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International Program Coordinator

The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) is seeking to hire International Program Coordinators (IPCs) for our sites in Latin America and Africa. These positions are short-term (4 - 6 month) overseas volunteer position (living stipends provided to all IPCs) working under the supervision of the site program director which provides necessary support to ensure the development of FSD volunteers, support to host organizations and host families, and support to FSD’s Programs.

IPCs are an integral part of FSD's international site teams and assist volunteers in improving their skills, project development, social and cultural adaptation through the provision of technical support, cultural insights, and direction to relevant and available resources. They provide support to the FSD site team in the preparation of program documentation, including: Host Organization Profiles; Pre-Departure Country Packet; Program Proposals; Program Guides; Internship Project Plan; Bi-Weekly Monday Reports to the SFO; Program Evaluations and Reports; Grant Project Evaluation and Follow-Up Reports; and information on the Program for potential applicants. Additionally, they assist with and maintain program records and files, and perform routine administrative tasks. With the Site Team, IPCs identify, maintain and distribute, as appropriate, relevant educational information and materials to volunteers through orientations, workshops, weekly talks and other appropriate avenues.

Click here for a full description of the position. Please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter via email with the subject line “Last Name - International Program Coordinator” to All applicants for IPC positions in Latin America must speak Spanish at an advanced level.

Finance and Operations Officer

The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) is seeking a person who is passionate about engaging people from the U.S. and around the world in supporting sustainable, international, community-led development to serve as its Finance and Operations Officer. The Finance and Operations Officer is a key member of the San Francisco Bay Area-based team, supporting the Executive Director (ED) in key fund and business development activities, organizational financial management, and Board of Director relations. The principle objectives for the Finance and Operations Officer are to (1) manage routine accounting, financial budgets, and reporting and provide analysis for effective forecasts and operational structures; (2) support organizational operations, such as contract management, insurance, legal and labor compliance in US and internationally and other key organizational functions; (3) support Board relations through clear communications of financial reporting and analysis. The priority of this position is to help assure the organization’s financial health and support its governance for sound organizational development thereby enabling furtherance of FSD’s programmatic mission and priorities.

In order to accomplish these objectives, we are seeking a person with strict attention to detail, strong problem-solving and analytical capabilities, and experience developing new systems. The ideal candidate will be comfortable taking a collaborative approach to systems improvement and be skilled in cross-cultural communication. FSD is a small but dynamic organization working across multiple countries in multiple types of programming. This role is best for a person who enjoys variety and new challenges in his/her work rather than routine. A willingness to act as a thought partner to the Executive Director engaging in strategic conversations while also rolling up your sleeves and attending to the nitty gritty details of organizational life is a must. FSD is currently operating as a virtual organization while we seek the ever-elusive adequate yet affordable office space in the Bay Area. Most staff members are currently based in the East Bay and work from their home offices. We come together for weekly staff meetings or more frequently as necessary for working meetings.

For a full description of the position, please visit our website here. Please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter via email with the subject line “Last Name-Finance and Operations Officer” to

Other Ways to Get In the Door

Please note that paid positions with FSD are extremely competitive and we receive far more applications for each position than we can feasibly interview. Whenever possible, we prefer to promote from within, thus many current members of our team are exceptionally talented former interns and volunteers. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications for a current opening, or if you apply and are not contacted, we strongly encourage you to consider joining FSD's Intern and Volunteer programs. These programs commonly serve as a catalyst for paid positions with FSD and other like-minded International Development institutions.

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