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The Department of Employee Resources seeks a full time Labor Relations Specialist

Labor Relations Specialist

The Department of Employee Resources is seeking a full time Labor Relations Specialist.  The County of Morris has 18 public sector collective bargaining units, comprised of both law enforcement and civilian units. The successful candidate will be a responsive and service-oriented professional who provides exceptional expertise in the field of labor relations. The selected candidate must possess a balance of analytical, critical, and creative thinking skills. The position reports to the Manager of Labor Relations.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Assists in the daily operations of the County’s labor relations program
  • Comprehensive knowledge of labor and employment laws
  • Analyzes collective bargaining agreement to develop interpretation of intent, spirit, and terms of contract
  • Advises management about interpretation of labor agreements
  • May assist in processing grievances
  • Prepares statistical reports, using records of actions taken concerning grievances, arbitration and mediation cases, and related labor relations activities
  • Responsible for the implementation of labor contracts and record keeping
  • Experience in compensation preferred
  • Ensure compliance with terms of labor contracts
  • Furnishes information, such as reference documents and statistical data concerning labor legislation, labor market conditions, wage and salary surveys, and employee benefits programs, for use in review of current contract provisions and proposed changes
  • May represents management in labor contract negotiations
  • Participates in maintaining satisfactory labor-management relations
  • Assists all levels of management on labor relations matters
  • Provides forecasting and cost analysis reporting
  • Strong verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to interact in person with various union and government officials

 

Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • Requires 3+ years of managerial experience within human resources with a strong concentration in labor relations
  • Experience in labor contract negotiations and contract implementation
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Knowledge of labor relations principle and practices
  • Conflict resolution skills experience
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal abilities
  • Knowledge of Human Resource systems; Internet software; Payroll systems such as Primepoint; Spreadsheet software and MS Office required

Qualified applicants can send their resume and cover letter to bmcintyre@morris.co.nj.us.  Only the candidates being considered for the position will be contacted.  This is a non-union, on site position.  The work location is in Morristown NJ.

YouthBuild USA seeks a Digital Marketing Manager

Job Title: Digital Marketing Manager

Department: Marketing and Communications

Reports to: Senior Manager of Communications

Date: May 2022

Location: Roxbury, MA, Remote possible, Northeast Region preferred

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

This position will lead YouthBuild USA’s digital marketing and communications initiatives, including day-to-day content creation for the organization’s website, social media channels, email campaigns, intranet, and other digital platforms. The Digital Marketing Manager will join the Marketing and Communications Team during an exciting time, as the organization launched new global branding and an all-new website for the entire YouthBuild movement in October 2020.

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Communications and working closely with the Vice President of Marketing and Communications, this position will collaborate with various departments—including Development, Advocacy, Program and Alumni Services—as well as partners, funders and local YouthBuild programs to enhance YouthBuild’s visibility and advance its mission.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Manage and execute digital campaigns that are consistent with the Marketing and Communications Team’s overarching marketing strategies.
  • Develop website content by using a CMS platform (WordPress) and manage day-to-day operations to ensure website is fresh and relevant.
  • Map out and execute a comprehensive social media marketing plan to engage current followers and expand audiences across all platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube).
  • Manage reporting and analytics for website, social channels, and email communications, while tracking and evaluating the overall performance of each platform to develop more effective campaigns.
  • Monitor and respond to trends in social media tools, applications, channels, design, and strategy.
  • Design and create powerful and engaging social media content with on-brand imagery and videos.
  • Strengthen YouthBuild’s brand positioning by collaborating with our International Team to amplify the work of YouthBuild programs globally.
  • Manage the planning and execution of photography, video, and multimedia content; develop a library of high-quality photos, videos and other digital assets that focus on YouthBuild’s stories of transformation.
  • Oversee the production and creation of internal and external newsletters.
  • Support the development, execution, and distribution of interdepartmental collateral.
  • Update and manage an editorial content calendar.
  • Develop social media guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Establish Subject Matter Experts and a cohesive process for gathering and filtering social media content.
  • Identify and leverage internal brand ambassadors to amplify YouthBuild’s work on social media.

