Full-time, remote position, strong preference for East Coast USA (New York and Washington DC in particular). 

 

About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. Leveraging the Higg Index suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, the SAC is working to transform business for exponential impact.

 

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. In May 2019, the SAC spun-off the Higg Index technology platform to Higg, which delivers tools and services that help consumer goods businesses accelerate transformation for a more sustainable future. For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.

 

The SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. The SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

 

Position Description

Reporting directly to the Director, Membership & Corporate Engagement, the primary purpose of the this role is to support the execution of SAC’s strategic plan by meeting the following key objectives:

 

  • Build strong, trusting and strategic relationships with members in AMER region and regional members’ representatives  and ensure member engagement and retention
  • Drive and support members in the AMER region to meet the SAC’s membership requirements, including driving Higg Index adoption at scale as well as meeting other impact goals
  • Continue to improve and evolve our membership processes for engagement, including the evolution of the membership requirements
  • Collaborate closely with your teammates within the membership team, the organization and the SAC Ecosystem
  • Oversee the activities and contribute to the professional development of the AMER Member Engagement Coordinator

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 

AMER Regional Member Management Lead

  • Account Management for AMER membership 
  • Conduct regular touch-bases with members to understand member priorities, concerns, challenges and opportunities, assisting them in supporting their ongoing progression and adherence to the SAC’s membership requirements
  • Conduct regular regional meetings with members to train them on Higg Index content, share best practices and gain alignment on adoption goals
  • Support the deployment of services for members to support them in their adoption efforts, including Higg Index training, verification, adoption and analytic services
  • Update and maintain existing member databases utilizing Google Drive and Salesforce in an accurate and timely manner to ensure the most accurate information
  • Activity management of the Member Coordinator, AMER
  • Based on the planned AMER member management activities, informing and agreeing a workplan for the support provided by the Coordinator
  • Develop and deliver a learning programme to support the Coordinator’s onboarding and ongoing performance 
  • Provide Director, Membership and Corporate Engagement with performance feedback. and support agreed learning and development needs with coaching and mentoring where appropriate 
  • Represent AMER member needs 
  • Inform the Higg Index content team on the AMER membership needs and challenges to drive a better user experience and adoption of the Higg Index tools 
  • Support the development and execution of in-person membership meetings (logistics research / event planning, management and execution) in AMER 
  • Support communications and business development initiatives as needed to help drive member engagement and retention in AMER
  • Support Communications team to quantify the business case for Higg Index use through case studies and best practice guides derived from AMER membership
  • Represent SAC in public outreach, including public speaking within AMER  
  • Assist our members in the development of an adoption road map for their organization to ensure adoption of the Higg Suite of tools at scale and adherence to member requirements.
  • Conduct regular touch-bases / calls with members to understand member priorities, concerns, challenges and collective action opportunities. 
  • Conduct regular roundtable discussions and regional meetings with members to share best practices and gain alignment to impact goals.
  • Use information gathered to identify new revenue generating opportunities from member needs.

 

Proactive support of Membership team strategy and operations

  • Develop, deliver and track membership requirements
    • Work with the Director, Membership and Corporate Engagement, and wider team, to develop membership requirements which promote members’ progress against the SAC’s strategic objectives, utilising understanding of members’ needs to inform their development
    • Lead in the successful implementation of the requirements amongst AMER members, utilising members’ feedback to suggest and develop improvements
    • Support in the tracking and reporting of progress against the requirements
  • Together with the Director, Membership and Corporate Engagement, inform the development and support the delivery of a global membership engagement strategy and improved member value
  • Drive and support global Higg Index adoption at scale across all tools, but playing a particular role of ‘champion’ of the Product Tools within the Membership team: developing and sharing knowledge on these tools to improve improve their adoption across the SAC’s membership, and providing strategic support to the Higg Index team in the development of associated events such as Summits and Roundtables
  • Together with the Director, Membership and Corporate Engagement, and wider team, inform the development and support the delivery of a global membership engagement strategy and improved member value
  • Plan, schedule and execute bi-monthly global member webinars and meetings

 

