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Strategic Initiatives Officer

Senior Manager, Standards and Certification


Senior Manager, Standards and Certification

 Position Description:

The Senior Manager is part of the Program Team at GoodWeave’s international secretariat that leads overall program strategy together with the three country teams in India, Nepal and Afghanistan. This position will provide technical leadership and manage 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 who implement inspection programs.

The Senior Manager reports to the Chief Program Officer. 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 relevant technical proposal development experience. S/he will possess a commitment to GoodWeave’s values and work ethic.


The Senior Manger’s portfolio is responsible for strategy, planning, development, maintenance and improvement of all certification systems, including standards, policies, procedures, guidelines, etc. for all product lines and supply chains.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 Oversee and supervise the work of 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 certification standard system functions and inspections and monitoring programs in exporting countries;

  1. Ensure programming that supports GoodWeave licensed producers advances their performance to assure full compliance with GoodWeave certification criteria;
  2. Create and manage relevant program and project work plans and budgets;
  3. 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;
  4. Analyze team performance and impact data and ensure it leads to functional learning to improve Certification System practices and policies, as needed;
  5. Develop, oversee, and facilitate the work of international committees, including the Certification Committee, Standards Committee and Advisory committees (child protection, labor rights);
  6. 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);
  7. 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;
  8. Support planning and development of donor funding proposals and reporting with inputs related to standards and certification;
  9. Engage and collaborate within the Program Team and among other organization teams including fundraising, business development, finance, and communications;


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 email resume and cover letter, explaining why your skills and experience are suitable for this position to:

Chief Program Officer
GoodWeave International
E-mail: Personnel@GoodWeave.org



POSITION TITLE: Strategic Initiatives Officer

ORGANIZATION:  GoodWeave International (www.goodweave.org)


GoodWeave International works to end child labor in global supply chains. Focusing initially on the South Asian carpet industry, GoodWeave fulfills its mission by creating market demand for products certified as free of child and forced labor, monitoring supply chains, rescuing and educating child laborers, and providing critical services for weaving families. Having proven its model and built partnerships with some of the world’s leading brands, such as Target Corporation, Macy’s, and The Otto Group, the organization is now expanding operations on the ground and into new product markets. GoodWeave is adapting its market-driven model to other new sectors including home textiles, apparel, fashion jewelry, tea and is helping to create a “better brick” industry in Nepal. Being a part of the GoodWeave team is to be on the frontlines of the burgeoning movement to end modern slavery and of an award-winning social entrepreneurial team.

Position Description:

The Strategic Initiatives Officer works closely with the Chief Executive Officer on a number of organizational initiatives. S/he works with the development team to efforts to engage funders and other external relationships. The position also focuses on external relations related to development and partnerships.

Fundraising-related responsibilities include planning for and managing the development team meetings, developing and updating development tools such as calendar, prospect list, shared files and revenue outlook, managing hands-on fundraising with individual donors, major donors and specific funder relationships, and assisting with proposals and reporting as needed. Occasional travel for meetings is involved, with the potential of participating in field visits to South Asia.

The Strategic Initiatives Officer also provides administrative support to the CEO, including scheduling, travel planning, and research. Because of the nature of the role in assisting the CEO in relation to the organization’s changing needs, the Strategic Initiatives Officer’s portfolio is expected to evolve.

Specific duties include:

Grants/Development/Strategic Relationships:

  • Track revenue and key grant information through pipeline spreadsheet and calendar
  • Update prospects list and track next steps for high-priority funders
  • Ensure that reporting, application and renewal deadlines are met by development team
  • Plan and manage development team meetings
  • Fact-check and copyedit grant proposals
  • Contribute to grant proposals, concept notes, and reports
  • Track incoming grant payments and paperwork
  • Manage relationships with select funders,

Individual Giving and Major Gifts:

  • Manage online fundraising channels
  • Monitor incoming donations and oversee office assistant to ensure proper processing
  • Write donor acknowledgements
  • Design, manage and oversee individual giving campaigns including print and electronic mailings and campaigns
  • Plan donor trips and prepare materials
  • Monitor and cultivate major donors and prospects
  • Manage Combined Federal Campaign applications and relationship with third-party vendor
  • Track and analyze effectiveness of fundraising campaigns

Administrative Support of CEO:

  • Manage calendar to include scheduling meetings and appointments and fielding inquiries
  • Plan travel and prepare related background materials with administrative support from office assistant
  • Manage reimbursements and credit card reconciliations
  • Assist in scheduling and planning of board meetings and other special events

External Communications:

  • Keep program-related collateral updated with current data and program information
  • Ensure consistency of data points across external communications; fact-checking in documents such as annual report and grant proposals
  • Manage Info Inbox in collaboration with office assistant
  • Manage inquiries regarding press and CEO’s appointments/engagements


  • Take and disseminate notes at staff meetings
  • Serve as staff liaison to Child Labor Coalition
  • Oversee organization’s database maintenance, especially in regards to fundraising


  • 3-5 years of demonstrated success in fundraising and/or executive support with increasing levels of responsibility and success
  • Experience managing donor information, giving data, and generating related reports
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Superior organization and attention to detail
  • Demonstrable experience in planning donor events and activities
  • Initiative and independence, combined with the ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities.
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Based in Washington, DC. Occasional travel may be required.

Experience with issues of child labor and child protection, modern slavery, sustainable consumption, socially responsible business and/or knowledge of the South Asian region a plus.

Candidate must thrive in an autonomous, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

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 offers a health care and dental plan, a simple 401K retirement plan, paid vacation and nine paid holidays per year.


Supervisor:  Chief Executive Officer


To apply, please email resume and cover letter explaining why your skills and experience are suitable for this position to:


Chief Executive Officer

GoodWeave International