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. 

Program Associate - New York, U.S.

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Research and Stakeholder Relations, the Program Associate will plan, measure, track, coordinate, communicate, and market key aspects of the integrated Social Fingerprint/SA8000 certification system, one of SAI’s flagship programs. The Associate will also support other projects as needed.
SA8000 Background 
The SA8000 Standard is SAI’s flagship product. It is a voluntary, certifiable international labour standard that is a key part of the organization’s mission and the foundation for nearly all our products, services, and projects. Currently, over 2 million workers are employed in the 3,400 organizations certified to SA8000, ranging from large multinationals to small cooperatives, in over 60 countries. 
Social Fingerprint® Background 
Social Fingerprint is an online assessment that measures the maturity of organizations’ management systems to identify areas for improvement. In order to ensure sustained compliance with SA8000, organizations must implement a functional management system. A management system is the mechanism by which an organisation demonstrates its commitment to the Standard, creates a plan for implementing the Standard, trains staff to implement it on a daily basis, and continually improves its systems to maintain compliance. Thus, the management system is the operational map that the organization must follow to achieve full, sustained and continually-improving compliance with SA8000. In recognition of the centrality of management systems to SA8000 compliance, SAI has integrated its Social Fingerprint tool for measuring and improving management systems into SA8000:2014. 
SAI Online Learning Management System Background 
Social Fingerprint tools are housed in Absorb, the online learning management system SAI uses to administer training courses and assessments. The Program Associate will need to become proficient in the back-end of Absorb. Although administrative support may be available in the future, the Program Associate must expect a significant amount of administrative duties associated with Absorb, while balancing multiple projects.
Customer service and coordination
  • Set up access to the Social Fingerprint tool for organizations applying for Social Fingerprint (SF) assessments and for Certification Bodies (CBs) that audit these applicants
  • Respond to technical issues for SF users (as above)
  • Assist the Senior Manager to create and disseminate instructional and training material on SF in order to improve the customer experience 
  • Coordinate with technology vendors as needed (e.g. make changes and updates to the SF system in order to improve the customer experience)
Measurement, evaluation, and analysis
  • Assist the Senior Manager in the creation and use of templates for the purpose of reporting, measurement, and analysis
  • Gain sufficient expertise in all aspects of the technology platform to enable generation of analytical reports to be used in a variety of ways and with a variety of audiences. These include marketing, building the business case for brands, CBs, companies seeking certification, and stakeholders.
  • Ensure that the data in the SF platform is current and accurate
  • Assist the Senior Manager to create and execute a system for measuring, evaluating, and analyzing SA8000 and SF data for the purpose of:
    • Reporting
      • Impact analysis
      • Case studies
      • Annual reports
      • Advisory Board reports
      • Stakeholder reports
    • Product development
      • Training material
      • Educational and guidance material
      • Communications material
      • Development proposals
      • Stakeholder engagement
    • Marketing and communications
      • Business case for SA8000
      • Events and presentations
Marketing and communications
  • Coordinate and plan regional events to bring certified organizations, auditors, and/or other stakeholders together to address specific labour issues
  • Identify and secure opportunities to present SF/SA8000 at conferences and forums
  • Assist the Senior Manager in creating and disseminating materials that:
    • illustrate the business case for SA8000
    • help organizations implement SA8000
    • help auditors verify implementation of SA8000
Custom Training and Technical Assistance Projects (as needed)
  • Support the delivery of custom projects for corporate, government, nonprofit, and foundation funders 
Qualifications and Core Competencies
Experience and Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field 
  • Demonstrable experience (two years’ work experience strongly preferred) in:
    • Project management and coordination 
    • Demonstrable data analysis
    • Use of databases, ideally with auto-generated emails
    • Familiarity with database structure
    • Report writing 
    • Website editing and organization
Demonstrable Skills and Capabilities 
  • Coordinate internally in order to define roles and deadlines for colleagues and contractors
  • Prioritize and communicate challenges in order to meet deadlines
  • Balance short and long term objectives in order to maintain quality while working towards organizational growth
  • Produce high quality written materials for reporting, communications, and marketing purposes
  • Understand technology and provide first-level technical support
  • Communicate with technical teams in a clear, direct, understandable manner
  • Creative, willing to experiment, hands-on, take initiative,  flexible, resourceful, team-oriented, able to balance analysis and action, results-oriented, entrepreneurial
  • Resourcefulness, with an orientation to measurable results
  • Committed to SAI’s mission
  • Willing and able to travel as needed
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Finalists will be presented with a project task as an opportunity to demonstrate skills and competencies and to demonstrate learnings from prior experience. Please insert “Program Associate” in the email subject line.
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.