The Mayan Families staff is primarily made up of indigenous Guatemalans from the region, as well as a few passionate and skilled foreign workers here in Panajachel.

Check out our recent job openings and see if you or someone you know might fit the bill! Note that the requirements vary by position, but will generally include proficiency in Spanish and a longer-term time commitment.

For an up-to-date listing of all available jobs and internships, please visit our idealist.org page.

Open Positions


Facilitador/a Educativo 

Mayan Families es una organización sin fines de lucro, con la misión de colaborar con la población indígena, fortaleciendo y facilitando los recursos existentes a través de los programas que desarrolla en varias comunidades del departamento de Sololá; para que sean empoderadas, autosostenibles y con un desarrollo integral, enfocando sus esfuerzo en educación, salud preventiva y oportunidades económicas. Trabajamos bajo la Asociación Amigos Mayan Families registrada en Guatemala.

Departamento de Educación 

En Mayan Families creemos firmemente que la educación es parte fundamental para el desarrollo de los pueblos, por eso  promovemos la educación al facilitar los recursos educativos existentes y fomentar una educación de calidad, bilingüe, equitativa e igualitaria dentro de las comunidades rurales en el departamento de Sololá, con esto lograr una formación de jóvenes líderes que impulsen un desarrollo integral en sus comunidades. Actualmente el departamento cuenta con los programas de Becas, Preescolares y Comunidades de Aprendizaje.

Facilitador/a Educativo 

Estamos buscando una persona responsable, analitica, con buenas relaciones interpersonales capaz de planificar proactivamente con un amplio conocimiento del sistema educativo nacional y la realidad guatemalteca en las áreas rurales para dirigir el apoyo proporcionado a los estudiantes por medio de becas educativas y el apoyo a establecimientos públicos. El dominio del idioma Kaqchikel es imprescindible.

Principales Tareas 

  • Auxiliar del Director de Departamento en la coordinación y relación administrativa con centros educativos de los niveles preprimario y primario, básico y diversificado en las comunidades donde se tiene presencia.
  • Auxiliar del Director de Departamento en el desarrollo y coordinación con centros educativos universitarios donde se tiene presencia. 
  • Auxiliar en el desarrollo del departamento y coordinación de la implementación de nuevas políticas y procedimientos del programa y del departamento.
  • Apoyo en gestión y control de procesos administrativos del departamento.
  • Elaboración y presentación de reportes sobre los hallazgos, datos, impacto entre otros  dentro de la población estudiantil beneficiada en diversos periodos. 
  • Coordinación y acompañamiento de Servicio Comunitario de los estudiantes en determinados grados/niveles.
  • Coordinación y apoyo en los procesos relacionados a las becas individuales incluyendo la colaboración con otros miembros del equipo.
  • Actualización de datos (beneficiarios becados) y manejo de informaciones de la población estudiantil (como directorios de estudiantes con becas y escuelas).
  • Atención de casos de estudiantes de todos los niveles.


Habilidades Requeridas 

  • Título Profesor de Enseñanza Media, preferiblemente estudiante de Licenciatura en Educación en cualquiera de las especialidades o modalidades
  • Experiencia mínima de cinco años de trabajo en el área de educación, y conocimiento en becas
  • Experiencia considerable para trabajar en gestionar proyectos y/o desarrollo comunitario 
  • Conexiones sólidas con las comunidades y centros educativos alrededor del Lago Atitlán
  • Experiencia administrativa dentro de una ONG
  • Dominio del Idioma Kaqchikel 
  • Habilidad numérica y contable
  • Capacidad de trabajar en equipo 
  • Buenas relaciones interpersonales y sociales
  • Dispuesto a realizar trabajo de campo en comunidades rurales
  • Buena resolución de conflictos
  • Proactivo y habilidad de trabajar independientemente sin mucha supervisión
  • Manejo de los programas en línea de Google – Drive, Documentos etc
  • Excelente manejo de programas computacionales incluyendo el paquete Office
  • Comprensión del liderazgo comunitario y desarrollo sostenible
  • Capacidad de visualizar mejoras y nuevas ideas, y el seguimiento para hacerlos realidad


Ofrecemos:

  • Estabilidad laboral
  • Salario competitivo
  • Prestaciones de ley
  • Horario flexible
  • Crecimiento personal y laboral


Cómo Aplicar

Envíe su CV, carta de presentación y dos cartas de recomendación con el título Facilitador/a Educativo a hr@mayanfamilies.org, con fecha límite de domingo, 16 de agosto.


