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 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, footwear, and textile product sustainability performance delivered by the Higg Index that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011.

The Opportunity
The Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities of all sizes — at every stage in their sustainability journey — to measure and score a company or product’s social or environmental sustainability performance.

The Manager, Higg Product Tools is responsible for helping drive the success and value of the Higg Product Tools, which include the Higg MSI, MSI Contributor, and Higg Product Module.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of Higg Product Tool methodology and content to ensure the tools are meeting member needs
    • Create training materials and guidance that support the success of Higg Product Tool users, including How to Higg guidance resources
    • Prepare resources and create discussion points for Strategic Council and Member Expert presentations
    • Collaborate with SAC members and ecosystem partners to iterate and evolve the Higg Product Tools over time
    • Support industry conversations around life cycle assessment and Higg Product Tool methodology
  • Support industry stakeholders in submitting data into the Higg Product Tools through the MSI Contributor
    • Work with members to identify the most prominent data gaps and opportunities to solicit high-quality life cycle assessment data
    • Support data submitters by answering questions about the submission process and Higg Product Tool methodology
  • Introduce the Higg Product Tools 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 Product Tool purpose, value, methodology, data, and use cases.
  • This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Director of Higg Index, Product Tools

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications, experiences, and attributes:

  • Has working knowledge of and experience with life cycle assessment and related standards
  • Has working knowledge of and experience with product and / or material development in apparel, footwear, and / or home textiles industries
  • Has working knowledge of and experience with Higg MSI and Higg Product Module (preferred)
  • Has the ability to think analytically about technical environmental assessment methodologies
  • Has the ability to think creatively about new methods of environmental assessment
  • Has a strong attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Has excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Is highly organized and able to manage various projects at one time
  • Is based in the US or EU and able to work remotely
  • Has a Bachelor’s degree, with a Master’s degree preferred in an environmental or an apparel/footwear or industry-related field
  • Has at least 2 years of experience working with life cycle assessment data
  • Has at least 2 years of experience working in product or material development at a brand or manufacturer

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.

APPLY HERE

Full-time position, flexible/remote location within 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 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, footwear, and textile product sustainability performance delivered by the Higg Index that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011.

The Opportunity
The Manager of Digital and PR will lead and manage all externally facing content via media channels, and manage the narrative and relations with the press for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). You will leverage both your writing and relationships to ensure the SAC brand continues to be built in a positive light. This is a compelling opportunity to drive the communications of an impact-focused organization that influences the sustainability of an entire industry.

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Director of Communications with a planned start date in February 2021. This position will be located in the Netherlands and may work remotely, so relocation is not a requirement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Content Creation, Social Media, and Website
    • Ideate and proactively develop content for potential news stories, delivering on the external narrative for both the SAC and the Higg Index
    • Develop strategy, create content, and manage execution for social media platforms
    • Develop key messages and talking points for leaders for speaking engagements
    • Draft press releases and other communications for tool/feature launches and organizational news
    • Support the development of other marketing collateral as needed, including newsletters, use cases, and partner/member outreach materials
    • Serve as brand steward, establishing and enforcing organizational style guide and usability standards
  • Media and Public Relations
    • Stay ahead of industry trends by conducting daily scans of media alerts
    • Track SAC media engagement and report out on external brand sentiment
    • Collect and share media coverage, and draft responses for media inquiries
    • Manage press inquiries and decide what opportunities SAC should move forward with based on the organization’s response criteria
    • Build relationships with reporters

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes
The ideal candidate is/has:

  • 7-10 years of experience and progressive professional responsibility for membership engagement and communications
  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS) in journalism, communications, marketing, or a related field
  • Experience in sustainability and knowledge of the apparel/footwear/textile industry is desirable, as is experience in a startup setting
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations and within brands is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; additional language is a plus
  • Proven expertise in editing and copywriting, able to write clear and concise narratives
  • Must have working knowledge of HTML, web content management system, e-mail communications tools like Mailchimp, CRM and AMS management systems
  • Must have advanced understanding of social media technology (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), digital marketing and marketing automation technology, and judgement in distributing content
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment, as well as with internal and external stakeholders; customer service orientation is a priority
  • Results-oriented; high attention to detail; ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment; excellent time and project management skills
  • Flexible, creative, and comfortable with ambiguity; proactive self-starter, always three steps ahead; able to ruthlessly prioritize and manage high-pressure situations
  • Champion the roles of transparency and collaboration, for driving collective action

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.

APPLY HERE

Full-time position, flexible/remote location with preference for the AMER and EMEA regions

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 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, footwear, and textile product sustainability performance delivered by the Higg Index that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011.

The Opportunity
The Director of Membership & Corporate Engagement is an absolutely critical role for the organization. As a membership coalition, the ability to deliver on our vision will only be realized through the positive engagement, progressive behavior, and collective action of our membership. Current SAC members must be inspired, empowered, equipped, and effectively supported in driving this mission forward. Beyond our current membership, the SAC also needs to expand its base and grow its reach to truly achieve the exponential impact it envisions. As a senior member of the SAC team, the Director of Membership & Corporate Engagement will play the vital role of articulating the SAC’s value proposition and ensuring the delivery of that value to members old and new.

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the VP of Membership & Stakeholder Engagement, with a planned start date in January 2021. The Director will oversee all aspects of the management of the Membership & Corporate Engagement team, systems, and processes, while delivering growth and expansion, enhanced member engagement, and increased member satisfaction. This person will manage a distributed team, currently including three regionally-focused Member Engagement Managers and two regionally-focused Member Engagement Coordinators. Location in either the Americas or EMEA region.

