  • Basic computer and word processing proficiency
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spanish proficiency
  • International travel and cultural exchange experience, preferably in Latin America as an AMIGOS Participant, Project Staff person, or participant in a similar program
  • Telephone counseling and crisis management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in a leadership role
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously
  • Reliable attention to detail

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Takes the lead in responding to participants’ medical needs, parent/guardian inquiries, travel arrangements and other emergent situations
  • Documentation and follow-up of all participant-related information generated during the summer program. This includes, but is not limited to: communications with projects, Headquarters staff, parents/guardians and chapter personnel
  • Serves as information resource and support staff-person to summer On-Call Team members
  • Conducts data entry and ensures the quality of information being input into the Salesforce database by Project Staff and On-Call Team members related to all summer On-Call System communications

Job Relationships:

  • Reports to the Health and Safety Manager
  • Works directly with the On-Call System Communications Assistant
  • Works closely with the summer On-Call Team (selected AMIGOS Headquarters staff, physicians and mental health specialists) and other staff of the AMIGOS Headquarters

To Apply:

Mail, fax or email: (1) cover letter and (2) resume/CV to:

ATTN: Rissa Mitchell
Amigos de las Américas
1800 West Loop South, Suite 1325
Houston, Texas 77027

Email: jobs@amigosinternational.org

Fax: 713-782-9267

 

Dates: June 1 – August 22, 2017 (start and end dates subject to change)
Location: Houston TX
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017 (or until filled)
Salary: Up to $10/hour, commensurate with experience

Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is an international, nonprofit organization established in 1965.  AMIGOS’ mission is to inspire and build young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences.  During the summer of 2016, 521 U.S. teenagers and young adults served as AMIGOS participants and Project Leadership Team members in almost 300 host communities in Costa Rica, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Paraguay. AMIGOS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year of college
  • Basic computer and word processing proficiency
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spanish proficiency
  • International travel and cultural exchange experience, preferably in Latin America as an AMIGOS participant, Project Staff person, or participant in a similar program
  • Telephone counseling and crisis management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously
  • Reliable attention to detail

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists the On-Call System Communications Specialist in the documentation and follow-up of all participant-related information generated during the summer program. This includes, but is not limited to: medical and travel-related information, as well as communications with projects, Headquarters staff, parents/guardians and chapter personnel.
  • Serves as information resource and support staff-person to summer On-Call Team members
  • Processes communications related to participants’ medical needs, parent/guardian inquiries, travel arrangements and other emergent situations
  • Conducts data entry related to all summer On-Call System communications

Job Relationships:

  • Reports to the Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Works directly with the On-Call System Communications Specialist
  • Works closely with the summer On-Call Team (selected AMIGOS Headquarters staff, physicians and mental health specialists) and other staff of the AMIGOS Headquarters

To Apply:

Mail, fax or email: (1) cover letter and (2) resume/CV to:

ATTN: Rissa Mitchell
Amigos de las Américas
1800 West Loop South, Suite 1325
Houston, Texas 77027

Email: jobs@amigosinternational.org

Fax: 713-782-9267

 

Project Supervisors work directly with participants and host communities in the field. This exhilarating experience gives you the opportunity to live in Latin America, develop your resume and leadership skills, and challenge yourself while playing an integral role in the AMIGOS summer program.

  • Fully-funded summer opportunity in Latin America
  • Mentored professional development experience
  • Intensive in-country training
  • Unparalleled opportunity to interact with grassroots community development organizations

What You’ll Do

  • Build relationships and grow your network
  • Develop transferable project management skills
  • Make an impact in youth leadership and community development
  • Mentor 6-10 youth participants

Applications for Summer 2017 Project Supervisor positions are extended through Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:59pm PST!

