Co-Director, Equality and Inclusion Department

Equality and Inclusion · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Equality and Inclusion
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

The Solidarity Center uses intersectionality as a framework to recognize the ways that workers’ identities are targeted to deny their rights. The Solidarity Center’s objective is to dismantle the overlapping systems of discrimination that trap and exploit workers and degrade and encumber labor and other progressive social movements. The Solidarity Center supports and engages in the analysis and practice of equality, radical inclusion and intersectionality that is explicitly feminist, anti-racist, pro-equality, pro-worker, pro-migrant and class-conscious, and that builds connection and collective struggle based on the dignity and value of all workers. The Solidarity Center is committed to integrating an intersectional and inclusive approach to its work with unions and workers globally.


The Solidarity Center seeks a Co-Director of the intersectional Equality and Inclusion Department (EID) to provide strategic programmatic and technical leadership. This individual will contribute to the organization’s growing capacity to more effectively serve its core values and mandate to strengthen the lives and organizations of workers throughout the world, by applying an intersectional and inclusive framework.

The EID Co-Director will build and manage working relationships with Solidarity Center staff, unions, and allied organizations, coalitions and networks committed to an intersectional and inclusive approach to achieving social justice. This individual must have extensive experience developing and delivering educational programming on issues of diversity and inclusion and experience with organizational development theory and practice. This includes facilitating workshops utilizing an interactive peer-exchange approach on issues related to equality and inclusion for organizational staff and diverse partners.

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience working for or with labor unions and on issues related to worker rights.
  • Strong understanding of intersectional analysis as it pertains to social justice and movement-building;
  • At least 10 years of experience working on racial, ethnic, and/or contemporary diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts and issues;
  • Track record of leadership in advancing issues related to equity, diversity and gender, religion, disability and LGBTQ justice;
  • Experience with and an understanding of class in society, and its relevance to an intersectional approach; and
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as an internal resource and leader, working collaboratively with a full range of institutional stake holders in a politically sensitive context with competing perspectives or interests.

Other Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in organizational development, multicultural studies, disability studies, gender equality and inclusion preferred
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team;
  • Fluency in written and verbal English, with fluency in a second language preferred; and
  • Willingness to travel internationally for a minimum of 12 weeks per year.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide strategic programmatic vision and direction for the Solidarity Center’s equality and inclusion work through our economic, social, advocacy and policy change programs;
  • Co-Lead the implementation of a program to create an intersectional and inclusive culture within the Solidarity Center and trade union organizations and movements around the globe;
  • Build a strong and nuanced organizational understanding of intersectional analysis and practice;
  • Collaborate with the EID Co-Director and staff and with extended Solidarity Center staff, unions and workers’ rights organizations worldwide to develop strategies for programs with an inclusive and intersectional approach, to include work with a staff-focused working group;
  • Work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates and other allies to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of programs;
  • Develop new strategic partnerships and coalitions;
  • Lead or co-lead thematic issue campaigns in the area of expertise and work appropriately with other stakeholders to reach campaign objectives;
  • Develop and deliver educational programming with and for diverse audiences, facilitating workshops that utilize an interactive peer-exchange approach on issues related to equality and inclusion for the Solidarity Center’s worldwide staff and its diverse global partners;
  • Produce well-written, timely grant and program reports and evaluations;
  • Write papers and articles on work performed by staff and partners around the globe;
  • Design programs, initiate concept papers, write/edit grant proposals and applications and engage in related activities to increase and broaden the sources of funding supporting the intersectional, equality, and inclusion work of the Solidarity Center;
  • Monitor programs to meet budget targets; and
  • Effectively manage and supervise staff, multiple project teams, remote staff and initiatives.

As a management position, this position is generously compensated with an annual salary range of $150,000. 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 compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

The Solidarity Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristics protected by law. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Equality and Inclusion
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor