Chief Executive Officer

GoodWeave Washington, DC preferred

About GoodWeave

GoodWeave works to stop child labor in global supply chains. Permanently.

A nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi — GoodWeave is the leading institution working to stop child labor in global supply chains through a market-based system and holistic approach. They partner with companies and vulnerable worker communities to bring visibility to hidden supply chains; protect workers’ rights; provide assurance that products are free of child, forced and bonded labor; and restore childhoods. Currently, GoodWeave partners with over 420 companies in 22 countries, including major retailers and brands, as well as boutique shops and exporters.

GoodWeave’s multi-stakeholder model engages companies, governments, vulnerable worker communities and civil society organizations. Their teams and partners are embedded in the regions where they operate, including India, Nepal and Bangladesh. This proximity ensures that their programs are worker and survivor-centered and results oriented. GoodWeave has rescued and rehabilitated more than 9,000 exploited children and offered educational opportunities to more than 44,400 children. In 2021 alone, it protected more than 100,000 workers under the GoodWeave Standard. They multiply their direct impact through advocacy, thought-leadership, research, and capacity building partnerships.

Since its inception, GoodWeave has transformed South Asia’s carpet industry, reducing child labor prevalence by 80%.  In recent years, they have begun to repeat this success in home textiles, apparel, fashion jewelry, bricks and other sectors, where 160 million children await their freedom.

GoodWeave’s 2025 strategy aligns with SDG 8.7 to end all forms of child labor by 2030, and its seasoned staff around the world is one of the most experienced teams with deep issue expertise. GoodWeave’s global headquarters is in Washington, DC with additional offices in Europe and South Asia. The GoodWeave® certification label on select rug and home textile products is the best assurance that no child labor was used to make products and that purchases support child rescue, remediation, rehabilitation, and protection.

To learn more about GoodWeave, visit

The Opportunity

This is an exciting moment in GoodWeave’s evolution, as success under the founding leader, Nina Smith, has positioned the organization for future growth. GoodWeave is now looking for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to continue the strategic expansion of GoodWeave’s influence and ability to implement and promote best practices in eliminating child and forced labor from global supply chains.  

Leading one of the most respected organizations working to end child labor and modern slavery, the new CEO, will have the opportunity to lead a nonprofit with a strong reputation and deep relationships both in Washington, D.C. and in the South Asian communities where GoodWeave is working.

The CEO will work closely with the Board of Directors and join an award-winning team of business-minded experts and advocates for social change.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership:

  • Build on GoodWeave’s strengths while advancing a strategic plan to expand the organization’s unique value proposition; provide sound fiscal and business management and hold ultimate accountability for legal integrity, compliance, human resources, and the organization’s values.
  • Ensure strong engagement and governance with GoodWeave’s global network of partners.
  • Develop opportunities to engage with adjacent and intersectional issues to further the organization’s goals and increase revenue.
  • Strengthen accountability, decision-making, operations, and administrative functions.
  • Coordinate with the Board of Directors and other multi-stakeholder bodies within the GoodWeave system to ensure good governance, effective structures, and organizational culture; embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion; identify opportunities to grow the board.

Team Management:

  • Leverage and support the collective talent of the team and ensure an inclusive and collaborative environment where individuals are empowered and encouraged to lead.
  • Champion teamwork and alignment across the organization by providing effective communication, coaching, performance management, and professional development.

Donor Cultivation & Revenue Generation:

  • Develop strong understanding of current funding sources and actively lead fundraising efforts while empowering the team to pursue new opportunities; develop deep and trusting relationships with current and new donors to secure flexible funding that allows the organization to be nimble in delivering its mission.
  • Refine business model and expansion of income-generating revenue streams to position GoodWeave for continuous growth and impact; collaborate with the team to create and execute a robust, multi-year strategy that increases and diversifies funding opportunities that build on GoodWeave’s strengths.

External Relations & Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Serve as a key spokesperson for GoodWeave, representing the organization with credibility and enthusiasm, communicating its vision and value proposition to  audiences including corporate brands, donors, and critical strategic partners.
  • Serve as the global ambassador of GoodWeave to bring awareness and holistic solutions to businesses, philanthropists, civil society, governments, and worker communities.


  • Minimum 10-15 years progressive responsibly managing and leading nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, or corporate responsibility entities.
  • Strong executive experience, including working with boards of directors on strategy development, priorities, and deliverables.
  • Financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting needed.
  • Demonstrated fundraising success, with experience securing sizable grants/gifts from various donors including individuals, foundations, and bi-lateral funders. Understanding of bi-lateral and multi-lateral funder proposal and reporting requirements is extremely beneficial.
  • Experience in labor rights, global development, humanitarian or economic development programming required. Expertise in child labor, and/or modern slavery is highly desired with a solid understanding of issues facing workers and communities across global supply-chains needed. Working knowledge of certification standards and operations is a plus.
  • Direct working experience in a relevant field in the global south is required with preference for candidates with experience working in India or Nepal.
  • Experience working with business leaders and corporate brands required, including developing public-private partnerships.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, presentations, public speaking, and media engagements.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10-15 years of increasingly responsible leadership experience; ideally in a dynamic and growing profit-driven or income-generating non-profit or social enterprise.

They have led multi-cultural global teams and have extensive experience in global governance, organizational management, program implementation, fundraising, and fiscal management. They are skilled at developing purposeful vision and translating that vision into strategic roadmaps with actionable steps and measurable outcomes.

They lead with humility and possess the emotional intelligence to navigate complex relationships and contexts with comfort and confidence. They are a natural diplomat with cultural competencies that support effective collaborations with people from diverse cross-sector backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.

They possess a professional background in or understanding of labor rights, child labor, and/or modern-day slavery issues and are well-connected within these arenas. They understand how human right abuses manifest across global supply-chains, especially in south Asia where GoodWeave operates. They hold a working knowledge of certification standards and operations.

They have demonstrated experience of developing and designing mutually beneficial public-private partnerships and have a track record of working with corporations. They possess the needed credibility to develop and maintain strong working relationships within the labor rights and business communities.

Salary and Location

The salary range for this position starts at $170,000.

GoodWeave offers a generous benefit package including employer paid health care, paid vacation, sick and holiday leave, and a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with matching.

Location is flexible; with Washington, DC being strongly preferred and other GoodWeave strategic locations being possible. The CEO must be willing to travel frequently to the US, UK, India, and Nepal and work flexible global hours.

EEO Statement

GoodWeave is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Employment is contingent on the results of a background investigation and positive references.

To Be Considered

Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and fit for the role via the Become a Candidate button below. Letters may be addressed to Jailan Adly.

Applicants applying by May 15, 2023 will be given priority consideration, with the position open until filled.

Chief Executive OfficerGoodWeaveWashington, DC preferred

GoodCitizen has been exclusively retained by the GoodWeave International to lead this search. For questions, please contact:

Jailan Adly
Managing Director
Direct: 202.993.7976

Mollie Smith
Engagement Manager
Direct: 206.462.6190

Tonisha Idowu
Senior Associate
Direct: 202.753.9075