Requirements

Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree required and at least 3–5 years relevant experience.
  • Strong knowledge of digital marketing principles, analytics, design proficiencies and innovative best practices.
  • Savvy with social media (organic and paid); extensive experience building and maintaining a robust follower base across all social platforms.
  • Dynamic storyteller and creative writer with a strong passion for creating inspiring content.
  • Basic photo and video editing skills, and the ability to manage external photography and video production consultants.

Skills & Knowledge Required

  • Creative thinker with excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and enthusiasm for introducing new ideas.
  • Strong communication and project management skills across multiple stakeholders; highly organized, system-minded, and process-oriented.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.).
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro or similar video editing software.
  • Working knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager a plus.
  • Previous experience with Salesforce or other CRM database preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Must have a passion for our mission and a good sense of humor.

Benefits

Compensation

YouthBuild USA offers competitive salary and benefits, including health coverage, a 401(k) savings plan, life insurance, and disability benefits. The salary range is between $65K-$70K annually.

Applying

If you are interested in learning more about YouthBuild USA, please visit our website at www.youthbuild.org. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to: Job Search, YouthBuild USA, 1785 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119 or you may apply on-line @ http://www.youthbuild.org/apply. YouthBuild USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Non-Discrimination Statement

At YouthBuild USA we appreciate the value and richness of different perspectives and experiences. We constantly strive to be a more diverse and inclusive workplace. We work to make you feel welcomed and engaged as a valued member of the team. We provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, YouthBuild USA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) seeks an Executive Director

CUP is Hiring our next Executive Director

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is looking for our next Executive Director, to guide the organization into a new chapter in its story. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a leader to work with our highly skilled and committed staff and our deeply engaged board to build on CUP’s legacy of using design to support meaningful, community-led change.

About CUP
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement in partnership with marginalized communities.

CUP’s work addresses the needs of communities organizing for social change around complex public policies and decision-making processes that impact their lives, from affordable housing to labor rights. By collaborating directly with communities to create accessible and visual explanations on issues important to them, CUP provides individuals with the tools to claim their rights, advocate for their needs, and fight for social justice.

In 2021, our work reached over 60,000 people in New York City and beyond. Building on 20 years of deep collaboration with NYC based organizations, our work has expanded to the national scale, as in our collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Court Innovation on graphic novels for child victims and witnesses of crime. We have recently expanded and deepened our training programs on community-engaged design practices with a racial justice and equity lens, focusing on designers with the support of the Ford Foundation, and launching a training academy for local government workers across the country, with support from the Luce Foundation. Our work has been nationally recognized with a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Institutional Achievement and the Curry Stone Design Prize, and has been featured in publications and exhibits around the world, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver’s exhibit Citizenship: A Practice of Society.

CUP’s programs continue to deepen and expand their impact. We are completing a 5-year strategic plan to guide the organization’s growth and development in a sustainable and equitable way over the next five years. The new Executive Director will play a critical role in implementing that plan and continuing to build the strong foundation for CUP’s future growth.

CUP is also a great place to work and grow! We have an amazing staff and board, made up of fun, creative, and hardworking people committed to racial justice and equity and to the power of design in effecting change. Find out more about our work and our values at: http://welcometoCUP.org

The Executive Director Role

CUP is seeking a forward-thinking, values-driven Executive Director to lead and manage the organization, shepherd its mission, and provide ongoing vision in line with the organization’s core values.

The Executive Director reports to CUP’s Board of Directors; runs the organization with the support of the leadership team, made up of the Director of Operations & Development and the Director of Programs; and oversees a budget of $1.5M and a team of 12 members. This is a full-time position, located at our office in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

The ideal candidate for this position would be someone with a deep understanding of community-engaged design practices, nonprofit management, and collaborative leadership; a desire to work in a collaborative setting with a broad range of partners; a belief in the power of design to effect change; an ability to articulate CUP’s story and impact verbally and in writing to increase its reach and its financial sustainability; and a demonstrated commitment to racial justice and equity.

