Please Note: All work for this position will be done remotely for the duration of the global health crisis. Once government restrictions are lifted and office conditions are confirmed to be safe, the Deputy Regional Program Director will work from Solidarity Center's U.S. headquarters
Solidarity Center is seeking a Deputy Regional Program Director (Deputy RPD) for its Americas team, based in Washington, DC. This is a newly created position that will support and share managerial oversight with the Americas Regional Program Director (RPD) for all areas of departmental responsibility. The Deputy will coordinate with the RPD in the overall management of staff, programs, and finances, in Washington and throughout the region, with substantive involvement in hiring, evaluation, and discipline. The Deputy will manage the flow of information and instruction within the region and with other departments. This position holds the same decision making and approval authority as the RPD, responding to staff and other managers in the RPD’s place and opening bottlenecks in department processes.
As a member of the Solidarity Center management team, the Deputy RPD will contribute to organizational decision making and represent Solidarity Center with external partners. These include the AFL-CIO and related organizations, others in non-governmental community, US government agencies, and donors. The Deputy also will assist the RPD in developing a strategic vision for the region and establishing program and funding priorities for the department.
The RPD has the discretion to divide up managerial and supervisory tasks with the Deputy while retaining final authority over all programmatic and personnel decisions for the region. Below is a list of specific duties that the Deputy RPD will carry out at a managerial and supervisory level.
- Supervise staff and programs in Washington and in the region with authority to delegate and assign tasks throughout the department
- Engage fellow managers and respond to other departments, with decision making authority on programmatic and operational issues
- Lead the recruitment, training, and mentoring of new staff in the department, including staff development and performance management initiatives
- Interact with the collective bargaining unit on issues related to the department and participates in the development and revision of job descriptions for all departmental staff
- Model and promote cooperation, coordination, and respect among staff at all levels within the department and across departmental lines, and to promote gender equity and equality of opportunity for all staff
- Keep department staff informed and up to date regarding Solidarity Center policies and procedures
- Oversee and ensure the timely financial and program reporting by the department and compliance with donor policies
- Attend regular Solidarity Center managers meetings and, in coordination with RPD, communicate with department staff about new developments
- Provide guidance to staff related to programs, issues, and events across the region
- Conduct regular staff meetings for the purpose of budget monitoring and general program timelines and information-sharing
- Work with program staff to provide direction, technical assistance, and support for evaluation of field projects and the recruitment of outside evaluators
- Develop and execute department strategies, policies, and procedures to ensure that proposals, reports, budgets, and other program documents are on time, well written, and prepared for internal review prior to submission to donors
- Lead the design, development, and implementation of programs in the region, and oversee the quality of these programs in tandem with the RPD
- At the direction of the RPD, promote programmatic cooperation with US and international labor organizations; form coalitions with other non-governmental organizations working toward shared programmatic objectives; and maintain relationships with representatives of donor agencies, government departments and US missions abroad regarding regional responsibilities and programs
- Partner with the RPD to develop comprehensive funding strategies for the region and identify new funding opportunities
- Travel to the region on a regular basis for supervisory, and program management, development, implementation, and evaluation purposes;
- Serve as a liaison to Solidarity Center managers in other regions and offices
- Represent the Solidarity Center in meetings with international visitors and participants in Washington-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUFs and/or other related organizations
- Oversee the production of Solidarity Center reports, proposals, educational materials, and other publications
- Strong personnel, program, and financial management skills
- Field experience with a US or international organization (highly desirable)
- Familiarity with Federal grants and related policies and procedures
- Excellent writing, editing, and analytic skills
- Experience developing and managing budgets with accuracy and timeliness
- Broad knowledge of national and international trade union, socio-economic and political issues in the Americas and the ability to articulate these issues effectively with diverse groups of people
- Fluency in written and spoken Spanish
- Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in labor relations, political science, international affairs, or other revelant subject (or equivalent work experience) and a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in a related field
- Basic word processing and spreadsheet skills
- Ability to travel to and within the region of responsibility on a regular basis (pending the lifting of COVID restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions on the ground).
This individual must have or develop a thorough knowledge of the U.S. labor movement and its institutions, along with the policies and positions of the AFL-CIO.
This is a management position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary of $140,000 USD. A robust benefits package includes excellent health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave.
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.