Dominican Republic: Programs Director

Organization: 7elements
Country: Dominican Republic
Closing date: 05 Dec 2016

Title: Programs Director

Employee Status: Full time, sponsored by 7e

Term of Service: January 1, 2017-August 31, 2017 (with potential for permanent hire)

Location: Las Canas, Espaillat, Dominican Republic

Compensation: $2,000-2,200 USD per month (based on experience, background, professional skills set) Please Note: This position is paid as a local staff member residing in Dominican Republic

Other benefits: One round trip plane ticket to Dominican Republic (if applicable, visa to work in Dominican Republic). Living expenses (food and lodging). Medical insurance for the duration of your contract.International work experience alongside like-minded individuals.

Requirements: Bachelor degree. Preference given to those with experience in the global health field, environment, sustainability, and international development. Fluency in English and Spanish required. Must be willing and able to live, work, and travel independently in Latin America. Former Peace Corps Volunteer experience an advantage. Experience working with groups preferred.


7 elements (7E) is an educational organization that harnesses volunteer efforts to improve the environmental, economic, food, health, individual, community, and political security of selected Haitian and Dominican communities. Dr. David Addison, Founder & Executive Director of 7E, has refined effective interventions rooted in his PhD thesis of sustainability. He created 7E to represent the seven elements of human security and provide holistic development projects that would improve the quality of life for the people living in abject poverty in the north central region of the DR. This multidisciplinary approach is the framework that will be utilized when addressing challenges in the region.

Job Description

The Programs Coordinator will work in all of 7E's programming areas in surrounding communities, organizing and leading service-learning groups and managing initiatives with local partner organizations. The position's primary responsibilities are three-fold: 1) serve as the organizations' on the ground liaison and representative, working to maintain the relationship between 7e and the health partners 2) serve as lead coordinator for service-learning groups ranging from high school and university students to adults.

Short term teams travel to the northern shore of Dominican Republic for 8- 14 days to participate in various related service-learning projects in local partnering communities in and around Las Canas, Espaillat, Dominican Republic. These teams, which are formed throughout the year and average about 14-16 teams, form the backbone of 7E's health support for both the communities and partner organizations with whom we work. They also constitute the core partnership between 7E and other organizations, as we alternate the trips to the same communities to provide sustainable care over time and address the underlying causes of insecurities in the area. In addition, service trips also focus on development topics such as forced migration, environmental degradation, food security, and globalization. Note: Short term teams can travel to a variety of locations in the Dominican Republic.

The Programs Coordinator position requires multi-disciplinary work and is ideal for individuals looking to gain field experience in international development, public health, and work related to health disparities in developing countries.

Main Responsibilities

  • Serve as the lead coordinator for short-term service-learning groups
  • Develop the infrastructure required to support local partners and program initiatives of 7E
  • Strengthen and maintain partnerships with Haitian and Dominican communities around Las Canas, to improve and sustain their medical/health-­‐related care
  • Serve as the on the ground liaison and representative of 7E to local partner organizations and communities

Service-learning groups

  • Coordinate group logistic requirements involving the design of team budgets and itineraries
  • Support 7E logistics including Ministry of Health (MOH) and customs authorization, lodging, airport transfers, and cultural activities
  • Meet with community members and Dominican partner organizations to organize projects
  • Lead diverse service-learning teams comprised of student volunteers
  • Manage support staff
  • Lead planning and implementation of serve-learning teams
  • Evaluate teams and introduce improvements as needed
  • Maintain a professional, and culturally appropriate communication between local partners and 7e

Minimum Job Requirements/Skills/Abilities

  • Experience with international development strongly preferred
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Travel experience (Latin America preferred); experience living abroad (Latin America / Africa/ Asia preferred)
  • Flexible personality; ability and interest in assuming very diverse tasks
  • Strong work ethic and dedication to the position
  • Competency regarding topics in international development, development economics, poverty alleviation, international aid, NGO work, and public health
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and working with students preferred
  • Confidence to travel and work independently throughout Dominican Republic
  • Charisma and comfort leading and working with large groups of people, including US medical professionals and US students
  • Excellent writing skills; Strong leadership skills; Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work very independently, but also cooperate effectively with teams
  • 9 to 5ers need not apply!

How to apply:

To Apply

Please submit a current resume with a cover letter by email to Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. ONLY finalists will be contacted for an in person or telephone interview. Preferred start date: January 1, 2017

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