Program Officer, Equality and Inclusion

Equality and Inclusion · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Equality and Inclusion
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Mid-level



Summary of Position: The Program Officer  (Grade I) is responsible for day-to-day contact with and support for the Equality and Inclusion Department (EID).  This individual is conversant with all aspects of the Department’s activities and current events relevant to the on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments related to equality and inclusion. 


The Program Officer I writes persuasive proposals, describes complex activities and develops budgets for those activities.  This person participates in the development and implementation of education, training, and other programs.  The Program Officer I has the writing skills necessary to produce program reports and evaluations.  This individual tracks program budgets and activities.  The Program Officer I prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with other Departments, as required.


The Program Officer I assists the Co-Directors on details of programs in assigned issues of responsibility.  At the direction of the Co-Directors and based on the needs of the Solidarity Center, the Program Officer may be assigned to any program office on a temporary basis. 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 I attends meetings and conferences at the request of the Co-Directors.  This person travels to the region when necessary and can provide back-up support for field representatives on a temporary basis.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide Department staff with programmatic financial and administrative support;
  • Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
  • Conduct issue research for use by Solidarity 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 Solidarity Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • Assist, as required, the Solidarity 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 Department staff on AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center policies and priorities;
  • Assist Department staff in program planning;
  • Develop and implement programs in countries without a resident field representative;
  • Provide Department staff 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 Department needs;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of Department projects and recruiting evaluators;
  • Support field trips by Solidarity Center personnel;
  • Share information on equality and inclusion 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 Solidarity Center field office, and;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Some knowledge of international relations including trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad. 
  • Previous trade union experience (highly desirable). 
  • Ability to work independently and complete assignments with limited supervision. 
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or a related field and/or five years of related work experience. 
  • Good communication and writing skills. 
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets. 
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people. 
  • Willingness to serve in a field position abroad, on a temporary basis as needed. 
  • Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.


Additional Requirements: 

  • Broad knowledge of intersectional approaches to achieving equality and inclusion in labor organizing and workplaces, international relations including trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Experience advocating for gender equality in the workplace and/or in unions, including addressing gender-based violence and harassment, including sexual harassment in the workplace,


Supervisor:          Equality and Inclusion Department Co-Directors


As part of the collective bargaining unit, this position has an annual salary that has been set between approximately $63,000 and $78,000 based on experience, plus a generous benefits package. 


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. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Equality and Inclusion
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience