Job Opening: Program Assistant

September 04, 2019

Job Opening: Program Assistant

Cultural Survival is an international non-profit organization advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Since 1972, Cultural Survival has partnered with Indigenous communities to advance Indigenous Peoples' rights and cultures worldwide. The core of our efforts rest on the principles of supporting, amplifying efforts and raising awareness of self-determination for Indigenous communities. Our programs work to inform, create resources for, support access to information, bolster freedom of expression, and assist Indigenous communities to organize and shape their futures in ways consistent with their traditions, languages, cultures. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we have staff based in Guatemala, Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nepal, Canada, and South Africa.

Cultural Survival seeks a full-time program assistant to provide critical administrative and operational support to the program managers. The program assistant supports with minute taking; translation; document drafting, review, and editing; travel planning and logistics, etc., as needed, in support of Cultural Survival’s Mission and Vision. The program assistant is responsible for helping the staff members perform their jobs in an efficient and effective manner. The program assistant must maintain strict confidence in the handling of documents and information. Fluency in both English and Spanish is required.

LOCATION: Preference based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, but not mandatory. This is a remote position.

● Take minutes during the weekly international staff meeting.
● Schedule meetings for program managers and staff members.
● Support program staff with travel logistics.
● Travel with program staff on trips, taking charge of logistics and planning of team travel.
● Assist in the revision of grant proposals and the editing of documents, as needed.
● Written translation services for all of Cultural Survival’s programs, based on necessity, including the translation of documents, meeting notes, Cultural Survival Quarterly articles, social media and website content, etc.
● Spoken translation services for all of Cultural Survival’s programs, based on necessity, including real-time translation of meetings, radio programs and spots, etc.
● Ensure written and oral translations conveying the original meaning and tone.
● Proofread translated texts for grammar, spelling and punctuation accuracy.
● Follow up with staff to ensure translation meets their needs.
● Do research on specific topics as required per program managers.
● Edit content with an eye toward maintaining its original format (e.g. font and structure).

Development and Marketing:
● Translate content for the website, annual reports, and other fundraising materials.
● Translate reports, videos, photos, and other material for management, communications, and fundraising based on site visits, interviews with local organizations and partners, etc.
● Prepare subtitles for marketing materials, as needed.

Additional Responsibilities:
● Work independently and collaboratively and participate in online meetings when applicable.
● Act in the best interest of the organization, reflecting the values of teamwork, collaboration and mutual respect.
● Perform other duties as needed or directed.
● Travel as a support person with program staff as needed.

We look for an energetic individual, fluent in spoken and written English and Spanish, with proven experience efficiently and expertly translating documents in the context of Indigenous Peoples Rights or Advocacy nonprofits. They embrace CS’s mission and are able to effectively communicate it.

● Certification in translation, interpretation, or linguistics preferred.
● Proven English-Spanish and Spanish-English translation experience: written, oral, real-time in a professional context. Fluency in English and Spanish.
● Excellent proofreading skills, with the ability to identify grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors in English and Spanish.
● Proficient use of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other applicable database programs.
● Proficiency in an Indigenous Mayan language preferred.
● Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
● Ability to work on a tight timeline.
● Collaborative and confident. Willing to work in with a multicultural team based across the globe.
● International travel experience.
● Experience planning international travel including booking flights, lodging, etc.
● Above average verbal and written communication skills.
● Keen eye for details.
● Ability to work independently, with limited supervision, in a home-based setting.

● Competitive salary between Q5000 and Q6000/ mo. ($650 -$780/mo US dollars)
● The position offers a unique opportunity for an independent individual with a passion for advancing in Indigenous rights.

● If you are interested please send your resume and cover letter to Mark Camp:, and cc Adriana Hernandez
Please include “Program Assistant Application” in the subject line. Open until filled.