The Program Officer (Grade I) is responsible for day-to-day contact with and support for the Equality and Inclusion Department (EID). This individual is conversant with all aspects of the Department’s activities and current events relevant to the on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments related to equality and inclusion.
The Program Officer I writes persuasive proposals, describes complex activities and develops budgets for those activities. This person participates in the development and implementation of education, training, and other programs. The Program Officer I has the writing skills necessary to produce program reports and evaluations. This individual tracks program budgets and activities. The Program Officer I prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with other Departments, as required.
The Program Officer I assists the Co-Directors on details of programs in assigned issues of responsibility. At the direction of the Co-Directors and based on the needs of the Solidarity Center, the Program Officer may be assigned to any program office on a temporary basis. This individual assists with and, when necessary, provides logistical support for international visitors and participants in Washington-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUFs and/or other related organizations. The Program Officer I attends meetings and conferences at the request of the Co-Directors. This person travels to the region when necessary and can provide back-up support for field representatives on a temporary basis.
- Specific Duties:
- Provide Department staff with programmatic financial and administrative support;
- Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
- Conduct issue research for use by Solidarity Center headquarters and field offices;
- Assist field offices to arrange study tours in the U.S. for visitors from the region, and conduct meetings with a wide variety of visitors from the region involved in efforts to promote labor rights and standards and democracy;
- Coordinate activities with the Solidarity Center’s other program and functional offices;
- Assist, as required, the Solidarity Center’s other program and functional offices;
- Develop coalition-building contacts with U.S. labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the Washington area;
- Provide guidance to Department staff on AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center policies and priorities;
- Assist Department staff in program planning;
- Develop and implement programs in countries without a resident field representative;
- Provide Department staff with information on USAID, NED, and U.S. government rules and regulations that affect program management;
- Recruit outside program consultants and other technical staff in accordance with Department needs;
- Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of Department projects and recruiting evaluators;
- Support field trips by Solidarity Center personnel;
- Share information on equality and inclusion issues as requested by Washington-based U.S. government offices and Congress;
- Travel on a TDY basis to conduct and/or oversee program development and/or implementation in countries without a Solidarity Center field office; and
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Some knowledge of international relations including trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad;
- Previous trade union experience (highly desirable);
- Ability to work independently and complete assignments with limited supervision;
- Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously;
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or a related field and/or five years of related work experience;
- Good communication and writing skills;
- Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets;
- Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people;
- Willingness to serve in a field position abroad, on a temporary basis as needed;
- Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.
- Broad knowledge of intersectional approaches to achieving equality and inclusion in labor organizing and workplaces, international relations including trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad;
- Experience advocating for gender equality in the workplace and/or in unions, including addressing gender-based violence and harassment, including sexual harassment in the workplace.
- Equality and Inclusion Department Co-Directors.
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