United States Program
(New York Office)
Application Deadline: February 28, 2015
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an Associate to provide administrative assistance to its US Program. This position reports to the Director of the US Program and also supports the Advocacy Director and other members of the US Program. The US Program works to secure the fundamental rights and dignity of every person subject to the authority of the US government. The US Program investigates and exposes systemic human rights abuses created and perpetuated by government policies and practice.
1. Provide administrative support to several US Program staff members located in multiple offices such as scheduling, making travel arrangements, taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining extensive filing and archiving systems, maintaining web pages, word processing, photocopying, faxing, answering phones, and processing a substanial influx of mail;
2. Prepare, draft, edit, format, and distribute materials such as news releases, reports, letters, charts, briefing papers, op eds, other publications, and web content;
3. Support fundraising initiatives and the US Program’s relationships with donors, including thorough background research and drafting and distributing regular updates and other documents on the work of the US Program to our supporters and partners;
4. Maintain strong communications among HRW offices, national staff, and external partners;
5. Conduct background research and monitor current events around the United States to support the work of US Program staff;
6. Recruit, mentor, and coordinate interns;
7. Record departmental finances; and
8. Carry out other duties as required.
Education: A bachelor’s degree in social science, government, political science, criminal justice, or a related field is required.
Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is preferred. Experience with criminal justice or immigration issues, or with the US federal or a state government, is highly desirable. Experience in an international and/or nonprofit environment is desirable.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
1. Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills are required.
2. Strong interest in human rights in the United States is required.
3. Strong interpersonal skills are required.
4. Ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required.
5. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
6. Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently, as well as function as a member of a team, is required.
7. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in another language, in particular Spanish, is highly desirable.
8. Proficiency in computer packages, including MS Office applications, is required; experience using statistical software applications is desirable.
Other: Applicants for this position must possess current US work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.
Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at $42,765. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; an outstanding retirement savings plan; and twenty (20) days vacation per year.
Contact: Please submit a one-page cover letter, a resume, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application in ONE attached document to email@example.com. Please use “Associate Ref USP-15-1005”as the subject of your email.
Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.
The US Program of Human Rights Watch works to secure increased recognition of and respect for internationally recognized human rights in the United States. While there are many human rights problems in the US, we prioritize those that arise from the exercise of the coercive, penal, or custodial powers of the government, primarily those that affect the right to liberty, and the right to be free from discrimination as well as torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; and are experienced by persons who are particularly vulnerable because of their race, ethnicity, sexual identity, national origin, immigrant status, gender, age, socioeconomic status, or alleged or actual criminal conduct, and who are likely to have difficulty vindicating their rights through the political process or in the courts.
Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.