International Mayan League USA, Inc Director of Operations Remote · Full time Company website

The International Mayan League is seeking a Director of Operations in the Washington, D.C. Metro region. This is a new, exempt position within our organization that will maximize our effectiveness by overseeing the day-to-day operations of a U.S and international remote team. The ideal candidate has a strong background in operational systems evaluation, human resources; is enthusiastic, self-motivated, a problem solver and committed to equality, justice, human rights, and Indigenous Peoples. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, fluency in Spanish is required; proficiency in a Maya or Indigenous language is a plus.


About the International Mayan League

The International Mayan League (Mayan League) is the only Maya refugee founded Indigenous Maya women and youth-led,  grassroots organization in the entire United States working in solidarity with allies. The Mayan League is located on the ancestral lands of the Piscataway Nation (Washington, D.C.) and works at the local, regional, national, and international level serving predominantly Maya Peoples of the diaspora. Founded in 1991 by Maya refugees fleeing the war and genocide in Guatemala in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and our purpose is to unite Maya peoples and allies in the U.S. Over the decades and today, we educate on the root causes of forced migration, offer a platform to advance and protect the human rights of the Maya, and assist in the inclusion of Maya leaders and other Indigenous peoples in decision making spaces that affect our peoples, communities, lands and territories and our futures.

The Mayan League  is a leading Indigenous Rights organization with an unwavering commitment to centering Indigenous leadership within the broader context of social justice and human rights advocacy. Our distinctive focus on the intersection of Indigeneity, gender and language justice, and migration, sheds light on the overlooked challenges and barriers faced by Maya Peoples who, in addition to being forcibly displaced, are frequently invisibilized and marginalized in society at large. In the face of historical injustices and structural inequalities spanning over 500 years, our decolonial framework actively challenges the enduring impacts of colonization by recentering Indigenous peoples propelling us toward transformative change. Our initiatives extend to the development of Indigenous-led research, comprehensive data collection systems, and mapping initiatives, placing Indigenous leadership, histories, and realities at the forefront, firmly rooted in Maya Cosmovision, languages, and cultures.


The Director of Operations will ensure that our Board of Directors, team members, consultants, advisors, interns, volunteers and the community we serve have the tools and support they need to succeed. This senior position reports directly to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include leading and overseeing human resources policies implementation and activities; administering payroll and benefits, and financial management. 

As a member of a small team, the Director will be involved in additional activities, events and projects as the needs arise.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Organizational Management

  • Conduct analysis of current operational infrastructure and develop a comprehensive system for organizational day to day management. 
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the organization, including support of a binational team of contractors and volunteers. 
  • Development of an operational handbook inclusive of administrative policies and procedures.
  • Support Executive Director in management of an international Board Of Directors. 
  • Support staff in managing program operations.
  • Making recommendations on continuous improvement of operational processes.
  • Overseeing logistics for all Mayan League events, virtual and in person: interpretation coordination, vendor management, travel coordination processes; developing and monitoring budgets. 
  • Support with the strategic plan implementation. 
  • Support staff and board with IT needs. 

Human Resources

  • Oversee human resources functions, including employee relations, benefits, training, recruitment, onboarding and dismissal.
  • HR policy development, maintenance, and implementation.
  • Managing contractors, vendors, and associated contracts and agreements.
  • Volunteer program development and management. 
  • Coordinate professional development opportunities for the team, volunteers and Community leaders. 
  • Bi-weekly payroll processing and management of all payroll tax accounts. 


  • Supervise financial management, including liaising with our bookkeeping and accounting firms.
  • Managing organizational audit process from identification of auditing firm to presenting report to the Board of Directors.
  • Prepare annual operating budget and support program staff with project and/or program budgets in alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Prepare grant, program or project specific financial reports. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Director of Operations will be responsible for supervising the Administration Coordinator, as our team grows supervisor responsibilities could increase. 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as Business Administration, Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Human Resources, and/or Finance. 
  • 8-10 years experience in nonprofit management or related management roles.
  • Multilingual, minimum Spanish and English fluency; proficiency in a Maya or an Indigenous  language is a plus but not required. 
  • Excellent Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Workspace knowledge and skills.  
  • Excellent Quickbooks or other accounting software skills. 
  • Expert in Gusto or other payroll and human resources service platforms. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. 
  • Detail oriented, highly organized and efficient. 
  • Must be able to prioritize multiple projects, meet deadlines, be responsive, and complete work  functions in a timely and accurate manner. 
  • Track record of resourcefulness, developing comprehensive solutions to operational problems, being able to quickly adapt to changing priorities and taking initiative on projects. 
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with excellent planning, organizational  and follow-up skills.  
  • Sound judgment, critical thinking skills.
  • Experience or familiarity with Indigenous Peoples’ rights, including those of indigenous women, as well as human rights, environmental protection, environmental justice, climate justice, and social justice, is highly valued.
  • Experience or familiarity working in international settings is preferred but not required. 

Compensation and Benefits

This is an exempt, full time position, compensation commensurate with experience in the range of $65,000 to $75,000. Benefits include:  Employer contribution of 100% of the premium for medical insurance, 99% employer contribution dental and vision insurance, two weeks of paid vacation, paid sick leave and federal holidays. Our office is closed the last week of the year to allow our team to recharge. Remote office contribution of $50 per month for cell phone and $30 internet service stipend. We offer an annual professional development stipend and opportunities. Start  date immediately.  

We strongly encourage Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ individuals and members of marginalized  communities to apply.  

Application packet requirements are: resume, cover letter with a minimum of three references. Please note that incomplete applications or those not submitted through the link above will not be reviewed. The deadline for applications is 05/15/2024. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

For any inquiries specifically pertaining to this job posting, please reach out to us at [email protected] with the following subject line format: Last name, First name: Director of Operations Application Question. Kindly refrain from making phone calls. 

The Director of Operations will abide by the guiding principles outlined in the “Standards for Excellence Accountability Code of the Nonprofit Sector” and support future goals as may be determined by the Board of Directors regarding Program Evaluation, Mission, Impact and Planning as outlined in the Code.


$65,000 - $75,000 per year