APPLY NOW

Duties will be to:

    • Oversee annual cadence of fundraisers
    • Lead committees that run each fundraiser
    • Track fundraisers and identify underperformers
    • Suggest and trial new fundraisers
    • Streamline fundraising processes and donation collection

Interested applicants should email Austin Chapter President David Loose at president@amigos-austin.org

Duties will be to:

  • Track finances for the chapter
  • Propose an annual budgeting and work with board to finalize
  • Produce monthly reports on budget
  • Have tax filings prepared and filed on time
  • Send 501(c)3 cards to donors
  • Accept, track and deposit all donations and other funds
  • Pay monthly bills to AMIGOS headquarters and others as needed

Interested applicants should email Austin Chapter President David Loose at president@amigos-austin.org

AMIGOS Chicago North, currently meeting in Winnetka, Illinois and nearby locations, recruits, trains, and through Amigos de las Américas headquarters in Houston, Texas, places high school student volunteers to assist in local communities in Latin America during the summer.

You (Trainer) have experience with AMIGOS programs, group dynamics, and adolescents and have agreed to assist AMIGOS Chicago North by training its Volunteers, including returning (veteran) volunteers.

Nature of the relationship:

  • AMIGOS Chicago North retains you as a salaried employee
  • AMIGOS Chicago North may retain other trainers to assist you

Term

  • September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017

Compensation

  • AMIGOS Chicago North will pay you a stipend totaling One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1500) for the term.  Payment will be made in four quarterly installments of $375.00 each (less taxes), payable on the 15th of the September 2016, December 2016, March 2017, and June 2017.
  • As a salaried employee, Amigos de las Americas will deduct taxes and social security according to Federal Tax laws.

Supervision

  • The Training Director will be your direct supervisor; TD reports to the President and the Board. Questions regarding your supervision by the Training Committee may also be directed to the Chapter President.
  • You and the Training Committee will regularly evaluate the training program.
  • The Training Committee will provide you with ongoing feedback on your performance, as well as written evaluation in February and June. These evaluations will be based on the general scope and duties described in this contract and a job description to be mutually agreed upon before training begins in December.

General Scope and Duties

  • You will schedule and conduct Spanish language training throughout the term of this agreement. The Spanish training schedule will coincide with the predetermined training schedule.  (Minimum of 30 minutes, once a month)
  • You will prepare the Spanish language activities for each applicable training session.
  • You will participate in recruiting activities along with the Training Director when possible.
  • You will be responsible for assessing potential Volunteer’s Spanish language ability during the interviews and provide recommendations to the Board based on these evaluations. The Volunteer’s Spanish language will be assessed and any assistance required will be determined at this time.
  • You will be available to tutor volunteers as needed, to help bring their Spanish up to Amigos de las Americas’ and our Chapter standards.
  • You will attend all overnight retreats in their entirety and work collaboratively with all trainers.
  • You are responsible for planning and executing the overnight Spanish retreat with the Urban Chapter and Madison Chapter.
  • You will attend monthly AMIGOS Chicago North Board meetings or and actively participate as an ex-officio board member without vote.
  • You will attend the Goodbye Fiesta and Welcome Home Party for volunteers.
  • You will promptly report any issues or problems arising out of the training program in writing to the Board
  • You will fulfill all obligations as outlined in the job description.

Contact: Please send resume and short cover letter to: jeffsingleton.amigos@gmail.com.

The New York City Chapter of AMIGOS seeking a Co-Treasurer.  Some responsibilities will include:

  • Track finances for the chapter
  • Participate in the annual budgeting process
  • Produce monthly reports on budget performance
  • File the NYC Chapter’s IRS tax forms annually
  • Develop processes to ensure responsible fiscal management
  • Manage acceptance and depositing of fundraising donations and regular reporting for volunteers on their fundraising performance

Please direct your inquiries to Steve Funk, New York City Chapter President, president@amigosnyc.org

Assistant Training Director Job Description

Each chapter board selects one or more Chapter Trainers.  The Chapter Training Director(s) has primary responsibility for all aspects of training participants for a successful and meaningful AMIGOS experience, following all standards, guidelines, policies and expectations set forth by the International Office of AMIGOS, as approved by the International Board of Directors.

