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Full time

The BFB Foundation, a public charity established in the USA that supports education for girls and women in Guatemala, plans to hire a professional, based in Guatemala, who is deeply knowledgeable about Guatemala’s educational system and can assist primarily high school students develop plans for success in future careers and higher education study.

After reviewing the position requirements, additional qualifications, duties, and information a b out the Foundation and its work, interested applicants should submit electronically a resume and cover letter explaining their motivation to:

BFB Foundation Director, Elizabeth Maddrey emaddrey@

The BFB Foundati on is focused on empowering women, and providing them with the skills and confidence they need to fully participate in the lives of their communities and in the development of Guatemala. The Foundation seeks applicants who wish to work in career counseling and academic advising at its three (3) partner schools in Guatemala, serving primarily high school aged girls along with some work developing the educational and work aspirations of girls at its partner institutions’ middle schools, and occasional interaction with alumnae who have entered university and/or the job market.

Position Description :

Responsive Services


Provide individual counseling to assist approximately 100 students with information about a wide variety of education and career paths


Provide small group interventions in areas such as problem solving, peer relations, goal setting, and assisting students to resolve their concerns

Individual Planning


Advocate with parents and community leaders for the needs or best interests of individual students


Consult and coordinate with school personnel, parents and community agencies to bring together resources and information to meet the needs of students


Collaborate with sending and receiving schools to provide developmentally appropriate transition services

Systems Support


Evaluate and regularly update comprehensive guidance program


Disseminate information about the comprehensive guidance program to students, teachers, staff, administration, parents, BFB Foundation and its consultants.

Essential Position Requirements The successful candidate must have: a baccalaureate degree from an accredited

Essential Position Requirements The successful candidate must have: a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in Guatemala or the USA; native fluency in Spanish; a level of English that will enable easy communication between the counselor/advisor and Foundation colleagues; three to five years of successful work experience after university graduation in business, the education sector, the non - governmental organization sector, or government; demonstrated commitment to working f or women’s advancement through volunteer efforts, employment, educational focus o r similar combination ; familiarity with Guatemalan post- secondary educational institutions and their admissions policies and standards; and familiarity with the Guatemalan job market and potential employment growth areas. In addition, the cand idate must be willing to travel to and meet with students at the several locations in Guatemala where the Foundation has p artnerships , and to meet students when necessary at non - standard times . Finally, the successful candidate must demonstrate high level organizational skills, self - starting characteristics, an ability in writing and speaking to communicate effectively, and a fully functional ability in standard office budgeting, finances, and technology utilization.

Additional Qualifications The successful candidate may also demonstrate capacity and skills that are not essential to the smooth functioning of the counsellor/advisor role but could enhance the staff member’s effectiveness. These additional qualifications could include: skills communicating in one or several of Guatemala’s ind igenous languages; experience working as a guidance counsellor in secondary education in Guatemala; familiarity with the social and psychological constraints hindering educational and professional attainment among indigenous and economically less advantaged women in Guatemala.

Experience and Education Requirements Education:

Degree in Sociology, Psycho logy, or Education with an emphasis on Counseling, Educational Administration, and/ or Life- long learning.


3 - 5 years as a High School Guidance Counselor and Additional Teaching Experience



Fluency in Spanish. Mayan a plus. Established relationships with college admissions officers, preferably in Guatemala


Knowledge of the University application process Experience working in a Guatemalan High School environment as a Guidance counselor


Desire to assist students in identifying higher education goals and plans to pursue those goals


Willing to travel between Antigua, Quiche and Solola, Guatemala. (Expenses paid)

o Computer literate, ability to multitask and work with multiple students Ability to work as

o Computer literate, ability to multitask and work with multiple students Ability to work as part of a team, in a school setting, and in collaboration with the foundation and its consultants. Candidate must be able to collect data on students and report to the school and BFB Foundation.


The counselor will provide support primarily to students living in Antigua, S olola and Quiche. Preference is that the candidate lives in/ around Guatemala City or Antigua and willing to travel to Solola and Quiche.

University Scholarship Program We are currently supporting 20 University Scholarship recipients (2018) who have graduated from our partner high school for indigenous girls in Antigua, Guatemala. Additionally, we are expanding into two more schools with the goal of offering the scholarships to more students. Areas of study include accounting, law, psychology and teaching/ education administration. Criteria for University Scholarship Recipients: Strong academic skills (maintaining a certain grade point average), commitment to leadership, community service, and furthering their education, demonstrated family support, completion of a community service project in their native village.

About BFB Foundation The BFB Foundation headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA is a non - profit public charity whose mission is to strengthen developing communities by supportin g education - focused initiatives for girls and women.

In addition to supporting high school students on their path to University, BFB Foundation also provides funds and support to three primary schools and 12 libraries in Guatemala. Key program initiati ves we support include the Aflatoun curriculum (financial and social literacy), Early Childhood Development and Nutrition through Women’s Leadership Projects, and scholarships for students at each educational level.

More information can be found on our website at

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Posting Date: April 26, 2018

Candidate Interviews will be scheduled for July 12 – 16, 2018 (Guatemala City and Antigua)