Program Officer I for the Americas

Americas · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Americas
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $69,216

Please Note: Solidarity Center staff enjoy a hybrid telework/in-person schedule. We also have a mandatory vaccine policy and safety protocols in all our facilities. All candidates applying for this role will be expected to adhere to these policies and to work in the Washington, D.C. office a minimum of three days per week unless an ADA or health-related exemption is approved.


Solidarity Center seeks a fluent Spanish speaker with excellent communication and writing skills in English for a newly created Program Officer position in its Americas department. This individual serves as a point of contact between the Americas team in DC and offices in the field, responsible for day-to-day support and contact with personnel and programs in the region. Whoever comes into this position must become conversant with all aspects of regional program activities and current events relevant to political, economic, social and trade union developments. The successful candidate will have experience in preparing donor reports and funding proposals, tracking program finances, drafting program budgets, preparing contract and subgrant documents, and providing logistical support for virtual events, including securing interpreters and hosting zoom meetings.

The Program Officer must write persuasive proposals that describe complex activities and develop budgets for those activities. This individual will take part in developing and implementing education, training and other programs. A key component of the job is tracking budgets and activities and producing reports and evaluations of the region's programs. The Program Officer also prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with Solidarity Center's other teams and departments.

The Program Officer assists the Regional Program Director, Deputy Director, and Senior Program Officer(s) on details of programs in the assigned country(ies) of responsibility. This individual 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.  The Program Officer attends meetings and conferences at the request of the Regional Program Director or Deputy  Director.  This position required travels to the region of up to 10%.


  • Experience with USG grant and/or cooperative agreement budget development, coordination, and financial tracking
  • Experience with budget tracking and monitoring expenses for program activities and outputs
  • Experience in report writing, ideally for USG-funded programs and projects
  • Experience with donor relations is preferred, but not required
  • Experience coordinating administrative procedures in compliance with internal and funder policies and procedures
  • Basic knowledge of monitoring and evaluation (M&E); experience with tracking M&E data and reporting against program indicators is preferred but not required
  • Working knowledge of global issues related to workers’ rights, democracy, and human rights
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and working knowledge of Google Suite tools
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn from others; ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people
  • Good communications and writing skills (in English) 
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish
  • Fluency in Portuguese is preferred, but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or a related field and/or five years of related work experience

Persons considered for this position must agree to serve in a field position abroad, on a temporary basis, based on the needs of the Center.  

Supervisor: Regional Program Director 

Specific Duties:

  • Provide specified field offices with programmatic financial and administrative 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. for visitors from the region, and conduct meetings with a wide variety of visitors from the region involved in efforts to promote labor rights and standards and democracy;
  • Coordinate activities with the Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • Assist, as required, the Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • 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;
  • Assist field offices in program planning;
  • Develop and implement regional and sub-regional programs and programs in countries without a 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 field needs;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of field projects 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 in countries without a Center field office, and;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $70,000 USD. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, a 401k retirement plan plus AFL-CIO pension, life insurance, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Pre-tax deduction programs are also available for commuting, dependent care, and health care expenses. 

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: Solidarity Center works in partnership with the AFL-CIO on recruiting and filling positions. Our policy is to notify the AFL-CIO if any of its current employees has been screened and is under serious consideration for employment.

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