Membership Development

  • Support in the growth and diversification of SAC Membership bases in the AMER region. Work with those responsible to identify target retailers, brands and manufacturers which are prominent locally or regionally but have limited exposure to SAC, contributing to an annual 10% growth rate of membership in AMER region.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience with at least 1-2 years client/stakeholder engagement experience
  • Strong knowledge/expertise across the apparel/textile sector, with proven supply chain work and established sector relationships
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Proven skills in relationship management, and an ability to listen and effectively respond to to client needs
  • Excellent customer service skills are required and the ability to create lasting partnerships with colleagues, members, and stakeholders
  • Superior communication skills – both written and verbal – with the ability to present and articulate clear, concise information to a variety of internal/external stakeholders, members, etc
  • Demonstrated organizational, administrative, project management, and time management skills; results driven with the ability to carry out multiple responsibilities with minimal supervision
  • Enjoys a fast pace, dynamic, challenging and team-oriented work environment
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects at a time while paying strict attention to detail
  • Demonstrated professional or personal interest in Sustainability
  • Ability to travel regionally and internationally
  • Fluent English proficiency is a must. Spanish proficiency would also be beneficial
  • Eligible to work in United States

 

It would also be of strong benefit if the candidate had:

  • Experience working in a membership organization and managing member accounts
  • Experience using any Higg tool or knowledge of the Higg Index

 

Compensation and Location

SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. SAC’s clients are global organizations, and as such, SAC staff sometimes work early or late hours. This position is a full-time position based in the AMER region, with a strong preference for East Coast USA (New York and Washington DC in particular). Other locations will be considered for those willing to work flexible hours (very early mornings).  

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition “SAC” is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

 

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

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Full-time position, remote position within EMEA region, preferably in Amsterdam or London.

 

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is seeking a highly respected professional to serve as Senior Manager, Global Membership Development. The successful candidate will help the SAC to take our approach to building our corporate membership base to the next level. 

 

About the Organizations

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement tool, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers, and facilities within our industry. 

SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

The SAC seeks to manage the dynamic nature of its mission with efficient planning and effective execution. As SAC grows, the organization is implementing systems and processes at all levels of engagement to ensure strong governance and accountability. 

 

SAC seeks a candidate who:

  • Is motivated by the mission of the organization and knows that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers and members.
  • Thinks ahead and proactively seeks to understand the implications of their actions.
  • Contributes to the increased professionalism of the organisation by working collaboratively with teammates and stakeholders to ensure that processes and systems are robust and executed while honoring SAC’s cultures of innovation.
  • Understands the nuances of growing an organisation’s membership base in the sustainability industry and the broader global context, preferably with experience in the apparel or footwear industry.
  • Can ruthlessly prioritise work, acting on the projects that will drive the greatest impact and influence.
  • Is a self-starter and has an excellent ability to proactively identify opportunities to pursue, and challenges to overcome, putting in place action plans accordingly.

 

Position Description

 

The Senior Manager, Global Membership Development is a crucial role to the organization. A radical change of the industry can only happen if all actors, private and public, work together to make the apparel and footwear industry truly sustainable, and if civil society identifies SAC solutions as robust, credible, and trusted. The Senior Manager, Global Membership Development will develop and foster proactive engagement within the apparel and footwear industry, educating and convincing non-member companies of the value of membership and its associated benefits, so that they join and further strengthen our coalition.

 

Ultimately, the goal of this position is to grow the SAC’s corporate member base to meet both income and impact targets. But this is much more than a straight-forward sales role. We’re looking for someone who can see the bigger picture; developing and implementing a membership development plan which enables the SAC to identify which organisations it needs amongst its membership in order to have the leverage we need to deliver on our vision. 

 

They’ll utilise industry contacts to optimise opportunities, and once secured, will give a thorough handoff to ensure those new members’ success. 

 

This position is key in supporting the SAC to articulate and demonstrate the business benefits of membership and its associated services. The successful candidate will utilize their deep understanding of the corporate landscape and individual business needs and operations to show how joining the SAC generates value. 

 

We’re looking for someone who offers excellent customer service, both externally and internally: protecting and enhancing organisational reputation and building and leveraging relationships to gather knowledge to advance our organisation’s (and thus industry’s) interests, and hit targets.

