National search for an Executive Director

You may have heard that we have recently initiated a national search for an Executive Director for the Tamarindo Foundation. Since it began in 1992, the Tamarindo has been a central piece of the lives of thousands of people in Guarjila, the Chalatenango region, and all over the United States. We are now looking to hire a skilled, ambitious, and creative professional who can help us shape the future of our communities and make an even greater impact through our work.

The Executive Director position is a unique role that offers an incredible opportunity to grow with our organization. Details about the position are below. We’ve started reviewing applications, but if you think you (or someone you know) would be the right person for the job, please get in touch. Instructions for applying are included at the end of the job description.


Executive Director Position Description

The Tamarindo Foundation Inc. (TFI) seeks a Full-time Executive Director (ED). Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for TFI’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans. All of the following responsibilities will be carried out in collaboration with the board of directors and TFI staff.



Operational Effectiveness
  • Develop systematic TFI program evaluation, consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  •   Jointly, with the president of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.
  •   Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  •  Ensure that job descriptions are developed and approved by the board, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  • Actively engage and energize TFI volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni delegation participants, partner organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a Board of Directors and its committees: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for operations in El Salvador and programs in the United States.
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
Fundraising & Communications:
  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  • Expand revenue generating (delegations) and fundraising activities to support existing and future program operations.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, from web presence to donor relations, with the goal of creating a strong brand and increasing donations.
  • Use external presence and relationships to develop new opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and the Director of Operations to execute fundraising events and area visits to generate funds and cultivate relationships for the Foundation.
Strategic Planning:
  • Develop a strategic business plan and ongoing planning process.
  • Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders and political and community leaders within the United States and the international community.
  • Foster new partnerships with other organizations working in El Salvador.


The executive director will be thoroughly committed to TFI’s mission and be able to articulate it in a compelling manner in a variety of settings. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to work effectively with existing staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objective;
  • Experience of effectively leading and regionally and/or internationally scaling a performance and outcomes-based organization; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth;
  • Being part of a global and/or remote team;
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation;
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships and continually assist in the enlistment of top level board members with the propensity and capacity to contribute financially to the organization;
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills;
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning;
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people;
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed;
  • Solid working knowledge of strategy and principles of goal setting and management;
  • Solid working knowledge of budgeting and funding models.


  • Proficiency in verbal and written Spanish
  • A degree at the Bachelor level
  • Five years of experience in not-for profit management or experience in for profit management with extensive volunteer/ nonprofit board
  • Experience leading fundraising campaigns
  • Tech savvy and proficient in online tools
  • Travel within United States and to El Salvador

How to Apply

  • Please send your resume and cover letter to and include contact information for two professional references.