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Attention: Due to COVID-19, we will not be accepting volunteers in Guatemala for the remainder of 2022.

US Office, New Gloucester, Maine

Development Communications Manager (Full-time)

Summary of Position:  The Development Communications Manager (DCM) plays an important role in ensuring Safe Passage’s financial stability and in ensuring appropriate and accurate messaging of all organizational and program development to our donors. This position works closely with the Director of Development (DOD), Director of Annual Giving (DOAG), and the Guatemalan Community Manager (GCM). In addition, the DCM works in conjunction with the Development Team in the US and the Public Relations team in Guatemala to share and produce content that correctly reflects the work that we do on the ground in Guatemala City. This position reports directly to the Director of Development.

The DCM works to advance Safe Passage’s mission in three principle ways: 

  1. Assisting with and managing the strategic communications plan for the organization. This includes creation and use of appeal letters, cultivation mailings, annual reports, and electronic communications that are utilized in the overall annual campaign and sub campaigns during the year.  
  2. The management of Safe Passage’s development communications and oversight of online presence. 
  3. The management of the Safe Passage/Camino Seguro website.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategy, creativity and implementation of the annual production calendar and planning and execution of smaller campaigns throughout the year, in conjunction with DOAG. 
  • Design and create content, alongside the DOAG, of all development communications, whether printed in-house, or with outside vendors. Includes:
    • Emails, website, blog posts, mass appeals, informational items, and stewardship and cultivation pieces.
    • Work to ensure that all materials meet the Safe Passage brand guidelines.
  • Social Media
    • Monitor and maintain Facebook pages and groups, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and soon TikTok.
    • Engage with supporters, answer messages, and keep content fresh and branded.
    • Track analytics for enhancement of brand awareness and best ROI.
  • Mass Emails
    • Write, design, and send mass emails, including creating and maintaining mailing lists.
    • Maintain 8,000-person mailing lists.
  • Annual Report and Impact Newsletters, in conjunction with the DOAG – print, design, writing, editing, etc.
  • Press releases and media outreach, as needed.
  • Assist with the Maine 5K and other events, including creating content and design for registration, posters/flyers, sponsor packets, social media, emails, t-shirts, etc.
  • Video and image editing.
  • Maintain archives and curate photos, videos, etc.
  • Manage the Safe Passage website (WordPress) through content writing, design, and creation of new sections, as well as maintenance, plug-in updates, and addressing technical issues that may arise.
  • Monitor overall online presence, which includes outside webpages (Charity Navigator, Guidestar, GoOverseas, etc.)
  • Design and maintain online donation pages and online fundraisers through Online Express.
  • Annual or bi-annual visits along with DOAG to Guatemalan campus when safety permits to gather data, photos, video content for annual fund materials & media.

Primary skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite, and standard office software for both Mac and PC .
  • Proficiency with standard social media platforms.
  • Proficiency with WordPress, InDesign and other video/photo editing software. 
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to master new software easily.
  • Must manage time effectively and balance priorities.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Spanish proficiency is desired, but not required 

Education and professional attributes

  • A minimum of 2 years experience.
  • Excellent design, verbal, and written communication skills; including, copywriting, editing and persuasive writing.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Personable, energetic, and able to take challenges in stride.
  • Valid driver’s license, passport, and personal vehicle required.
  • Knowledge of fundraising/CRM systems such as Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, or equivalent desired.
  • Strong judgment, flexibility and ability to manage confidential  information with diplomacy.

The Salary range is between $50,000 and $55,000 per year, based on 40 hours per week. This position is full-time, paid hourly, and is non-exempt. A flexible work schedule is possible, with a mixture of working remotely and in our New Gloucester, Maine office. 

Grant Writer (Part-time)

Summary of Position:
The new, part-time position is responsible for managing existing foundation and corporate foundation relationships, researching new grant prospects, and developing successful grant proposals for Safe Passage. The Grant Writer reports to the Director of Development and is based in our Maine office, working a mixture of on-site and remotely. This role offers a unique opportunity to help grow the grants program at a pivotal moment for the organization: on the heels of Safe Passage’s 20th anniversary, the board of directors has finalized a new five-year strategic plan that identifies new program areas in need of expansion. Additionally, we have just received an unprecedented foundation commitment of $1,000,000 over five years to help Safe Passage strengthen its organizational capacity and outcomes.

The Grant Writer will research and manage records tracked in Raiser’s Edge/NXT for foundation and corporate foundation partners and prospects, and track respective funding opportunities for Safe Passage. Opportunities may include foundations, corporations, and also government sources. This individual will collaborate with the U.S. and Guatemalan development teams in the research, writing and management of grants, and carefully manage grant proposals, reporting deadlines, and other stewardship needs. The Grant Writer will also collaborate with the Executive Director/Head of School on high level opportunities ($50k+) as needed.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the management of grants $5,000+ within the organization (this does not include individual gifts made through family foundations and DAF’s).
  • Actively research and identify international grant opportunities.
  • Work with the Director of Development to develop an annual grants strategy based on annual revenue goals.
  • Oversee the proposal submission process for the team to ensure high-quality proposal writing that includes program outcomes data and framework, and follow-up on the progress of submitted proposals.
  • Track proposal submission deadlines carefully, to allow ample time to collaborate with the Leadership Team in Guatemala as needed.
  • Collaborate with the US and Guatemala development teams in managing grant details and preparing grant progress reports.

Education and Professional Attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of experience in grant/prospect research and writing.
  • Strong working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge/NXT (or similar database), Microsoft Office, and G-Suite.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, with strong ability to prioritize and manage projects to meet deadlines and goals.

Hours: 20 hours per week, non-exempt. $30 – $40 per hour.
This position can be a mixture of working remotely and on-site.
Familiarity with Spanish language and issues surrounding Guatemala, Central America ideal

Volunteer – Web Development          (Part-time)

Summary of Position: We are seeking a volunteer to support our Communications Manager in basic web design updates to our existing site. We are looking for someone who is:

  • Knowledgeable and experienced in WordPress (Elementor). 
  • Available to offer remote support on an ongoing, as needed basis (likely no more than 5-10 hours monthly at start, and then less frequently once initial changes are made and to support with website maintenance). 

If this volunteer role is of interest, please contact us at:  outreach@safepassage.org.

Guatemala City, Guatemala

We have no current volunteer opportunities available. 

We have no current volunteer opportunities available.

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Guatemala

6a. Avenida 11-95 Zona 7
Colonia Landivar, Ciudad de Guatemala

8am - 5pm (GMT)

TEL (502) 2440-4388

visitors@safepassage.org

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49 Farm View Dr
Raymond Hall, Suite 302
New Gloucester, ME 04260

9am - 5pm (EST)

TEL (207) 846-1188
FAX (207) 926-8244

info@safepassage.org