 

Thoroughness is crucial in this role. Records will be kept scrupulously updated and Salesforce optimised as a tool to give a clear and accurate picture of our pipeline for income forecasts, communications campaigns and to ensure healthy progression of prospects through to membership.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 

The Senior Manager, Global Membership Development will take the lead in the following areas: 

 

  1. Development and implementation of membership development plan

        Develop plan

      • Undertake research and analysis identifying opportunities for growth and diversification
      • Gain a wide range of perspectives and inputs, internal and external
      • Draw conclusions and in collaboration with Director, Membership & Corporate engagement, finalise into a written, communicable plan

        Implement plan

        • Socialise amongst staff and relevant members, gaining buy in and support
        • Operationalise plan 
  1. Membership pipeline development
      • Utilise and optimise Salesforce
      • Record all material interactions with leads, prospects and members in Salesforce and complete all required fields prior to the hand-off to member manager
      • Inbound and outbound outreach
      • Successfully convert inbound leads by demonstrating the value of membership and efficiently answering queries
      • Collaborate with SAC’s MarComms team on outreach campaigns
      • Educate prospective members on membership requirements
      • Ensure a smooth and successful transition to membership
      • Financial forecasting
      • Provide accurate forecasts in support of SAC’s financial operations
  2. Represent the SAC in public outreach
      • Seek opportunities to represent the SAC at the right public events to meet our strategic objectives in member growth
      • Deliver polished presentations which effectively demonstrate the value of membership
  3. Support the development of the SAC value proposition
      • Quantify the business case for Higg Index use through case studies and best practice guides derived from membership
  4. Generate and maintain relevant business development tools
      •  Deck & brochure
  5. Staff communication and training
      • Ensure staff are aware of and well versed in relevant tools and key messages to grow the pool of staff who are able to engage in new membership conversations

 

Qualifications

Ideal candidate has:

  • A minimum of 7 years or commensurate experience of significant accomplishments in business development or a related field
  • Deep operational knowledge and understanding of Salesforce or other CRM systems, and how they are used to manage pipelines and provide organisational data
  • Strong leadership skills with successful track record of managing, developing and growing a pipeline of prospective clients 
  • Knowledge of and contacts within the apparel and footwear industry
  • Proven experience of developing strategies to meet organisational goals
  • Ability to negotiate in a highly challenging and fast-paced environment
  • Clear thinking and a focus on problem solving
  • Excellent social skills to interact and engage with the variety of SAC staff, members and stakeholders
  • Track record for working in a team-based, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, with the ability to multitask and handle changing priorities 
  • Excellent communication skills: experience working across multiple levels, functions and regions; able to deliver messages effectively verbally and in writing
  • Experience in manufacturing countries is a plus
  • Fluent English skills (speaking and writing) –additional language is a plus
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other parts of the SAC organization, to treat others with respect and care, and a willingness to work as part of a global, multicultural organization
  • Experience and confidence in networking, with an ability to leverage contacts to meet targets

 

Structure & Reporting 

The role reports to the Director, Membership and Corporate Engagement and joins part of the 8-strong globally based Membership team.

 

Compensation and Location

SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. SAC’s clients are global organizations, and as such, SAC staff sometimes work early or late hours. The successful candidate may work remotely, with a preference for Amsterdam or London. Travel may be required to execute events and participate in key leadership team and membership meetings. 

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Inc. is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

 

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

How To Apply

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, or sexual orientation. As an equal opportunity employer that values the organizational benefits of a diverse staff, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people with a variety of backgrounds and attributes.

 

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has partnered with Acre to support this search. In order to apply, please submit a current resume and thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest and outlines your relevant skills and experience. Please refrain from contacting the Sustainable Apparel Coalition directly. All inquiries should be directed to Greg Brittian at Greg.Brittian@acre.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

 

About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. Leveraging the Higg Index suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, the SAC is working to transform business for exponential impact.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. In May 2019, the SAC spun-off the Higg Index technology platform to Higg, which delivers tools and services that help consumer goods businesses accelerate transformation for a more sustainable future. For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.

The SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. The SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

The Opportunity
The SAC is seeking a highly respected industry professional with the experience and mindset to drive large-scale, global impact through industry-wide environmental and social sustainability programs. The Senior Manager/Manager of Higg Facility Tools will play an essential role in driving the vision, direction, and implementation of the Higg Facility Tools, which include the Facility Environmental Module (FEM) and the Facility Social & Labor Module (FSLM). These tools enable thousands of manufacturing facilities worldwide to track their progress in improving environmental performance and protecting the well-being of their workers, reaching over 25,000 combined users in over 100 countries. As the respected global standard for measuring and improving impacts for one of the world’s most important industries, the Higg Facility Tools have paved the way for industry transformation on a global scale, and tool adoption is expected to continue growing dramatically in the coming years.

