Director of Higg Facility Tools
Full-time position, flexible/remote location preferably in the APAC region
About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 250 member organizations working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel, footwear, and textile products around the world through collaboration and multi-stakeholder engagement. Founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges is both a business imperative and an opportunity, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action.
The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. The Higg Index, a suite of common measurement tools developed by SAC, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers, and facilities within the industry to measure and score their social and environmental sustainability performance at a company or product level.
Because SAC has been growing rapidly with a large-scale and ambitious vision, the organization seeks to manage the dynamic nature of its mission with efficient planning and effective execution. As SAC grows, the organization is implementing systems and processes at all levels of engagement to ensure strong governance and accountability.
SAC is a fast-paced organization that rewards those who challenge themselves and provide the organization and its membership with high-quality deliverables and engagement. SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.
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.
- 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, Experiences, and Attributes
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.
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.
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