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China Labor Watch

Current Opportunities

China Labor Watch (CLW) is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. In the past twenty years, CLW has dedicated its work to monitoring and advocating Chinese workers’ labor rights conditions. CLW has collaborated with various media platforms and human rights and labor organizations, and have conducted over a hundred on-the-ground, in-depth assessments of labor conditions in Chinese-owned factories. Products produced in these factories include toys, bikes, shoes, furniture, clothing, and electronics for some of the largest international brand corporations. CLW’s New York office creates reports from these investigations, educates the international community on supply chain labor issues, pressures corporations to improve conditions for workers, and advocates for policy changes among stakeholders involved. CLW also trains workers and operates a worker hotline in China that has handled nearly 6,000 cases since 2010.

available positions

Administrative Manager/Office Manager

Legal Counsel (Chinese law)

Project Officer

Project Assistant – Internship 

Labor Law Project – Internship

administrative manager/officer manager

Job description

Full-time Job Vacancy

Job Location: New Jersey (in-person)

Application Deadline: On rolling basis until filled

Description: We are seeking an experienced Administrative Manager to support our research team at China Labor Watch in Millburn, NJ based in-office. You will be in charge of coordinating an organization’s administration system and general workflows. Your duties include supervising staff, facilitating communication throughout the organization and developing procedures to make a workplace more efficient. This is a managerial position, and plays a role in many parts of organization operations. Strong written and oral communications, attention to detail, and flexibility are a must.

Responsibilities: 

  • Supervising the day-to-day operations of the administrative department and staff members.
  • Hiring and training administrative staff.
  • Developing, reviewing, and improving administrative systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensuring the office is stocked with necessary supplies and that all equipment is working and properly maintained.
  • Conceptualizing, maintaining, and supporting new and existing programs; 
  • Working on the fundraising strategy for CLW’s key research and advocacy projects;
  • Working with the director to develop, implement and maintain a strategic plan for project implementation;
  • Maintaining all policies and procedures manuals.
  • Assigning tasks to administrative assistants.
  • Monitoring and projecting staffing needs.
  • Overseeing department budget planning and development.
  • Managing and maintaining all department databases.
  • Performing clerical accounting and general office duties as needed.
  • Speaking on behalf of the organization and communicating with external organizations as needed.

Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, public management, or a related field.

At least 1+ years of experience in a manager role or 3+ years of experience as an administrative assistant.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Proficiency with computers, especially MS Office.
  • Oral and written communications skills in English and in Mandarin Chinese are required.
  • Ability to plan for and keep track of multiple projects and deadlines is required.
  • Experience in a related field, such as management or financial reporting is an asset.
  • Exceptional leadership and time, task, and resource management skills are strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with budget planning and enforcement, human resources, and customer service procedures is strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary between $70,000 and $80,000, depending on the applicant’s qualifications

China Labor Watch encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. China Labor Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. China Labor Watch provides flexible health insurance options for all employees and offers assistance in applying for H1B.

How to Apply

Please submit applications via email, and attach two cover letters–one in Chinese and another in English–and a resume, with the subject heading of the email as “Administrative/Office Manager”, to amelia@chinalaborwatch.org. We will follow-up with applicants. Please refrain from making phone calls.

Application is now open, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Legal Counsel (Chinese law)

Job description

Full-time Job Vacancy

Job Location: New Jersey (in-person)

Application Deadline: On rolling basis until filled

Description: We are looking for a Legal Counsel, with a background in Chinese labor and employment relations, reporting directly to the Executive Director. The Counsel will be an integral part of important surveys on labor and human rights issues in China and will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of legal initiatives. This Legal Counsel position requires fluency in both Chinese and English with a Chinese lawyer certificate and knowledge of human rights and labor issues in China. Employees at China Labor Watch must have flexibility at work and often are required to take up multiple tasks, but we aim to ensure an equitable workload across the organization.

Responsibilities: 

  • Support for the China Labor Watch research team’s operation with educated opinions on legal information, primarily in East coast America and China. 
  • Conducting legal analysis and researching legal matters.
  • Providing insight and opinion on Chinese legal matters.
  • Drafting legal opinions, memoranda, and briefing documents.
  • Reviewing legal material.

Qualifications 

  • Education: 2-5 years of relevant professional experience (in China) with an emphasis on employment and labor and related professional services, at a law firm and/or in-house. LL.M Degree from an accredited law school required.
  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail and pride yourself on providing high-quality work. 
  • Candidates are self-motivated and can work autonomously, but know when to escalate issues and be thoughtful in asking questions.
  • Oral and written communication skills in English and in Mandarin Chinese are required.
  • Must be familiar with Chinese law, proficient in Chinese labor law is preferred.
  • This is not a legal practitioner position. The legal counsel is not required to provide professional legal advice.

China Labor Watch encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. China Labor Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. 

China Labor Watch can offer assistance in applying for H1B. 

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary between $50,000 and $60,000, depending on the applicant’s qualifications. Salary is negotiable.

How to Apply

Please submit applications via email, and attach a cover letter–one must be in Chinese and another must be in English–and a resume, with the subject heading of the email as “Legal Counsel”. We will follow-up with applicants. Please refrain from making phone calls.

