Worker Rights Consortium

Program Associate

Based in Washington, DC

The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is seeking to hire a Program Associate.

The WRC is a nonprofit labor rights organization dedicated to ending sweatshop conditions and protecting the rights of workers in factories around the world that produce clothing and other consumer products. We conduct independent, in-depth investigations; issue public reports on factories producing for major brands; and help end labor abuses and protect workplace rights. We also advocate for systemic reforms in global manufacturing supply chains to address the economic dynamics underlying abusive conditions and open the door to broader positive change.

This position is based at our office in Washington, DC. Some travel will be required.

The Program Associate will lead projects and support the WRC’s work to expose abusive practices and help workers achieve gains in a number of work areas, including:

  • Outreach and public education regarding worker rights in global supply chains, corporate accountability, and worker-driven solutions, including engagement with students interested in worker rights;
  • Writing and research to expose abusive practices and advocate for redress, including conducting short-term research projects, supporting the work of senior staff on factory investigations and longer-term research projects, and creating public-facing materials;
  • Leading and supporting special projects including driving rapid responses to severe violations; and
  • Leading and supporting other organizational programs, including engagement with affiliate universities and internal capacity-building.

In order to be qualified for this position, candidates must have:

  • At least two years’ experience working on human rights and/or labor rights issues, either as a volunteer or paid staff person;
  • A commitment to workers’ rights;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Strong organizational skills; and
  • Rigorous attention to detail.

The following are not required, but are desirable:

  • Proficiency in one or more languages spoken in key garment-exporting countries;
  • Knowledge of the U.S. student community and the role of students and universities in promoting respect for worker rights in the global apparel industry;
  • Experience with design and layout for electronic publications; and
  • Facility with design and management of online content.

The minimum starting salary for this position will be $47,000 per year; this starting salary may be adjusted commensurate with experience. The WRC provides an excellent benefits package, including 100% employer-paid family health insurance including dental and vision care, with an additional flexible spending plan; 401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution; and five weeks paid vacation. This position is covered by a union contract.

Equal Opportunity
The WRC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/ mental condition, veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. People of color, women, veterans, people who identify as LGTBQ+, and people who are differently abled are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply
Send the following documents, by electronic mail, to recruitment@workersrights.org (put “Program Associate” in the subject line):

  • A cover letter, explaining your interest in the position and your relevant experience;
  • A résumé or C.V.;
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Three references (if you wish to be notified prior to any references being contacted, please so indicate).

Applications that do not include all of the required materials will not be reviewed.

Note: This position will be open until filled; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials no later than February 1, 2018.

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