Guatemala Program Director

School the World

About the organization

School the World is an international non-profit organization committed to solving extreme poverty through the power of education. Founded in 2009, School the World has constructed 100 schools in Guatemala and Honduras and most recently expanded operations into Northern Panama. Our community-based strategy is designed to ensure that low-income children to complete elementary school with basic reading, writing and math skills. In 2018, we began expanding this strategy and vision to include lower secondary school and early childhood education.
Implementation of our long-term programming starts with building a primary (elementary) school (typically three classrooms) in communities experiencing extreme poverty. Local government provides 50% of the construction costs which we match through contributions to School the World (individual donors or service groups). Once the school is built, our 5 years of programming begins.


1. Effectively execute on School the World’s strategic plan for Guatemala to successfully meet all requirements and goals;
2. Implement and supervise all School the World program components; parent trainings, teacher trainings, classroom libraries & books, early childhood, basico scholarships, PRONEA. Assist in the development and improvement of all curriculum, as necessary. Adhering to all program reporting requirements;
3. An active member of School the World’s Executive Team, working closely with Founder & CEO (U.S.), Chief of Staff & Operations (U.S.) and Regional Director (Honduras). Weekly meetings conducted to ensure mission and programming are on track;
4. Guide the Guatemala Team in the collection, maintenance and analysis of all data. Review program data with the team weekly to help them interpret and understand the impact of community behaviors and evaluate intervention opportunities;
5. In conjunction with School the World’s infrastructure team and external relations personnel, maintain strong relationships with local government and the Ministry of Education at both the departmental and local levels. Assist with community/site selection through visits and evaluations with school and community officials, as necessary;
6. Sharing responsibilities with the Associate Program Director, manage all administrative tasks regarding the program and staff. Develop and maintain strong professional behavior within the office and all external meetings or trainings.


● Bachelor Degree from a University, preferably with a focus in social science careers such as pedagogy, social work, or higher education. Expertise in related areas is ideal;
● Minimum professional experience of 7 - 10 years. Minimum of 5 years of general management experience and program implementation;
● Passion for the mission, vision and values of School the World;
● Knowledge of the political, economic and social forces that School the World faces in Guatemala;
● Experience in personnel management and organizational skills with great capacity for team leadership;
● Ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment, operating independently while also working well with all team members;
● Ability and willingness to travel frequently between the places of interest for program expansion or community needs;
● Spanish fluency a must. English & Quiche, desirable but not required;
● Experience in nonprofit organizations is desirable, but not a requirement;
● You must live, or be open to living, in Quiché or in an area near Quiché.

Application instructions

The Program Director is a full time position. The salary and benefits are competitive and consistent with the position. For those interested, please send your resume to [email protected] Please include “Director of the Guatemala Program” in the subject.

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