Co-Director for Equality and Inclusion

Solidarity Center

Washington, DC, USA

Full time

$140k+ (annually)

Business Operations

Black ERG

Sep 11

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- Currently reviewing dozens of staff proposals for increasing DEI at Solidarity Center

- Just completed a staff-wide survey on discrimination and harassment in the context of culture, reporting practices, and policy awareness

- Currently doing a series of facilitated staff conversations around Racial Justice and Equity language and culture

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September 30, 2021

This position is currently remote due to the global health crisis. We anticipate a return to our office in October. At that point, the Co-Director for Equality and Inclusion will work on site at our Washington, DC headquarters, with options for part-time telework likely.


Solidarity Center uses intersectionality as a framework to recognize and address the ways that workers’ identities are targeted to deny their rights. One of Solidarity Center’s objectives is to dismantle the overlapping systems of discrimination and oppression that trap and exploit workers and degrade and encumber labor unions and other progressive social movements. Solidarity Center supports and engages in the analysis and practice of equality, radical inclusion, and intersectionality that is explicitly feminist, anti-racist, pro-equality, pro-worker, pro-migrant and class-conscious, and that builds connection and collective struggle based on the dignity and value of all workers. Solidarity Center is committed to integrating an intersectional and inclusive approach to its work with unions and workers globally.

Summary of Position

Solidarity Center seeks a Co-Director of its Equality and Inclusion Department (EID) to provide strategic programmatic direction and technical expertise on diversity, equality and inclusion to its staff and partners. This individual will collaborate with the existing Co-Director to contribute more broadly to the Solidarity Center’s capacity to integrate inclusive and intersectional approaches to worker organizing and power building. The position is expected to collaborate with the existing co-director on broad equality and inclusion work, with specific responsibility for directing the development and managing the implementation of the global racial and ethnic justice programmatic work. This will include facilitating workshops utilizing an interactive peer-exchange approach on issues related to racial and ethnic justice for Solidarity Center’s partnering unions. To achieve this, the Co-Director will need to build and manage working relationships with Solidarity Center global staff, unions, and allied organizations, coalitions, and networks. Additionally, the Co-Director for Equality and Inclusion must possess a deep understanding of how discrimination and systems of oppression undermine democracy and economic development, with the ability to articulate those issues to donors and other stakeholders. This position requires a significant amount of grant proposal writing, grant management and joint supervision of a small team in Washington. The Co-Directors of the Equality and Inclusion department report directly to the Solidarity Center’s Director of Program Coordination.


  • Strong understanding of intersectional analysis as it pertains to social, economic, racial, and ethnic justice, and movement-building.
  • At least 10 years of experience developing and implementing programming to promote racial and ethnic equity and inclusion concepts and issues.
  • At least 7 years of experience working for or with labor unions and on issues related to worker rights.
  • Significant experience working in an international context and/or living abroad.
  • Successful record of leadership in advancing diversity, equality and inclusion, equity, racial justice, gender equality, religion, disability, and LGBTQ+ justice.
  • Experience with and understanding of class in society and its relevance to an intersectional approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a resource and leader, working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, in a politically sensitive context, with competing perspectives or interests.
  • Extensive successful experience developing and delivering educational programming on issues of race, ethnicity, diversity, and inclusion, including facilitation of workshops utilizing an interactive peer-exchange approach.
  • Experience managing staff and/or leading teams.
  • Experience in writing grants to achieve programmatic goals (preferred).
  • Experience raising funds and/or managing grants, ideally from U.S. government agencies (preferred).
  • Experience with budgeting and financial management (preferred).

Other Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in multicultural studies, racial justice, disability studies, gender equality and/or inclusion (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Ability to work as a part of a team.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and strategic relationship building skills.
  • High level of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English, with fluency in a second language preferred.
  • Willingness to travel internationally for a minimum of 12 weeks per year.

Specific Duties

  • Provide strategic programmatic vision and direction for Solidarity Center’s equality and inclusion work focusing on racial and ethnic justice, through our economic, social, organizing, advocacy and policy change programs;
  • Cooperate with the other Co-Director in leading the equality and inclusion broad programming, and serving as a collaborative partner in Solidarity Center’s work with worker-based organizations around the globe;
  • Collaborate with staff based around the globe to develop strategies for programs with an inclusive and intersectional approach, based in an anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, and anti-colonial framework that translate to action with partnering unions;
  • Ensure the implementation of program plans and learning focused on racial justice, structural racism, addressing racialized trauma, and healing with an intersectional lens to other forms of discrimination and oppression;
  • Manage shared workflows, planning and activities between the EID and other programmatic departments ensuring the delivery of quality programs to partner unions;
  • Work closely with the AFL-CIO, its affiliates, and other allies to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of programs;
  • Develop and coordinate new strategic partnerships and coalitions;
  • Lead or co-lead thematic issue campaigns in the area of expertise and work appropriately with other stakeholders to reach campaign objectives;
  • Develop and deliver educational programming, facilitating workshops that utilize an interactive peer-exchange approach on issues related to equality and inclusion, with a focus on race and ethnicity, for the Center’s diverse global partners;
  • Produce well-written, timely grant proposals, program reports and evaluations;
  • Initiate concept papers, write/edit proposals, applications and engage in related activities to increase and broaden the sources of funding supporting the equality and inclusion work of the Center;
  • Write papers and articles on work performed by staff and partners around the globe;
  • Convene/facilitate various working groups and meetings;
  • Support the professional development of Center staff to reinforce the work with union partners;
  • Jointly supervise staff in the Equality and Inclusion Department, manage performance issues as they arise, and provide guidance on staff development opportunities;
  • Monitor programs to meet budget targets; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Additional Information

This is a senior management position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary of approximately $150,000 USD. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurrance, life insurance, a retirement plan, pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave.

The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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