Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Job Openings at the Macondo Foundation

Executive Administrator, San Antonio, TX

The Macondo Foundation is conducting a national search for an Executive Administrator. Responsibilities include: fundraising, organizational business administration, event planning and public communications. For a detailed job description please read below. Compensation commensurate with experience. Interested applicants can submit resume and cover letter to by May 31, 2010.

Macondo Executive Administrator Job Description
Summary: The Executive Administrator of the Macondo Foundation directs the overall operations, management, and development of the organization and its programs, personnel, budgets, and project.

Duties: Uphold the values of the Macondo Foundation: As the only full-time employee for the Macondo Foundation, the executive administrator will work with participant members and members of the Board to further the goals of the organization.

Plan, organize, implement, oversee, and control all operational and program functions of the Macondo Foundation which include planning an annual week-long writing workshop, overseeing a residency program and administering several awards. Provide leadership and coordinate/delegate responsibility to volunteer participants, volunteers and part-time staff for objectives and programs.

The position reports to Board and is responsible to keep the board informed. The Executive Administrator will maintain and implement the Macondo Foundation’s mission through its programming objectives and financial goals. Develop the diverse resources and funding streams necessary to financially support Macondo Foundation operations and projects.

Should be proficient in managing multiple grants, projects and/or contracts. Be able to oversee and develop budgets and raise $50,000- $100,000 annually. Work with potential donors, network and build partnerships with other organizations. Represent the Macondo Foundation in the local, regional and national arenas as an articulate and professional spokesperson with effective public presentation skills and the capacity to communicate with diverse audiences, including community leaders, media representatives, and other writers and colleagues. Must have the ability to write and speak cogently and possess highly-developed leadership and organizational skills. Timely and critical decision-making skills are necessary.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have a professional or academic degree. The ideal candidate will have a non-profit environment background, program planning and grant writing. Possess demonstrable leadership skills, creativity, and innovation in previous and/or current position(s). The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge relating to the creative writing field. The ideal candidate will also have thorough knowledge of budgeting, audits, fair labor standards, and regulations for non-profit environments. Must be comfortable with technology and proficient with Microsoft Office, a basic proficiency in Adobe Products, Dreamweaver and Quickbooks. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to act independently, and capability to make high-level decisions on behalf of the organization are required. Salary is negotiable and commences with experience.

Press Release:

The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez
by René Colato Laínez, illustrations by Tom Lintern
$15.99 HC • 978-1-58246-296-7
9 x 11 ½ inches • 32 pages • full color • ages 4 to 7

On sale: 3/23/10

What will happen when two legends battle for one lost tooth?

Find out this spring in The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez, a new book that introduces readers to El Ratón Pérez, the charming and adventurous mouse who collects children’s teeth in Latin America.

When the Tooth Fairy and El Ratón Pérez both arrive to claim the tooth of Miguelito, a Mexican-American boy, look out!

“Eeeeek, a mouse!”
“¡Guau, una señorita bonita!”
“Who are you?” the Tooth Fairy asked.
“I am El Ratón Pérez,” he said, bowing. “I collect lost teeth from niños around the world.”

At first sparks fly between the heroes, but ultimately young readers will root for both the Tooth Fairy and El Ratón Pérez as they work together to come to a solution that makes everyone happy. In his first book with Tricycle Press, René Colato Laínez introduces a legendary Latino character to an American audience and provides a fresh, multicultural take on the familiar experience of losing one’s tooth.

A marvelous story merging cultures seamlessly and with great humor. Adults will enjoy this read-aloud just as much as kids. —Sandra Cisneros, award-winning author of The House on Mango Street

RENÉ COLATO LAÍNEZ has authored several picture books that have won Criticas Magazine Best book, a Latino Book Award for Best Bilingual Picture Book, and have been Tejas Star Book Award Finalists. René was recognized as a “Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)” by and has received special recognition as teacher and author by the Los Angeles Board of Education. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit

TOM LINTERN is a designer, illustrator, and storyboard artist living in New York City. This is his first book. Visit

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