Ecuador Team Leader

Do you want to help launch the next generation of leaders the world needs now? Then we have the job for you! Global Citizen Year seeks a high-energy, engaged professional to join our cohort of Team Leaders in Ecuador. The Ecuador Team Leader will be responsible for coaching and mentoring a cohort of Fellows (recent high school graduates), and managing a portfolio of partners (including local host families, apprenticeship partners, language teachers) throughout each immersion program cycle, where they will be expected to live and work in situ (Position open in Cuenca, Ibarra and Otavalo).

Reporting to one of our Program Manager, the Ecuador Team Leader will provide first line support to a cohort of up to 12 Fellows - diverse high school graduates from around the world, selected for their resilience, idealism, and potential as future leaders.


1. Facilitation of Fellow Learning

  • Coaching, Mentoring, Facilitating, Supervising. Expertly transition back and forth between the main "leadership hats" (Coach, Mentor, Facilitator, Supervisor) to facilitate Fellow growth and learning on a one-on-one level.
  • Coaching - Support Fellows to accomplish their goals and push further into their immersion and development as a global citizen and leader through regular 1:1 coaching.
  • Facilitation & Curriculum - facilitate sessions using the GCY curriculum and co-construct sessions with Fellows to deepen their skills and knowledge.
  • Supervision - Keep Fellows accountable to their responsibilities within the Global Citizen Year community.
  • Mentorship - Provide healthy, helpful guidance to help Fellows learn and grow.

2. Community Relationship Building & Program Management

  • Build authentic relationships and stay accountable within the Global Citizen Year community, including with local partners and staff.
  • Project management. Self-organize to achieve relevant administrative tasks, including incident and expense reporting.
  • Partner management. Manage local partners in screening, selecting, and training potential sites, host families, and apprenticeships according to Global Citizen Year criteria. Once partners are selected, build rapport, manage relationships and perform evaluations with a broad network of sites and partners throughout the program cycle.
  • Organizational programming. Support organization-wide initiatives to further enhance Global Citizen Year’s mission.

3. Cohort Leadership

  • Foster a safe, inclusive, and positive culture and learning environment with Fellows, partners, and staff.
  • Global Citizen Behavior (GCB). Embody the organization's mission and values and integrate these values, organizational learning objectives, messaging, and methods into leadership.
  • Positive Learning Environment (PLE). Build a positive, safe, culture with high expectations for Fellows to learn and thrive.

4. Health and Safety

  • Uphold Global Citizen Year policies and procedures to support a safe and healthy experience for Fellows, partners, and staff.
  • Policies & procedures - Support in-country team in assessing and managing unpredictable and stressful medical and non-medical incidents according to Global Citizen Year policies and procedures in a way that instills confidence and good performance in others.
  • Reporting & Communication - Communicate and collaborate on incidents through appropriate communication channels, including accurate, professional, and timely documentation.
  • Risks & hazards - Understand the majority of hazards and risks inherent in the specific country program operating areas.

Candidate Profile

You have an insatiable desire to learn.

You’re up for a challenge. You’re eager to learn. You want feedback. You want to be held to high standards of professionalism and performance.

You have experienced a whole lot in your life, young people look up to you, and you get excited to share what you have learned with them.

You have a set of personal experiences as a burgeoning “Global Citizen” that you’d like to tap into and share with an amazing group of diverse 18-year olds, who will look up to you as a mentor, coach, and role model during a transformative period in their lives.

You love a challenge.

You are a skilled problem solver and self-starter. You are driven to find answers and thrive in ever-changing conditions. You are comfortable with ambiguity. You like forging your own path and working independently while ensuring your work is of benefit to others.

Mission Driven

Something in your own life experience drives your passion for Global Citizen Year’s mission and vision.

The following skills and attributes are required:

  • Language Proficiency: Have advanced written and spoken proficiency in Spanish and English
  • Exceptional cross-cultural communicator: Able to connect with individuals and build alliances between and among a diverse range of geographically dispersed constituents (students, community leaders, NGOs, etc.); is high energy, an empathetic listener, and inspires confidence and calm under pressure.
  • Adventurous: Comfortable traveling on public transportation and staying in modest settings, enjoys adventures and outdoor activities.

The following are strongly preferred:

  • Working with international youth: Experience and skill as a teacher/mentor for international teens.
  • Local knowledge and network in Ecuador: Experience living/working in Ecuador (Azuay, Cañar and Imbabura are highly preferred)
  • Facilitation and curriculum development: Experience developing and facilitating experiential-learning curriculum, employing interactive, didactic, and field-based methodologies, with relevant knowledge of current trends in global development and effective leadership to incorporate in Fellows’ learning.
  • IT systems knowledge: Microsoft Office, GoogleApps, Salesforce, Slack
  • Health and safety experience: Experience and skill in assessing injuries and illnesses in a remote setting and in making emergency response decisions;
  • The ideal candidate for this position is a Ecuadorian national who has lived abroad for at least one year or a non-Ecuadorian national who has lived in Ecuador at least for a year.


Global Citizen Year benefits include:

  • International Trip: After 2 years, pick one of our countries and the trip is on us
  • Paid Sabbatical: After 3 years, take a month off to do what makes you happy – your paycheck will keep coming
  • Medical Benefits: we contribute to your medical, dental and vision
  • Retirement match: save for the future – and we’ll kick in too
  • Parental Leave: policies that work for the whole family
  • Professional Development: Annual stipend to keep you learning &
  • growing in your career
  • Continuous Learning: Annual stipend for personal learning about absolutely anything


Position Details

  • Compensation: Competitive local salary including health care coverage and other benefits. Candidates who relocate for the Team Leader position are also eligible for some reimbursement of relocation expenses.
  • Country: Ecuador
  • Location: Positions open in Cuenca, Ibarra and Otavalo
  • Start date: April 27th or June 1st

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