Desired Qualifications
  • Belief in young people’s ability to do amazing things
  • Commitment to the AMIGOS mission and training objectives
  • High level of energy and enthusiasm for working with youth
  • Experience in education, community health, community service, international development, youth leadership and/or cultural exchange
  • Spanish language ability
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively delegate
  • Interest in serving as a guide and mentor to participants preparing to embark on a life-changing adventure!
  • Be able to commit to working from October 1, 2016, to June 15, 2017

Responsibilities

Responsibilities to the local chapter board:

  • Help plan the training program following the AMIGOS Volunteer Training Objectives and implement the Core Curriculum. (in consultation with the IO Managing Director of Training).
  • Identify and obtain the resources needed to execute the program
  • Work closely with the Training Director and execute tasks independently in the TD’s absence.
  • Help the Training Director plan and oversee the facilitation of all monthly training meetings, retreats and service learning programs, including the purchase of materials as needed.
  • Select, train and supervise all members of the chapter training staff team
  • Participate in the interview and selection process for all applicants to the AMIGOS chapter.
  • Prepare and manage training budget.
  • Evaluate each Volunteer’s progress to ensure his/her successful completion of training. Monitor and communicate any concerns to Chapter Board and/or the International Office as appropriate.
  • Serve on the training team of the chapter board and report on all training-related issues. Attend monthly board meetings.
  • Other responsibilities as identified and/or defined by the chapter board

Responsibilities to the IO Training Department:

  • Read and respond promptly when requested to all IO communications directed to training directors.
  • Participate in the International Office Training Director’s trip from October 20-23, 2016.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the chapter assistant training director might be asked to:

  • Communicate with parents.
  • See that all applications and forms required of Volunteers are completed and submitted to the International Office in a timely fashion.
  • Assist in recruitment activities, such as the spring Educator Event and information sessions.

Compensation

$12/hour

Interested Applicants Please Submit Your Resume and Cover Letter to:

Portland Training Director Riley Stevenson

jrileystevenson@gmail.com

AMIGOS – San Diego Chapter

Training Director

Job Description

Objectives

The Training Director has primary responsibility for all aspects of the AMIGOS San Diego Chapter training program. The Training Director leads the training team in preparing AMIGOS participants for a positive, productive, safe and enjoyable experience in Latin America.  In-country code of conduct expectations are clearly communicated, policies and procedures are discussed, and a variety of tools are provided so that participants can hold camps and lead a community in carrying out a service project with community members.

 

The Training Director will recruit, select and train a staff of alumni participants (between late August and late October) following their return from Latin America. The training program will start in early November and complete in late May. The program typically consists of seven monthly meetings attended by participants and their parents, six monthly meetings attended by just the participants and three overnight weekend retreats. The Training Director will conduct bi-monthly meetings with training staff, attend monthly meetings of the Board of Directors (as a member ex-officio), and coordinate with or assist board members who direct participant recruiting, chapter fundraising and service learning activities.

 

The Training Director will be responsible to both the San Diego Chapter Board of Directors and to the AMIGOS headquarters (HQ) Director of Training. The Training Director will be expected to attend a workshop (in October) for all chapter training directors at the AMIGOS HQ (in Houston). Travel expenses for both workshops will be covered by the chapter.

Responsibilities

1. Update, Plan, and Develop the Current Year’s Training Program:

  • Plan the training program following the AMIGOS Participant Training Objectives, and implement the Core Curriculum (in consultation with the AMIGOS HQ Director of Training).
  • Coordinate with the chapter president to create a chapter events calendar and a training calendar that accommodates local high school breaks (as well as possible).
  • Set the training calendar for the year prior to recruiting activities each fall.
  • Ensure the training calendar covers all Core Curriculum activities and addresses specific training needs of the chapter.
  • Identify learning opportunities for participants to have more hands-on education on topics that meet the AMIGOS Participant Training Objectives
  • Include Spanish language practice opportunities in the training program.
  • Develop service learning opportunities that provide participants practice for their in-country experience.
  • Identify and obtain the resources needed to execute the program.
  • Collaborate with board members to plan and facilitate parent/participant
  • Review the chapter budget with the Treasurer, and promptly submit any receipts for expenses incurred during the training year per the budget.
  • Model training methodologies that are appropriate for a diversity of learning styles.
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as identified and/or defined by the chapter board.

