If you have a passion for improving working conditions for workers in apparel industry supply chains and would like to support public procurement practices that reflect those values, then serving as the Program Coordinator for the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium may be for you.
The Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium (“the Consortium”) is seeking part-time consulting services whereby an individual would serve as the Consortium’s overall Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator will work independently to advance the mission and programming of the Consortium with guidance and direction from the Consortium Board of Directors. Specific responsibilities include:
- Supply chain data mapping based on contract apparel reports from members; including maintaining the Sweatfree LinkUp! online database.
- Consulting with monitoring/labor rights experts (including labor rights groups in producer countries if possible) and Consortium members to define Consortium engagement objectives and activities.
- Engaging apparel vendors and brand owners on behalf of Consortium members related to Consortium engagement objectives and activities. This may include explaining findings of related working condition reports or factory audits and communicating expectations for improvement.
- Provide ongoing guidance for public sector Consortium members on how to engage with their apparel providers (via phone, email, online, and in person when possible). This may include providing guidance on policy, solicitation, and/or contract terms that support sweatfree procurement.
- Assist with developing and maintaining Consortium member communications, both through email and the Consortium website.
- Assist with planning quarterly board meetings and the Consortium member annual meeting
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have expertise in international labor rights issues within global supply chains and/or public procurement experience. Understanding of the global apparel industry is desirable. Applicants should be self-motivated to work independently, with little oversight, while maintaining a high level of professionalism, since the Program Coordinator will be the primary, day-to-day representative for the Consortium. Excellent communication and writing skills combined with a strong sense of tact and diplomacy are required.
Compensation: Hourly rate: Negotiable depending on applicant’s experience. Hours: 20-30 hours/month. The successful applicant must have access to a personal workspace and applicable IT equipment (computer, phone, etc.). The Consortium will not provide a workspace or equipment.
To Apply: Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org. Consideration of applicants will begin January 15, 2019.
- Letter of interest highlighting relevant experience, training, or interest
- Three relevant references; include name, contact information, and relation
- 1-2 page writing sample
About the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium
The Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium’s mission is to end public purchasing from sweatshops. The Consortium supports members with sweatfree purchasing guidance and related support materials, including serving as a coordinating body and centralized repository for apparel factory location information through the Sweatfree LinkUp database. By working together, we seek to make sweatfree purchasing easy and effective.