Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center

Regional Program Director

Based in Washington, DC

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.

Basic Qualifications
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

Specific Duties

  • Promote an atmosphere of cooperation, coordination and respect among staff at all levels and across departmental/regional lines
  • Promote gender equity and equality of opportunity for all staff
  • Know and follow Solidarity Center policies and procedures; ensure staff are aware of and comply with same; ensure financial and program reporting by the department; comply with Solidarity Center policies and donor policies
  • Attend Solidarity Center regular managers' meetings and communicate with staff about new developments
  • Keep senior Solidarity Center management and AFL-CIO staff informed of programs, issues and events in the region
  • Supervise headquarters-based program officers and support staff in Washington and field representatives in the region; articulate clear expectations, provide regular feedback, and hold staff accountable for their areas of responsibility
  • Provide direction, technical assistance and support for evaluation of field projects related to global field projects, and, where appropriate, recruiting outside evaluators
  • Recruit, train and mentor new staff
  • Hold regular staff meetings, for the purpose of budget monitoring and general program timelines and information-sharing
  • Ensure proposals, reports, budgets and other program documents are well written and prepared for internal review prior to submission to donors; ensure internal and external deadlines are met
  • Coordinate the design, development and implementation of programs in the region, and oversee the quality of these programs
  • Promote programmatic cooperation with U.S. and international labor organizations
  • Form/participate in coalitions with other nongovernmental organizations working toward shared programmatic objectives
  • Establish and maintain relationships with representatives of donor agencies, government departments and U.S. missions abroad regarding regional responsibilities and programs
  • Develop comprehensive funding strategies for programs in the region; aggressively pursue new funding opportunities
  • Travel to countries within the region on a regular basis for supervisory, and program management, development, implementation and evaluation purposes
  • Consult and coordinate with Solidarity Center staff in other regions and offices
  • Represent the Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO in meetings, seminars and conferences in the U.S. and abroad
  • Assist in the production of Solidarity Center reports, proposals, educational materials and other publications
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

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