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Work with Huaywasi

 

Are you interested in working with Huaywasi? We offer local and remote internships, coordinator & managerial positions in Fashion Design, Business Development, and more! Eager to collaborate but unsure if your skill set matches any of the open positions below?

 

Our programs accept a wide variety of expertise, from college students to experienced professionals. We will work with you to find your perfect fit in our organization!

**Two New Openings -- One Paid and One Internship with Discounted Room & Board-- See Below!**

Email huaywasi@lightandleadership.org with any questions, we'd love to hear from you!!

See our available positions below, often with flexible start dates and time commitments January - November of each year:


Huaywasi Program Manager

Background in Small Business/Management with a passion for fair trade or women's empowerment? Join our team!

Preferred Start Date: May 2020

We’re in search of a new program manager, someone to take the reigns of the project on-site in Huaycán, Lima, Perú. Our program manager works directly with seven female artisans, ensuring our program grows and becomes even more sustainable for our organization and the artisans.

Here’s a full list of responsibilities:

  • Work directly with seven Huaywasi artisans to place monthly orders, give feedback and complete artisan payments.
  • Hold monthly meetings between artisans, interns, and the Executive Director.
  • Oversee production, design and quality control for each product within the required timeline
  • Manage Huaywasi.com utilizing the Shopify platform
  • Create and execute a marketing strategy for Huaywasi.com and social media (includes content calendars and creation. Photoshop and/or InDesign skills a plus!)
  • Coordinate Huaywasi product photoshoots, aligning pictures to our marketing strategy
  • Manage up to four interns within the program, delegating tasks and encouraging a positive work environment. Interns range in skill set from business development to fashion design
  • Manage Huaywasi monthly financing and look for ways to mitigate costs
  • Export products to the US (training provided)
  • Communicate with the Women’s Empowerment Program manager about artisans and educational needs
  • Report directly to the Executive Director on a weekly basis
  • More duties may be assigned as the program grows.

We’re searching for someone who…

  • Is passionate about fair trade, women’s empowerment and education.
  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Has an understanding of the North American consumer, but also an insight into traditional Peruvian culture.
  • Is highly organized and loves the details.
  • Speaks at least confident conversational Spanish.
  • Is ready to grow a project: we’re at an exciting point with Huaywasi!
  • Is able to live in Huaycán or Lima, Peru with a stipend to cover housing costs and then some.
  • Is a U.S. or Peruvian citizen (or has the legal right to work in Peru).
  • Has Adobe Suite experience

The benefits:

  • An opportunity to lead a fair trade project, while being a part of a high impact non-profit.
  • A living stipend to cover costs while working with Huaywasi
  • Free meals on work days (Friday through Tuesday)
  • 3 weeks paid time off a year

This position is a contract position for 12 months, with the possibility of extension and begins in mid-August. We cannot offer flight stipends at this time.

Please do not apply if you do not meet the Spanish language requirements.

How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Jillian Schneider, huaywasi@lightandleadership.org. 

 

Background in fashion and/or design? Become a part of the Slow Fashion Revolution! 

Preferred Start Date: August 2019

We’re in search of a new fashion design intern, someone to help bring ideas to life on-site in Huaycán, Lima, Perú. Our fashion interns work in tandem with our seven female artisans and reports to the Huaywasi Program Manager, ensuring our products are of the highest-quality while maintaining our brand’s aesthetic.

Here’s a full list of responsibilities:

  • Work directly with Huaywasi manager and artisans to place monthly orders, give feedback on quality control and samples
  • Design entire collections, which includes but is not limited to:
    • Developing a color palette for the season
    • Researching fashion trends and past Huaywasi favorites (also thinking about appropriate ways to incorporate tela andina or Peruvian features to items)
    • Leading brainstorming sessions with the entire Huaywasi team
    • Finalizing product ideas and creating patterns
    • Communicating alternations with artisans based on quality control and sample feedback
    • Finalizing production numbers and monthly pedidos with Huaywasi manager and artisans
  • Documenting and tracking all inventory in an organized fashion
  • Manages trips to Gamarra, the textile market where we source our materials, including coordination with the artisans, 2 - 4 times a month
  • Researching and implementing more ways that our sourcing and production processes can be made more sustainable
  • More duties may be assigned as the program grows.

We’re searching for someone who…
  • Has a background in fashion. Graduated or working towards a directly related degree (or equivalent experience)
  • Has technical experience creating patterns (accessories are a plus!)
  • Is passionate about fair trade, sustainability, women’s empowerment and education.
  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit and can work autonomously
  • Has an understanding of current fashion trends but also an insight or interest in traditional Peruvian culture. Huaywasi focuses on creating casualwear and basics with a Peruvian twist
  • Speaks at least basic Spanish (i.e. could describe a numerical alteration to an artisan). Advanced English if Spanish is not your native language.
  • Photoshop or Illustrator skills a plus!

