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The Mayan Families staff is primarily made up of indigenous Guatemalans from this area who otherwise might not have a chance for a stable job; however, we are always looking for passionate, skilled foreign workers as well to join us in Panajachel for life-changing work opportunities. Check out our recent job openings and see if you or someone you know might fit the bill! Note that the requirements vary by position, but will generally include proficiency in Spanish and a longer-term time commitment. 

For an up-to-date listing of all available jobs and internships please visit our page. 


 Executive Assistant

Mayan Families is a non-profit organization based in Panajachel, which develops educational, economic, and nutritional opportunities and assistance to the indigenous populations around the Lake Atitlan area. Through a wide variety of programs that focus on education and community development, Mayan Families operates on the principle that all people should have access to the basic necessities of life with dignity and respect.


Executive Assistant

The new Mayan Families Executive Director is seeking an organized, detail-oriented, kind and collaborative  individual with excellent interpersonal skills to support vital coordination and administrative work in the main Administrative Office of Mayan Families. The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication skills, a positive disposition, plenty of energy, and a nuanced understanding of formal and informal systems in the Department of Sololá. Positive, respectful relationships with local indigenous leadership and community is a must. Fluency in Spanish and Kaqchikel, with a high level of English, plus skills in finance, office, and understanding of local legal/power systems required. Experience of working in an NGO is desired. The candidate must be honest and ethical, and able to solve difficult problems with grace.




Administrative/Coordination with the Mayan Families Team:

  • Support the legal and organizational duties of the Executive Director, making sure that legal responsibilities of the organization are met successfully
  • Support the ED to understand and successfully and respectfully navigate local systems and power structures
  • Communicate, collaborate and coordinate with staff in other departments in Spanish, support healthy communication and problem solving throughout the organization
  • Create, maintain, and verify information about our programs, beneficiaries and donors in print and digital locations (i.e: database, website, spreadsheets, PayPal)
  • Produce literature for various uses, i.e., newsletter, blogs, grants, presentations
  • Respond to email, web-based, telephone, and in-person inquiries about Mayan Families, Guatemala, and local indigenous culture in English, Spanish, and Kaqchikel
  • Maintain strong working knowledge of Mayan Families’ programs, grants, plans and vision; provide information to community leaders, beneficiaries, and donors as necessary


Communication and Public Relations (Office):

  • Communicate personally with donors, partners, community leaders, board members, providing information about the organization’s status, progress, and needs
  • Support positive and collaborative relationships between the leadership of Mayan Families and community through ongoing healthy and honest communication, relationship building, outreach and positive community engagement with local partners and community members
  • Communicate the goals and vision of the organization to potential partners, build collaboration



  • Support fundraising and sponsorship campaigns for the Executive Director as necessary
  • Assist with tasks and duties as required, sometimes working outside of the Administrative Department


Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience. Preferred fields of study or experience include Community Development,  Social Work, Administration, Bilingual Secretary, or related field
  • 3-5 years of work experience in an office or NGO setting
  • Fluency in reading, writing, and speaking in both English and Spanish
  • Fluency in Kaqchikel (or TzuTujil or Kiche)
  • Lived experience and experience working within the Mayan community in Guatemala
  • Understanding of formal and informal power structures in the region
  • Positive, trusting relationships within the Mayan community around Lake Atitlan
  • In-depth understanding of socio-economic issues faced by indigenous Guatemalans and commitment to equity, justice, and equal access for the community
  • Experience and understanding of NGO legal and financial requirements



  • Exceptional interpersonal skills: professional and friendly manner in working with community partners, beneficiaries, staff, donors, and volunteers
  • Healthy and proactive communication and effective problem-solving as part of a team
  • Exceptional written communication: the ability to write compelling stories, professional emails, and communicate kindly
  • Kind and honest, and discreet when dealing with sensitive topics
  • Comfortable working independently and/or as part of a team
  • Flexible and patient, and supportive of others’ organizational skills
  • Ability to quickly prioritize and adapt to changing needs of a fast-paced work environment
  • Highly organized with strong administrative skills, excellent memory, and an eye for detail
  • Ability to multitask, meet critical deadlines, and provide excellent follow-up


We offer:

  • Job stability
  • A competitive salary
  • Prestaciones
  • Flexible schedule
  • Personal and professional development
  • A kind, collaborative, forward-thinking team


How to apply:

Send your CV, cover letter and two letters of recommendation with the title Executive Assistant to Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 31st. Interviews will be carried out in English, Spanish and Kaqchikel.

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