For the right candidate, the Senior Manager/Manager of Higg Facility Tools role poses a unique opportunity to take industry experience and knowledge from the field and use it to drive and develop the standards, programs, and collective action across the entire global industry. This role will provide critical insight and management across many stakeholder groups in the advancement of this important suite of tools, and it provides an opportunity to help define and shape what the social, labor, and environmental standards for the industry will look like in the near- and long-term.

As the industry evolves rapidly toward true product-level sustainability assessment and performance, the SAC must continue to integrate the input of stakeholders into its tools and resources. This role presents an opportunity to engage with leaders across the industry, with diverse needs and perspectives, and work toward aligning on solutions and improvements to the tools and programs at the facility level, and implementing and scaling them globally. The ideal candidate will be an expert project manager who is experienced and confident in facilitating conversations among stakeholders with diverse perspectives, and has experience working with facility environmental and/or social sustainability programs within the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.

Key Responsibilities

  • Project manage the Higg FEM and FSLM tools and programs to successful launch and completion.
  • Develop a vision and roadmap for the Higg FEM and FSLM tools, including value proposition development and possible applications for transparency initiatives.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, members, and SAC staff to gather and synthesize feedback, prioritize initiatives according to SAC’s vision and strategy, and work with technical developers to implement improvements and enhancements to the platform, tools, and methodologies.
  • Facilitate and coordinate the SAC’s members involvement process through the Strategic Council and Member Expert Teams, in order to gather input and feedback to complement internal expertise in development of the FEM and FSLM tools and programs.
  • Be the lead expert and representative on Higg FEM & FSLM for SAC staff, members, and external stakeholders.
  • Continue the development of adoption resources that support the global scaling of the Higg Facility Module, including “How to Higg” guidance, training and implementation guides, resources, and translations.
  • Track and analyze Higg FEM & FSLM adoption and performance data, including internal and member data reporting and the development and review of data exports.
  • QA testing in cooperation with the technical teams, and responding to external data requests.
  • Coordinate development and creation of communications, case studies, and white papers on the Higg FEM & FSLM adoption, results, and impact.
  • Engage with the Social Labor Convergence Project to become SAC’s expert on their content, program, workplan, and tools.
  • Engage with member manufacturers and SAC Board/Staff to ensure and promote the concept of equal partnership between Manufacturers, Brands & Retailers across workstreams and member engagement.

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes

The ideal candidate has:

  • 10+ years of experience in the apparel, footwear, or home textiles industries, including direct experience developing and implementing environmental and/or social sustainability programs at manufacturing facilities;
  • Demonstrated project management, leadership, and analytics skills;
  • Strong familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools, with a clear understanding of the difference in approach between Higg and standard audits;
  • Experience with multi-layered, complex projects with multiple stakeholders and a solution-oriented approach;
  • Experience and confidence in convening, facilitating, and leading conversations with diverse groups of stakeholders with a wide range of perspectives, and consensus building;
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Passion for environmental and social sustainability;
  • BA required, MA Preferred.

Reporting Structure and Timeline
This is a full-time role reporting directly to the Director of Higg Facility Tools, starting ASAP.

Compensation, and Location
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition offers a compensation package. The SAC’s members and partners are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes work early or late hours. This is a full-time position based in the APAC region and preferably in Hong Kong.  

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition “SAC” is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Interested? Please submit your resume and a brief motivation letter HERE

 

Full-time position, flexible/remote location preferably within the EMEA region or North America

About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. Leveraging the Higg Index suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, the SAC is working to transform business for exponential impact.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. In May 2019, the SAC spun-off the Higg Index technology platform to Higg, which delivers tools and services that help consumer goods businesses accelerate transformation for a more sustainable future. For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.

The SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. The SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

 

The Opportunity

The Manager, Higg Brand and Retail tool will play an essential supporting role in the management of the SAC’s Higg Index Brand and Retail tools which enable hundreds of apparel, footwear, and textile brands and retailers worldwide to track their progress in improving environmental performance and protecting the well-being of their workers.

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Director Higg Brand Tools with a planned start date of October 1, 2021, preferably joining our team/office in Barcelona, Spain, Amsterdam, The Netherlands or remotely within the North American region.

 

Position Description 

Brands and retailers play a key role in driving sustainable practices across the apparel, footwear, and textile industry. The Higg Brand & Retail Module (Higg BRM) guides them on their sustainability journeys and identifies hotspots and opportunities for improvement along their global value chain.

