The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization. Its programs are based on the principle that, by exercising their right to freedom of association and forming trade unions and democratic worker rights organizations, working people can collectively improve their workplaces, call on governments to uphold laws and protect human rights, and be a force for democracy, social justice and inclusive economic development. Its programs in more than 60 countries focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, occupational safety and health, gender equality, migration and human trafficking and pro-legal strategies, as well as bolster workers in an increasingly informal economy. Founded in 1997 by the AFL-CIO to tackle the enormous challenges workers face in the global economy, the Solidarity Center works to promote democratic rights and respect for workers; raise public awareness about abuses of the world’s most vulnerable workers; and, above all, help the world’s workers secure a voice in their societies and the global economy.
Summary of Position
The Regional Program Director is a supervisory position at the Solidarity Center. The position is responsible for the overall programmatic and financial management of all work in the department. This includes DC-based and regional office staff activities including all field programs within his/her region. S/he is a member of the Solidarity Center management team and plays an institutional management role in addition to directly managing the department. S/he manages staff, programs, activities, documentation and budgets and is ultimately responsible for the overall performance of the regional office. The Regional Program Director supervises field representatives and headquarters-based program officers and support staff in his/her region. In addition to directing staff work, s/he is responsible for staff development and performance management. The Regional Program Director/Director works closely with the Executive Director of the Solidarity Center, and plays a key coordinating role with the International Department of the AFL-CIO. The Regional Program Director also coordinates with other departments of the AFL-CIO and related organizations, works in coalition with others in the nongovernmental community to further policy and programmatic goals, establishes and maintains regular contact with U.S. government and donor agencies, and is responsible for developing a grant-funding strategy.
The Regional Program Director must have a broad knowledge of national and international trade union, socioeconomic and political issues, with particular expertise in the region for which s/he will be responsible if applicable, and ability to articulate these issues in public settings. Must have thorough knowledge of the U.S. trade union movement and its institutions and be familiar with AFL-CIO policies and positions. Must be able to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people. Must have supervisory/management experience. Familiarity with federal grant-related policies and procedures is required. Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills are essential. Word processing and spreadsheet skills are required. A candidate for the position should have an academic background, preferably a master’s degree, in labor relations, political science or international affairs, or a minimum of 10 years equivalent work experience. Field experience with a U.S. or international labor organization is an advantage. Fluency in Spanish is required; Portuguese language ability is desirable.
This position entails extensive travel to the field for supervisory program management and program development purposes.
Supervisor: Director of Program Coordination