Application is now open, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Project Officer

Job description

Full-time Job Vacancy

Job Location: New Jersey (in-person)

Application Deadline: On rolling basis until filled

Description: China Labor Watch is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated individual to join its project team. This project officer position requires fluency in both Chinese and English with excellent writing skills, and knowledge on human rights and labor issues in China. The project officer will be responsible for all components for the assigned program(s), from initial stages of project planning and budgeting to regular project evaluations and follow-ups. Employees at China Labor Watch must have flexibility at work and often are required to take up multiple tasks, but we aim to ensure equitable workload across the organization.

Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain and deepen the professional and personal networks between program participants and CLW;
  • Oversee the day-to-day operational, logistical, and administrative tasks pertaining to different programs, including regular coordination with partner organizations;
  • Collaborate with senior staff members and program assistants to attain program goals; 
  • Creating personnel folders for new hires, as the onboarding partner in need.
  • Coordinate with other labor or human rights organizations and funders.

Qualifications 

Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required. A Master’s degree in humanities and social sciences, public management, or in management related fields is strongly preferred.

Experience: At least 2 years of project managing, fundraising, and management experience is strongly preferred.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and in Mandarin Chinese are required.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly Word and Excel is required.
  • Must be willing and able to travel internationally occasionally.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or labor rights issues and the independent drive to work on said issues is an asset.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize long-term projects and short-term assignments in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Facility both for working collaboratively with a team and for working independently.
  • Ability to take initiative and respond flexibly to evolving circumstances.
  • Priorities will be given to those with work experiences at NGOs.
  • Past living experience in China is an asset.

China Labor Watch encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. China Labor Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. 

China Labor Watch can offer assistance in applying for H1B. 

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary between $50,000 and $60,000, depending on the applicant’s qualifications

Salary is negotiable.

How to Apply

Please submit applications via email, and attach two cover letter–one must be in Chinese and another must be in English–and a resume, with the subject heading of the email as “Project Officer.” We will follow-up with applicants. Please refrain from making phone calls.

Email Address: amelia@chinalaborwatch.org (Amelia Wang)

Application is now open, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Project Assistant-Internship

Job description

Internship Opportunity

Job Location: New Jersey (in-person)

Term: three months

Application Deadline: TBA

Description: China Labor Watch (CLW) is offering a Project Assistant internship opportunity for self-motivated individuals who are interested in Chinese labor rights conditions. The intern will perform various tasks supporting the implementation of CLW’s projects. 

All CLW internships have the potential to be extended into a full-time position based on interns’ work performances. 

Key areas of work for the intern:

  • Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information on social media and news outlets on labor conditions
  • Support CLW staff in reviewing CLW newsletters, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information
  • Assist in translating workers’ stories, internal documents, and communications
  • Assist in project coordination and implementation
  • Conducting research to support CLW’s labor advocacy efforts or other initiatives

Qualifications 

Education: A bachelor’s degree or current enrollment in a post-secondary academic program is required. A Master’s degree in humanities and social sciences is preferred.

Experience: No experiences is required, although experiences in Chinese labor/human rights advocacy is strongly preferred

Eligibility to work in the US for the duration of the internship program is required

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and in Mandarin Chinese are required
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly Word and Excel is required

China Labor Watch is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental condition, veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. People of color, people with disabilities, women, veterans, people from working-class communities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+, are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Compensation

This is a paid internship position; interns will receive a stipend of $15 per hour. Interns are expected to work for a minimum of 3 months. Once the internship period is over, this position can be considered to extend into a full-time position. 

 

How to Apply

Please submit applications via email, and attach two cover letters–one must be in Chinese and another must be in English–and a resume, with the subject heading of the email as “Project Assistant – Internship”, to amelia@chinalaborwatch.org. We will follow-up with applicants. Please refrain from making phone calls.

Application is now open, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Labor Law Project - Internship 

Job description

Internship Opportunity

Job Location: New Jersey (in-person)

Application Deadline: TBA

Description: China Labor Watch is looking for a legal intern that specializes in Chinese labor law. This intern would work with CLW staff members to conduct interviews, connect with workers, and provide informed opinions in assisting workers to pursue their legal rights in China.

All CLW internships have the potential to be extended into a full-time position based on interns’ work performances. 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in contacting, coordinating, and conducting interviews with workers
  • Provide general advice and informed opinions to Chinese workers who are victims of labor exploitation
  • Provide assistance for Chinese workers to engage in litigation against companies that violate workers’ rights in Chinese courts
  • Support staff in connecting with law firms and other non-profit organizations
  • Collect, edit, and analyze interview records, and provide relevant information to CLW lawyers
  • Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information on social media and news outlets on labor conditions

Qualifications

Education: A law degree in accredited Chinese academic institutions is required; applicant do not need to be certified to practice law within or outside China

Experience: Familiarity with China’s labor laws, some knowledge about US labor law is prefered

Eligibility to work in the US for the duration of the internship program is required

Required Skills and Knowledge:

Education: A law degree in accredited Chinese academic institutions is required; applicant do not need to be certified to practice law within or outside China

Fluency in Mandarin Chinese and English

China Labor Watch is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental condition, veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. People of color, people with disabilities, women, veterans, people from working-class communities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+, are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Compensation

This is a full-time, paid internship position. Interns will receive $15 per hour. Interns are expected to work for a minimum of 3 months. Once the internship period is over, this position can be considered to extend into a full-time position. 

 

How to Apply

Please submit applications via email, and attach two cover letters–one must be in Chinese and another must be in English–and a resume, with the subject heading of the email as “Labor Law Project – Internship”, to amelia@chinalaborwatch.org. We will follow-up with applicants. Please refrain from making phone calls.

Application is now open, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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