Brazil Country Director

Global Citizen Year seeks an entrepreneurial and ambitious professional to lead our team and program in Brazil. S/he will develop and oversee the program in the country, lead a team of talented employees, deepen our local networks, provide the strategic leadership and operational expertise for significant growth in the coming years.

The Brazil Country Director will be a resourceful and seasoned international development and/or education professional with a passion for translating the Global Citizen Year program model in the Brazilian context. S/he will bring a broad, cross-sector network and experience working/living across Brazilian and American cultures. Additionally s/he will have a successful track record designing and building programs, hiring and managing high performing teams, overseeing complex operations, and bridging local realities and global organizational strategies.

As a member of the Global Programs Leadership Team, the Brazilian Country Director will not only lead Brazil country operations, but will also participate in strategic thought partnerships and activities to drive the global program teams forward. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Programs, and will manage the Program Manager, Health & Safety Manager, Operations Manager, Team Leaders and support staff.


Spearhead strategy and partnership development for sustainable growth in Brazil.

  • Lead the scaling of the country program
  • Build and manage a network of in-country relationships to support high-quality programming and growth
  • Enhance operational excellence to ensure quality and consistency in program delivery

Lead a high-performing local team.

  • Lead all local hiring processes to recruit, train and retain top talent for in-country positions.
  • Define roles, evaluate performance, guide learning and promote a strong team dynamic among Brazil country team.

Develop and oversee local operations and risk management.

  • Develop and oversee efficient in-country operations and budget processes to ensure local compliance and sustainability.
  • Monitor and analyze local risks to Fellow and staff safety and security and continually strengthen local Risk Management Systems.
  • Manage in-country Emergency Response Protocols and lead the local response in any emergency involving Fellows or staff.

Deliver an exceptional program experience for all stakeholders.

  • Manage local team (staff and partners) to select, train and monitor all apprenticeship placements, homestay families, and community advisors.
  • Ensure high quality training for Fellows throughout the in-country portion of the program.
  • Develop, formalize, and monitor adherence to MOU’s with local partners.
  • Administer ongoing program evaluation.
  • Provide leadership on organization-wide initiatives.
  • Act as primary liaison between the Brazil program and the US home office in Oakland, CA translating organization-wide initiatives into local programming.
  • Represent Global Citizen Year as appropriate through local networks and forums.

Candidate Profile

You are well connected in Brazil and have serious leadership experience.

Ideally, you will have lived in both Brazil and the US for at least 2 years each, be fluent in Portuguese and English, and have 5-10 years of international leadership experience within the business, education or NGO sector.

You lead from a strategic place, always keeping the big picture and long-term vision in mind.

You can visualize what a program/operation will look like at scale, and can garner and manage the resources needed to get there. This includes casting a strategic vision, building a team, managing a budget, and administering program operations.

You understand the importance of local and global strategies working together within one organization.

You are a systems thinker, committed to translating Global Citizen Year’s global culture and values effectively within the Brazilian context.

People and organizations are lining up to partner with you.

You excel at building strong relationships and are able to forge and maintain alliances across cultural, social, and institutional lines with local and international partners. Successful candidates will also possess the following characteristics and skills:

  • Mission-driven: Demonstrated commitment to the mission and vision of Global Citizen Year.
  • Resourceful self-starter: Displays an entrepreneurial spirit and thrives in a fast-paced environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and rapid change; and is able to troubleshoot independently while continuing to operate as part of a global team.
  • Strategic Thinker: Ability to develop a long-term vision, operationalize it, and bring people along to execute against it.
  • Analytical project manager and skilled financial manager: Ability to analyze information effectively to stay on top of multiple projects, plan backwards and anticipate obstacles. Ability to confidently use financial information and hard data for decision-making – realizing goals in a cost-effective manner.
  • Exceptional people-manager: Personable professional who is culturally sensitive and has experience building and leading diverse teams, empowering team-members, and driving toward results and accountability.
  • Strong communicator: Effective and clear written and oral communicator, empathetic listener, has strong conflict resolution skills, and is confident with public speaking.
  • Cross-cultural savvy: Able to adapt communication styles to diverse audiences and bridge institutional contexts, between Brazil or and the US, for optimal coordination and decision-making.

The following are a plus:

  • Education & youth development experience: Experience and skill working with international adolescents (ideally 17-19 year age group) in the education and/or youth development field.
  • Education: Advanced degree in international development, public administration, education and/or business

Application Details

Position Details

Compensation: Competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and comprehensive benefits package

Location: Florianopolis, Brazil

Start date: August 1, 2019

How to Apply

To apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter by clicking the apply button on this page. In your cover letter, please indicate how you learned of the opening and provide 3 professional references (including direct supervisors and direct reports), your salary requirement, your current location, and the date you would be available to begin full-time work in Brazil.

Deadline: We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. The review will continue until the position is filled.

*Global Citizen Year is an equal opportunity employer, and we strive for our staff to reflect the diverse community we serve. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. *

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