Request for Proposal (RFP) for Grant Writer


Purpose

Mayan Families requests proposals for a grant writer to provide grant writing services and proposal/application support to the organization on a contractual basis for a period of four months. The position is remote and can be carried out from anywhere in the world, with all communication being online.

Mayan Families works in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala to implement community-led programs that address systemic barriers and build cultural strength and resilience. Our work is driven by the expertise of Mayan staff and community leaders towards long-term, meaningful change in the areas of education, nutrition & health, and economic development.

As a registered US 501(c)3 organization in the US, we work in partnership with our legally-registered Guatemalan partner association to implement our programs on the ground.

Scope of Work

Mayan Families has recently adopted a strategic plan that includes a focus on growing and diversifying the organization’s grants portfolio. The contracted work will include identifying and applying for new grant funding from corporate entities, private charitable foundations, family foundations, and other funding sources, as well as renewing support from our existing funders.

We are seeking a grant writer with a proven track record in writing successful proposals to diverse funding sources, skills in data collection and analysis, and an entrepreneurial approach to fund development. Experienced staff in our Guatemala office will partner with the grant writer to produce authentic narrative and accurate data for grants. Spanish language skills, and previous experience writing for organizations in Central America would be helpful as would personal or professional experiences with and deep respect for indigenous communities and the development of indigenous leadership. The contracted grant writer will work closely with members of the Development and Communications team.

The Grant Writer’s responsibilities will include:

  1. Understanding and actively engaging in the work of the Development and Communications Teams with regard to grants
  2. Managing the renewal of current grants as needed
  3. Conducting prospect research to identify funders with a propensity to fund work like that of Mayan Families
  4. Writing and compiling complete, effective Letters of Interest, full proposals, required reports, and online applications for grant funding
  5. Providing consistent and clear communication with leadership concerning grant prospects, proposal and reporting requirements and deadlines
  6. Developing and maintaining grant templates and materials
  7. Managing grant records, organizational documents, and data in a professional and confidential way.


Hours needed to successfully manage the project are estimated to be between 25-40 hours per month, depending on the grant cycle.

Timeline

The selection of the grant writing consultant is expected to proceed as indicated below:

    • RFP Release: July 28th
    • Proposals Due: August 14th
    • Consultant Selected: August 24th
    • Project Begins: September 1st
    • Project Completion: December 31st

As we are very excited to get started on this project and welcome someone to the team, we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible and we will review proposals on a rolling basis.

Submission Requirements

  1. Complete proposal sent to the attention of Joan Brown, Director of Development, at partnerships@mayanfamilies.org by Friday, August 14th (inclusive). 
  2. Proposals have an 8-page maximum. For ease of reading, please use 1.5 spacing and 12-point font size.
  3. All proposals must include:
    A.  A resumé describing in detail your experience writing and submitting government, corporate and private foundation grants.
    B. A narrative that further describes your experience, including at a minimum the following:
    i. Types of organization to which you have provided services and examples of programs for which successful grants were written
    ii. Examples of grant sources from which you have successfully obtained funding
    iii. Highlights of any grant-writing experience with Central American-based organizations, education and/or nutrition programs, and programs developing indigenous leadership
    iv. Clear demonstration of your knowledge of and experience with presenting demographic data.
    C. An excerpt from a grant you have written that is representative of your writing style. The excerpt should not exceed 3 pages and should not contain any confidential or proprietary information.
    D. An outline of proposed fees to accomplish the work as described.
    E. Three (3) references from clients/organizations for whom you have performed similar services.


Compensation and Invoicing

This is initially a four-month contract for not more than 40 hours per month. Billing will happen on a monthly basis. If the initial engagement is successful, a possibility exists that the contract could be extended.

Terms and Conditions

The successful contractor may be awarded a short-term professional services contract for the services identified in this RFP. Issuance of this RFP does not commit Mayan Families to award a contract or to pay any costs incurred in preparation of proposals responding to the RFP.

 


Thank you for your interest in Mayan Families, and we look forward to hearing from you!