ILRF currently has three job openings: 
Communications Coordinator
Administrative Assistant
Legal and Policy Director
 

Communications Coordinator

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; we advance policies and laws that protect workers; and we strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Communications Coordinator will work across the organization to develop ILRF’s organization-wide communications strategy and to strengthen ILRF’s campaigns, policy advocacy, and alliances. The Communications Coordinator will carry out public campaign advocacy for workers’ rights, particularly as it relates to labor rights in globally-traded supply chains, such as agricultural commodities, apparel, and the seafood industry. Responsibilities include communications 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.

Responsibilities

Writing, Website, and Social Media:

  • Develop and manage a communications strategy for increasing ILRF’s campaign impact, implementing improvements to ILRF’s website, publications, visuals, and dissemination plans.
  • Write and edit content for ILRF’s website, blog, and social media accounts and coordinate media outreach and public events designed to increase advocacy around ILRF publications and report releases.
  • Draft advocacy and outreach materials, letters, press releases, op-eds, action alerts, social media packets, and other communications for several program areas.
  • Update ILRF’s website, monitor news coverage and analytics, and maintain a consistent social media presence to support multiple ILRF campaigns, as well as actions from allies and coalition partners.

Campaigning, Policy Advocacy, and Alliances:

  • Participate in campaign strategizing and development, research, and actions planning for several program areas.
  • Outreach to allied organizations to cultivate support for ILRF’s campaigns and policy work.
  • Outreach and travel, in the United States and abroad, to represent ILRF publicly at speaking events, conferences, webinars, coalition meetings, actions, and in the media.

Fundraising and Strategy Development:

  • Evaluate and monitor effectiveness of campaign strategies and integrate findings into future activities.
  • Support the organization’s fundraising activities, advising on, drafting, and editing appeal letters and grant applications and reports.
  • Manage organization-wide e-blast calendar for both fundraising and campaign purposes and assist in management and maintenance of ILRF’s CRM system and website.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent writer and editor
  • Passionate advocate for workers’ rights
  • Strong analytic capacity and understanding of global human rights and corporate accountability
  • Experienced fact checker
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Tech-savvy and proficient with Microsoft Suite
  • Skilled in creating campaign graphics and using Adobe InDesign for publications layout
  • A strong understanding of media messaging and framing
  • Experience 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 well independently in a fast-paced, informal working environment and also to coordinate work in teams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a journalist covering labor issues or social movements
  • Experience as a trainer, workshop leader, or public speaker
  • Experience organizing demonstrations, creative actions, and educational events
  • Familiarity with running content management systems and editing websites

Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, Bargaining Unit.  Supervisor: Executive Director 

Compensation: $58,000 - $70,000, with 100% employer-paid health insurance.
 
Location: Washington, D.C.
 

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, two writing samples (one report/essay/article and one campaign-related piece of writing such as an action alert, e-blast, or press release), and one image/infographic that you have created to employment [at] ilrf.org with subject-line “Communications Coordinator”. Applications will be reviewed starting August 26.   

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


Administrative Assistant

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains, advance policies and laws that protect workers, and strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Administrative Assistant will report to the Director of Finance and Administration, and play an integral role in the organization’s operations and fundraising, working closely with other staff to strengthen ILRF’s engagement with supporters and activists. Responsibilities include coordinating logistics and fundraising for ILRF’s annual gala, database administration and maintenance, cultivating individual donor relationships, supporting the Executive Director with scheduling and engagement with board members, and other finance and administrative duties. This job is an excellent entrée into understanding nonprofit management and an overall perspective on ILRF’s full range of labor rights advocacy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Finance and Administration:

  • Perform general office duties: organize and maintain files in SharePoint, order supplies, reserve conference rooms, welcome visitors, coordinate in-house meeting refreshments
  • Process and distribute incoming/outgoing mail to staff and suite partners
  • Scan, time-stamp, and code all invoices and deposits; upload to accounting portal, log donations into ILRF’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database (NeonCRM)
  • Assist with monthly financial close by uploading check deposit batches and monthly credit card reconciliations
  • Maintain vendor contact list
  • Troubleshoot and resolve operational and IT problems, including working with vendors directly
  • Answer calls that come to ILRF’s main phone line, and reply to messages sent to ILRF’s main email address

Donor Outreach and Event Planning:

