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: 


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. 
 
Responsibilities
 
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.
 
Qualifications
  • 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 recruits@sa-intl.org. 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. 

 


Communications Intern - New York, U.S. 

The Communications Intern is an unpaid position working closely with the Director of Operations. The ideal candidate will assist in maintaining SAI’s brand on various social media platforms and developing our monthly newsletter. This position will also be exposed to using Constant Contact and an Access database to manage contacts, thus the willingness and ability to navigate various software is a must. The Communications Intern will be involved in projects contributing the specific skills delineated below.
 
What you will learn:
  • How to develop materials on projects to assure consistent messaging of SAI’s brand through program work
  • How to use Google analytics and adwords to inform communications and marketing strategy 
  • Assist our Director of Operations in drafting written materials such as newsletter, thought leadership pieces, and any other internal and external communication pieces
  • Relationship building with our online community by maintaining website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other media accounts
  • Assure that project successes and updates are communicated well to both funders and the general public by contributing to project reporting efforts
  • How to use Constant Contact as well as Microsoft Access Database
  • Ensure that all materials and communications reflect the brand and voice of SAI, yet are adjusted to the audiences for whom they are designed
  • Draft official policies and processes pertinent to communications and marketing, such as response to media requests, social media policies, donor communications, etc.  
  • Create persuasive content to market SAI programs through proposals or wherever else writing assistance is necessary to properly market the organization
Qualifications and Core Competencies
 
Experience and Education
  • Currently a student pursuing a degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism, or similar program
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with Constant Contact and the Adobe Creative Suite, and comfort with web maintenance and use of 3BL Media a plus
  • Interest in working on issues of labor rights or ability to show a strong interest and understanding preferred
Skills
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills across all dimensions (written, verbal) 
  • Skills in developing, building, and maintaining a brand with key stakeholder groups, preferably in a nonprofit and/or public policy setting
  • Familiarity with social networking sites desired
  • Ability to manage aggressive deadlines while maintain meticulous attention to detail
  • Passionate about SAI’s mission and able to promote and communicate the philosophy, mission and value of SAI to external and internal stakeholders
Characteristics
  • Creativity, innovation, enthusiasm, initiative,  flexibility, and a willingness to experiment 
  • Resourcefulness, with an orientation to measurable results
  • Able to work independently and push projects through
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples to recruits@sa-intl.org. Writing samples that can be solely attributed to the applicant are preferred and should cover a range of writing types including blogs or social media outreach (i.e.: PR announcement, thought leadership piece, newsletter/newspaper article, example of marketing plan, etc. [course assignments are acceptable]). All applicants MUST include job title in the subject line of their email submission. 
 
The position is at SAI Headquarters in New York City. This is an unpaid internship position; student may be able to receive university credit if available. Student must be able to work at least 15 hours a week during the spring semester. 
 

Corporate Programs Coordinator - New York, U.S.

SAI’s Corporate Programs department works with Corporate members and other client organizations, to improve the management systems and performance of companies and their supply chains with respect to labor standards and human rights. The work involves training, consulting and other initiatives to integrate business and social performance.
 
Objectives:  Reporting to the Corporate Programs Manager, the Coordinator will support the day-to-day operations of the Corporate Programs department. The Coordinator will join a small, fast-paced office and will be expected to contribute in all departments as needed. 
 
A key element of the job will be to improve utilization of systems and tools to increase the efficiency of service delivery. The primary objectives are to:
  • improve service delivery to existing Corporate members
  • maintain and improve service quality in customized training and technical assistance programs for member and other client companies
  • support the expansion and utilization of the online Social Fingerprint® management systems program
 
Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Corporate Programs Coordinator include, but are not limited to, the following. Although administrative support may be available in the future, the Coordinator is part of a small department and must expect a significant amount of administrative duties and balancing multiple projects.
 
Corporate Programs
  • Work with senior staff on service delivery to all SAI Corporate members, including:
    • Schedule and coordinate completion and reporting of Social Fingerprint® Supply Chain self-assessments and independent evaluation for Corporate members
    • Schedule and coordinate quarterly webinars for Corporate members
    • Coordinate and track the delivery of Social Fingerprint® courses for Corporate members’ internal staff and supplier companies
    • Support the development of online toolkit for Corporate members
    • Track overall usage of all SAI services by each Corporate Member annually
  • Support the delivery of custom projects for members and other clients
  • Conduct research to support training and services for members and other clients
Social Fingerprint®
  • Provide customer service for companies using Social Fingerprint® online courses and tools, including self-assessment
  • Plan Social Fingerprint® independent evaluations for members and client companies, coordinating with HQ and global staff for all scheduling and follow-up
  • Track Social Fingerprint® course registrations, working with bookkeeper to issue invoices when needed
  • Manage Social Fingerprint® training database and reporting tool to generate internal and client reports
  • Work with the Corporate Programs Manager and the Training Dept to develop new Social Fingerprint courses and tools for members and client companies
Communications and Marketing
 
