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Senior Program Officer, Law Programs

Law Programs – Washington, District of Columbia
Department Law Programs
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Experienced


The Solidarity Center, founded in 1997 by the AFL-CIO to tackle the enormous challenges workers face in the global economy, now works with union and community group partners in more than 60 countries through a network of 26 field offices.  This not-for-profit organization offers education, training, research, legal support, and organizing assistance to help build strong and effective trade unions and other workers’ organizations and more just and equitable societies.  Its programs promote democratic rights and respect for workers, raise public awareness about abuses of the world’s most vulnerable workers, and, above all, help the world’s workers secure a voice in their societies and the global economy.   

The Center seeks a senior program officer for its Law Programs department.  The Senior Program Officer reports directly to the Center’s director for the China/Rule of Law department.  The Washington, D.C.-based Center has a staff of 225 and an annual budget of $30 million.

This position is exempt and is based in Washington, DC.

Summary of Position:  Contemporary global supply chains are rife with labor and human rights abuses, to the point that many experts believe that such chains, as legally and financially constructed, serve to facilitate and shield such abuses from legal scrutiny and from remediation. The Solidarity Center’s law programs deal with today’s most pressing human and worker rights issue: escalating abuses inflicted on vulnerable workers such as women and minority workers, workers in casualized and informal economies and migrant workers, just the sort of vulnerable workers recruited into these global supply chains. The Solidarity Center has recently established a global network of lawyers and advocates who represent workers as a means to coordinate global responses to worker rights violations.    

The Solidarity Center’s law program thus has an urgent need for a senior lawyer, with at least 10 years of practical experience, including at the international level, to work on supply chain issues and to execute on commitments in current grants.  The senior lawyer must be capable, due to experience and stature, to interact with human rights advocates around the globe, to forge advocacy strategies, including with litigators and to advocate in national and international forums independently and persuasively. The Senior Program Officer - Law Programs will increase the capacity of NGOs, trade unions, worker centers and human and worker rights advocacy networks to respond to this global rights crisis in supply chains. The Senior Program Officer will also dedicate substantial time to the development and expansion of the global network. 

Basic Qualifications: A Senior Program Officer - Law Programs must have demonstrated legal ability and stature, as evidenced by:

  • Participation in law review (or equivalent journal);
  • Substantive knowledge of international law:
  • Actual work on human rights and/or labor cases;
  • Substantial actual work on an international scale with labor and human rights lawyers and advocates in both civil law and common law;
  • Evidence of ability to turn around accurate, concise and persuasive legal writing quickly;
  • History of significant interaction with developing country courts, administrative agencies and lawyers

The Senior Legal Program Officer should have the ability to work independently and without supervision and must have extensive knowledge of development work or human and worker rights advocacy in the developing world. S/he must be capable of managing multiple assignments simultaneously and of making substantive decisions that have major effects on costs and completion of projects. S/he must have, at a minimum, a JD (or equivalent) and bar admission. High-level legal writing skills are a must. Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets is required.  S/he must have the ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus, as is a proven ability to function across cultures. Ability to build coalitions with a wide varied of civil society organizations and government entities is required.

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

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. 

Only finalist applicants will be contacted for an interview.
Closing date of application:  When filled.


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