Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center

Senior Policy Specialist

Based in Mexico City, Mexico


Solidarity Center seeks a Spanish-English bilingual individual to coordinate the organization's international labor policy work in Mexico. This program is undergoing a significant expansion of funding from the US Department of Labor and has a particularly high profile in the AFL-CIO and among Washington policymakers. This individual will assist and advise the Regional Program Director (RPD) and Deputy Director for the Americas and the Country Program Director (CPD) and Deputy Director in Mexico on details related to US and Mexico labor policy, trade agreements, and related legislation, and will manage relationships with appropriate stakeholders. The Senior Policy Specialist will assist with and, when necessary, provide logistical support for international visitors and participants in Washington-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, and/or other related organizations.
This individual must be thoroughly conversant with international labor policy as well as current events relevant to the political, economic, social and trade union developments in the country or region in order to provide day-to-day support to the assigned field office and programs. The Senior Policy Specialist needs sound judgment and political sense that facilitate decision-making, particularly when managing relationships with stakeholders. This individual must have expert knowledge of and experience working with US Government policymakers and/or aid agencies.
The Senior Policy Specialist will inform the CPD about significant policy developments in the country or region through meetings, reports and other communication as required. The Senior Policy Specialist, within approved communications guidelines, produces and delivers well-written briefings on labor issues in Mexico for other Solidarity Center staff, US and international labor movements, and US and Mexican governments. Through these briefings, the Senior Policy Specialists will effectively inform relevant audiences regarding the development and implementation of Solidarity Center programs in Mexico, describing complex activities and updates on relevant labor laws and reforms.
This individual represents the Solidarity Center in public and private meetings and conferences, and coordinates with NGO and US Government agencies. The Senior Specialist may be required to travel within Mexico and the Americas, and may be reassigned to another country or region as the need for policy expertise shifts.


  • Fluency in English and Spanish, written and spoken
  • Good writing and public speaking skills, in both English and Spanish
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
  • Knowledge of legislative processes in the US and Mexico
  • Knowledge of and experience with US and Mexican labor movements and allies
  • Ability to work independently and with limited supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and make decisions that impact the public profile and strategic relationships of Solidarity Center and its partners
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or five years equivalent work experience
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets


  • The Regional Program Director for the Americas is the primary supervisor for this role, and directs U.S. and international policy work. Hiring is conducted by the RPD with approval by the Country Program Director. The CPD directs local and national policy work.

Specific Duties:

  • Prepare talking points and briefings for labor and government audiences regarding progress on workers rights in Mexico and related policy in the US and Mexico.
  • Track US and Mexican government policy, legislation and legal cases related to workers' rights and laws in Mexico and their exercise and enforcement.
  • Plan, coordinate and accompany exchanges and agendas for USG and US labor and international delegations to Mexico.
  • Maintain relationships with labor and government representatives.
  • Serve as a hub for country-specific information on labor policy.
  • Serve as a resource on Mexican and international labor policy for CPD.
  • Communicate with CPDs and include them on country-related correspondence.
  • Serve as resource on Mexico labor policy for other offices and internationally.
  • In coordination with the RPD and CPD, develop in-country contacts with local labor, and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Work with SC/Washington to plan and coordinate agendas for (and accompany) U.S. government, trade union, and international delegations to the assigned country or region, in coordination with the RPD and CPD.
  • Periodically report activities to the relevant Regional Program Director.
  • Ensure compliance with Solidarity Center and AFL-CIO policies and procedures, applicable federal government regulations, and host-country law.
  • Prepare timely, well-written reports in accordance with the deadline schedule.
  • Manage the logistics for field trips by Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO and US union personnel as requested.

As part of the collective bargaining unit, this position is generously compensated with an annual salary starting at around $97,000 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 Senior Specialist 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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