Worker- driven Social Responsibility Coordinator

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Job Opening: Worker-driven Social Responsibility Coordinator

Organizational Overview:

The Worker-driven Social Responsibility Collaborative (WSRC) is a newly launched project focused on ending abuses against workers in corporate supply chains in the United States and globally. The Collaborative emerges out of the success of founding member Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program, which represents a new model for protecting the human rights of low-wage workers. It is also informed by the experience of founding members Workers Rights Consortium and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in seeking to create accountability in supply chains across the world. The Collaborative is housed at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, and also includes Migrant Justice of Vermont, the Fair Food Standards Council and T’ruah. Collaborative members are committed to a worker-driven social responsibility model that prioritizes enforcement of company commitments through swift market consequences and worker leadership in the design and implementation of social responsibility programs. This approach stands in contrast to the oft-utilized “corporate social responsibility” (or “CSR”) model, which relies on voluntary corporate commitments that are rarely honored and which has done far more to burnish the image of corporations (from apparel brands, to electronics makers, to supermarket chains) than to protect the rights of workers.The goals of the collaborative are to:

  • Promote and build demand in key constituencies and workers’ organizations for the WSR model in corporate supply chains
  • Support grassroots worker and human rights organizations seeking to establish a WSR program in global supply chains through consultation, tools, shared learning and technical assistance.
  • Amplify and strengthen existing efforts through coordination, information sharing and collective action.

 Position Overview:

The WSR Coordinator will facilitate all aspects of the WSRC, including coordinating internal governance, organizational infrastructure, and relations among member organizations; outreach to practitioners, advocates and grassroots worker groups; and external communications.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Create and manage the WSRC’s outreach strategy to practitioners globally.
  • Develop public education and capacity-building tools for the field of workers’ rights in supply chains, including tools to connect grassroots worker groups and others to technical assistance.
  • Document the application of the Worker-Driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model.
  • Facilitate the development of and guide the communications strategy for the WSRC to promote the WSR model, engaging with a diverse public through traditional and digital media
  • Build relationships with community and trade union leaders, journalists, investors and company managers to champion the WSR model highlighting its success, and the potential to scale up and replicate the model.
  • Develop pilot partnerships to extend the model into new locations or sectors
  • Develop platforms, including a website and social media channels, and a process for regular exchange of information among organizers, practitioners, advocates and other actors working to expand and strengthen the WSR model.   
  • Organize meetings of member organizations, and coordinate communications between members between meetings
  • Develop the governance and infrastructure of the collaborative
  • Closely follow developments in the fields of corporate social responsibility, business & human rights, workers’ rights, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and corporate accountability.

Qualities Sought:

  • Knowledge of and experience in the field of workers’ rights.
  • 5-10 years of professional experience preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience working with grassroots organizations.
  • Experience working effectively with partner organizations
  • Experience successfully navigating complex partnerships, and ability to connect with a wide range of diverse constituencies. Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Track-record of developing successful strategies to effect change through advocacy and media.
  • Track-record of leading and/or implementing projects including planning, execution, and evaluation of lessons learned.
  • An outstanding facility to effectively communicate complex and sensitive information to    diverse public audiences, especially through digital and media outlets, and public speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to function in fast-paced, high-energy environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing deadlines.
  • Proficiency in another language is an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Bilingual a plus, in particular in Spanish

 How to apply: Please send cover letter explaining why this position interests you, resume, and a brief writing sample to with the subject line:  WSR Coordinator. No phone calls will be accepted about this position.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but submitting an application by February 15th is strongly encouraged.  Start Date:  March 15, 2016 or as soon as it is feasible.