Regional Program Director for Asia

Asia · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Asia
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $150,000

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 Regional Program Director for Asia will work at Solidarity Center's U.S. headquarters. 

Anticipated Start Date: April 30, 2021


Solidarity Center seeks a creative leader with a deep understanding of the labor movement, a relentless passion for making change, and experience working with diverse cultures across the globe to be its Regional Program Director (RPD) for Asia. Primary responsibilities include managing staff, programs, documentation, and budgets for DC-based and field office activities across Asia. The RPD develops a strategic vision, grant-funding strategy, and program priorities for the region, in concert with senior management and staff. As a senior manager responsible for programs and finances in Solidarity Center's largest region, the RPD must focus on the big picture while simultaneously keeping track of countless details.  Persistence in problem solving and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done are requirements for success.   


A member of the Solidarity Center management team, the RPD works closely with the Executive Director of the Solidarity Center on institutional management. This position has a significant external facing component, which demands exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. The RPD coordinates closely with the International Department of the AFL-CIO and collaborates with other departments of the AFL-CIO and related organizations. The RPD works in coalition with colleagues in the non-governmental community to advance policy and programmatic goals and establishes and maintains contact with US government agencies, and donors.   


This position entails extensive travel to the field for supervisory program management and program development purposes.


Basic Qualifications: 


  • Broad knowledge of national and international trade union, socio-economic and political issues, with expertise in the Asia region;
  • Thorough knowledge of the U.S. trade union movement and its institutions and familiarity with AFL-CIO policies and positions (highly desirable but not required);
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people;
  • Supervisory/management experience;
  • Familiarity with Federal grant-related policies and procedures;
  • Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills;
  • Word processing and spreadsheet skills;
  • Academic background, preferably a master’s degree, in labor relations, political science or international affairs, or a minimum of 10 years equivalent work experience;
  • Field experience with a US or international labor organization;
  • Fluency in a language of the region is desirable but not required.


Supervisor: Executive Director


Specific Duties:


  • Promote an atmosphere of cooperation, coordination and respect among staff at all levels and across departmental/regional lines;
  • Promote gender equity and equality of opportunity for all staff;
  • Know and follow Solidarity Center policies and procedures; ensure staff are aware of and comply with same; ensure financial and program reporting by the department; comply with SC policies and donor policies;
  • Attend regular managers meetings and communicate with staff about new developments;
  • Keep senior Solidarity Center management and AFL-CIO staff informed of programs, issues and events in the region;
  • Supervise headquarters-based program officers and support staff in Washington and field representatives in the region; articulate clear expectations, provide regular feedback, and hold staff accountable for their areas of responsibility;
  • Provide direction, technical assistance and support for evaluation of field projects related to global field projects, and, where appropriate, recruiting outside evaluators;
  • Recruit, train and mentor new staff;
  • Hold regular staff meetings, for the purpose of budget monitoring and general program timelines and information-sharing;
  • Ensure proposals, reports, budgets and other program documents are well written and prepared for internal review prior to submission to donors and that all deadlines are met;
  • Coordinate the design, development and implementation of programs in the region, and oversee the quality of these programs;
  • Promote programmatic cooperation with US and international labor organizations;
  • Form/participate in coalitions with other non-governmental organizations working toward shared programmatic objectives;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with representatives of donor agencies, government departments and US missions abroad regarding regional responsibilities and programs;
  • Develop comprehensive funding strategies for programs in the region; aggressively pursue new funding opportunities;
  • Travel to countries within the region on a regular basis for supervisory, and program management, development, implementation and evaluation purposes;
  • Consult and coordinate with Solidarity Center staff in other regions and offices;
  • Represent the Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO in meetings, seminars and conferences in the US and abroad;
  • Assist in the production of Solidarity Center reports, proposals, educational materials and other publications.


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.

This is a senior management position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary of approximately $150,000 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.  

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