The benefits:
  • Autonomy and open work environment to see your designs come to life!
  • An opportunity to enhance your portfolio/create an full retail collection that will be marketed and sold in the United States
  • Ability to shadow artisans in their homes and see a production process from start to finish
  • An opportunity to participate in a fair trade project, while being a part of a high impact non-profit
  • A chance to learn more about Peruvian textiles and traditional clothing, a trade that has long held importance in the culture

This position is a non-paid internship role, with a minimum stay of 4 months (6 months or longer preferred). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Managers can help assist candidates with university internship applications and/or write recommendation letters.

Please see LLI’s website for more information on accommodation, food, etc. while living in Huaycán, though steep discounts on program fees (food and housing) will be applied for qualified candidates.

How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Jillian Schneider, huaywasi@lightandleadership.org. Also please include your portfolio or product pattern and finished design of something you're most proud of.

http://www.lightandleadership.org/uploads/pdfs/placementguide_artisan.pdf
Have experience in Marketing, Finance, Business, and/or Graphic Design? Huaywasi needs your expertise!
Location: Lima, Peru and/or Huaycán, Peru.

Internship Responsibilities include:
  • Developing social media and SEO strategies to increase engagement
  • Managing all social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Blog, Website, etc.)
  • Designing and creating Mailchimp email marketing campaigns for subscribers
  • Researching and implementing ways to drive traffic to our site
  • Investigating various fairs in Lima and Midwest US for Huaywasi to participate in, as well as stores and boutiques that could host a Huaywasi pop-up shops
    Interested in fashion and love Photoshop!? Huaywasi needs your expertise!
    Location: Lima, Peru, Huaycán, Peru, or Remote

    Internship Responsibilities include:
    • Working with the Business Developer to design and create Mailchimp email marketing campaigns for subscribers
    • Creating photo campaigns to drive traffic to our website and other social media platforms
    • Editing and organizing various photoshoot pictures in Photoshop or similar software

        Interested in fashion photography? Huaywasi needs your expertise!
        Location: Lima, Peru and Huaycán, Peru
        (short term positions available for international applicants)

        Internship/Volunteer Responsibilities include:
        • Coordinating with the Business Developer to implement photoshoots for current and future products 
        • Photographing products for line sheets as well as live action with models
        • Photographing artisan portraits and artisans working on products
        • Editing and organizing various photoshoot pictures in Photoshop or similar software 
        Fluent in Spanish and passionate about increasing women's capacities to become entrepreneurs? Lead and manage the Women's Empowerment Program and women in the community in this educational coordinator role. 
        Location: Huaycán, Peru

        Manager Responsibilities include:
        • Working directly with the Director of the Light and Leadership Initiative (our parent organization) to maintain and improve our Women's Empowerment Program
        • Establishing program goals, objectives, and agendas for the year
        • Organizing certificate courses, workshops, and events for women in the community
        • Coordinating with workshop teachers and women participants

        Please see LLI's job listing for the Women's Program manager here.

        Do you speak fluent Spanish and have teaching experience in your field of expertise? Our Women's Program needs you in the classroom!
        Location: Huaycán, Peru
        Time commitment: 2 month minimum with flexible start date. 

         

        • Establishing workshop goals and objectives with the Women's Program Manager based on feedback from the women
        • Working directly with women in Huaycán to educate and empower through workshops 1-2 times a week teaching your expertise (Past workshops include: finance, entrepreneurship, and computer literacy)

        Please see more information on this position here.

        Interested in learning more? We accept applications on a rolling basis! Please email huaywasi@lightandleadership.org with your resume and availability, or for general inquires. Our application form can be found here.

         

         
         
        "From this internship I have been able to gain new skills and find self assurance in the skills that I wasn't sure I had mastered. I want to say thank you for allowing me so much independence in my designs and for encouraging me to be creative! It has been such a pleasure to work alongside Guillermina, a type of learning that I know I could not have experienced anywhere else."
        - Lily Kinder, Fashion Design Intern

         
        "Being the Women’s Program Manager was a continuous teach and learn experience, going further beyond what I was expecting. It made me richer, professionally and culturally. But I also learnt that, more than the knowledge I could provide to the program, it was tremendously transforming listening to what they had to say and what they didn’t say, valorizing their work and their accomplishments; hence better attending their needs, hopes and beliefs. Working with local women and with ethical fashion I learnt the power of transformation; from a fabric, a community, a dream."
        – Patricia, Women’s Program Manager
         
         

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