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Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships

The Worker Rights Consortium is hiring a Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships. This person will lead the WRC’s fundraising operations to maintain and grow our budget, currently over $2.5 million annually, including working with foundations, individual donors, current and potential university affiliates, and other funding sources.

The WRC is a nonprofit labor rights organization dedicated to ending sweatshop conditions and protecting the rights of workers in factories around the world that produce clothing and other consumer products. We conduct independent, in-depth investigations; issue public reports on factories producing for major brands; and help end labor abuses and protect workplace rights. We also advocate for systemic reforms in global manufacturing supply chains to address the economic dynamics underlying abusive conditions and open the door to broader positive change.

More than 150 universities and colleges in North America have affiliated to the WRC. The WRC aids these institutions in ensuring that the clothing that bears their names and logos is made under decent working conditions.

The WRC is based in Washington, DC, and has 26 staff located in the US and in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. We work closely with unions and civil society organizations in more than two dozen apparel-producing countries.

To fill this position, the WRC seeks a talented, creative, and energetic individual with a strong record of achievement as a fundraiser, or, in the alternative, a similarly strong record of achievement in other areas of public interest work, such as communications, advocacy, or organizing, with more limited experience in fundraising.

This person will lead the WRC’s overall fundraising operation, at the level of both strategy and implementation.

Areas of responsibility include:

  • Maintaining existing relationships with foundation funders, including writing grant reports covering both programmatic activities and budgetary spending; providing verbal and written updates to foundation program officers through check-in calls and meetings; and proactively engaging and updating program officers on grant-related activities;
  • Securing new institutional funders by conducting research on foundations; securing meetings and leading presentations on the WRC’s work for potential funders; writing letters of interest and concept notes on programmatic work; and writing grant proposals, including narrative descriptions and budgets for proposed work;
  • Monitoring progress on grant work through regular communication with program staff;
  • Managing budget allocations, tracking spending, and conducting financial reporting across multiple grants;
  • Maintaining and expanding the WRC’s individual donor program;
  • Leading outreach to secure new university affiliates and engagement with existing university affiliates;
  • Supporting the WRC’s external communications strategy, including through the development of promotional materials;
  • Working with partner organizations to pursue joint funding opportunities and to coordinate work on related projects;
  • Maintaining records related to foundations, grants, and individual donors;
  • Contributing to financial planning and oversight; and
  • Participating in the development of broader organizational strategy.

The WRC office is located in Washington, DC. For this position, there is a strong preference for candidates who will be able to work from the DC office. Our team is currently working remotely due to the pandemic; we anticipate a return to the office during 2021.

This person will report to the Executive Director.

Qualifications 

Candidates must have:

  • A minimum five years of relevant experience in fundraising for nonprofit organizations and/or progressive causes or campaigns or a combination of fundraising work and other relevant work experience, such as communications, advocacy, or organizing work;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to write grant proposals, as well as promotional and explanatory material geared to specific constituencies, and the ability to represent the organization in funder meetings and other venues;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills and rigorous attention to detail;
  • Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism;
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic; and
  • A commitment to workers’ rights.

The following are desirable but not required:

  • Proven track record cultivating, soliciting, and maintaining relationships with various donor constituencies;
  • Experience with organizational financial management; and
  • Experience with labor rights work, domestically or internationally.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $80,000-$115,000, depending on relevant experience. The WRC provides an excellent benefits package, including 100% employer-paid family health insurance, including dental and vision care, with an additional flexible spending plan with employer contribution; 401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution; and five weeks paid vacation. This position is covered by a union contract.

Equal Opportunity

The WRC is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/ mental condition, veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. People of color, women, veterans, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please send the following to recruitment@workersrights.org with “Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships” in the subject line:

  • In lieu of a cover letter, please send a Word file with responses to the following. Suggested word limit for each prompt is 300 words.
    • Please explain why you are interested in working for an international worker rights organization.
    • Please explain why you are a strong candidate for this position.
    • Please describe a work project of which you are particularly proud. Describe your role and the successes that were achieved. If you have significant fundraising experience, please answer this question with regard to a fundraising endeavor; if not, feel free to describe a different type of project.
  • A résumé or CV;
  • Two writing samples, preferably pieces from a work setting, preferably including excerpts from one grant proposal or an individual donor cultivation letter. These samples should be written by the applicant with limited editing; and
  • Three references. (If you wish to be notified prior to any references being contacted, please so indicate.)

Applications that do not include all of the required materials will not be reviewed.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and must be received by July 9, 2021.

Internships

Thank you for your interest in the Worker Rights Consortium. The WRC does not have any open positions at this time.

The Worker Rights Consortium is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/ mental condition, veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. People of color, people with disabilities, women, veterans, people from working-class communities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+, are strongly encouraged to apply.