2. Select and Train Training Staff:

  • Recruit, select, train and supervise the chapter training staff team (alumni participants).
  • Plan and run bi-monthly staff meetings.
  • Set a positive, fun and mentoring tone and training environment.
  • Provide effective feedback to participants in a timely fashion regarding each individual’s level of engagement and preparedness.
  • Prepare training staff for opportunities to move on to in-country project staff.
  • Identify and promotes opportunities for leadership development of training staff.
  • Promote effective communication and teamwork between the training team members.

3. Recruit New AMIGOS Participants:

  • Assist in the participant recruiting effort.
  • Coordinate with chapter Recruiting Director.
  • Take attendance at Info and Applicant Nights to record attendee name, school, and email addresses.
  • Assist board with interviews and participant selection.
  • Review each participant’s application and interview transcript. Note any attendance conflicts for planning make-up work. Look for any special needs or concerns.
  • Provide coaching for recruiting presentations.

4. Conduct Training:

  • Facilitate the debrief process after participants return. MUST ATTEND overnight in August.
  • Foster team building, and leadership within staff and among participants.
  • Provide any support needed in fundraising efforts.
  • Recruit former participants and/or community members, as needed, for training activities such as “Country Night”, and community simulations.
  • Develop service learning opportunities that provide participants practice for their in-country AMIGOS experience.
  • Keep track of attendance at all training events, and arrange appropriate makeup work with participants who miss sessions.
  • Prepare transportation/lodging plans, and coordinate with parents who volunteer to help with workshops and retreats.
  • Make facility arrangements for the retreats.
  • Plan and oversee the facilitation of all participant-only training meetings, retreats and workshops.

5. Evaluate AMIGOS Participant’s Training Performance:

  • Provide effective feedback to participants, in a timely fashion, regarding each individual’s level of engagement and preparedness.
  • Reports any issues or “red Flag” participants to chapter board and AMIGOS HQ in a timely manner.
  • Monitor and communicate any concerns to Chapter Board and/or AMIGOS HQ, as appropriate, paying special attention to participants with poor meeting attendance or behavior that is questionable.
  • Work closely with the Service Learning Coordinator to ensure participants are trained and prepared to fulfill their service learning requirements.

6. Evaluate Training Program, Staff, and Self on their Performance:

  • Evaluate AMIGOS training program annually, and contribute any relevant new ideas for updates internationally.
  • Provide one-on-one feedback to each training staff member (three times) as the training year progresses.
  • Meet mid year with President to discuss performance as well as at the end of the year with formal evaluation submitted to AMIGOS HQ.

7. Communication Expectations:

  • Proactively communicate with Chapter President and Board in order to solicit support, and maintain the quality of the training program.
  • Participate in monthly Board meetings ex-officio, and provide timely reports on all training-related issues.
  • Collaborate with board members on incorporating fundraising activities meaningfully into training program.
  • Email staff to delegate responsibilities and coordinate materials (handouts, posters etc.) and food, as needed, for staff and participant training sessions.
  • Send timely email reminders to participants with information regarding all participant-only meetings, retreats, workshops.
  • Respond to questions and concerns raised by parents of the participants.
  • Solicit, respond to, and incorporate formal feedback from participants, parents, board members, and training staff into future training activities.
  • Ensure 24 hour response time to all requests.
  • Present self professionally and confidently in public.

8. Risk Prevention and Management

  • Consider long term impact of all decisions.
  • Follow and upholds AMIGOS standards during all AMIGOS events.
  • Complete AMIGOS background check process in a timely manner.
  • Establish emergency procedures with training team and chapter board.
  • Ensure that all training team members complete medical releases.
  • Obtain all participant medical release forms and keep these on hand during the retreats.
  • Act as a mandated reporter for any suspected child abuse incidence.
  • Promptly contact chapter board leadership and AMIGOS HQ in the event of a crisis or incident.