This is an exciting moment in CUP’s story. The next leader will build on the past 20 years of impact, and shape how CUP’s work will respond to community needs and priorities in the coming years.

Responsibilities

The Executive Director’s responsibilities include:

STRATEGIC VISION & LEADERSHIP

  • Provide strategic vision for CUP’s work and next phase of impact by drawing on the recently completed strategic plan and translating it into executable goals and ensure that daily decision-making is led by shared strategy and values
  • Periodically develop new, values-aligned strategic plan through collaborative process with staff, board, and other stakeholders
  • Provide support needed for staff to understand and translate strategic vision and priorities into their daily work and successfully execute on the plan
  • Ensure that all programs, projects, and other activities align with CUP’s values and meet the standards of quality our partners expect from us
  • Support the conception, design, execution, and evaluation of new programs, and the revision or sunsetting of programs that no longer meet the organization’s goals
  • Actively engage board in mission and critical decision-making for the organization, drawing on their knowledge and experience strategically as thought partners who actively contribute to CUP’s development

FUNDRAISING & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • Strengthen existing and cultivate new relationships with institutional funders (foundations, government, and corporate) and CUP’s devoted individual donors, in line with our strategic priorities and values
  • Continue to build on CUP’s strategy of diversifying funding sources to ensure organizational stability, including further developing CUP’s growing fee-for-service income stream
  • Provide strategic vision and guidance to development and program staff in fundraising efforts
  • Create and manage the organizational budget in a way that is consistent with organizational values and priorities, and program commitments

PARTNERSHIPS & EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Steward and expand on CUP’s meaningful relationships and reputation of trust with our key stakeholder communities, including community organizing and advocacy groups, designers and teaching artists, high schools, elected officials, and others
  • Increase awareness of CUP and our partners’ mission, work, and impacts, in order to deepen those impacts and to ensure our services are widely known and our materials are accessed and widely used; Be a visible voice for CUP’s mission and provide space and a model for staff and board members to do the same
  • Identify and pursue strategic opportunities for financially sustainable work that expands and deepens the impact of CUP’s mission
  • Engage and inspire CUP’s staff, board, and devoted network of supporters around our mission to increase the organization’s impact by ensuring it is sustainably resourced and staffed
  • Strategically guide CUP’s branding, messaging, and communications efforts to increase awareness of our work, engage collaborators and project partners, and increase financial support; Ensure that CUP’s communications are consistent with our organizational values;
  • Contribute to thought leadership in the fields CUP participates in, such as community-engaged design, participatory democracy, and civic engagement; share lessons learned from CUP’s work on the ground to support continued advancement and critical dialogue in those fields.

PEOPLE & CULTURE

  • Lead our committed team by providing direction and vision, and clearly articulating the relationship between our values and vision and our day-to-day decision-making, and ensuring all staff have clear roles and responsibilities
  • Support continued professional development of all staff individually and the team as a whole; ensure clarity in pathways for staff promotion and leadership development
  • Lead with active communication, collaborative and transparent decision-making, and genuine relationship building
  • Continue to build a team of individuals with relevant skills, training, and lived experience and providing training and support so they can excel in their roles and build a rewarding career at CUP and beyond
  • Provide direct supervision to Director of Programs and Director of Operations & Development
  • Partner with board to recruit and train new members in line with CUP’s values and strategic needs; support board with ongoing development and training in alignment with organizational priorities and values

STRENGTHENING INFRASTRUCTURE & OPERATIONS

  • Lead the assessment and development of organizational infrastructure and systems in a way that manages risk, supports the organization’s emerging needs, and plans for its future ones, including technology, physical plant, HR policies, internal controls, financial management, board development, legal compliance, and other areas as needed
  • Ensure that organizational structures, policies, and procedures are consistent with our values and are continually evolving to reflect our commitment to and ever-deepening understanding of racial justice and equity
  • Support program evaluation and continual learning and improvement to ensure that CUP’s programs and processes meet partner needs, continue to evolve, and are aligned with our values

Who should apply?

