Speak Spanish? Work in DC to promote economic justice

WOLAThe Washington Office on Latin America promotes human rights, democracy and social and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. WOLA facilitates dialogue between governmental and non-governmental actors, monitors the impact of policies and programs of governments and international organizations, and promotes alternatives through reporting, education, training and advocacy. Founded in 1974 by a coalition of civic and religious leaders, WOLA works closely with civil society organizations and government officials throughout the Americas.

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) seeks an entry-level administrative staff person to work with program staff. The Program Assistant provides administrative support to Associates and Senior Associates within a fast-paced human rights organization working in Washington and Latin America. The position/contract is for two years, subject to an evaluation at the end of the first three months, and brings a committed individual into contact with the human rights, religious and foreign policy communities in Washington and Latin America. WOLA’s Washington office has a paid staff of 15, plus seven interns and five fellows.


  • Draft correspondence; edit and format documents.
  • Assist with publication and distribution of reports, memos, press work, and other materials.
  • Coordinate and organize public events, conferences and delegations.
  • Maintain contact with U.S. and Latin American NGOs, attend coalition meetings, and accompany Latin American delegations while in Washington.
  • Monitor relevant congressional hearings and legislation.
  • Manage one or more interns in coordination with the Intern Coordinator.
  • Maintain and update website content.
  • Coordinate travel, meetings and scheduling for Associates.
  • Other duties, including research assistance, will be assigned depending on the Associates’ needs and Assistant’s abilities.


  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights, democracy, and social in Latin America.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
  • Bachelors degree required. As this is an entry-level position, applicants with Masters degrees will not be considered.
  • Spanish fluency required. Written translation experience highly desired.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills, follow-through, and attention to detail.
  • Experience working or living in Latin America preferred.
  • Human rights, political advocacy and/or Capitol Hill experience highly desired.
  • Computer maintenance and IT trouble-shooting skills a plus.
  • High level of initiative as well as the ability to work in a team.
  • Flexibility; ability to work in a small, fast-paced, dynamic environment with frequent international visitors.
  • Word processing and some office experience required. Knowledge of Word required. Knowledge of desktop publishing, database management and website maintenance a plus.

SALARY: $33,000, full health, dental, vision and life insurance, three weeks annual vacation.

TIME COMMITMENT: Two year contract, subject to a favorable evaluation after the first three months.

TO APPLY: See the original posting at http://www.justmeans.com/jobs/washington-office-on-latin-america/12894.html for application information

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