At the crossroads of global apparel brands, retailers, NGOs and other experts, the Manager, Higg Brand and Retail tool will be responsible for supporting the management and update of the Higg Brand and Retail Module and its suite of resources. This includes managing the feedback processes related to the Higg Index development, providing support across the SAC organization and to members, and working cross-functionally across the Higg ecosystem to ensure successful and scalable tool implementation and iteration.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support in the project management of the Higg Brand and Retail tools and programs to successful launch and completion
  • Facilitate the SAC’s member involvement process through the Strategic Council and Member Expert Teams
  • Liaise with the Higg Co team to support the implementation of online tools and supporting materials for the programs:
    • Support the technical development and scoring of Higg Brand and Retail Module
    • Support technology development and testing of the Higg Brand and Retail Module on the Higg.org platform
    • Engage with verification staff to develop and pilot test the verification approach
    • Track and analyze Higg Brand and Retail Module adoption and performance data including the development and review of data exports, internal and member data reporting, QA testing in cooperation with the technical teams, and responding to external data requests.

 

This Role Requires:

  • Strong familiarity working with corporate environmental and/or social/labor program implementation.
  • Working knowledge of the global apparel industry, supply chain and key sustainability initiatives.

 

SAC seeks a candidate who: 

  • Is motivated by the mission of the organization and knows that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers and members
  • Is solutions-oriented when navigating change and uncertainty
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment, and aspires to achieve high levels of performance on a team 
  • Is comfortable navigating complex relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Thinks ahead and proactively seeks to understand the implications of their actions 
  • Contributes to the increased professionalism of the organization by working collaboratively with teammates and stakeholders to ensure that processes and systems are robust and executed while honoring SAC’s culture of innovation 

 

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes

  • 4-5 years of professional experience within the sustainability program of a Brand or Retailer in the apparel, footwear, or home textiles industries 
  • Project management and analytical skills
  • Experience with multi-layered, complex projects with multiple stakeholders and a solution-oriented approach
  • Technology and or survey development and/or implementation experience
  • Excellent (English) written and verbal communications skills
  • Familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools 
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • BA / MA preferred
  • Passion for sustainability

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition “SAC” is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

 

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

To Apply 

Interested? Please apply by submitting your resume and brief motivation letter  HERE

 

About the Organization

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize that addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity. Today, it is an industry-wide group of more than 250 leading apparel, footwear, and textile brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance, spotlighting opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement tool, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers, and facilities within our industry.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. It is a fast-paced organization with an ambitious mission that values trust and strong relationships, with a strong spirit of collaboration across the organization.

 

About the Opportunity

The SAC seeks a strategic marketing and communications trailblazer. This is an enviable opportunity to put your creative stamp on the communications of an impact-focused organization that influences the sustainability of an entire industry. As a member of SAC’s Leadership Team, this individual will have the ability to influence the direction of the SAC and how it is perceived, bringing fresh ideas and new thinking to the table. This person will join the organization at a critical time as it expands its focus to incorporate more consumer-facing external communications, and will have the opportunity to partner with some of the biggest brands in the world on revolutionary initiatives driven by the SAC.

The Senior Director will develop and foster proactive engagement to maintain and elevate all organizational communications. This individual will create, refine, and operationalize a compelling overarching communications strategy and messaging while continuing alignment on a more coordinated approach for the ecosystem, our Alliance partners, and our broader stakeholders.

The Senior Director of Marketing/Communications is a crucial role to the organization. A radical change of the industry can only happen if all actors, private and public, work together to make the apparel and footwear industry truly sustainable. It can only happen if civil society identifies SAC solutions as robust, credible, and trusted. In this manner, the Senior Director’s work is directly linked to driving this collective action as she/he builds and grows SAC’s reputation and increases brand awareness through compelling storytelling and member engagement.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

1. Marketing & Communication Strategy

  • Develop and manage organizational communications and an annual marketing plan that strategically aligns with SAC’s priorities
  • Develop and execute a plan to engage each target audience with measurable objectives, and develop KPIs related to marketing and communication activities
  • Develop strategy and engagement plan for media and influencers; Develop and grow media outreach activities to increase awareness of SAC’s progress and impact
  • Own strategy and execution for website and social media

2. Brand Management

  • Maintain and evolve brand identity
  • Equip membership with creative assets that articulate the SAC value proposition
  • Proactively engage influencers and stakeholders to share SAC’s organizational narrative