9. Responsibilities to the AMIGOS HQ Training Department:

  • Submit a complete copy of training agenda to the Director of Training at AMIGOS HQ.
  • Participate in AMIGOS HQ training events, conference calls, and the annual fall AMIGOS Training Workshop.
  • Maintain and submit a record of participant training hours (attendance) and assignment completion.
  • Review participants’ project assignments before they are released to these individuals.
  • In the spring:
    • Review and submit staff evaluations of the participants.
    • Complete training staff Performance Evaluations.
    • Complete and submit the Core Curriculum evaluation.
  • Following each summer, review Participant Performance Evaluations prepared by in-country Project Staff. This may inform the next training program.
  • Receive all training materials from AMIGOS HQ, Core Curriculum, Training Handbook etc., and distribute to participants as required.
  • Read and respond promptly, when requested, to all AMIGOS HQ communications directed to training directors.

Qualifications

  • Strongly prefer AMIGOS Senior Training Staff experience
  • Must have been an AMIGOS participant
  • Must have training knowledge and experience
  • Experience in education, community health, community service, international development, youth leadership and/or cultural exchange
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate and delegate effectively
  • Commitment to the AMIGOS mission and training objectives
  • High level of energy and enthusiasm for working with youth
  • Interest in serving as a guide and mentor to participants preparing to embark on a life-changing adventure!

Measures of Success

Training Directors will be evaluated on training program development, participant management, training team management, professionalism, documentation, risk prevention & management, training evaluation, communication & collaboration, resource management, and service learning. The evaluation process will be conducted at three levels: self-evaluation, chapter leadership, and AMIGOS HQ Training Department. Detailed expectations for each of these areas are included in the official Chapter Training Director evaluation.

Interested applicants should contact:

San Diego Chapter Co-President Eileen Hahn at ebhahn@earthlink.net.

  1. Identify potential products for participants to sell for fundraising activities.
  2. Negotiate with vendors to get best possible pricing for fundraising products.
  3. Arrange for receipt of product from vendor and distribution to participants.
  4. Train participants in sales techniques and product sales tracking.
  5. Supply participants with the necessary material resources, such as letterhead for their letter-writing efforts.
  6. Facilitate letter writing training session(s), provide examples of effective letters from past participants.
  7. Edit and approve the final letters for distribution by the participants.
  8. Monitor letter-writing progress.

Contact: Please send inquiries for this role to Co-President Kelly Diggins at kellyd415@gmail.com.

The Washington DC Chapter of Amigos  de las Américas is actively seeking two Co-Training Directors for the 2016-2017 volunteer year.

This position will play a vital role in the success of our volunteers’ summer experience and an opportunity to develop skills as a trainer, team leader, facilitator and mentor. The annual gross salary range for the position is $2,000- $3,000 for six to seven months of work with one to two trainings per month. Salary is commensurate with experience. The DC Chapter will also provide funds for the training director to attend a three day training (Oct 20-23) facilitated by the AMIGOS National Office.

Applicants should send their resume and cover letter to  co-presidents Alayna Tetreault-Rooney (and Heather Lanigan (president@amigosdc.org) with the subject line “AMIGOS Training Director Application”. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis and the first grouping will be considered by September 16, 2016. Experience as an AMIGOS volunteer is highly preferred, but not required.

Additional information about the Washington, DC Chapter can be found at www.amigoslink.org/dc.

 Position Description

The Washington DC Chapter of Amigos de las Américas sends students from throughout the DC metro area to Latin America every summer to engage in community development and youth leadership projects. After training throughout the winter and spring, high school students join over 700 other Amigos volunteers from other parts of the United States to provide community service in Colombia, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru or Costa Rica for six to eight weeks next summer while living with a local family. More information can be found at www.amigoslink.org/washington-dc-chapter.

