Associate, Global Human Resources

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States




Global Human Resources Division

New York Office

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Global Human Resources (“HR”) Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an Associate to provide administrative assistance to the Pre-Hire Unit, which is responsible for all aspects of recruitment and onboarding, as well as internship/fellowship programs and other organizational-wide initiatives. This position reports to the Associate Director who leads the Pre-Hire Unit. 


1. Serve as the focal point at HRW across multiple global jurisdictions for all fellowship and internship vacancies, inquiries, recruitment, and onboarding; 

2. Support orientations and trainings, coordinate in-house educational opportunities, liaise with staff to set up internship programs in line with local laws and customs, and act as a mentor and offer guidance and mediation when required;

3. Maintain intern records in the Human Resources Management System (“HRMS”) and ensure that all data is entered and accurate; Maintain HR filing systems and ensure the ongoing integrity of electronic personnel records; 

4. Utilize a variety of HR systems, including HCM platforms, recruitment and onboarding modules, document management tools, and electronic signature tools;

5. Create reports and extract and analyze data from one or more sources in order to provide effective data reporting;

6. Conduct outreach to universities and educational organizations that administer internship programs and assist the Associate Director in representing HRW at career fairs and similar events;

7. Coordinate departmental meetings, organization-wide special events, trainings, etc.;

8. Assist the HR team on special projects; and

9. Perform other tasks as needed.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, or a related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of one year of human resources experience, preferably with a global company, is required.  

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Strong computer knowledge, including Windows, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat Professional, database management, and internet research, is required. Experience with UltiPro, M-Files, and/or ZenDesk is highly desirable.

2. Ability to create HR forms, organizational charts, various reports, data tracking systems, and marketing materials is required.

3. Prior experience assisting with the recruitment and onboarding process, particularly screening, is required.

4. Knowledge of internship and volunteer laws in the US as well as globally is highly desirable.

5. Ability to work well under pressure, prioritize competing demands with minimal supervision, and handle numerous tasks simultaneously while maintaining a strong attention to detail is required.

6. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with all levels of staff within the organization are required. 

7. Excellent client service and support skills are required.

8. Analytical skills and the ability to solve problems creatively are required. 

9. Good judgment, discretion, and the ability to maintain confidentiality are required.

10. Excellent time-management skills are required. 

11. Strong oral and written communications skills in English are required; fluency in French, Arabic, German, and/or Spanish is desirable.  

12. Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a team of talented professionals in multiple global locations is highly desirable. 

13. Strong generalist understanding of HR processes is highly desirable. 

Diverse teams are strong teams. HRW includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, the self-taught, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. We encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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.


Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at $46,279. 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 of vacation per year.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by 11:59 PM ET on December 11, 2016 by visiting our online job portal. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.