Requirements for this position are listed below.

We recognize that a successful candidate will meet many of the requirements listed on this job description, but may not meet all of the qualifications. If much of this job description describes you, we encourage you to apply.

CORE SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

Content area expertise

CUP’s work takes place at the intersection of public policy, community organizing, and design. The Executive Director must be able to show proficiency in and build credibility with partners and staff in:

  • Design and visual culture — Demonstrate strong visual literacy and knowledge of the fields of design and/or visual art, whether through formal training and/or work experience in a design or visual arts field
  • Community-engaged design practice — Experience successfully leading community-engaged design, human-centered design, or other participatory design processes from an anti-oppressive perspective and centering directly impacted communities
  • Public policy — Demonstrated understanding of American urban policy and planning issues, through a racial justice lens, and demonstrated ability to read, understand, and interpret public policy
  • Lived experience related to the topics we work on and/or cultural competency to participate in and facilitate conversations on challenging issues related to power, oppression, and racial justice

Alignment with CUP’s values

  • Strong belief in the right of marginalized communities to build power and a political voice, and in the power of design to support community-led change
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and ability to apply an anti-oppressive lens to CUP’s policies, processes, programs, budgets, and communications. The ideal candidate can be reflective in their own growth around racial justice, and is eager to participate in ongoing efforts to create more just and anti-oppressive practices.
  • Ability to be flexible and open to learning and growing as the organization does

Organizational leadership experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of increasingly complex work experience in a relevant field, including leading an organization, department, or other unit of multiple staff members (relevant fields may include public policy, government, communications design, service design, arts/culture/curatorial management, urban planning, as well as others)
  • Demonstrated ability to raise revenue from diverse sources including foundations, government entities, fee-for-service work, and individual donors; Experience successfully creating, raising, and overseeing annual budget of at least $1M
  • Track record with program design, oversight, financial reporting and evaluation with a focus on supporting continual improvement and learning, and overseeing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Previous experience collaboratively developing and executing strategic plans, including engaging board, staff, and external partners around priorities and supporting their implementation

People, culture & collaboration

  • A track record building, training, and empowering strong, highly collaborative teams & culture where vision and values drive decision-making
  • Ability to build transparent and trusting relationships with broad range of stakeholders, including staff, as well as external partners including grassroots community organizations, designers, educational partners, funders, and government entities

Communications

  • Ability to craft compelling, clear narratives that engage partners, collaborators, and other stakeholders in the mission and vision
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability write in a clear and accessible way for multiple audiences
  • Track record as a compelling public speaker who is able to engage a wide range of audiences

Culture, Salary & Benefits

CUP is committed to fostering equity and racial justice in the work we produce, the way we produce it, and the way we function as an organization. We seek to be an organization where people with different abilities and from different racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds can thrive together, and where our practices create opportunities, not barriers, to achieving greater social justice.

In support of our commitment to achieving these goals, CUP strives to be a healthy, positive, and sustainable place to work. To that end, we provide free health insurance benefits, professional development opportunities, and a reasonable work schedule that allows our staff to have a healthy life both inside and outside of work. We are also committed to working together as a staff to better understand issues of race, equity, and justice and to continue to further our own education on how we engage with and address those issues as individuals and as an organization. We support all staff members in pursuing continuous professional development, and use our annual review process to identify individual goals for each year.

This is a full-time, salaried position. The salary range for the position is $95,000 to $115,000, commensurate with skills and experience. Our benefits program also includes comprehensive, free health insurance; affordable dental coverage; financial security with long term disability insurance; a 401(k) plan to help prepare for retirement; paid personal and sick leave; leadership and managerial coaching support; and a professional development stipend.

