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Job Opening: Campaigns Associate

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for workers worldwide. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains and advance policies and laws that protect workers.  We do this work in close collaboration with a network of grassroots worker organizations around the world to strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights. More information about ILRF is available at

The Campaigns Associate will carry out public campaign advocacy for workers’ rights, particularly as it relates to labor rights in globally traded agricultural commodities.  Responsibilities include campaign coordination and strategy development, coalition building and networking, responding to urgent action requests, supporting ILRF’s communications needs, and fundraising. This job is an excellent opportunity to grow your understanding of global supply chain campaigns, trade policy and international labor rights advocacy.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Develop, coordinate and implement corporate campaigns focusing on ILRF’s agricultural commodity supply chain campaigns. This includes desk and field research, media and public relations, corporate and government pressure tactics, e-activism, coalition building and partner development.
  • Facilitate the Thai Seafood Working Group, a coalition of nearly 60 human rights, labor and environmental organizations that develop and advocate for improved working conditions in Thailand.
    • Maintain regular communications with members and other stakeholders
    • Organize regular Working Group calls
    • Foster consensus-based decisions and coordinate joint actions
  • Support communications and strategy development for the Cotton Campaign to end state-sponsored forced labor in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
  • Coordinate additional ILRF programs in seafood and other agricultural commodity supply chains as required.
  • Write, edit and design content for ILRF’s website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, campaign materials, funding and outreach materials, e-mail communications, action alerts and press releases.
  • Draft, design, and assist in the publication of reports, case studies, and analysis for partners, funders and other target audiences.
  • Represent ILRF publically at speaking events, conferences, webinars, coalition meetings, actions and in the media.
  • Cultivate individual and organizational donors through relationship development, events and writing proposals.
  • Evaluate and monitor effectiveness of campaign strategies and integrate findings into future activities.
  • Write grant applications and reports.

Required Qualifications:

  • Three to five years’ experience in social/economic justice campaigning
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and to lead group discussions in a way that incorporates diverse views and draws consensus
  • Tech-savvy and proficient with Microsoft Suite
  • A good understanding of media messaging and framing
  • Experience in online community management and in using social media to engage an online audience
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple work streams
  • Self-motivated with ability to work well independently
  • Enthusiasm for travel, particularly to build ILRF networks and alliances
  • Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience organizing demonstrations, creative actions, and educational events
  • Experience as a trainer, workshop leader, or public speaker
  • Experience with content management systems, website editing, creating graphics and Adobe Suite (particularly InDesign)
  • Experience working to promote labor rights

Job status: Full-time, exempt, member of IFPTE Local 70 Bargaining Unit

Salary: $48,000 - 60,000. Salary commensurate with experience with an excellent benefits plan.

Location:    Washington, D.C.

To apply:    Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to employment [at]  Position is open until filled. 

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.


Most of our internship positions for summer 2018 are full. However, we are still welcoming applications from candidates who are fluent in Khmai or Bangla, or who are experienced with survey design.

To apply, please email internships [at] (subject: enter%20position%20title%20here%20%2B%20first%20name%2C%20last%20name) with:

  • A letter indicating why you are interested in interning at ILRF and your areas of interest and skills, how many hours per week you are available and for which start date and end date, whether you have a funded stipend or are eligible for college credit, and whether you are located in Washington, DC or in a different city
  • Your resume / CV
  • A copy of any of the following that you have produced, as relevant to your inquiry: research paper, published article, campaign-related writing, graphic design sample, or video
  • If you are indicating language fluency in your application, then please include a writing sample in that language in addition to your English writing sample

For fall 2018, we have openings for students who receive federal work-study funding. We also welcome inquiries for fall 2018 to spring 2019 positions from students receiving other funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. Internship positions are customized based on interns' interests and experience. These are some of the skills that we seek in interns:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Corporate research
  • Legal research
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Publications layout
  • Video production and editing
  • Data entry
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional phone demeanor
  • Native-level fluency and professional-level writing skills in Bangla, Khmai, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Uzbek.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.