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Director, Standards and Certification

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Director, Standards and Certification

POSITION LOCATION:  Washington, DC

SUPERVISOR: CEO

Position Description:

The Director of Standards and Certification leads GoodWeave International’s Standards and Certification Division implementing in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. This position provides technical leadership and manages the team carrying out standards and certification system functions for the organization’s multi-country network to ensure supply chains are free from child labor and forced labor. The portfolio includes overseeing staff based in the US and South Asia and providing cross-functional technical leadership to field programs implementing supply chain inspection programs. The Director reports to the CEO. The position is based in Washington, D.C., with regular travel to South Asia. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, well-organized, and adept at building relationships inside and outside the organization. S/he will have technical expertise in international labor standards, child protection, and international development or supply chain programming as well as policy development and compliance. S/he will possess a commitment to GoodWeave’s values and work ethic.

Responsibilities:

The Director is responsible for strategy, planning, development, maintenance and improvement of all certification system elements, including standards, policies, procedures, guidelines, etc. for all product lines and supply chains.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and supervise the Certification Division and operational/technical staff or consultants to ensure the timely development and maintenance of standards, policies, procedures, guidelines, and training, etc., including all related standard system functions producer countries;
  • Ensure programming that supports GoodWeave licensed producers to fully comply with GoodWeave certification criteria and progress criteria;
  • Create, manage, and oversee relevant program and project work plans and budgets, including the forced and bonded labor project grants;
  • Collaboratively develop and implement internal quality management systems across all country programs, including inspection and auditing activities, management of licensee/producer corrective actions, enforcement actions and the overall certification methodology;
  • Analyze team performance and impact data and ensure it leads to functional learning to improve Certification System practices and policies, as needed;
  • Develop, oversee, and facilitate the work of international committees, including the Certification Committee, Standards Committee and Advisory committees (child protection, forced labor);
  • Maintain and strengthen external stakeholder relations, collaboration and partnerships with donors, civil society, and international standards organizations (e.g. through forums such as ISEAL Alliance);
  • Ensure alignment of GoodWeave’s standards and certification operations with international best practices, including compliance with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code, the ISEAL Assurance Code, and the ISEAL Impacts Code, and compliance with ISO 17065;
  • Support planning and development of donor funding proposals and reporting with inputs related to standards and certification;
  • Engage and collaborate within the Program Team and among other organization teams including fundraising, business development, finance, and communications.

 

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least seven years of progressive responsibility in technical leadership and management roles, related to child, forced, or bonded labor rights as well as supply chain standards and certification;
  • Existing networks among other standards, inspection, and certification organizations, and ISEAL and ISO certification;
  • Strong teamwork experience and skills, including working with international teams;
  • Experience leading teams, through strategy, design, implementation and evaluation;
  • Understanding of project management tools, including theory of change and results frameworks;
  • Experience with donor cultivation and proposal development;
  • Capacity to express ideas clearly in writing, excellent interpersonal, presentation, and organizational skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Native level English language; other language ability an asset;
  • Ability and willingness to travel about a quarter of the time in South Asia;
  • Knowledge of the South Asian region a plus.

 

Conditions of Employment: GoodWeave is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Employment is contingent on the results of a background investigation and positive references.

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is commensurate with experience. GoodWeave also offers a generous benefits package.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and school transcripts to:  Personnel@GoodWeave.org.  The cover letter should explain your interest in working for GoodWeave, and how your knowledge, skills, and abilities make you a desired candidate for this position.  Please note “PERSONNEL:  Application for GoodWeave Director, Standards and Certification” in the email subject line. No phone calls please.