3. Communications Collateral and Messaging

  • Develop and own crisis communication plan and execution
  • Develop and evolve key themes, topics, and messages for strategic SAC storytelling, including executive coaching and media training for SAC leaders
  • Develop and publish external communications, including press releases, related to Higg Index tool releases and launches
  • Publish the annual year in review and ongoing industry reports

4. Ecosystem and Alliance Partner Engagement

  • Support ecosystem and Alliance partners with joint messaging, storytelling, materials development, and consumer-facing communications
  • Support external Alliance communications to position the partnership as meaningful and progressive; Lead internal Alliance communications to ensure SAC staff understand the value of the partnership in furthering SAC objectives
  • Support development of grant proposals and funding presentations as well as grant and impact reporting

5. Events

  • Develop and execute events strategy, including types of events, locations, pricing, and financial implications
  • Develop the content strategy and key themes, secure keynote speakers, and manage event logistics
  • Support SAC staff in content development and presentation skills

6. Team Leadership

  • Participate fully on the SAC Leadership Team, engaging on topics specific to the Marketing/Communications team as well as cross-functional, organizational issues
  • Support the growth and development of marketing/communications team members
  • Collaborate with HR in hiring team members as needed to deliver team objectives, and in constructing and structuring team development and manager plans
  • Develop and manage annual and forward-looking marketing/communications budgets

 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate:

  • 15+ years of significant accomplishments in Communications, Public Relations, and/or Marketing
  • Strong understanding of the sustainability industry and the broader global context; ability to facilitate this knowledge into well-articulated arguments and messaging
  • Experience in the apparel, footwear, or analogous global supply chain related industry
  • Significant experience influencing, driving, and managing Media Relations
  • Proficient in social media & other digital marketing strategies
  • Strong leadership skills with successful track record of managing, developing, and growing an internal team; ability to develop culture and partner with human resources on team development
  • Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, with ability to switch between formal and informal written tone. English required; additional language is a plus.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment, both within the SAC and in partnership with ecosystem organizations, as well as managing external agencies and consultants
  • Solutions-oriented and results-driven; high attention to detail; ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, leads with curiosity, and operates with a growth mindset; able to ruthlessly prioritize and remain calm in high-stress situations; optimistic, yet plans for the worst

SAC offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience. SAC’s team members are globally located, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes work early or late hours. The successful candidate may work remotely, with a preference for Europe or the US East Coast. Travel may be required to execute events and participate in key leadership team and membership meetings. 

 

Structure & Reporting 

The role reports to the Executive Director of the SAC, serves as a member of the SAC leadership team, and oversees a team of four to seven marketing and communications and events staff.

 

How To Apply

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, or sexual orientation. As an equal opportunity employer that values the organizational benefits of a diverse staff, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people with a variety of backgrounds and attributes.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has retained Schaffer&Combs, a certified B Corporation, to support this search. In order to apply, please submit a current resume and thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest and outlines your relevant skills and experience.

Please refrain from contacting the Sustainable Apparel Coalition directly. All inquiries should be directed to Schaffer&Combs at SACMarComms@schaffercombs.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

 

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Full-time, remote position within APAC region, preferably in Hong Kong

 

About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. Leveraging the Higg Index suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, the SAC is working to transform business for exponential impact.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. In May 2019, the SAC spun-off the Higg Index technology platform to Higg, which delivers tools and services that help consumer goods businesses accelerate transformation for a more sustainable future. For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.

The SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. The SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

 

The Opportunity

The Manager, Stakeholder Engagement is a crucial role for the organization. A radical change of the industry can only happen if all actors, private and public, work together to make the apparel and footwear industry truly sustainable, with policymakers, civil society and other key stakeholders identifying the SAC and Higg Index tools as robust, credible and trusted solutions that enable real transformational change. The Director will develop and foster proactive engagement and cooperation among SAC’s members, strategic partners, identified key stakeholders, ensuring that the coalition and industry gives more than it takes.  

