ABOUT THE FAIR LABOR ASSOCIATION
Fair Labor Association (FLA) promotes human rights at work. We
are an international network of companies, universities, and civil
society organizations collaborating to ensure that millions of
people working at the world’s factories and farms are paid fairly
and protected from risks to their health, safety, and well-being.
FLA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has several offices
around the world. For more information, visit www.fairlabor.org.
The FLA seeks a Senior Director
to lead its Social Compliance department and related
programs that bring about improvements for workers in
global supply chains. The Senior Director, Social
Compliance provides leadership and management to the FLA’s
global due diligence activities in the manufacturing sector,
including FLA Accreditation, and related headquarter and
factory-level standards and evaluations. They
also oversee strategic initiatives including the fair
compensation and living wage program, member recruitment, and
standards mapping and alignment.
This is a remote position that can be based in any location in
the U.S. with a strong preference for candidates in the Washington,
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
- Serve as a core member of the Senior
Leadership team and ensure coordination of programs
across departments in support of FLA’s strategic plan.
- Lead a dynamic team of global experts in FLA’s core mission of
promoting human rights in global supply chains through a
standards-based evaluative program.
- Maintain a thorough understanding of workplace conditions,
labor standards, mandatory human rights due diligence initiatives,
and best practices in social compliance.
- Manage departmental budget in coordination with the President
and CEO and the FLA Finance team.
- Engage regularly with external audiences in professional
gatherings and meetings (retailers, brands, investment community,
civil society and other stakeholders) to educate about
FLA accreditation and other strategic initiatives such as fair
compensation and living wage.
- Provide program leadership, guidance, and innovation to
operationalize FLA’s strategic plan, including an enhanced focus on
- Manage implementation of accreditation for affiliated
companies’ social and labor compliance programs, consistent with
the FLA Charter and adopted policies and
- Ensure that the implementation of the organization’s factory
assessment methodology enhances FLA’s worldwide credibility and
support a seamless connection to the process of
- Oversee a global team of assessors who perform factory-level
evaluations. Ensure quality, timeliness, and accuracy of
information and reporting. Manage ongoing training programs
to ensure ongoing quality of the assessment program.
- Oversee the team that supports the FLA’s Fair Compensation
efforts and execute strategy to scale FLA’s living wage work.
- Maintain relationships with FLA Accredited companies and those
seeking FLA Accreditation. Engage with the FLA Business
Caucus to gather feedback, address concerns, and communicate about
- Oversee FLA member recruitment initiatives and support the
development of an organizational-wide recruitment
- Coordinate the work of the FLA Manufacturing Committee and
other advisory groups. Report as needed to the FLA Board of
Directors on program progress and impact.
- Supervise, hire, train, and evaluate assigned staff.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
- A minimum of 15 years of work experience to include experience
in corporate social responsibility or international labor
standards. At least 10 years of management experience within an
international environment. Experience within a company social
compliance program or labor rights organization preferred.
- Experience developing and executing a strategic
plan. Proven track record of success facilitating progressive
organizational change and development within a growing
- Demonstrated history as a superior manager, including track
record of mentoring and engaging direct and indirect reports and
- Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills
including negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Strong
analytical abilities and attention to detail.
- Ability to develop systems and procedures and enforce policy
and standards; and train staff to ensure consistency in
- Ability to operate as an effective tactical leader
and strategic thinker.
- Second language skills in Mandarin, Spanish, Vietnamese, or
another language of any major sourcing country a
The FLA is an equal employment opportunity employer and
considers all applicants for employment regardless of race, color,
religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics,
protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression and any other characteristic protected by federal,
state, or local laws.