Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center

Program Officer III
Equality and Inclusion

Based in Washington, DC
(currently REMOTE)


Please Note: All work will be done remotely for the duration of the global health crisis. Once government restrictions are lifted and office conditions are confirmed safe, the Program Officer III for Equality and Inclusion will work in our Washington, DC headquarters.

The Solidarity Center is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on 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.

Location: Washington, DC
Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2021
Deadline to Apply: Until filled

Solidarity Center seeks a Program Officer III to help advance the work of its Equality and Inclusion Department. The Program Officer III reports to the Center’s Co-Directors for Equality and Inclusion and works in close partnership with all departments of the Solidarity Center in DC and overseas.

This is a senior staff position that provides day-to-day support to Solidarity Center field offices and programs around the world. This individual must be thoroughly conversant in intersectional approaches to equality and inclusion, including racial justice, gender equality, and discrimination/harassment in unions and workplaces. The Program Officer III must have working knowledge of and experience in U.S. Government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.

The Program Officer III will participate in designing and implementing initiativees to promote equality and inclusion in trade unions and the world of work. These may include education, training, and other types of activity. The Program Officer III will write funding proposals and develop budgets for complex projects and activities. This person will need to produce well-written program reports and evaluations, and will monitor programs to ensure they meet budget targets and programmatic results. The Program Officer III will prepare and exchange information and coordinate activities with other departments and field offices on topics related to equality and inclusion. This individual will provide advice and guidance related to equality and inclusion to assist Country Program Directors in developing concept papers and project proposals, implementing programs, and managing field offices.

The Program Officer III assists and advises the EID Co-Directors and Senior Gender Specialist on assigned programs. This individual will work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in Solidarity Center programs. The Program Officer III assists with and provides support for international visitors and participants in Washington-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, global labor federations, and related organizations. This individual must have the experience and presence to present the policies and programs of Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO in public and in private meetings with donors, partners, and national and international organizations. The Program Officer III will represent Solidarity Center at conference in the U.S. and abroad and will coordinate with Washington-based NGOs and U.S. government agencies. This individual will travel domestically and internationally as needed and pending the lifting of the pandemic-related restrictions.


  • Ability to work independently and complete assignments with limited or no supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to work and interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds and multiple identities
  • Extensive knowledge of intersectional approaches to achieving equality and inclusion in labor organizing and workplaces
  • Extensive knowledge of international relations, including trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad
  • Experience developing programming to promote equality, equity and inclusion in the workplace and/or in unions, including addressing racism, sexism, abilism, homophobia, and xenophobia
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, gender equality, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or ten years equivalent work experience
  • Excellent communications and writing skills
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets

Trade union experience is highly desirable.

Fluency in written and spoken English; fluency in a second language is a plus.

Personal Qualities
The successful candidate will bring a strong social justice orientation, passion for workers’ rights and commitment to equality and inclusion. They will have demonstrated good judgment in U.S. and international political environments and the confidence, energy, patience, and commitment to work with others in this multilayered international organization to advance the cause of all workers’ rights around the world.

Specific Duties

  • Provide the Equality and Inclusion Department with programmatic financial and administrative support;
  • Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
  • Conduct research on intersectional approaches to achieving equality and inclusion for use by Center headquarters and field offices;
  • Coordinate activities with the Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • Assist, as required, in the work of the Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • Develop coalition-building contacts with U.S. and global diverse organizations building equality and inclusion of all workers regardless of gender and/or sexual identity, ability, race, national origin, or religion in the world of work, and U.S. labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the Washington area;
  • Provide guidance to field offices on AFL-CIO and Center policies and priorities, and serve as a liaison between the Center and AFL-CIO affiliates, GUFs, ICFTU, its regional organizations, and the ILO;
  • Assist and advise field offices in program development and proposal writing;
  • Develop and implement regional and sub-regional programs and programs in countries without resident field representative;
  • Provide field offices 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 Departmental needs;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of projects related to achieving equality and inclusion and recruiting evaluators;
  • Support field trips by Center personnel;
  • Share information on country conditions and labor 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
  • Work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of Solidarity Center programs, within approved communications guidelines;
  • Monitor programs to meet budget targets;
  • Represent the Solidarity Center as directed;
  • Furnish financial and administrative support services to field offices, and provide advice and guidance to field offices on grants management and funding procedures;
  • Initiate concept papers and program proposals and seek funding for same; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $83,000 USD. A robust benefits package includes excellent health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave.
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.


The duration of this position, as with all positions at the Solidarity Center, is contingent upon continued grant funding.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

About the Equality and Inclusion Department
The Solidarity Center engages with unions and their allies through an analysis and practice of equality, radical inclusion and intersectionality that is explicitly feminist, anti-racist, pro-equality, pro-worker, pro-migrant and class conscious.

The Solidarity Center designs and implements strategies to confront the multiple and intersecting forms of oppression that contribute to economic structures in which women and other groups of workers are devalued and excluded from economic and social equality. This requires a conscious effort to examine how oppressive forces play out throughout the global labor movement with a commitment to dismantle these systems. Explicit in this work is the understanding that the agency and leadership of the most marginalized workers are key components of decent work and economic justice for all.

Using an intersectional approach recognizing the multiple ways workers’ identities are used as a basis to deny their rights, the Equality and Inclusion Department leads the Solidarity Center’s efforts to dismantle the overlapping systems of discrimination that trap and exploit workers and degrade and encumber labor and other progressive social movements.

The Equality and Inclusion Department provides expertise and supports the Solidarity Center’s engagement in the analysis and practice of equality, radical inclusion and intersectionality that is explicitly feminist, anti-racist, pro-equality, pro-worker, pro-migrant and class-conscious to build connection and collective struggle based on the dignity and value of all workers.

The Equality and Inclusion Department also leads the Solidarity Center’s efforts to build our institutional understanding about how oppressive forces play out in our own organizations and movements, and provide consistent leadership on furthering the practice of equality and inclusion as core to achieving worker rights by:

  • Researching and gathering information to identify and clarify systems and mechanisms of discrimination, and to inform inclusive approaches of building power for working people
  • Creating awareness of privilege and consciousness of oppression and exclusion in our institutions and societies, and their role in denying worker rights
  • Supporting leadership in our partner organizations that builds worker power by promoting worker involvement and ownership of their organizations at all levels and across social identities
  • Removing tools of oppression and subjugation that have specific impact on large groups, such as cross-movement work to combat gender-based violence and harassment at work
  • Building the connections and solidarity needed to take on corporate power and the classist, gendered, and racialized nature of its impact, and to secure worker rights for all workers along and across supply chains
  • Advocating for economic policies that explicitly uproot systemic discrimination and exploitation in labor markets, such as segregated labor markets, entrenched wage differentials and the exploitation of unpaid labor, and replace them with enhanced legal protections and decent work opportunities for workers
  • Bringing together unions and community groups to identify shared socioeconomic struggles; analyzing how those struggles are directly linked to systemic racism; and implementing organizing, legal and advocacy strategies to collectively resist and overcome the oppression that entraps workers in poverty.

About Solidarity Center
The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job and greater equity at work and in their community. Its programs are based on the fundamental principle that working people can, by exercising their right to freedom of association and forming trade unions and democratic worker rights organizations, collectively improve their jobs and workplaces, call on their governments to uphold laws and protect human rights, and be a force for democracy, social justice and inclusive economic development. Founded in 1997 and allied with the U.S. labor movement, its programs in more than 60 countries focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, occupational safety and health, economic literacy, human trafficking, women’s empowerment and bolstering workers in an increasingly informal economy.

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