 

Key Responsibilities

Stakeholder and Policy Engagement 

    • Play an active role, with the Director, Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement  in the development a comprehensive, dynamic, and agile SAC Stakeholder and Policy Engagement strategy, framed by, and focused on, integration with the SAC strategic plan, delivering measurable outputs against the aspirational objectives and key focus areas
    • Collaborate and coordinate with key internal and ecosystem stakeholders, including Higg Index, Membership, Marketing and Communications, the Policy Hub, , Higg, and Alliance partners  to ensure aligned delivery of the Stakeholder and Policy Engagement strategy.
    • Manage the successful implementation of core elements of the SAC Stakeholder and Policy Engagement strategy specifically by: 
      • Identifying and coordinating engagement with appropriate technical expertise to inform the ongoing evolvement of the Higg Index suite of tools
      • Contribute to delivering smart, meaningful influence with relevant policy bodies and initiatives at the appropriate levels
      • Monitoring, synthesizing, and assimilating relevant market and industry trends
      • Develop and draft positioning and direction on key issues in support of SAC influencing role within the apparel and footwear industry, delivering strong positioning and direction on key issues
      • Managing and supporting reputational enhancement with key stakeholders
      • Identifying relevant engagement opportunities and synthesizing them to develop a plan of SAC actions that support an increase in global relevance, increased adoption of use of the Higg Index, and the sustainability leadership of SAC’s global membership 
      • Managing and facilitating relevant stakeholder engagement working groups as needed to define and develop relevant strategies, implementation plans, and policy positions
      • Developing and maintaining collaboration with key stakeholders in support of SAC’s strategic plans.
    • Act as a key stakeholder engagement SAC contact for global stakeholders
    • Represent the SAC at key external stakeholder events and forums
    • Manage the development and implementation of ‘internal’ SAC stakeholder engagement policies and processes to support the effective and efficient implementation of the SAC Stakeholder Engagement strategy

Sustainable Revenue 

    • Implement sound financial practices, including, budget management, cash flow, and cost control
    • Identify, and collaboratively develop, and implement opportunities for growth and diversification of funding and grant opportunities to support SAC stakeholder engagement activities and impact programs  

 

Qualifications and Experience

  • 4-6 years of experience in Stakeholder and/or Public Affairs Management in sustainability matters
  • At least a Bachelor Degree in sustainability related studies, international relations, or a related field
  • Knowledge of sustainability issues in the fashion industry or other related industries and, ability to facilitate this knowledge into well-articulated arguments
  • Experience in managing external stakeholders engagement processes to shape strategies or policies
  • proven ability to build effective relationships with different groups of stakeholders
  • knowledge of the stakeholder landscape in the apparel and footwear industry in the APAC region is an advantage.
  • Good communication skills built on tact, diplomacy, and awareness of cultural differences 
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other parts of the SAC team, treat others with respect and care, and work as part of a global, multicultural organization
  • Demonstrated organizational, administrative, project management, and time management skills; results driven with the ability to carry out multiple responsibilities with minimal supervision;
  • Enjoys a fast pace, dynamic, challenging and team-oriented work environment;
  • Good presentation skills, and relationship management / listening skills;

 

Reporting Structure and Timeline

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Director, Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement with a start date of 1 November 2021.  

 

Compensation, and Location

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition offers a compensation package. The SAC’s members and partners are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes work early or late hours. This position is a full-time position based in the APAC region and preferably in Hong Kong.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition “SAC” is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

To Apply 

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About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. Leveraging the Higg Index suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, the SAC is working to transform business for exponential impact.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. In May 2019, the SAC spun-off the Higg Index technology platform to Higg, which delivers tools and services that help consumer goods businesses accelerate transformation for a more sustainable future. For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.

 

The SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide the organization and its members with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. The SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

 

The Opportunity

The Director of Collective Action Programs is a vital new role for the organization. At the core of the SAC Vision ‘Transforming Business for Exponential Impact’, is a pre-eminent place for ‘Impact’. As such, the organization will need to develop, and efficiently and effectively align impact programs that inspire, empower, equip and enable our members, through Collective Action, to deliver against this vision. The Director of Collective Action Programs has the crucial task of leading this work, to ensure that our members and our industry, through demonstrable impact, truly does “Give more than we take”.

 

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the VP of Membership & Stakeholder Engagement, with a planned start date asap. The Director will oversee the development of new SAC Collective Action Programs and will be responsible for all aspects of their execution and management. 

