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CAM Program Coordinator

Organization: Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
Date Posted: 1/24/2020
City: Mexico City, MC
Country: Mexico
Primary Category: Administration
Type of Position: Full-Time
Experience Requirement: 3-5 years

Description & Details

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a program within the Aspen Institute. ANDE is a global membership network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty.

Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises over 290 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries. Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions, foundations and corporations from around the world. Based in Washington, D.C. with multiple offices in emerging markets, the ANDE team works hard to support members globally, and locally, while building strong ecosystems for entrepreneurial growth. ANDE develops unique initiatives to address systemic challenges and seize opportunities that can only be approached through collective action.

Role Purpose

The CAM Chapter Program Coordinator is a vital member of the CAM chapter staff that supports all activities in our chapter.

The purpose of the role is to understand the needs of ANDE members working in the region and support day to day activities of the chapter, manage event logistics, lead specific initiatives, and provide communication support for local operations.

Role Experience

The CAM Chapter Program Coordinator’s day-to-day work involves a wide variety of tasks, from planning and managing events, engaging with members in the region, handling the Chapter communication activities and supporting other activities as needed.

You might start the day responding to email requests from members who are looking for sector information, then joining a check-in meeting with a member and updating database information. Immediately following those member activities, you are confirming the catering and AV set up for an event later in the week. After lunch, you join a team Zoom call about the next steps of a joint project with the Andean Chapter. Before heading out, you log into the database to pull the quarterly report on local member engagement to send to DC headquarters, and then dash off to an evening networking reception hosted by a member.

Each day will be different, and this role will provide a wide variety of skills development opportunities and exposure to topic areas throughout the small and growing business space in developing countries. This role will be based in the Mexico City office and will provide an opportunity to perfect a wide variety of skills including time management, prioritization, logistics support and communications.

The Job Spec

You are a “yes, and…” type of person. You are excited about taking on new tasks and challenges and are eager to create great experiences for others, from creating a meeting report to managing a well-executed event. If multi-tasking was an Olympic sport, you’d be a gold medal contender. Not only are you great at the details, but you also understand how small tasks can be essential to big, audacious goals like alleviating poverty. When you arrive at a dinner party, your first question is, “How can I help?” You are the go-to organizer for your friends and family. You often get the feedback that you can express your ideas clearly, verbally and written. You enjoy meeting new people and listening to what they do. You are resourceful and when you see a problem, you jump at the chance to fix it. Your initial instinct when developing a new process is to make it as efficient as possible because while the details are essential, you know that efficiencies are just as important. You love the idea that your organizational and networking skills could contribute to a better livelihood for entrepreneurs throughout Central America & Mexico.

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets, is looking for a new Central America and Mexico Program Coordinator for our Mexico City office.

Job Responsibilities

Day to day work involves a wide variety of tasks from communications to member engagement, database updates, and event logistics. Each day will be different, but this role will provide exposure to a wide variety of skills experience and topic areas throughout the small and growing business space in developing countries. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Prepare for specific project initiatives, such as member meetings, Learning Labs and Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI); coordinate and assist with the activities of research contractors, including reviewing surveys, coordinating travel for focus group interviews; organize logistics and work with project leadership to create any necessary materials.
  • Manage the communications strategy and all communication tasks (newsletter, knowledge brief writing, twitter, website, invites, etc.).
  • Take part in relationships and communication with members to facilitate connections between the network
  • Schedule of, and organize logistics for, meetings and networking events for members, as well as topic area webinars
  • Manage chapter administrative tasks
  • The work routinely involves a mix of in-office hours, work from home and external events. Flexible hours and remote work to enable communications with our international staff and members in other time zones is often needed.


The ideal candidate for this role:

  • Has 1-3 years’ experience working in a similar role
  • Is resourceful, proactive and excited to learn and take on new challenges.
  • Is organized, goal-oriented and excels at handling multiple priorities at once.
  • Excels at communicating ideas through different channels.
  • Is excited about the opportunity to learn new systems and online platforms.
  • Enjoys supporting our team and our members for the ultimate goal of building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing countries to alleviate poverty.
  • Is a true team player and is excited about engaging with many cultures and learning about the sector.
  • Thrives in a startup environment, where the duty is on you to make it work.
  • Able to travel up to 15% of the time within the region and internationally.
  • Is fluent in English. Experience studying or working in the US highly preferred.
  • The position is based in Mexico. All applicants must have current authorization to work in Mexico and speak/write both Spanish and English with ease.

Our Values

The candidate will self-identify with or even have worked in an environment previously that aligns with ANDE’s Values. At ANDE we:

  • are motivated by the urgency of the global challenges we are trying to address
  • embrace diverse experiences and perspectives
  • value community and collaborative action
  • leverage limited resources for maximum impact
  • work hard and have fun

How to Apply / Contact

Application Instructions - please submit a cover letter including salary expectations and resume, through the online portal. Applications without cover letter and salary expectations will not be considered.

Position is only open to local applicants from the country. Applicants must have all necessary permissions to work in Mexico.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.