Key Responsibilities

  • Membership & Corporate Engagement Leadership  
    • Support in the development of a comprehensive member and corporate engagement strategy, focused on:
      • Building and maintaining the trust of members in the SAC’s services and tools, with a primary focus on the Higg Index
      • Growing new membership and corporate engagement globally to increase the reach, influence, and impact of the SAC
      • Supporting the SAC membership effectively and efficiently to drive impact
    • Act as the core channel and link between members and other SAC functions/teams to:
      • Provide clear, focused, guidance and direction to ensure that SAC services and tools are fit for purpose
      • Ensure that members’ needs are met, complex inquiries are addressed, potential problems are averted, and optimum membership satisfaction is delivered
    • Account for the successful implementation of the member engagement strategy
    • Manage and continuously improve engagement services, protocols and processes to accelerate impact (e.g., Member Involvement, New Member Onboarding, Member Performance Review, etc.).
  • Member Relations & Satisfaction 
    • Manage membership accounts to enhance long-term relationships and ensure overall satisfaction for both new and existing members
    • Collaborate with other SAC functions/teams to ensure each new members’ experience is optimal, offering a smooth transition from initial interest / outreach, to onboarding
    • Analyze members’ engagement data to improve user experience, ensuring feedback loops to increase adoption, verification, and transparency
    • Identify opportunities for updates to organizational services, tools and programs through feedback, data analytics, competitive intelligence, and market context
  • Team Leadership  
    • Lead and manage the Member & Corporate Engagement team
    • Ensure the continuous education and growth of the team while increasing their overall competencies; nurture a transparent environment that supports constructive criticism
    • Model effective matrixed work schemes, based on the SAC organizational design, recognizing and addressing issues and opportunities
  • Sustainable Revenue  
    • Ensure the implementation of sound financial practices, including: budget management, cash flow, pricing strategy, and cost control
    • Identify, collaboratively develop, and implement opportunities for growth and diversification of revenue streams, product offering, and market expansion

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes

The ideal candidate is/has:

  • 10+ yrs of significant accomplishments in Membership, Account Management and/or Business Development; 5+ years working at Manager level or above
  • Experience managing a globally dispersed team, and working collaboratively as part of a global, multicultural organization
  • Proven ability to implement high-impact membership programs, with a member/client-first mindset, building solutions that demonstrate enhanced value
  • 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
  • Solutions-oriented and results-driven; high attention to detail; ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment; excellent project management skills
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, leads with curiosity, and operates 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.

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.

APPLY HERE

Full-time position, flexible/remote location with preference for Europe

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 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, footwear, and textile product sustainability performance delivered by the Higg Index that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011.

The Opportunity
The Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities of all sizes — at every stage in their sustainability journey — to measure and score a company or product’s social or environmental sustainability performance. The SAC is building upon these tools to develop a transparency framework and standard that will enhance the way consumers can expect to see consistent, relevant, data-based and verified sustainability claims on products.

The Director of Higg Transparency will be responsible for driving the success and value of the Higg Transparency framework and standard.

This role will be at the crossroads of the technical Higg tool development, the brand and retailers’ push for more consistent and meaningful consumer claims, the public authorities’ initiatives to regulate risks of greenwashing, and the consumers’ expressed need for more transparency regarding the environmental and social impacts of their purchasing decisions.

The SAC has the opportunity to define what the future of on-product sustainability claims looks like, and this role will be in the driver’s seat, ensuring that Higg Transparency is recognized as the most credible, scalable and effective transparency standard throughout the industry.

Key Responsibilities

  • Convening and facilitating a multi-faceted and nuanced conversation across SAC members and stakeholders
  • Creating alignment around a set of shared principles, criteria, and ultimately requirements for use of the Higg tools in public communications
  • Developing and iterating the Higg Standard documentation
  • Creating the conditions for achieving scale in the use of the Higg Standard
  • This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the VP, Higg Index, starting as soon as possible.

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes
The ideal candidate has the following qualifications, experiences, and attributes:

  • Has a deep understanding of the corporate sustainability landscape of the Apparel sector, particularly with regards to consumer claims, sustainability-related product attributes, sourcing and manufacturing practices, existing sustainability frameworks and initiatives, and relevant regulatory requirements.
  • Has the ability to create an ambitious vision of what is possible, and to chart a credible pathway to getting there through tactical steps
  • Has stakeholder management skills, the ability to convene, facilitate a diverse group of stakeholders with varying levels of sophistication, different agendas, and ability execute on the plan
  • Has experience with sustainability metrics and scoring frameworks, ability to work with technical teams that are developing Life Cycle Assessment tools, Facility management system and performance evaluation tools
  • Has experience working with brand marketing teams on consumer facing product claims, labelling, campaigns or other communications
  • Has the ability to manage individuals both formally and informally
  • Is a strong project manager and has the ability to coordinate a cross-functional task team to deliver results in a timely manner
  • Has the ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment
  • Has 10-15 years of experience performing the same or very similar functions and duties as are required for the role, with an emphasis on consumer product labeling, stakeholder engagement, and product management.
  • Has at least 5 years of experience in the apparel industry, ideally working for a brand, in a relevant sustainability capacity
  • Is based in the EU and able to work remotely

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.

APPLY HERE