Hiring: Coordinator

Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR)
Office location: 316 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.
Temporary mailing address: 770 Elm St. Ext., Apt 1, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA.

A project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA)

Seeking part-time Coordinator

Mission: The Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) seeks to promote peace, justice and mutual understanding among the people of the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The members of CUSLAR are a diverse group of people united in our concern about the role of the United States in the social, political and economic affairs of the region. CUSLAR supports the right of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to self-determination and control over decisions that affect their lives and communities. CUSLAR is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA).

Job title: Coordinator.

Reports to: The CUSLAR Advisory Board and Anke Wessels, Executive Director of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA). 

Summary of responsibility: The Coordinator will receive initial training and then have overall operational responsibility for CUSLAR’s programs and execution of its mission. The Coordinator is responsible for following all CTA fiscal sponsorship policies and procedures, and will receive supervision and guidance from the Advisory Board.


  • Programming and Organizing
    • Plan and oversee educational programming, including guest speakers, events, and films, etc., to support social change and human rights in Latin America.
    • Maintain CUSLAR’s communications presence online and through print media, prioritizing the twice-annual CUSLAR Newsletter.
    • Guide students and community volunteers on independent and collaborative projects and CUSLAR events.
  • Fundraising and Administrative
    • Identify and apply for specific community-based and university grants to support CUSLAR programming.
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with university faculty and departments to enable financial support of the organization and programs.
    • Receive supervision and guidance from the CUSLAR Advisory Board and CTA staff.
    • Ensure that procedures for affiliation with CTA and university entities are maintained.
    • Coordinate with Spanish language instructors for two CUSLAR language-learning programs. 

Hours and compensation: Fifteen hours a week. Compensation commensurate with experience, $22-25/hr. CTA is a living-wage employer.

Qualifications: The CUSLAR Coordinator will demonstrate their commitment to CUSLAR’s mission of contributing to peace, justice and mutual understanding in the hemisphere and have strong working knowledge of Latin America and U.S.-Latin American historical, political, and social relations. Candidates should have leadership, mentoring, communications, and Spanish language fluency and cultural competency. Portuguese language experience is a bonus.

Benefits: Vacation time, sick and safe time, floating holidays, and a 403b retirement plan.

Specific requirements include:

  • Ability to develop and manage multiple high-quality projects and initiatives while maintaining strong relationships with university, local, and international partners
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Experience and interest in supervising and mentoring undergraduate students
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Passionate, committed to social change, optimistic, and self-directed
  • Strong attention to detail in bookkeeping and finance
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience preferred

Direct Reports: Work-study students, 5-8 hours a week during fall and spring semesters. Coordinator works with Cornell Community Work-Study Program to approve student hours.

Equal Opportunity:  CTA is an equal opportunity employer. Employees are hired based on their merit, ability, experience, and training without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, size, religious affiliation, genetic make-up, military/veteran status, domestic violence victim/survivor status, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, or past participation in the discrimination complaint process. We are committed to being an inclusive organization and encourage people from diverse communities to apply.

For more information about CUSLAR, please visit cuslar.org

How to apply

Please send the following to cuslar@cornell.edu with the subject line “CUSLAR Coordinator Applicant – (YOUR NAME)”:

  1. a 2-page cover letter detailing why you want to work at CUSLAR, your qualifications for this position, and what you consider to be major issues facing Latin America today
  2. a resume
  3. contact information (email, phone, relationship to applicant) for three references 

Deadline: August 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Interviews will happen in August and the position will start in time for the Fall 2022 semester.

No phone calls, please — questions can be sent to cuslar@cornell.edu.