CUP is a 12-person organization with an annual budget of $1.5 million, and poised to continue growing. Our office is based in Gowanus, Brooklyn, but we work with community partners all over New York City and travel throughout the five boroughs regularly. This position may also entail occasional travel outside of New York City in the future. Work hours are flexible, but generally around 10 am to 6 pm. Our work requires occasional evening and weekend events, such as launch events, workshops, presentations, and fundraisers. Staff members work in the office a minimum of 3 days per week, with flexible hours, and can work remotely the rest of the time.

All employees who work onsite are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must provide proof of vaccination before entering the office. “Fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine. Vaccines must be approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. CUP will maintain the confidentiality of information about employee vaccinations. For job applicants, requests for reasonable accommodation may be submitted after receiving a conditional offer of employment, and will be considered on an individualized basis.

Timeline & Selection Process

Applications will be accepted until the Submittable application portal closes at noon Eastern time on Thursday,, June 23rdApplications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to submit their materials early.

A hiring committee made up of CUP staff and board members will review all complete applications and schedule interviews in late June/early July.

Finalists may be asked to complete a short assignment, and will be compensated for their time.

Applicants will be notified by August, at the latest, with an expected start date in late August or September.

How To Apply

If you’re interested in the position, you can apply online via Submittable, on this page.

To apply, you will need to create an account on Submittable, fill in your contact information, and upload the following materials:

  • A cover letter, in which you address why you are interested in this position, how your experience qualifies you for it, and why you would like to work at CUP
  • A current resume
  • A short writing sample (3 pages maximum), preferably that demonstrates your ability to write about a topic that is relevant to CUP’s work
  • A list of 3 references, including name, how you know them, and their contact information. (No need to provide letters. We will not contact these references until later stages in the review process and will let you know before we do so.)

Please note that we will NOT review applications that do not provide all requested materials.

No phone calls, please.

CUP is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fair and inclusive employment practices, and strongly encourage Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color; women; LGBTQ individuals; people with disabilities; people who have experienced incarceration; and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas to apply.

NYS Senate Graduate Fellowship Program extended until May 14.

The NYS Senate Graduate Fellowship Program. The deadline has been extended until May 14.

Applicants must have completed graduate studies at an accredited university prior to the beginning of the fellowship. Fellows work full-time and are expected to function as a regular staff member. The Senate Fellows stipend is $40,000 in addition to employee benefits. Fellows are not Senate employees for the purpose of accruing sick leave, vacation time or personal leave, but are instead enrollees of student programs under the authority of the Secretary of the Senate.

Because we are beyond the regular deadline, I suggest interested students alert Program Director Nicholas Parrella at Tel: (518) 455-2611 or E-mail: students@nysenate.gov of their intention to apply ASAP. He is a great supporter of CUNY participation and can answer questions and facilitate the application process for students.

Website:

https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/articles/2021/new-york-senate-graduate-fellowships

Application: 

https://www.nysenate.gov/sites/default/files/article/attachment/graduate_legislative_fellowship_application_final.pdf

Informational Brochure:

https://www.nysenate.gov/sites/default/files/article/attachment/graduate_legislative_fellowship_program_brochure.pdf

 

Fair Work Center seeks a COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & BASE BUILDING EDUCATOR

Our organization builds worker power through education, organizing, and enforcement. We work to raise and uphold standards in the workplace. And we fight for economic and racial justice in our communities. Our Base Building team trains hundreds of workers a year about their rights on the job. Our Legal Clinic works to ensure that workers know their rights under city, state, and federal law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.

We provide free individual consultations, pro se assistance, representation in administrative enforcement processes, and maintain an active strategic litigation docket. Over the past five years we have served thousands of workers and have recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages. In addition to direct representation our attorneys provide policy analysis, research, and enforcement strategy support campaigns to improve workplace conditions.

Our partner organization Working Washington leads innovative campaigns organizing delivery workers in the gig economy, enforcing Seattle’s domestic worker bill of rights, and making Washington’s workplace laws among the best in the country. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic our organizations have advocated for hazard pay for frontline workers, health and safety enforcement, and access to unemployment for gig and immigrant workers. Together, we have a history of making transformative demands for working people and winning big.

