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Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

Lemonade International is a faith-based nonprofit organization that exists to support the work of Vidas Plenas – to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice through gospel-centered education, gang prevention, and community relief in the largest urban slum in Central America – La Limonada in Guatemala City.

ORGANIZATION PROFILE Beginning in 1994, Tita Evertsz, a local Guatemalan woman, began volunteering her time serving in La Limonada (“The Lemonade”), even after her church leaders encouraged her not to go there. Her own past included drugs and an abusive relationship so she could relate to the struggle of the people there. She would push her children in a stroller while carrying a pot of rice and beans to share with people in the community. She began building relationships with gang members and the people on the street. Years of serving the community and witnessing cycles of poverty, drug abuse, violence, and death reaffirmed Tita’s conviction that she had to do more.

Tita established Vidas Plenas in 2001. As a Guatemalan NGO, the organization strives to reach out to the children in the community – to rescue them from the gang culture that rules the streets of La Limonada. Over the next few years, La Escuelita (“The Little School”) was established, providing a spiritual safe haven, education, healthy meals, hygiene, and scholarships to attend formal schools in Guatemala City.

In 2004, the first group from the US served with Tita in La Limonada, and helped raise funds to expand La Escuelita. A lifelong friendship emerged from this trip, leading Bill and Cherie Cummings, Leah Craver, and Donnie Long to establish Lemonade International in 2008.

Lemonade International is a federally recognized, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in North Carolina. We exist with the sole focus of supporting the vision of Vidas Plenas – which, as of the summer of 2017 will open its fourth academy. This will bring our total enrollment for all four academies to over 500 children.

We are committed to supporting the mission of Vidas Plenas as they continue their work in gang prevention, community relief, and rescue outreach through the existing academies and through future expansion into all ten barrios (neighborhoods) within La Limonada. Our shared desire is for those most in need to experience transformation and to live full lives in Jesus.

Read more about the focus of our work in La Limonada in partnership with Vidas Plenas

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB PROFILE The Executive Director of Lemonade International is responsible to the Lemonade International Board of Directors for the overall leadership of the organization.

Critical Qualities:

  • Mature personal orthodox Christian faith (as defined by the Apostle’s Creed)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Vidas Plenas’s leadership, priorities, and program oversight
  • Passion for children and education in a densely populated urban context
  • Committed to God’s call to love all people and to seek justice for those who are oppressed and marginalized (Isaiah 58)
  • Love for those who are the most vulnerable and willingness to focus on developing and expanding deep relationships in one specific community
  • Committed to the Vidas Plenas Rescue Bridge model and their vision to see the children and community live the full lives promised through a relationship with God through Jesus
  • Humble, resilient, and pursuant of excellence and peace
  • Adept at cross-cultural communications, an astute understanding of cross-cultural relations, and appreciative of difference
  • Ability to translate vision, strategies, and action plans into compelling proposals
  • Understanding of budgets and familiarity with the budgeting process
  • Capacity to establish, build, and sustain strong partnerships
  • Ability to build and keep trust with others
  • Courageous in pursuing opportunities and challenges
  • Professional, relational, and collaborative
  • Values stewardship and organizational sustainability
  • Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate work experience
  • 5+ years of significant experience in facilitative leadership, community mobilization, capacity building, public speaking, and effective communication is required
  • Expertise in international relief and development ministry is preferred
  • Proven track record in major gift fundraising in annual giving from individuals and foundations or commensurate experience in sales and marketing
  • Proven ability to effectively initiate, develop, nurture, and maintain individual relationships and the skill to lead those individuals to make joyful financial investments
  • Proven track record in web-based giving, monthly giving programs, matching gifts, and planned giving
  • Capacity for engaging in and growing with technological tools and resources
  • Demonstrated success with establishing stewardship and donor recognition programs that sustain long-term relationships
  • Significant success with capacity building, innovation, and ideas that lead to increased giving and retention
  • Superior leadership skills with the capacity to manage a wide range of projects and inspire a strong team
  • Proven ability to recruit, cultivate, and develop a board of directors
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to present well in one-on-one, in small group settings, and in large group forums
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive information professionally
  • Experience working with remote team preferred
  • Experience engaging volunteers and staff in the fundraising process
  • Proven skills in working with church leaders and members across denominations
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills and experience working with people outside of the United States (prior experience working in or with Latin America preferred)
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred (or commitment to become proficient)
  • Demonstrated experience managing and executing multiple projects in a fast-paced, cross-cultural environment
  • Commitment to maintain healthy working relationships with Vidas Plenas leadership and teachers through frequent communication and prayer
  • Strong computer literacy in Microsoft Office and experience working with donor relations and donor data are required
  • Salesforce experience preferred
  • Overall attention to visual elements of donor communications is a plus
  • Quality time in La Limonada required prior to start date (if not already applicable)

Job Responsibilities & Functions:

  • Ensure focus on mission and vision as primary fundraising and awareness-raising entity in an exclusive partnership with Vidas Plenas
  • Prepare programmatic and fundraising reports and projections to present to board of directors for regularly scheduled board meetings
  • Facilitate meetings with Lemonade International staff to ensure cohesiveness and focus on organizational mission
  • Communicate regularly with Board of Directors between board meetings
  • Travel to Guatemala 3-4 times each year to visit with the Vidas Plenas team and observe the programs in order to stay closely connected to the work and to introduce current and prospective donors to what God is doing through the ministry
  • Ensure quality communication between Lemonade International in the US and Vidas Plenas in Guatemala
  • Serve as the liaison between staff members and the Board of Directors Provide servant leadership for staff, Guatemala team, and donors
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations
  • Maintain official records and documents
  • Attract, retain, and motivate a diverse staff of highly qualified and passionate people
  • Follow significant developments and trends in the nonprofit sector
  • Develop and maintain long-range and short-term fundraising strategies
  • Share the story and work of Lemonade International and Vidas Plenas by pursuing public speaking opportunities, developing relationships, and securing partnerships with new donor and church/business prospects
  • Fundraise by engaging individuals and families in the sponsorship of children, scholars, and teachers
  • Schedule and host Lemonade International exhibit booth at 2-3 conferences or events each year
  • Help to recruit and secure short-term groups to serve in La Limonada and work with Service Learning Trips Coordinator to facilitate the coordination of Service Learning Trips
  • Provide financial oversight including monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting
  • Work with Board of Directors, Finance Director, and Vidas Plenas leadership to develop budget and ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines throughout the year

Compensation Type: Full-time salary: negotiable through hiring process
Benefits: Health insurance provided
Vacation: Negotiable through hiring process
Location: Remote, based in a strategic location in the US
Start Date: July 1, 2017, negotiable
Application Deadline: April 30, 2017