Program Officer, Equality and Inclusion

Solidarity Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 21

Position description

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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 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.

Additional Requirements:

  • 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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