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Central America and Mexico Chapter Manager- ANDE*

Department: ANDE
Location: Mexico City

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. 

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets.  ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits.  Ultimately, we believe that SGBS can help lift countries out of poverty.

Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions and corporations from around the world.  Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises over 260 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries.

ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC and also has offices in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa.

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Central America and Mexico Chapter Manager

You like to think of yourself as a professional networker. You excel at quickly understanding individual and organizational needs and interests and making sure that the right people are talking to each other. If multi-tasking was an Olympic sport, you’d be a gold medal contender. Given a flip chart, some post-it notes, and a room full of passionate people – you can pretty easily come up with and implement a plan that everyone is excited to be part of. You thrive in a start-up environment. You can pivot on a dime, and often can’t sleep until a problem is addressed. You have a strategic vision of growth and capitalize on opportunities.  You love the idea that your organizational and networking skills could contribute to a better livelihood for entrepreneurs throughout Mexico and Central America.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Manage and operate the Central American and Mexico Chapter.   Working closely with ANDE’s global and local staff, a local Steering Committee, donors and other stakeholders, deliver and implement a work plan that supports the growth of the small and growing business (SGB) sector in the region.
  • Manage the budget and all local operations for the chapter.
  • Manage current stakeholders and donors and develop new leads.
  • Manage current and new staff of the chapter.
  • Develop a deeper level of engagement with existing members, while also recruiting new members to the network.
  • Manage existing Learning Labs and other special projects of the chapter.
  • Develop ANDE as the go-to place for all things related to small and growing businesses in the sector, and become a recognized expert and thought leader in your own right.   

Knowledge, Education, and Experience

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have significant experience and appreciation for the complexities of network building.
  • Have an existing track record in developing and managing operations for a local non-profit or small business.
  • Thrive in a startup environment, where the onus is on you to make it work.
  • Be comfortable meeting with senior level government officials and high level donors.
  • Have 8-10 years’ experience in partnership development, strategic and operational planning, project management and/or stakeholder management.
  • Fundraising (or sales) experience is a must.
  • Experience working on corporate engagement and/or the social enterprise sector preferred.
  • Able to travel up to 30% of the time within the region and internationally.
  • Fluency in English is required. Experience studying or working the US highly preferred.
  • The role is based in Mexico City, Mexico after an initial training period in our Washington, DC office.
  • Position is only open to local applicants from the region (Mexico & Central America).
This position is being recruited through the Aspen Institute and for its work. Candidates living outside the US (where the Aspen Institute is based) will be hired by a local partner who will serve as the employer of record.

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