 

Key Responsibilities:

 Collective Action: Impact Program Development and Execution

  • Development of SAC Collective Action programs and activities,  focused on delivering measurable outcomes integrated with the SAC strategic plan, aspirational objectives, and key focus areas related to driving demonstrable impact.
  • Accountable for the successful execution of SAC’s engagement in Collective Action programs and activities.
  • Review and synthesize Higg Index data, key stakeholder feedback and relevant industry insights to, make evidence-informed recommendations for strategy activities, tools, partnerships and deployment opportunities (e.g., topics, approaches, locations etc.) in alignment and coordination with Ecosystem partners
  • Investigate, research and identify innovative approaches for the SAC to deliver maximum impact (e.g., peer to peer learning, communities of practice, social learning etc.)
  • Manage the development and execution of agreed Collective Action activities from scoping through, development, implementation, reporting and ongoing improvement in alignment with Ecosystem partners
  • Establish systems for monitoring, evaluating and measuring short-term and long-term impacts
  • Manage, coordinate, and execute the collection of impact data from Collective Action programs, partner organizations, and stakeholders, identifying and highlighting key setbacks, and lessons- learned, providing ongoing recommendations for continuous improvement. 
  • In alignment with Marketing and Communications team, provide support for timely, accurate, and consistent reporting.
  • Act as the core channel and link for Collective Action programs and activities between members, relevant stakeholders and other SAC functions/teams to:
    • Provide clear, focused, guidance and direction to ensure that SAC Collective Action programs and activities are fit for purpose. 
    • Broaden cross-functional team-work to get insights through Higg data to assess potential of emerging distribution platforms and models. 
    • Coordinate, manage and monitor as appropriate internal and external program stakeholders to ensure programs are delivered efficiently and effectively on time, on budget and against impact targets 
  • Manage and continuously improve Collective Action programs, services, protocols and processes to accelerate impact (e.g., gap / opportunity analysis, program effectiveness evaluation etc.).
  • Responsible for overseeing the promotion of Collective Action programs and activities, to members and key stakeholders in all regions.
  • Ensure that the SAC collective action program strategy identifies, implements and maximizes revenue streams through program activities, tools and events 
  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices for all collective action program activities, including, program management, budget management, cashflow, pricing strategy, and cost control.


Core Collective Action: Impact Programs

  • Core SAC Higg Index tool training and related events and activities 
  • Identify opportunities for and oversee, delivery of SAC and Higg Index collective action impact events and conferences
  • SBT Educational Program
      • Develop and launch in partnership with strategic expert organisations, a robust educational program for the Apparel and Footwear industry to increase understanding, and implementation of setting and obtaining approval for SBTs
      • Higg Associate Program
        • Develop Strategy 
        • Implement program Including all aspects of, financial management, vendor engagement, program deployment and promotion, management, execution and revision

 

Collective Action: Impact Program Partnerships

  • Collaborate and identify resources with SAC EcoSystem and strategic industry partners (e.g. Aii, ZDHC, Textile Exchange – The Alliance) to align on training curriculums and resources that can be shared and used to avoid duplication, and drive efficiencies
  • In alignment with SAC Director Stakeholder Engagement, SAC EcoSystem and strategic partners, support a grant and funding revenue strategy, including identifying, prospecting, responding to notices of opportunities, submitting applications, and cultivating relationships with likely funders
  • Identify regional resources and funding in regions to support development and scale up of collective action programs
  • Engage with in-country training institutions and chambers of commerce to expand training partnerships. (SMART Myanmar, AmCham Sustainability committee, IDH, GIZ, Solidaridad, etc.)
  • Monitor and oversee grants and funding, supporting partners to develop and execute effective programs and to foster evaluation and adaptive learning towards achieving better outcomes

 

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes

The ideal candidate is/has:

  • 10+ yrs of significant accomplishments in a Membership organisation, or Corporate environment, working in CSR / Sustainability at a senior level 
  • Experience with design of impact programs with effective evaluation processes and measurable outcomes an significant advantage to help assess and understand relevant programs/partners in line with SAC Strategy
  • Demonstrated excellent ability to engage with and manage a variety of projects, programs and partners and able to analyze, interpret and prepare data for internal and external use.
  • Experience of working with funding organizations, identifying relevant opportunities, grant writing and successfully executing funding applications 
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of a global, multicultural organization
  • Experience in the apparel/footwear/textile industry from a brand, retail or manufacturing perspective, with expertise in social and environmental sustainability issues preferred
  • Experience working in or with manufacturing countries is a plus
  • High attention to detail; ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, operating with a growth mindset; able to ruthlessly prioritize and remain calm in high-stress situations; confident decision-maker
  • Empathetic, with ability to engage with and influence a variety of stakeholders, members and staff; able to anticipate unique needs of different audiences across multiple levels and regions
  • Socially confident with exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. English required; additional language is a plus.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition “SAC” is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

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