Program Officer II, Rule of Law

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: When filled

Please Note: Solidarity Center staff enjoy a hybrid telework/in-person schedule. All candidates applying for this role will be expected to work in the Washington, D.C. office a minimum of three days per week unless an ADA or health-related exemption is approved.


The Program Officer II is responsible for providing support to the Rule of Law (ROL) Department in HQ and the field. This individual will need to become thoroughly conversant with all aspects of ROL program activities and will serve as the main point of contact with other departments.

The Program Officer II must be able to write persuasive proposals that describe complex activities, and develop budgets for those activities. This individual will participate in the development and implementation of ROL programs, and must have the skills to produce well-written program reports and evaluations. This individual will monitor programs to meet budget targets and programmatic results. The Program Officer II will also prepare and exchange information and coordinate activities with other sections of the Solidarity Center.

The Program Officer II will assist and advise the ROL Director and Deputy Director on details of programs in assigned areas of responsibility. This individual may work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in the Solidarity Center programs and may be assigned to any program office on a temporary basis. This individual will assist with and, when necessary, provide logistical support for international visitors and participants in Washington-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, Global Union Federations and other organizations. The Program Officer II will represent Solidarity Center at meetings and conferences and coordinate with Washington-based NGOs, and U.S. government agencies. This individual may travel to the field and could, on a temporary basis, fill in for field representatives.


Broad knowledge of international relations including trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad. Previous trade union experience (highly desirable but not required)
Ability to work independently and complete assignments with limited supervision
Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or seven years equivalent work experience. Good communications and writing skills
Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets
Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people

Persons considered for this position must agree to serve abroad in both temporary and long-term positions, based on the needs of the Solidarity Center. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.

Supervisor: Program Director

Specific Duties:

Provide field offices with programmatic support;
Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
Monitor programs to meet budget targets;
Conduct issue research for use by Solidarity Center headquarters and field offices;
Coordinate activities with the Center’s other program and functional offices;
Assist regional departments in program planning;
Develop and implement global and cross-regional programs in assigned areas of programming;
Recruit outside program consultants and other technical staff in assigned area of programming in accordance with department needs;
Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of field projects and recruiting evaluators for ROL programming;
Support field trips by Solidarity Center personnel for ROL programming;
Share information on issues in ROL programming as requested by Washington-based U.S. government offices and Congress;
Develop coalition-building contacts with U.S. labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the Washington area;
Provide guidance to field offices on AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center policies and priorities related to ROL programming
Work with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in Solidarity Center’s ROL programming;
Serve as a liaison between Solidarity Center and AFL-CIO affiliates, GUFs, ITUC, its regional organizations, and the ILO on matters related to the ROL programming;
Travel on a TDY basis to conduct and/or oversee program development and/or implementation in assigned areas of programming in countries without a Solidarity Center field office; and
Represent the Solidarity Center as directed.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $76,138 USD based on experience. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, a retirement plan and pension, life insurance, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave. Pre-tax deduction programs are also available for commuting, dependent care, and health care expenses. In addition, we offer opportunities and funds for professional development.

About Us:

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. If you are a candidate with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to apply for this position, please contact us at

For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Solidarity Center works in partnership with the AFL-CIO on recruiting and filling positions. Our policy is to notify the AFL-CIO prior to interviewing any of its current employees.


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