About the Position

The Community Engagement & Base Building Educator is primarily responsible for engaging low-wage workers about their rights at work and coordinating and facilitating labor standards training and workshops. Success in this position requires a worker-centered approach, knowledge of popular education dynamics, strong facilitation skills, and the ability to develop long-term engagement with low-wage workers.

The organization is striving to become an anti-racist organization and expects that all staff will play an active role in that process and engage in their own. This includes participating in organizational race equity initiatives and applying an anti-racist approach to position responsibilities whenever possible.

Download a PDF of the job posting here: Job Opportunity — Community Engagement & Base Building Educator.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Community Outreach

  • Perform in-person and digital outreach to bring in new workers and share information about local and state labor standards, including phone & text banking, door knocking, flyering, and participation in community events
  • Recruit, build, and sustain a strong worker-base into know-your rights trainings, worker committee, and long-term, deep engagement with the work of the organization
  • Help the recruitment, development, and engagement of workers in organization priority industries through in-person outreach and digital outreach; Facebook, Slack, Hustle, and other social media platforms that engage them in one on one conversations

Worker Education & Training 

  • Facilitate know-your-rights workshops for workers online and in-person on local and state labor standards, including co-facilitating with current community partners
  • Conduct individual intake meetings with workers who have called the general hotline and identify the resource or resolution, including making referrals to our internal legal clinic, campaigns team, administrative agencies, and other community partners
  • Implement curriculum and adapt facilitation to needs of training participants within a popular education framework and with social justice analysis along immigration, class, gender, and race.
  • Help build and co-facilitate a leadership development pipeline such as worker committees, leadership training, etc.

Data & Other Tasks

  • Help maintain relationships with other community-based organizations by finding opportunities to support their work and to advance the basebuilding strategy
  • Track relevant training, outreach, and data by entering into CRM on a timely basis
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to build relationship of trust and mutual respect and to move people into action
  • Experience coordinating community and education outreach to reach priority communities, including flyering, tabling, and individual conversations
  • Strong background on popular education framework, facilitation, and communication skills or demonstrated ability to learn
  • Commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and deep understanding of challenges facing low wage workers, immigrant communities, communities of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours, on evenings and weekends, as needed, to meet worker needs
  • Second language required, Spanish preferred

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2+ years prior experience in community or labor organizing, including base-building, mobilization, political education, and community-led programming and campaigns
  • Prior experience working with domestic workers, restaurant workers, gig workers, or other priority industry identified by the organization
  • Experience in curriculum development and development of visual materials
  • Proficiency with using database systems and MS office applications, Canva, Instagram, Facebook, and Whatsapp

OTHER INFORMATION

Salary & Benefits: This is a bargaining unit position. Salaries are set by the union pay scale, with anticipated starting pay between $56,445 – $62,231, depending on experience, along with significant annual step increases and COLAs each year. We provide a generous benefits package, including fully-paid family health care, 5% employer 401k contribution, substantial holidays, vacation and sick leave, and an ORCA card for employees in the Puget Sound area.

Location: This is a salaried overtime exempt position that we anticipate being based in our Seattle office, but we are open to the position being based in our Yakima office, for the right candidate. It may require occasional evening and weekend work and occasional travel throughout the state. Our team is currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@fairworkcenter.org with the applicant’s last name and “Base Building” in the subject line. In your cover letter, let us know why you’re interested in this role and which skills you believe will make you successful in it. The priority deadline for submissions is May 22, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we will accept applications until the position is filled.

Commitment to Equity: Fair Work Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by historical and ongoing inequity to apply, such as: people of color, immigrants, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We seek candidates whose lived experiences reflect the lived experiences of the workers we support. If you need disability, language or other accommodation in the application process, please contact Zhi Chen at zhi@fairworkcenter.org.

