Job Opportunities

SAI offers a fast-paced, dynamic environment driven by dedicated staff that are committed to advancing the human rights of workers in workplaces around the world. Staff members come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to achieving our mission through the voluntary SA8000 social standard for decent work, and the expansion of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiatives.

SAI is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, legally protected medical condition or disability.

Current Opportunities: 

Accountant - New York, U.S.

Reporting directly to the CFO, the position is responsible for accounting functions up through G/L and Balance Sheet, including but not limited to:
  • Reviewing, processing and recording Payables, Receivables, Cash Receipts, and Cash Disbursements
  • Bank Deposits 
  • Collections   
  • Processing and recording customer credit card payments
  • Monthly closings  
  • Key involvement with annual audit preparation and process
  • Other account analysis, research and projects as assigned
Qualifications and Core Competencies

Experience and Education: 

  • Bachelor’s level education with major/concentration in Accounting
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in a professional office setting
  • Grants experience a strong plus
  • Quickbooks, Dovico (or similar timesheet/expense/project management software), Intermediate-advanced knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel) required
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to create and enhance systems and processes
  • Ability to manage multiple activities and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to manage aggressive deadlines, maintaining meticulous attention to detail
  • Intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, team-orientation and a willingness to experiment, keen attention to detail and time management 
  • Resourcefulness, with an orientation to measurable results. Problem-solver and able to take initiative to produce solutions to inefficiencies
  • Passion for our mission
Start Date: Immediate
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to All applicants MUST include job title in the subject line of their email submission. Please do not call about the position.
The position is at SAI Headquarters in New York City.  Compensation commensurate with experience and appropriate for a charitable organization of SAI’s size. Excellent benefits package. SAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Chief Executive Officer - New York, U.S.

Reporting to the SAI Board of Directors, the CEO provides inspirational leadership and ensures that SAI’s program, fiscal and resource development, human resources, and operational strategies are implemented effectively across all segments of the organization. 
Strategic Vision and Leadership
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and SAI’s multi-stakeholder Board of Advisors (this board advises the CEO on policy and program matters, with two 3-day meetings a year) to create and implement the SAI strategic plan while ensuring that the plan, budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with SAI’s mission. 
  • Provide inspirational leadership and direction to SAI staff and ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization. 
  • Establish effective decision-making processes that will enable SAI to achieve its long- and short-term goals. 
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors; ensure open communication about the measurement of SAI’s objectives. 
  • Help build a highly competent, fully qualified, diverse and inclusive staff, and members of our boards representative of SAI’s stakeholders and the workers SAI serves.

 Building Partnerships and Representing SAI Publicly

  • Create and execute SAI’s partnership strategy; initiate, cultivate, and maintain strategic SAI partnerships. 
  • Represent SAI and its standards externally, to the business community, public, NGOs, certifying bodies, and governmental organizations. 
  • Provide high-level guidance on the creation and execution of SAI’s communications strategy and be closely involved in critical communication situations that arise. 
  • Serve on external boards, committees and panels as appropriate and consistent with SAI’s strategic plan.
  • In pursuit of these and other objectives, travel within the US and globally 25% of the time on average.
Program Development and Implementation
  • Assure that SAI’s programs effectively and efficiently advance its mission and are aligned with its strategic plan. 
  • Expand existing programs as appropriate; seek new program opportunities; eliminate programs as appropriate.
Resource Development
  • Ensure that the flow of funds permits SAI to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and that, consistent with SAI’s strategic plan, those funds are allocated to reflect present needs and future potential. 
  • Formulate and execute a comprehensive development strategy that will enhance revenue from donation funders, and fee-for-service clients. 
  • Lead the SAI Board of Directors and Board of Advisors to understand their development roles and responsibilities; inspire members of both boards to be highly engaged and willing to play their roles in securing resources.
  • Actively raise funds to enable SAI’s fulfillment of its mission and growth to expand its reach and continue its tradition of innovation and leadership in  its field. 
Operational Effectiveness
  • Lead and support the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer to develop and propose to the Board of Directors  the annual budget; oversee the financial status of SAI including developing long- and short-range financial plans; set financial priorities to ensure SAI is operating in a manner that supports the needs of its programs and staff.
  • Select, develop, and manage direct reports in a rigorous and professional manner.
  • Assure that SAI maintains a culture that motivates, supports, and develops its people; work relentlessly to sustain high levels of employee engagement and satisfaction.
  • Facilitate collaboration and strengthen internal communication throughout SAI, between and among its board and staff members, and with SAI’s external stakeholders.
SAI Board Responsibilities
  • Convene SAI of Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.
  • Prepare and distribute to the Boards materials respecting program, finance, and the external environment.
  • Report to Boards on progress towards goals.
  • Appoint staff to support Board committees.
  • Participate in committees as appropriate.  
  • Assure smooth logistics for meetings, preparing and distributing materials for Board meetings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the advancement of human rights and to decent, safe and healthy workplace conditions.
  • An appreciation of SAI’s multi-stakeholder approach and demonstrated experience bridging corporate, nonprofit, labor, and governmental sectors; excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions. 
  • An ability to set clear priorities and effectively delegate. Financial skills & knowledge. Politically astute leadership with the ability to guide investment in people and systems; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making. 
  • Significant board development, revenue development, and fiscal management experience.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the ability to be an influential spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser. Fluency in English required; other languages are an advantage, especially Asian languages. 
  • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team.
  • At least 10 years of senior managerial experience, preferably in corporate social responsibility, labor relations, international development or other decent workplace human-rights-related field; both corporate and nonprofit experience preferred; management of a global or multisite organization preferred. 
  • Minimum of a BA; advance degree in a relevant discipline preferred (e.g. MBA, International Relations, Development Economics). 
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to All applicants MUST include job title in the subject line of their email submission.  Please do not call about the position.
The position is at SAI Headquarters in New York City. Compensation commensurate with experience and appropriate for a charitable organization of SAI’s size. Excellent benefits package. SAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

