Volunteer & Youth Coordinator

Type of Job

Full-time Paid

Job Location

Tapachula, Chis., Mexico


This is for a June 2022 start. 40 hours per week over a 5 day period. The post holder will
be required to work weekends and some evenings. The role will be split between 3.5 days per week
working shifts with the children, and 1.5 days per week based in our office completing administration
and volunteer recruitment. A minimum commitment of 15 months is required.

Volunteer & Youth Coordinator

Site Type

Accommodation is provided in a shared staff house.

Reports to:

Mision Mexico Foundation Director

Our Visión and Focus

The Misión México Foundation aims to break cycles of poverty, abuse and inequality; providing
opportunities for every child and youth that we care for to succeed. Through long-term solutions like
education, practical and emotional care and community development, we provide tools and
opportunities for children and youth to advance in every aspect of their lives, becoming the best that
they can be. Our core focuses are; education and extracurricular activities; safe homes with a family
environment; health and wellbeing support; community development, personal development and
life skills.

Role Context

An exciting new position has been created in line with structural changes at Mision Mexico Foundation. The main focus of our Volunteer and Youth Coordinator role will be to: work alongside the Mision Mexico Foundation Director to evaluate and redesign our Volunteer Program. Recruit, train and supervise skilled volunteers at strategic points of the year. Assist with the day to day care and development of our Mision Mexico Casa youth, with a particular focus on those aged 11-14 years old. Our Volunteer and Youth Coordinator plays a vital role in ensuring our youths routines are upheld, developmental needs are met, and activities are planned and delivered. The Volunteer and Youth Coordinator manages all elements of volunteering on behalf of Misión
México. This includes; online recruitment, communication, relationship management, supervision and program evaluations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage Individual Care Plans and development support for youth aged 11-14 years living in our Misión Mexico Casa. This includes 1-1 focus work with youth and quarterly progress reports

  • Act as shift leader to help provide consistency and direction within our Misión Mexico Casa

  • Coordinate monthly Mision Mexico Casa shift schedule

  • Coordinate and facilitate onsite and offsite activities and excursions for the youth living in our main Mison Mexico Casa

  • Respond appropriately and effectively to day-to-day situations including trauma-related behaviours

  • Act as a positive role model in the Misión Mexico Foundation, whilst maintaining the confidentiality and safety of all our youth

  • Manage the recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of skilled volunteers across all Mision Mexico Foundation programs at specific times of the year

  • Maintain and update effective electronic records and materials for volunteer recruitment and placements, including policies, schedules and training materials

  • Manage, maintain and develop relationships with external volunteer recruitment programs to ensure the appropriate placements of skills volunteers in our programs

  • Work alongside the Mision Mexico Foundation Director to evaluate and redesign our Volunteer Program

  • Undertake and complete administrative tasks and projects as requested by the Mision Mexico Foundation Director

  • Attend monthly team meetings

Essential Criteria
  • Experience working with youth from backgrounds of trauma and/or disadvantaged backgrounds

  • Proven ability to engage positively with youth, whilst maintaining a high level of pastoral care and understanding of boundary setting

  • Strong conflict resolution, negotiation and empathy skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the ability to motivate volunteers

  • Effective administrative skills, including MS Office

  • Effective time management skills with the ability to work autonomously including managing and prioritising own work load

  • Valid ‘Working with Children Check’ and undergo a Criminal Records Check prior to employment. Subsequently, staff must report any criminal charges or court appearances.

  • Conversational in both English and Spanish, fluent in both languages is preferable

Desirable Criteria
  • Full driving license, with willingness to drive 12 seater passenger van in Mexico if required

  • Experience in facilitating activities and group work suitable for youth

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of volunteering issues at an operational level including working with volunteer policies and procedures

  • Experience of personnel management and leadership skills in a similar context

Additional Information

Annual leave will be negotiated with the Mision Mexico Foundation Director. This job description is
not exhaustive, and may be amended from time to time in discussion with the post holder.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please include the following in your

email application to volunteer@misionmexico.org

1. A covering letter addressing the selection criteria and your suitability for the role based on the

skills, knowledge and abilities requirements outlined in the advertisement and role description

(Maximum of 2 pages);

2. A current CV or Resume;

3. Copies of any relevant qualifications