Solidarity Center seeks a Country Program Director, Sri Lanka

Deadline to Apply: Until Filled

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Solidarity Center seeks an impassioned trade unionist with international experience and strong management skills to serve as Country Program Director (CPD) in its field office in Sri Lanka. This position requires a background in union building, coupled with a strong interest in the political, economic, social, and trade union developments in Sri Lanka and/or South Asia. The CPD must have sound judgment and political sense that facilitate decision-making, particularly when headquarters cannot be reached for consultation. This individual also must be conversant in the principles of grant management, including budgeting and reporting. The CPD has full management responsibility for the field office and country staff, including finance, HR, security, and general operations.

The CPD is the key driver in designing and implementing programs in Sri Lanka that address the needs of our partner trade unions and the AFL-CIO. Seeking funds for programs in country is a critical component of this position, which includes writing and editing concept papers and proposals. This individual is responsible for monitoring program progress and budgetary compliance.  The CPD tracks significant developments in the country and reports back to headquarters through meetings, reports and other communication. The Country Program Director represents Solidarity Center outside the organization.

The CPD works with AFL-CIO affiliates, the ITUC and its regional organizations, and global union federations, to facilitate their participation in Solidarity Center programs.  This individual may be required to travel extensively within the region (pending the lifting of travel restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions on the ground) and may fill in for other CPDs on a temporary basis as needed.

The CPD is responsible for compliance with Solidarity Center policies, US regulations governing grants, and host-country law.  The CPD develops and maintains relationships with personnel at the USAID mission and US Embassy and oversees reporting requirements regarding Solidarity Center work.  The CPD educates and informs USAID and the Embassy of organized labor’s role in the development process and how Solidarity Center programs contribute to their strategic objectives.

Qualifications

  • Able to work independently and with limited supervision
  • Knowledge of worker rights issues and trade unions in Sri Lanka
  • Knowledge of international relations and socio-economic and political developments related to trade unions in the U.S.
  • Experience working on union campaigns and organized efforts to defend and promote trade union rights legislation
  • Experience developing and leading a start-up campaign, project, or organization
  • Capacity to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and make decisions that have major effects on costs and completion of projects
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or five years equivalent work experience
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop strategic relationships
  • Strong sense of initiative, resourcefulness, and problem solving skills
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets

Supervisor: Regional Program Director for Asia

Specific Duties

  • Manage the Solidarity Center field office in Sri Lanka, including supervision of the local-hire staff;
  • Ensure compliance with Solidarity Center and AFL-CIO policies and procedures, applicable donor and federal government regulations, and host-country law;
  • Design, develop and implement country or regional programs that respond to the strategies, goals and objectives of the donors, the AFL-CIO and the Solidarity Center’s partners;
  • Initiate concept papers and program proposals and seek funding for same;
  • Prepare timely, well-written reports in accordance with the deadline schedule;
  • Monitor program performance and results and discuss substantive changes with the Regional Program Director;
  • Monitor program expenditures to meet budget targets;
  • Work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in Solidarity Center programs;
  • Manage the logistics for field trips by Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO and affiliate personnel as requested;
  • Develop relations with US government personnel in country to ensure they understand the role of labor in development and of Solidarity Center programs in the context of their strategy;
  • Share information on country conditions and labor issues with headquarters staff;
  • Provide assistance and support for program evaluations or audits of field projects/offices;
  • Travel (25-50% of the time once pandemic restrictions are lifted) within Nepal and around the region to meet with partners and oversee programs as needed, and
  • Develop coalition-building contacts with national and international labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the country or region.

The duration of this position, while contingent upon continued grant funding, is anticipated to last from three to six years, with the option to transfer to another post at the end of the assignment.

As part of the collective bargaining unit, this position is generously compensated with an annual salary starting at around $105,742 which may be subject to U.S. foreign earned income tax exclusion for American citizens (please consult a tax professional to verify). A robust benefits package includes excellent health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. In addition, as an expatriate position, the Country Program Director is entitled to housing, relocation expenses, annual home leave, and an education allowance for dependents.

For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.

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The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Job seekers who require a reasonable accommodation to apply should contact us at: information@solidaritycenter.org.

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