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

 

Full-time position, flexible/remote, preferable location Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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
The Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator will support the SAC’s Stakeholder Engagement (SE) team by coordinating key SE activities, monitoring and researching relevant social and environmental trends, and managing and updating all related databases, reports, initiatives, and more.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Helping build partnerships and alliances to advance the cause of sustainability in the global apparel and footwear industries 
  • Developing and updating ‘internal’ SAC stakeholder engagement policies and processes to support the effective and efficient implementation of the SAC Stakeholder Engagement strategy
  • Mapping and updating list of stakeholders at global and local levels , creating and maintaining the SAC stakeholder database
  • Ensuring that formal stakeholder partnership/collaboration agreements (e.g. MoUs, Letters of Intent etc.) are consistent with SAC stakeholder engagement policies and processes, and are recorded, filed and updated as required
  • Coordinating stakeholder engagement reporting across the SAC and identified partners
  • Maintaining events calendar and task sheets
  • Monitoring emerging social, environmental related policy issues and trends affecting the apparel and footwear industry
  • Monitoring media and websites for, current news and key developments regarding sustainability issues in the apparel and footwear industry
  • Organizing meetings with SAC’s stakeholders and the stakeholder engagement team, acting as the primary point of contact for the SAC Event Manager 
  • Attending stakeholder related meetings and draft minutes as appropriate
  • Supporting the stakeholder team, and others in the SAC with other tasks as requested

Qualifications and Experience
Ideal candidate has:

  • Graduate or postgraduate, ideally in Political Sciences, Law, Economics, Communications, social sciences, sustainability or related field or with an equivalent combination of relevant knowledge, extensive training and/or experience
  • Excellent organizational skills with a strong process driven approach and ideally a good knowledge of Google suite, notably Docs, Sheets, and Slides 
  • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint & Excel) skills required
  • Experience working with Webflow or WordPress is a plus
  • Good communication, influencing and interpersonal skills with a positive and supportive attitude. Ability to interact and engage with various stakeholders in an international context
  • Knowledge of EU decision-making processes and EU institutions 
  • Strong analytical capabilities. Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively, both verbally and in writing, in English. Knowledge of other EU languages is a plus.  
  • Knowledge of the Textile and Footwear Sector (e.g. NGO, retailer, brand, manufacturer, research perspective) is a plus. 
  • Minimum of 2 – 5 years of proven work experience 
  • Strong interest and knowledge of sustainability issues, ideally in the context of the global apparel and footwear sector
  • Fluent in English, with knowledge of other languages being an advantage
  • Ability to work with colleagues in a multicultural, multinational context to collaboratively achieve organisational goals
  • An open, global, growth and learning driven mindset
  • Ability to multi-task and comfortable with ambiguity and handling complex issues 

Reporting Structure and Timeline
This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Director of Stakeholder Engagement, with a start date of May 2021.

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.

APPLY HERE

 

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 

To be considered for this position, please apply 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 of Higg Index Transparency Program is responsible for driving growth and value of the suite of product transparency claims supported within the Higg Index. This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Director, Higg Index – Transparency Program, with a planned start date of September 1, 2021, latest October 1, 2021. 

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Work cross-functionally to create robust training materials and guidance for Higg Transparency Program users
    • Develop How to Higg guidance needed to provide clarity to users
    • Work with the SAC Comms Team to develop robust materials to help users navigate and understand the Higg Transparency Program
    • Identify additional ways processes and communication can be updated to be more intuitive and informative. Manage implementation with ecosystem partners.
  • Introduce the Higg Transparency Program to industry stakeholders
    • Work with Events Team to develop plans for Design Workshops and Member Meetings, prepare content as needed, and present to audiences with various levels of expertise
    • Meet with SAC members to explain Higg Transparency Program purpose, value, methodology, data, and use cases.
  • Collaborate with SAC members and ecosystem partners to iterate and evolve the Higg Transparency Program overtime
    • Work with member teams and experts to understand how to improve tools and processes
    • Think creatively to determine solutions to user issues, data gaps, and methodology updates
    • Work with SAC’s technical partner Higg Co to implement changes
  • Support industry stakeholders and SAC ecosystem partners submit and implement data in the Higg Transparency Program
    • Work with members to identify new engagement opportunities
    • Proactively solicit data from industry stakeholders and data providers
    • Support data submitters in collaboration with Higg Co
    • Manage data submission process
  • Work with the Higg Index Team toward the achievement of the SAC Strategic Plan.
    • Assist with complementary goals, such as tool linking and member engagement.
    • Help create discussion points for Strategic Council and additional Member Expert presentations
    • Join member and staff calls and share your perspective
    • Speak up if anything is not going well or you notice a new risk
  • Other
    • Use asana correctly to provide visibility to projects for SAC staff and Higg Co.
    • Be respectful of your colleague’s time with internal meetings and consider the efficiency of every internal meeting
    • Use your manager’s time well with clear and concise updates and organized check-in meetings
    • Maintain SAC Connect for the work streams you are responsible for

 

Key Duties / Tasks

  • Working cross-functionally to create robust training materials and guidance for Brands engaging with the Transparency Program
  • Helping introduce the Higg Transparency Program to the industry, 
  • Collaborating with SAC members and ecosystem partners to iterate and evolve the Higg Transparency Program over time
  • Supporting industry stakeholders and SAC ecosystem partners submit and implement data in the Higg Transparency Programs
  • Working with the entire Higg Index Team toward achievement of the SAC Strategic Plan.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Ideal candidate has:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with a Master’s degree preferred 
  • 5 years working experience in the apparel/footwear/home textiles sector, doing specific functions and duties related to the role
  • Experience with consumer-facing sustainability claims from a marketing, legal, and / or technical perspective
  • Organization, communication, and prioritization in situations with a large number of actors and significant deadlines
  • Product creation, materials, and supply chain management in apparel, footwear, and broader industries
  • Technology assisted workflows that reduce human effort in business processes – including skills with excel and automation
  • Consumer communication and education – particularly in the sustainability domain
  • Fluent in the English language, verbal and in writing 

 

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 preferably based in the EMEA region or North America. 

 

Diversity, Compensation, and Location

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 

To be considered for this position, please apply by submitting your resume and brief motivation letter HERE for the EMEA region and HERE for the North America region. 

Director of Higg Facility Tools

Full-time position, flexible/remote location within APAC, with strong preference for Hong Kong

 

Position Description

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 Director of Higg Facility Tools will play an essential role in driving the vision, direction, and implementation of the Higg Index Facility Modules, 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 Index Facilities Modules 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 Director 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 leadership 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.

The Director of Higg Facility Tools reports directly to the Vice President of the Higg Index and manages three direct reports: the Senior Manager, Higg Facility Tools; the Senior Manager, Verification; and the Manager, Higg Facility Tools.

 

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.
  • Lead, manage, and oversee the training functions related to the Higg Facility modules, as well improve on the existing verification methodologies and introduce new verification methodologies for the entire range of Higg modules, including Product modules & Brand & Retail modules.

 

Qualifications

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.

 

SAC offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience. SAC’s team members are globally located, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes works early or late hours.

 

To Apply: 

SAC has retained Schaffer&Combs, a certified B Corporation, to support this high-priority search. In order to apply, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter via this posting. All candidates will receive an email invitation to complete a short self-assessment within a few business days of submitting their applications. Your responses in the self-assessment will help us learn more about you, and support a more robust conversation with our team, should we advance your candidacy.

Please refrain from contacting SAC directly. All inquiries should be directed to Schaffer&Combs at SAC@schaffercombs.com. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Click here to apply.

 

 

 

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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