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
  • 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. 



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
  • 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 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. 

Summer 2015 Internships

We’re always looking for talented and ambitious interns to join our team. Interns assist in all aspects of the organization with focuses from researching labor trends and data analyses of our programs, to creation of pragmatic tools and resources. If you’re passionate for human rights in the workplace, join us in one of these areas.
Program Areas
  • Training & Capacity Building Programs (25-40 hrs/wk)
    • You will gain firsthand experience in what it takes to manage largest program in our organization.
    • You will research best practices and help create course materials and e-learning modules for our professional development series.  
    • You will help keep track of our course logistics in 12+ countries and support the maintenance of the overall course materials.
  • SA8000 Standard (25-40 hrs/wk)
    • You will support in the research and creation of SA8000:2014 Standard materials, focusing on building up the current materials in order to support SA8000-certified organizations.
    • You will assist in the production of communication materials to promote SA8000 and to help make the business case for the Standard.
    • You will research poignant labor issues that require additional guidance.
  • Corporate Programs (15-25 hrs/wk)
    • You will gain an in-depth understanding on how our corporate members have used SA8000 and Social Fingerprint.
    • You will assist in analyzing corporate member data from the program’s inception to now.
    • You will analyze the needs of our corporate members and help create tools and resources 
  • Marketing & Communications (15-25 hrs/wk)
    • You have an interest in branding and communications, and will help SAI tell our story to the world.
    • You have experience with websites and will gain experience with Google analytics. 
    • You are a social media wiz and can learn how to best utilize programs and software to gain wide reach. 
Qualifications and Skills
  • You are preferably a current undergraduate or graduate student.
  • You have the education and experience to back you up in the program area you're applying for.
  • You stay up to date on labor issues and are able to analyze how it may affect SAI.
  • Your attention to detail is impeccable, you can work independently, and can meet deadlines effectively.
  • You have strong writing and research skills, and are interested in the field of business and human rights, corporate social responsibility, and business risk analysis.
  • You are preferably fluent in another language, so you can help us write and translate marketing/communications materials.
  • You are flexible and willing to help the organization in various program areas as needed.
Start Date
You can commit a minimum of 2 months (8 weeks – preferably beginning June 1st, but can we work out a flexible start date) and the allotted timeframe for your program area of interest.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing: what program area you’re interested in, how/why you will contribute to the program’s success, and how this experience will further your education and career goals. Please email your application to with the following in the subject line:
“Summer Intern 2015 – (Program area that you’re applying for)”
This is an unpaid internship – but is an fantastic opportunity to gain experience at an international non-profit with a bold mission. We will gladly work with you to give you academic credit for your experience if applicable.