  • Manage donations, donor information, donor acknowledgements and funder data in ILRF’s CRM database by entering new contacts and donations in a timely manner, and keeping the database up-to-date and accurate
  • Process checks and make weekly deposits to ILRF bank account
  • Support donor outreach, including tracking solicitations, organizing and conducting solicitation calls and producing donor acknowledgements
  • Work with ILRF’s event planner, board members, host committee members, and Executive Director to plan and solicit sponsorships for ILRF’s annual fundraising gala, the Labor Rights Defenders Awards
  • Work with campaign staff and E.D. to support ILRF’s annual report and end-of-year donation appeals

Executive and Board of Directors Support:

  • Carry out a wide variety of administrative tasks for the Executive Director, including managing an extremely active calendar of appointments, arranging meeting agendas, and note-taking during meetings
  • Coordinate semi-annual meetings of ILRF's Board of Directors, including logistics, liaising with Board members, taking minutes, follow-up, and communications needs, including the coordination of calls and agendas for board sub-committees

Required Qualifications

  • Two to five years of experience in nonprofit administration, membership, event planning, and/or fundraising
  • Excellent fundraising and campaign-style writing, fast and accurate copyediting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple work streams
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and prioritize tasks
  • Ability to represent ILRF professionally at meetings and coordinate effectively with other ILRF staff and allies
  • Tech-savvy and proficient with Microsoft Suite and database management
  • Enthusiasm for ILRF's labor rights and corporate accountability mission
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with CRM systems, particularly NeonCRM
  • Graphic design experience and familiarity with Adobe InDesign
  • Proficiency with Drupal

Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, Bargaining Unit.  Supervisor: Director of Finance and Administration

Compensation: $42,000 - $50,000, with 100% employer-paid health insurance.
 
Location:    Washington, D.C.
 

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment [at] ilrf.org. This position is open until filled. Position posted July 22, 2019.

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


Legal and Policy Director

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that promotes dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains and advance policies and laws that protect workers, in close collaboration with grassroots worker organizations around the world. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Legal and Policy Director will conceptualize, guide, and execute ILRF’s legal and policy advocacy across programs. A successful candidate will have broad experience working independently and within coalitions to advance workers’ rights in corporate supply chains, trade policy, and government procurement. Deep knowledge of US policy-making processes and actors, intricate familiarity with trade and labor policy mechanisms, and experience leveraging those mechanisms to advance workers’ rights is a must. The position requires excellence in articulating clear and coherent advocacy positions on complex policy issues related to social justice and workers’ rights in presentations, meetings, and in writing and in coordinating staff project teams and coalition building.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, guide, and carry out ILRF’s legal and policy advocacy strategies across the organization and provide policy advocacy leadership in various coalition-based advocacy campaigns
  • Utilize existing complaint mechanisms (GSP, OECD, FTAs, etc.) in support of ILRF’s strategic campaigns, writing and filing complaints and preparing testimony as needed
  • Maintain and strengthen ILRF’s leadership and innovation in testing and improving trade and development policy advocacy mechanisms
  • Write and publish ILRF policy and issue briefs on selected topics, including transparency laws (due diligence), arbitration mechanisms, and the Tariff Act
  • Represent ILRF in select DC-based policy roundtables (e.g. ICAR, OECD NCP advisory group, and others)    
  • Advise ILRF staff on legal issues and advocacy strategies and review a variety of written materials before publication
  • Raise funds to sustain current programs and develop new projects and write grant proposals and reports in a timely manner

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and legal research skills
  • Ability to conceptualize, manage, and raise funds for policy advocacy programs
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyze and utilize various policy levers to advance workers’ rights
  • Ability to coordinate and build team strategies with ILRF staff, allies, and partners
  • Ability to train and supervise staff
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Diplomatic acumen and excellent judgment in managing and building relations among policy-makers and other key actors
  • Experience working with U.S. policy makers, trade unions, and/or human rights advocacy organizations
  • Strong understanding and experience advocating for trade policy to advance labor rights globally and/or corporate accountability policies
  • Knowledge of legal and policy issues pertaining to forced labor in international labor standards and corporate policies
  • Law degree or equivalent experience in legal and policy analysis
  • Enthusiasm for travel domestically and internationally to represent ILRF publicly and to build ILRF’s networks and alliances

Employment status: Full-time, exempt, management. Supervisor: Executive Director.

Compensation: $78,000 - $90,000, with 100% employer-paid health insurance.

Location:    Washington, D.C.

To apply:    Send cover letter, resume, a legal/policy writing sample, and a copy of a persuasive article/op-ed for a lay audience to employment [at] ilrf.org. The 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.


Internships

We welcome inquiries for summer 2020 positions from students receiving other funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. For fall 2019 - spring 2019, we also have openings for students who receive federal work-study funding. 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.

To apply, please email internships [at] ilrf.org (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

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