  • Support relevant staff to develop and distribute marketing materials for Corporate Programs membership and flagship services, e.g. SA8000, Social Fingerprint®, TenSquared
  • Respond to inquiries for information on SAI’s Corporate Membership program and other client services
  • Contribute to newsletter articles and other organizational releases related to Corporate Programs and Social Fingerprint
  • Edit and maintain website content related to Corporate Programs
  • Support SAI representatives at conferences and events
 
Qualifications and Core Competencies
 
Experience and Education: 
  • Education: BA in relevant discipline required.
  • Familiarity and experience with international workplace human rights, CSR & labor issues and organizations strongly preferred
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in professional office setting
  • Strong project management experience, with the proven ability to manage multiple projects and make decisions to prioritize tasks
  • Experience with both a nonprofit or social enterprise and with a private sector employer a plus
Skills:
  • Intermediate-advanced knowledge of MS Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Experience with databases and web-based tools
  • Strong written and verbal communications, including presentations and marketing
  • 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
Characteristics:
  • 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
  • Passion for our mission
 
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to recruits@sa-intl.org. All applicants MUST include job title in the subject line of their email submission. 
 
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. 

Director of Strategic Programs - New York, U.S.

Objective: Reporting to the COO, this position will design, develop, market and implement key SAI capacity building programs.
 
Capacity building programs at SAI include training, technical assistance, research, stakeholder engagement and other activities in support of SAI’s mission.  In SAI’s strategic plan, these encompass a range of projects, online and classroom training, and research. This position will focus on development and growth opportunities prioritized by the SAI executive team in annual plans. Goals will be accomplished together with colleagues.
 
Program Management and Delivery 
  • Supervise and/or carry out selected projects and programs
    • manage timelines and budgets
    • deliver relevant services such as trainings, handbooks, guidance, etc.
    • engage cross-functionally with relevant staff and with partner organizations
    • manage client and funder relationships, including reporting 
    • develop and implement M&E for outputs and outcomes
    • implement the design, printing and distribution of marketing materials
  • Supervise, hire, and train relevant staff
Program Design 
  • Expand programs through adaptations and innovations based on worker need and market demand, especially the priorities of SAI’s Signatory Members
  • Identify and benchmark leading programs of other organizations, adapting learning for continual improvement of SAI programs
  • Develop strategic alliances to support development of new programs 
  • Work with SAI client and program managers to design new programs 
Development – Fundraising, Marketing and Sales
  • Identify and develop prospects for corporate, government, foundation funding for the prioritized programs 
  • Build relationships with potential new funders and provide good stewardship of existing funders
  • Prepare and submit proposals in support of the key capacity building programs
  • Support and serve SAI’s staff and Joint Development Committee (SAI boards) in the development and implementation of an organization-wide development plan
  • Develop and implement communications to support development plan
  • Foster the spirit of development and fundraising throughout SAI; provide personal support of general purpose fundraising activities, including calls with key donors, as appropriate
 
Qualifications and Core Competencies
 
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; master’s degree in relevant field (e.g. MBA, International Relations, Labor relations) strongly preferred
  • Familiarity and experience with international workplace human rights, CSR & labor issues and organizations strongly preferred
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience with a proven track record in project and program management roles, preferably on international projects and on both grant-funded and fee-for-service programs
  • Strong technical knowledge of management systems for social compliance, supply chain, human resource management systems
  • Experience with both a nonprofit or social enterprise and with a private sector employer a plus
  • Experience with emerging markets a plus
  • Passion for SAI’s mission from a strategic and operational perspective
  • Entrepreneurial development and expansion of services, with proven track record in revenue generation
Skills and Capabilities
  • Create systems and processes that lead to successful project management and enable projects to be scaled into programs
  • Apply broad analytical skills, with ability to identify and communicate key concepts
  • Mentor, develop and supervise staff and consultants, both in HQ and field
  • Manage aggressive deadlines, maintaining meticulous attention to detail
  • Build effective internal & external relationships, demonstrating exceptional communication & interpersonal skills across all dimensions (written, verbal) 
  • Work successfully with diverse constituencies, including governmental agencies, NGOs, corporations, think tanks, academia, labor unions, expert communities and media/journalists.
  • Engage and influence both direct and indirect lines of authority as well as peers and executives
  • Foster teamwork and collaboration across multiple functional areas with competing priorities
  • Leverage technology to implement and enhance programs
  • Adapt to changing organizational and industry needs
Characteristics
  • Creative, willing to experiment, hands-on, take initiative,  flexible, resourceful, team-oriented, able to balance analysis and action, results-oriented, entrepreneurial
  • Committed to SAI’s mission
  • Willing and able to travel as needed
 
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to recruits@sa-intl.org. 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.