Program Officer II for Rule of Law

Rule of Law · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Rule of Law
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $70,907

Please Note: Solidarity Center staff currently are allowed to telework full time. With a vaccine mandate and safety protocols in place in our facilities, staff will be returning to our office November 1, with options for part-time telework. The Program Officer II is a headquarters position and as such will be expected to work in our Washington, DC building at least three days per week.

Anticipated Start Date: December 1, 2021

Deadline for Application: Until Filled


Solidarity Center seeks a Program Officer II to support its field offices and programs in implementing worker rights projects that incorporate Rule of Law (ROL) thematic activities. Given that the ROL Department maintains the International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) Network website, knowledge of website administration and maintenance is needed for this role. Facility with digital media programs (video and audio) is desirable.

The Program Officer II participates in the development and implementation of education, training and other worker rights programs related to Rule of Law. This individual must write persuasive proposals, describe complex activities, and develop budgets. The Program Officer II will need the skills to produce well-written program reports and evaluations. This individual monitors programs to meet budget targets and programmatic results. The Program Officer II prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with other sections of Solidarity Center, serving as a point of contact with other departments.


The Program Officer II assists and advises the Director or Senior Program Officer on details of programs in assigned areas of responsibility. This individual works closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of Solidarity Center programs, at the request of the Director and within approved communications guidelines. The Program Officer II assists with and, when necessary, provides logistical support for international visitors and participants in Washington-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUFs and/or other related organizations. This individual represents the Center at various meetings and conferences and coordinates with Washington-based NGOs, and U.S. government agencies. Pending the lifting of COVID restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions, travel to the field is part of the job; temporary assignments overseas to fill in for field representatives may also be required.


Basic Qualifications

  • Knowledge of website administration and maintenance
  • Facility with digital video and audio media programs (preferred but not required)
  • Broad knowledge of international relations including trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad
  • Trade union experience (highly desirable but not required)
  • Ability to work independently and complete assignments with limited supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or seven years equivalent work experience
  • Good communications and writing skills
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets
  • Fluency in a foreign language is plus, but is not required


Supervisor: ROL Program Director


Specific Duties:


  • Provide field offices with programmatic support;
  • Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
  • Conduct issue research for use by Center headquarters and field offices;
  • Assist field offices to arrange study tours in the U.S. related to ROL programming
  • Conduct meetings with a wide variety of visitors involved in efforts to promote labor rights and standards and democracy;
  • Coordinate activities with, and assist as required, the Center’s other departments;
  • Develop coalition-building contacts with 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 related to ROL programming, and serve as a liaison between the Center and AFL-CIO affiliates, GUFs, ICFTU, its regional organizations, and the ILO on matters related to Rule of Law;
  • Assist regional departments in program planning;
  • Develop and implement global and cross-regional programs in ROL programming;
  • Recruit outside program consultants and other technical staff in ROL programming in accordance with field needs;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of field projects and recruiting evaluators in ROL programming;
  • Support field trips by Center personnel in ROL programming;
  • Share information on issues in ROL programming 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 of ROL programming in countries without a Center field office;
  • Work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of Solidarity Center programs in ROL programming, within approved communications guidelines;
  • Monitor programs to meet budget targets; and
  • Represent the Solidarity Center as directed.


This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $71,000 USD. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, a retirement plan and pension, life insurance, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave.  

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.

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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    Washington, District of Columbia
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    Rule of Law
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