SA8000 Social Compliance & Management System Trainer in China

SAI seeks to expand its training capacity in China by recruiting and developing more qualified trainers. The focus is on gaining broader geographic coverage for a growing demand of Management System trainings needed in the country. 
In order to maintain quality, SAI has established the following requirements and qualification process for our consultants. SAI developed one of the world’s preeminent social standards – SA8000. SAI and SA8000 focus on human rights in the workplace and the supply chain. SAI trainers need to be able to understand and communication the perspective of all stakeholders.
In addition to the training needs of SAI – this applicant may also be considered for Accreditation Auditing work with SAI’s sister organization, Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). Below you will see the qualifications & requirements for SAI consultant in China to take on the role of Trainer. Please note that this is a consultant position; not a full time employment.
Trainer Qualifications & Requirements
SAI Training Courses:
The core of our training program is the SA8000 Introduction & Basic Training course and our SA8000 Advanced Auditor course, as well as continuing professional development courses for auditors.
SAI Trainer:
  • SAI Lead Trainers are qualified to teach the SA8000 Basic (5-day) and SA8000 Advanced (3-day) Courses alone and to teach Professional Development Series courses, depending on the trainers’ expertise, and/or experience. 
  • SAI Lead Trainers are qualified to teach the SA8000 Basic Course (5-day) and SA8000 Advanced (3-day) Courses alone. Therefore, SAI Trainers must possess a strong technical background, and have the ability to teach for 40 hours over a 5-day period in an engaging manner
  • Successfully completed SA8000 Basic and Advanced Course
  • Bilingual: Ability to teach a course for 8 hours per day in an engaging manner in Mandarin. Proficiency in English also required. Strongly preferred, but not required, that the applicant is able to train in English.  
  • Strong professional credentials and references
  • Previous experience in conducting training sessions, preferably directly related to the content area
  • Field experience in social auditing and management systems required
  • Successfully complete a Lead Assessor course for an ISO related scheme (ex. ISO 9001, 14001)
  • Conduct 3 SA8000 certification and/or accreditation audits and/or 50 BSCI conduct audits
  • Added plus: Experience with instructional design and course curriculum development
  • Added plus: Experience with translation from English into Mandarin
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Proficient IT skills (Excel, Word, and Project Management databases)
  • Ability to adapt to different situations
  • Ability to manage up to 18 course participants, including differing needs of course participants Time management
  • Conduct course trainings
  • Communicate with colleagues in a respectful and professional manner
  • Communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Maintain consistent communication with Training Coordinator & other colleagues at New York headquarters
  • Submit invoices & receipts in a timely manner
  • Submit student grades in a timely manner
  • Maintain own calendar & travel arrangements (i.e. visa’s, conflicting schedules) effectively and in a timely manner
  • Assist with promoting SAI courses and identify potential hosts & students
  • Proactively identify and develop marketing opportunities
  • Provide constructive input to enhance overall value of the course through localizing certain course modules
  • Participate in the planning and development of new or improved curriculum
  • Provide support and guidance to colleagues in handling day-to-day problems of curriculum development and implementation
  • Promote innovation within the curriculum area
To apply, you must complete this application form here. When completed, please send it along with your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to All applicants MUST include job title in the subject line of their email submission.  Please do not call about the position.
The position is in China. Compensation commensurate with experience and appropriate for a charitable organization of SAI’s size. Excellent benefits package. SAI is an Equal Opportunity Employee.