posted on January 1, 2024
Envision: Guest House Manager in El Salvador
We are seeking a dedicated and skilled guest house manager to oversee the development and operation of our Envision guest houses. The primary responsibilities will include attracting and managing guests, ensuring a smooth and comfortable experience, and handling general maintenance. The applicant would utilize business administration skills to strategically promote the guest houses online to those seeking an Airbnb-type space or larger, dormitory type accommodations. The ideal candidate should possess adept maintenance skills to maintain the highest quality of service and condition. Additionally, a passion for local evangelism and discipleship is crucial, as the role involves immersion in a dynamic urban environment.
- Property maintenance
- Business development
- Hospitality management
- Marketing and advertising of the guest house
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies)
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
- Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
Both Clergy and Vocational Tracks
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40
- Business administration degree
- Management degree
- Plumbing/electrical certification
- Digital marketing experience
- Customer service training
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/Fall 2024. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience before deploying.
El Salvador, the smallest nation in Central America, with a population nearing seven million, primarily speaks Spanish. Approximately 60 percent of its residents live on less than $10 daily, mainly employed within the private sector where the average monthly wage is $365/month. The majority of the population resides in compact townhouses with closely knit corridors. Despite a recent reduction in gang activity after a period of severe oppression, the enduring impact of past violence is evident, and many youth now live with extended family after losing immediate family members to incarceration and death related to their former gang involvement. In terms of religion, the majority identify as Christians, with 57.1 percent identifying as Roman Catholic and 35 percent as Protestant Christians.
World Factbook – El Salvador
Joshua Project – El Salvador
Unless you are dependent on a very specialized type of medical treatment only found in the U.S., there are no limitations or restrictions as to who can come for health-related concerns. Private health care and medical treatment are readily accessible.
Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend a language study program. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
By the time of arrival, basic Spanish comprehension is needed to be functional in performing daily life (grocery shopping, asking directions, ordering food, etc.) IWs are sent to Costa Rica for a year-long language learning program. In-country language learning will continue once on the ground in El Salvador.
Expectations for Spouse:
Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities as well as the needs of the team. Both spouses are expected to be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.
Good social and administrative skills are desired qualifications. If the couple has children, the cultural expectation would be for one of the parents to be at home with the children and also assist in ministry as time permits.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
The country has easy access to quality private Christian education that follows the U.S. educational calendar system. There are several secular international schools in the area where other IW children attend.
The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.
As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.
Applicant(s) should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.
Please email the IPO office at [email protected].