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Project Director


Job posted by: Freedom House

Posted on: June 3, 2014

Job description

Project Director

Location: New York, NY

Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

Position Summary

The Project Director will manage and oversee production of Freedom in the World, including some mechanical, substantive, and developmental editing; management of staff and a large team of external consultants; oversee publication roll-out in the U.S. and abroad; conduct research, analysis, and write on country-specific and other human rights developments; perform data analysis and conduct presentations. The Project Director is also responsible for directing key activities in the field relevant to the publication and its findings. This position is based in New York and will report to the Vice President for Analysis.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in political science, international relations, or related field
  • Expert ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent ability to write, review, and edit reports, graphics, and other materials clearly, concisely, and factually, and present them in public and high level meetings
  • Expert technical writing skills in strict adherence with publication's methodology and style guidelines
  • Strong experience in democracy and governance analysis, including qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and international human rights standards for good governance, free expression, and democracy
  • Strong understanding of history, culture, politics, and regional dynamics of assigned countries /regions
  • Superior ability to conduct thorough research and apply strong analytical skills to translate complex terms, concepts, and subject matter clearly and engagingly into language easily comprehensible to nonexperts
  • Experience in fundraising from private sources for research-related activities
  • Strong ability to competently supervise work of others, and work independently without supervision
  • Strong project management skills from conception through implementation, evaluation, and close-out
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic contract terms and agreements

Some Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop project strategy and manage work plans for successful publication and report release
  • Identity, screen, and select domestic and international consultant analysts and academic advisors
  • Manage work of survey staff and consultants and provide consistent guidance throughout the various stages of the report writing and editing process to ensure systematic analysis and timely submission of original and draft reports
  • Research, analyze, fact-check, and perform mechanical, substantive, and developmental editing of reports
  • Manage work of survey staff and consultants and provide consistent guidance to ensure that the scoring of countries adheres to the publication guidelines and methodology
  • Manage field activities such as ratings review meetings, advocacy workshops, dialogues among various stakeholders, and other project-related events in the U.S. and abroad
  • Monitor, conduct in-depth analysis, and write on the status of human rights and democracy in assigned countries and regions
  • Analyze data and findings from current survey year to detect trends and present findings in graphical and narrative formats for release booklets and other purposes
  • Manage the timely release and rollout strategy of assigned publications to include media interviews, outreach with government officials, and high level conferences and workshops domestically and internationally
  • Present and speak with authority on findings of publication with the media and at rollout and related other events, as needed
  • Write and edit grant proposals and letters of inquiry for potential; funding sources, in addition to basic donor reporting
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.

We offer great benefits including:

  • Generously subsidized dental insurance
  • Generously subsidized vision insurance
  • Generously subsidized health insurance with three options (HMO, POS, PPO)
  • 100% employer paid life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment
  • 100% employer paid short-term disability and long-term disability insurance
  • Supplemental/voluntary life insurance for employee, spouse, and child(ren)
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with generous matching funds with 2 year 100% vesting schedule
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care reimbursable expenses
  • Transportation pre-tax payroll deduction for metro, and garage parking in DC
  • Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, and holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • And much more……

How to apply

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume and cover letter with salary history and desired salary (only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position) to:

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.



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