As a member of Solidarity Center’s management team, the Policy Director plays an institutional leadership role with direct responsibility for the organization’s government and congressional relations. As the person responsible for advancing Solidarity Center’s education and outreach efforts with Congress and the federal government, this individual establishes and maintains relationships with representatives from multiple Congressional offices and committees, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The Policy Director is the organization’s liaison to multiple labor and international development coalitions and represents Solidarity Center in a variety of public fora promoting global worker rights among U.S. policy makers. Understanding of the labor movement and experience with trade unions is essential.
The ability to manage divergent interests, to respond to requests for information quickly and accurately, and to distill and synthesize complex pieces of information efficiently tailored to various audiences is critical to success in this role. In addition, the Policy Director must be able to speak extemporaneously, stay on message, and demonstrate a solid knowledge of Solidarity Center and its programs. This individual must have a keen political sense and the ability to manage confidential information with discretion.
This work requires close coordination with the Executive Director, Communications Director, Regional Program Directors and other Washington and field-based regional staff.
Candidates for the position should have an academic background, preferably a master’s degree, in labor relations, political science or international affairs, or equivalent work experience. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.
This position entails occasional travel outside the U.S. A medical condition that precludes the ability to travel regularly may disqualify a candidate from eligibility.