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China Labor Watch

Current Opportunities

China Labor Watch (CLW) is an independent not-for-profit organization. In the past ten years, CLW has collaborated with the media ,Human rights and labor organizations  to conduct hundreds of in-depth assessments of labor conditions in Chinese factories that produce 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, and pressures corporations to improve conditions for workers. CLW also trains workers and operates a worker hotline in China that has handled nearly 6,000 cases since 2010. 

Project Officer

China Labor Watch is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated and experienced individual to join its program team. This program officer position requires fluency in both Chinese and English with excellent writing skills, and knowledge on human rights and labor issues in China. Program officer will be responsible for all components for the assigned program, from initial stages of planning and budgeting to regular 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. Therefore sometimes the program officer is expected to provide assistance in other programs. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research, conceptualize, and support new and existing programs 
  • Compile reports to funders and the board 
  • Maintain and deepen the professional and personal networks between program participants and between the participants and CLW
  • Oversee the day-to-day programmatic, logistical, administrative and wrap-up of the programs, including regular coordination with partner organizations
  • Collaborate with senior staff members and program assistants to attain program goals 
  • Support development department colleagues on fundraising strategies, to ensure that programs maintain their financial support 
  • Coordinate with other labor or human rights organizations and funders to ensure coordinated planning

Additional Responsibilities 

  • Keep current on developments in China and US-China relations
  • Draft and coordinate the dissemination of programmatic materials 
  • Set up/manage invitations and registration systems as needed 
  • Deliver programs on budget, conduct all necessary vendor bidding, expense reimbursements, and invoicing
  • Oversee/support travel and logistics, as needed
  • Manage social media accounts on popular American and Chinese social media applications 

Qualifications 

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with a keen ability to adapt communication style to different audiences 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • 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
  • Analytical and creative problem-solving capacity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a track record of working effectively on a team
  • Ability to take initiative and respond flexibly to evolving circumstances
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly Word and Excel
  • Must be willing and able to travel internationally 
  • Priorities will be given to those with work experiences at NGOs 
  • Past living experience in China is an asset
  • Good oral communication and writing skills in Chinese is an asset 
  • Willingness and flexibility to work in non-profit environment in evenings and weekends 
  • Bachelor degree is required, priorities will be given to those with Masters degree in humanities 

China Labor Watch can offer assistance in applying for H1B. 

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

Work must be performed in or near the New York metropolitan area.

Annual salary between $55,000 and $65,000, depending on the applicant’s qualifications 

Please send a cover letter (in Chinese and English) and resume to Amelia@chinalaborwatch.org . We will follow-up with applicants. Please no phone call

Executive Assistant

China Labor Watch is looking to hire an Executive Assistant to assist the Executive Director with general administrative work as well as financial bookkeeping and reporting. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Maintaining internal financial records

Preparing financial reports for our donors and liaising with them directly regarding reporting requirements

General office and financial management, including ensuring the timely payment of bills and wages

Ensuring ongoing compliance with various tax and insurance regulations, such as ensuring that insurance policies are up to date

Qualifications

The following are required qualities of a successful applicant:

· at least one-year of related  work experience;

· an interest in Chinese social issues and human rights;

· superior oral and written fluency in English and Chinese (the cover letter needs to be sent in Chinese and English);

· self-motived and reliable.

· strong written and oral communication skills

· proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred qualifications include:

· experience related to labor rights or public advocacy;

· translation experience;

· administrative experience;

· graduate-level degree in a related field.

· skilled with research and analysis

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

 

The position is full-time and while rare, there may be a need to work in evenings or weekends to meet deadlines. The position is available now and applications are considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Work must be performed in or near the New York metropolitan area.

Required experience:

· Related  work experience: 1 year

Required language:

Fluent Chinese and English

Wages

  • $42,000 to $55.000

Please send a cover letter (in Chinese and English) and resume to Amelia@chinalaborwatch.org . We will follow-up with applicants. Please no phone call

Research Intern

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the CLW researcher with tasks related to labor rights of Chinese workers on the Belt and Road Initiative;
  • Chinese-English and English-Chinese translations;
  • Research, analyze, write, proof-read and edit;
  • Correspond with media, NGO, and funders;
  • Correspond with Chinese workers;
  • Administrative tasks when necessary.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Native fluency (speaking, reading, and writing) in Mandarin Chinese and English;
  • Strong interests in workers’ human rights;
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field;
  • Experience in research and translation;
  • Interest in Chinese human rights and labor issues is desirable;
  • Familiarity with Chinese search engines, newspapers, and social media is desirable.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in workers’ human rights. Oral and written fluency in Chinese and proficiency in English is a must. Translation experience is desirable. Interest in Chinese human rights and labor issues is also desirable.

TIME COMMITMENT & APPLICATION DEADLINES

28 hours (4 days) per week for 3 months. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. CLW will offer a monthly stipend of $950 to qualified interns with work permits. Work must be performed in or near the New York metropolitan area.

SCHOOL CREDIT

We can also work with interns so they can obtain academic credit or outside funding.

TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter (in Chinese and English) and resume to Amelia@chinalaborwatch.org . We will follow-up with applicants. Please no phone call

LEGAL ADVISER (BILINGUAL IN CHINESE MANDARIN & OPT/CPT/H1B SPONSORSHIP)

We are looking for a part-time Legal Adviser beginning in January 2022 supporting our current programs. The position is a part-time, one-year contract, contingent upon additional funding. Salary depends on experience and it is negotiable. The successful candidate must have the right to work in the U.S. and preferably be based in New York or New Jersey and remote work is permitted during COVID-19.

Qualifications

The following are required qualities of a successful applicant:

    A law degree (LL.B or J.D. or equivalent).

An active bar membership, preferably in New York State.

Experience with or knowledge of Chinese labor laws and the U.S. Tariff Act.

An interest in Chinese social issues and human rights.

Superior oral and written fluency in English and Chinese (the cover letter needs to be sent in Chinese and English).

Strong research, debating and negotiation skills.

Ability to communicate patiently and respectfully in Chinese with workers from a variety of backgrounds, as well as human trafficking victims.

Ability to identify and analyze legal issues, and support strategic litigation on the human rights issues we focus on.

Applicants must have the right to work in the US. 

Responsibilities may include:

Advising workers online and making sure they are aware of their rights.

Talking to victims and witnesses to gather statements.

Conducting legal analysis and performing research on human rights cases.

Providing advice on different legal issues.

Drafting legal documents.

Reviewing legal material.

Negotiating with lawyers representing other parties.

Arguing human rights cases in court.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Sponsor CPT, OPT and H1B. 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 Adviser” to marissa@chinalaborwatch.org. We will follow-up with applicants. Please no phone calls.

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