Animal Fibers & Materials: Cashmere Coordinator

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Textile Exchange is a global non-profit driving positive impact on climate change across the fashion and textile industry. It guides a growing community of brands, manufacturers, and farmers towards more purposeful production from the very start of the supply chain. 

By 2030, its goal is to guide the industry to achieve a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions within fiber and raw material production. Its focus is holistic and interconnected, accelerating the adoption of practices that improve the state of our water, soil health, and biodiversity too. 

For real change to happen, everyone needs a clear path to positive impact. That’s why Textile Exchange believes that approachable, step-by-step instruction paired with collective action can change the system to make preferred materials and fibers an accessible default, mobilizing leaders through attainable strategies, proven solutions, and a driven community. 

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We work remotely with a team located in 20+ countries. We are a diverse group committed to harnessing the strengths of the global textile industry to accelerate change toward climate and other key environmental goals. We work collaboratively on important environmental issues around the world by working and interacting with farming groups, processors, brands, retailers, and environmental experts in the textile and fashion industries around the world. We offer an opportunity to join a cutting-edge global environmental nonprofit and to help strengthen the impact of our organization. Each Textile Exchange employee is offered a competitive compensation package with paid time off, yearly bonus, opportunities for continuing education, and more. 

Job Summary 

The Cashmere Coordinator will primarily be responsible for delivering a sustainable cashmere project relating to cashmere from Mongolia. The Cashmere Coordinator must have expert knowledge of the cashmere production and an understanding of key impact areas that need to be considered as part of sustainable production. 

The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable, self-motivated, and helpful. Success in the role will depend on attention to detail, a high degree of organization, resourcefulness, and professionalism. Strong written and verbal communication skills in English is a must. 

Like all roles at Textile Exchange, the role will be primarily home-based. Textile Exchange is US-based, remote-working organization with a global team.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate engagement via the Mongolian Sustainable Cashmere Platform (MSCP) and its International Market Sector Advisory Group (MSA) as well as other stakeholders in the cashmere sector in Mongolia to support sustainable cashmere production in Mongolia. Sustainable cashmere delivers positive outcomes for climate, biodiversity and herder livelihoods. 
  • Work closely with MSCP Platform manager to deliver training for Mongolian stakeholders on working with sustainability tools and metrics required by international market. As well as other identified subjects. 
  • Work with the Textile Exchange team on the further development of the Preferred Fiber and Materials Matrix (PFMM) such that cashmere is included in the supplier directory and cashmere programs in Mongolia provide information to be listed.  
  • In alignment with Textile Exchange Climate+ goals for other animal fibers, develop a set of benchmarks that can be used to give recognition to responsible cashmere goat grazing practices. 
  • Work with the Impact Incentives team to develop an Impact Partnership model that facilitates brands giving long term support to Mongolian herders and present the model to interested brands. 
  • Support the cashmere Life Cycle Assessment project as needed. 

Minimum Experience and Qualifications  

  • A strong understanding of the landscape of Mongolian cashmere production including cashmere programs operating in the country.  
  • Previous experience of project delivery including managing timelines, liaising with internal and external stakeholders, meeting project deliverables and reporting on outcomes.  
  • Ability to deliver informational webinars and training via virtual platforms to a range of attendees with different knowledge levels.  
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Experience in lieu of a degree may be considered. 
  • Detail-oriented, logical, systematic, methodical, and organized.  
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively.  
  • Demonstrated interest in Textile Exchange’s vision, mission, and goals.  
  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation with ability to work remotely effectively.  
  • Honest, professional, responsible, discreet, and able to always act with the utmost confidence 
  • Occasional travel, as needed 

Preferred Experience and Qualifications  

  • Ability to work in a Mongolian time zone. 
  • Mongolian language skills 
  • Experience in other animal fiber and materials from any part of the supply chain 
  • Experience in working with brands and retailers  

Employment Package  

  • Reports to: Animal Fiber and Materials: Strategy Lead 
  • Contract Position, 32 Hours a Week until end of March 2023 
  • Location: Virtual/Remote, Ability to work in multiple time zones. 
  • Salary: $25,000-$30,000 
  • Start Date: As Soon as Available 

How to Apply  

Please submit to Recruitment@TextileExchange.org with the subject “Cashmere Coordinator.”  

  • Resume  
  • Cover Letter  

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Early application submission is strongly encouraged.   

Textile Exchange is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.