Senior Manager, Apparel and Textiles

POSITION TITLE: Senior Manager, Apparel and Textiles



SUPERVISOR: Deputy Director

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.

Overview of the Position:

The Senior Manager is part of the unit in GoodWeave’s international secretariat that leads overall program strategy together with the three country teams in India, Nepal and Afghanistan. This position will lead GoodWeave’s expansion into apparel and home textiles supply chains to tackle modern slavery issues in these industries. The portfolio includes overseeing implementation of multi-year pilot initiatives currently in progress in northern India. The Senior Manager reports to the Deputy Director of GoodWeave International, who heads the program unit. The position is based in Washington, D.C., with regular travel to South Asia.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, well-organized, adept at building relationships inside and outside the organization, and with a track record in developing international programs and raising funds for them. S/he will possess a commitment to GoodWeave’s values and work ethic and ideally have experience working in issues of social justice and responsible supply chains.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Lead GoodWeave’s apparel and home textiles portfolio, including project management, meeting deliverables and budgetary execution; preparation of donor updates and reports as per contractual commitments and managing relationships with donors;
  • Coordinate with the Country Director and country-level key staff to develop and agree on work plans and budgets, maintain continuous communication during implementation and oversee timely delivery and reporting; recruit and supervise technical consultants when necessary;
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with existing and potential donor organizations as well as key brand partners (brand relationships are managed in coordination with GoodWeave’s Business Development team), in order to grow the program and secure continuity of commitments; lead new program and proposal development in the assigned work areas;
  • Engage the Communications & Impact team to ensure that learnings from the apparel/textile work are integrated back into GoodWeave’s wider programming;
  • Participate in external fora and events, company meetings and interactions with civil society and industry stakeholders to build knowledge of the program and GoodWeave’s work;
  • Contribute to GoodWeave’s annual planning and budgeting process and to the learning program; prepare reports and presentations for internal and external events;
  • Cultivate and mentor Country program staff to support their professional growth and commitment to GoodWeave’s work; foster a culture of accountability and quality in all aspects of program work.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least seven years of progressive responsibility in a program management role, preferably in a socially responsible business environment;
  • Experience leading successful program, through strategy, design, implementation and evaluation;
  • Proven track record in donor cultivation and proposal development, preferably in issues of social justice;
  • Strong team-based orientation, with experience working with international teams;
  • Understanding of project management tools, including theory of change and results framework;
  • Understanding of GoodWeave’s mission and socially driven business model;
  • Capacity to express ideas clearly in writing, excellent interpersonal, presentational and organizational skills;
  • Native level English language; other language ability an asset;
  • Ability and willingness to travel about a quarter of the time in South Asia.
  • Experience with issues of child labor, sustainable production, socially responsible business, apparel or textiles, and 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, by May 31, 2017 to:

Deputy Director
GoodWeave International

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