Our chapter is accepting applications for two Co-Training Directors. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Training Directors (TDs) play a key role in our volunteers’ experience with Amigos and our Chapter. The TDs report to the D.C. Chapter Board and are encouraged to take guidance from past trainers and veteran volunteer peer trainers, and will receive training materials and resources provided from the Chapter and Amigos International Office. TDs are expected to commit for a minimum of one training year, which concludes at the Welcome Home Party after the summer program. Preference will be given to candidates who are likely to be available for more than one year.

Responsibilities

1)    Recruiting (September-November):

  • Participate in recruiting and interview sessions prior to volunteer applicants’ acceptance into program, including scheduling of interviewers to handle the volunteer personal interview and the Spanish assessment.  Also participate directly in applicant interviews.
  • Review applications with the Board and make recommendations on applicants’ acceptance into the program.
  • Plan and coordinate the volunteer-aimed section of Orientation.

 

2)    Peer trainers (September-May):

  • Work with the Board to recruit, interview and then select veteran volunteers (Vets) as facilitators.
  • Train and supervise Vets as facilitators in the training process.
  • Debrief Vets after they facilitate activities.
  • Ensure that Vets have adequately planned and prepared for activities that they will facilitate.

 

  • Training (November-May):
  • Attend – with authorization of the Board – the Training Director workshops in Houston from October 20-23, 2016 (associated expenses will be paid by the DC Board). At least one training director must attend this in-person training. Both trainers will be required to participate in any and all remote training opportunities.
  • Take ultimate responsibility with the other Training Director for the planning and execution of all training activities, including Service Learning
  • By the time of the Board Retreat (October), establish the year’s training calendar. By the Welcome Party (November) have the agenda fully formulated, including objectives to be covered at each meeting.
  • Organize logistics of training activities, such as meeting location, speakers, thank-you notes, etc.
  • Organize and run a winter overnight retreat and two day-long Spring retreats.
  • Maintain communication with volunteers via social media platforms to keep up to date on training agenda.
  • Monitor volunteers’ training progress and alert the Board to any perceived performance problems (i.e. attitude, maturity, lack of drive or attendance, etc).
  • Purchase training materials as necessary in accordance with the training budget (i.e. training books, supplies, photocopies).
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of DC chapter t-shirts.
  • Attend and participate actively in all training sessions (with some exceptions granted), the Welcome Potluck, Assignment Party, Ticket Party, Parent Meeting and Welcome Home Party.
  • Champion volunteer attendance at all training meetings and activities, maintain a record of volunteer attendance, and report to the Board immediately any case where a volunteer’s attendance has fallen outside of the policy set forth in the “Volunteer Participation Agreement.”

 

4)    Board Meetings (August-June):

  • Attend all Board meetings (usually monthly) as a non-voting ex officio participant.
  • Request assistance and advice from the Board when necessary.
  • Keep the Board abreast of training progress, agendas and issues.
  • Participate in a year-end evaluation conducted by the Board to assess the training program.

 

Note: Responsibilities are shared between Training Directors. This position will have no responsibilities regarding fundraising for the chapter, other than to provide timely encouragement to the volunteers.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience with AMIGOS program preferred, but not required. Former country staff, trainers, and vet trainers will be given priority.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in training, facilitation and youth mentorship
  • Competency in managing online platforms and social media engagement
  • Ability to work well in teams

Minimum Requirements

  • Completed college degree or equivalent
  • Fluent in English and highly proficient in Spanish
  • Strong organizational skills

Travel percentage (if any)

  • Depending on personal experience with AMIGOS, trainer will be asked to attend workshop in Houston (costs covered by chapter)
  • Trainer must attend all retreats in full

Deadline to apply

  • September 16, 2016 (applications will be considered on a rolling basis)

Compensation and Benefits

  • Satisfaction in playing a vital role in the success of our volunteers’ summer experience.
  • An opportunity to hone your own skills as a trainer, team leader, facilitator and mentor.
  • Annual gross salary range of $2,000- $3,000 for six to seven months of work with one to two trainings per month. Salary is commensurate with experience.