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Senior Vice President for Latin America

Senior Vice President for Latin America

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New York, NY (Telecommuting is Available)

For almost 50 years, Covenant House has served and advocated for youth and young families experiencing homelessness, human trafficking, and exploitation. Our overarching goal is to end homelessness among youth and young families by helping them achieve housing stability, heal from trauma, tap into their innate resilience, and hone their interests and skills to forge new pathways to independence. This work is carried out across Covenant House sites in 31 cities in the US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Primary Function of Position: 

Covenant House International is seeking a dynamic leader and team player who will collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer to strategically advance the Latin America operations. The ideal candidate will provide operational support, oversight and strategic counsel to Covenant House’s four international affiliates in Latin America: Casa Alianza Mexico, La Alianza Guatemala, Casa Alianza Honduras and Casa Alianza Nicaragua, all of which serve children who have endured homelessness, hunger and human trafficking.

Key responsibilities will include collaborating with affiliates in the implementation of strategic planning; affiliate Board recruitment and stewardship; budget development and monitoring; enterprise risk management; program service tracking and evaluation; public communications and advocacy; bridge local needs and goals with the CHI’s long term strategies; coordinate the work at the CHI level with Latin American liaisons in all the departments; resource development; management and performance reviews for each affiliate national director,  and Covenant House International staff as assigned.

The candidate who fills this position plays a central role in convening the national directors semi-annually on issues and initiatives of common concern. The position requires extensive travel among Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and the United States.

Candidate Attributes:

This person is an outstanding operational & financial professional and an exceptional leader. He/she has a profound sense of humanity, empathy and respect for others. The ideal candidate is culturally competent and understands the social, economic, cultural and political norms of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They possess a high degree of general administrative and management knowledge along with specialized knowledge in finance, nonprofit management, and human services. Experience working directly with a Board of Directors is essential.

  • This person is a thoughtful, collaborative leader who works well with individuals at all levels of the organization, including in affiliate countries that are geographically dispersed.
  • They are an exceptional communicator with strong presentation skills. The successful candidate designs and presents transparent, understandable reports and data that meet the needs of a variety of constituencies.
  • This person is a natural problem solver who anticipates and deals with problems quickly and effectively. They are detail oriented, but are a talented manager who empowers competent staff members to do their jobs well. They are well-organized with an open leadership style—not wedded to a top-down chain of command.
  • This person has a genuine passion for Covenant House’s mission to help children, youth and families in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. They are an excellent verbal and written communicator who can clearly and passionately articulate the organization’s mission and current objectives.
  • They are a proactive leader and a team player who understands that respect is earned through collaboration and results, not position.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Persuasive Communication Skills - presents his/her own ideas to others in a manner that achieves clarity, buy-in and commitment.
  • Mature Confidence – leads and interacts with others assertively, responsibly and supportively.
  • Decisiveness makes decisions effectively and maintains a firm sense of direction.
  • Ability to travel regularly throughout New York City, Mexico and Central America Latin America. To manage highly-skilled and capable affiliate national directors who have garnered national and international recognition for their leadership, service and advocacy. Ability to interact with great skill and ease with donors and board members in business. To be personable, creative, focused and flexible and an intensely collaborative spirit. To excite anyone about our mission and provide them with a unique experience as a supporter
  • Absolute Integrity - demonstrated honesty and strong values through consistent action.
  • Profound and demonstrated commitment to human service and social change
  • Outstanding communication skills, articulate and persuasive, with well-honed relationship building skills
  • Drive and sophistication, excited by the opportunity to help shape the future of the organization as a whole
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the presence and personal style to represent the organization to multiple constituents
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings, and night hours as needed

Minimum Education & Experience

  • This position requires a Master’s Degree in a relevant area of study and ten years of professional experience. Or a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant area of study and fifteen years of progressive managerial responsibility in nonprofit management and operations, preferably in an international nonprofit focused on services in Latin America.
  • Operations Management: 10 years (Required)
  • Experience managing executive level staff.
  • Strong bilingual English-Spanish fluency required.
  • Previous experience living and working in Mexico and/or Central America is strongly preferred.
  • Valid US Driver’s License and Passport

TO APPLY, please go to CHI Careers. To complete an online application, please click here.

Required travel:

25% (Required)

Our Community

Our critical mission demands that we have all voices at the table. A team of diverse people, perspectives, and experiences is smarter, stronger, and more effective for our young people. At Covenant House, every team member is valued, respected, heard, and supported, and we welcome honest and courageous self-reflection on any aspects of our work that are based on biased or outdated viewpoints. We deliberately create opportunities for our staff to grow and thrive.

Covenant House International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind: CHI is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at CHI are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, family or parental status, disability status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. CHI will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. If you are fun, dynamic, and hardworking, come join our awesome international team in an organization with a heart!

Covenant House is a vaccinated employer. As such, prospective new hires will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered. Our offices are located in Manhattan, however, this position will be remote for the foreseeable future.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Executive

Location : New York, NY (Telecommuting is Available)

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