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Standards Specialist, Fair Trade USA, Oakland, CA

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Monday, 24 September, 2018

This is a full time position for a dynamic candidate with excellent writing and analytic skills. Join part of a fun, fast-paced and growing organization that is developing exciting new programs for farmers and workers around the globe. Fair Trade USA seeks bright, talented changemakers who are passionate about our mission. We are social entrepreneurs, flexible and adaptive to change. We value integrity, innovation, idealism and impact.

Position Overview:

Fair Trade USA's Standards team defines program requirements based on Fair Trade principles. We seek a detail oriented and dynamic Standards Specialist to support the revision and implementation of Fair Trade USA Standards. The Specialist will support Fair Trade USA’s trade program and Premium setting process. This work will be across all our product categories, including supply chains for agricultural products, seafood, and apparel and home goods. Our trade program covers requirements for supply chain actors related to traceability and chain of custody, as well as producer protections. The Fair Trade Premium is an additional payment for every Fair Trade Certified product sold which goes directly back to farmers, fishers and workers to invest in community development projects.


The Specialist contributes to writing clear, unambiguous standards and policies in line with the objectives of Fair Trade. They support stakeholder outreach processes on standard content, facilitating consultations, and helping ensure balanced decision-making in determining the final standards. The Specialist also supports the development of training materials and guidance documents, answering questions on clarification of program requirements, and will be responsible for website updates and research projects as requested. The Specialist supports Premium setting by working with supply chain and certification staff to research and understand market pricing and impact potential to make recommendations on effective Premium rates.

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