Associate, Development and Outreach

Job Type

Full Time




San Francisco
United States




Development and Outreach Department

San Francisco or Los Angeles Office

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate to support its Special Events team. This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week and will require some travel and availability to work occasional night and weekend events. The position will be based in either the San Francisco or Los Angeles office and reports to the Special Events Director, based in London. Other Special Events team members are based in New York and Tokyo. This is an incredible opportunity in a very successful fundraising department of a fast-paced global human rights organization that provides a unique environment to grow your career.


1. Assist the Special Events Team in the planning and implementation of events, including, but not limited to, the Voices for Justice Annual Dinners held throughout the year around the world as well as the annual Council Summit;

2. Support the logistical coordination of the Defender Tour, an international tour of human rights defenders honored during the Voices for Justice Annual Dinners;

3. Provide ongoing logistical, technical, and administrative guidance and occasional on-site support for designated events;

4. Assist in ensuring efficient project coordination and information sharing within the Special Events team;

5. Organize and archive Special Events materials internally;

6. Assist in the evaluation of designated events to identify best practices and lessons learned;

7. Provide administrative support including scheduling, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, recording departmental finances, and processing invoices;

8. Prepare, format and distribute materials on behalf of the Special Events team; and

9. Perform other responsibilities as may be required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, international relations, social sciences, or a related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Self-motivation and the ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple global locations are required.

2. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required; additional proficiency in Arabic, French, or German is a plus.

3. The ability to work well under pressure and to manage multiple priorities while working effectively toward deadlines is required.

4. Strong problem solving and organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail are required.

5. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including donors and external partners are required.

6. Strong proficiency in computer programs including MS Office applications, especially Excel, is required; experience with Raiser’s Edge or other donor databases is highly desirable.

7. Strong interest in international human rights is highly desirable.

8. Experience living, working, studying abroad, or navigating other cultures is highly desirable.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess current US work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.

During the events, the staff may be required to work in a fast-paced environment and/or some physically demanding situations, including walking and standing for prolonged periods of time, with minimal breaks.

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. HRW 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 $45,150. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, a 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 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest, a resume, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others). 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.