The Tandana Foundation is looking for an energetic, detail-oriented person to lead our programs near Otavalo, Ecuador. The Ecuador Program Manager will plan, coordinate, and follow up on group volunteer programs as well as managing staff and interns and overseeing the scholarship program and community projects. She or he will build strong relationships with community members, manage and evaluate community projects, maintain excellent communication both within the organization and with various stakeholders, and lead our effort to improve and expand our programs in Ecuador.

The ideal candidate will be someone who has proven experience with the cultures of both Ecuador and the United States, fluency in both English and Spanish and at least 2 years’ management experience. We are seeking a candidate who enjoys people, easily develops rapport with people from all walks of life, is passionate about helping to build bridges between cultures, and is comfortable juggling a lot of different responsibilities. He or she will also need to be meticulous in his/her care and use of the funds that our donors have entrusted to us; detailed record keeping and transparency are very important. The ideal Ecuador Program Manager will actively join with the Founding Director and Operations Director in strategic thinking about new programs and better ways to serve the communities with whom we are involved and the volunteers who dedicate their time. He or she will take a leadership role in crafting a respectful, responsible, inclusive organizational culture.

Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Being conversational in Kichwa is helpful but not required.


• Oversee volunteer programs in Ecuador
       o Prepare for program itineraries
       o Arrange details with community members with help from the Program Coordinator
       o Train, orient, and manage Program Coordinators
       o Ensure that programs are evaluated and improved each time
       o Manage supplies inventories
       o Serve as emergency contact and be prepared to respond to incidents during volunteer programs.

• Oversee patient follow up
      o Manage Patient Follow Up Coordinator and interns working on Patient Follow-Up
      o Coordinate staff and board in the making of policies

• Oversee scholarship program
      o Manage Scholarship Coordinator
      o Coordinate staff and board in the making of policies

• Oversee community projects
      o Manage Logistics Manager
      o Approve small projects and seek Directors’ approval for larger ones
      o Evaluate project impact

• Oversee Cursos Vacacionales (Summer School)
      o Hire and manage a Cursos Coordinator
      o Oversee curriculum and evaluation

• Select and manage interns for Ecuador programs
      o Select appropriate candidates and prepare them for a successful experience (OD will handle most of the hiring process, but EPM will do final interview and approve them)
      o Arrange volunteer placements and host families
      o Orient, support, and manage interns while they are in Ecuador
      o Provide support to host families before, during, and after interns’ stays

• Communications and promotion
      o Provide material related to Ecuador programs for website, blog, social media, and supporter updates with help from Program Assistant
      o Maintain close communication with the Operations Director and Founding Director
      o Maintain good communication with a wide variety of community members

• Manage Ecuador office, funds, staff, and all supplies
      o Complete and submit timely monthly expense reports; oversee and support Accountant in submitting all required declarations
      o Complete annual staff evaluations and provide ongoing feedback to team members
      o Organize and lead monthly or bimonthly staff meetings and annual staff outings/events
      o Oversee maintenance and organization of office, including supplies inventories

• Work with Ecuadorian authorities to obtain necessary authorizations, paperwork, etc.

• Live in either Quichinche or Otavalo
      o Maintain old and build new relationships with communities and individuals in Quichinche
      o Be available for interns and Program Coordinators to call on for support


Salary of $23,000-$26,000, commensurate with experience
Two weeks paid vacation
Phone expenses


To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and a video statement of purpose to Aaron DiMartino at info [at] The subject of the email should be Ecuador Program Manager. The video should be no longer than 2 minutes and should show you explaining why you believe our work is important and how you are prepared to take on this role. You should speak both English and Spanish in the video. You can upload the video to the site of your choice (Dropbox, YouTube, etc.—please do not use Skype) and just send us a link to view it.