Associate, General Counsel's Office

Posted by
Human Rights Watch
New York, NY
Published 27 days ago



(administrative position only - not an attorney position)

General Counsel’s Office

New York Office Application

Deadline: September 13, 2021

The General Counsel’s (GC) Office of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking applicants for the position of Associate. This is solely an administrative – not an attorney – position. The General Counsel’s Office at Human Rights Watch is responsible for legal oversight of the organization's corporate matters, such as issues of internal governance and policy, a wide range of media law, foreign operations, tax, insurance and contract review, litigation and international and domestic employment matters, including labor relations. This position will be based in New York and will report to the General Counsel and support the office’s professional positions. This position is full-time at 40 hours a week. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to help with a wide variety of legal administration in a fast-paced global human rights organization that provides a unique environment to grow your career.

Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are currently closed or operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely initially, or if local requirements mandate it. We recognize that this moment, during the pandemic, is a uniquely difficult time for most people, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position. 


1. Provide administrative and paralegal assistance to the GC office including but not limited to coordinating meetings, managing calendars, assisting with travel arrangements and follow-up, recording and processing divisional finances, drafting documents, taking minutes at meetings, and processing mail;

2. Create and maintain filing and knowledge management systems to organize and track legal information including for international and domestic litigation;

3. Assist HRW staff with legal compliance requirements including sanctions and lobbying reporting and legal registrations of HRW’s international offices and affiliates, copyrights, and other matters;

4. Assist with research into a variety of legal topics; draft and edit legal correspondence, legal applications, and other documents;

5. Assist HRW management in collective bargaining matters;

6. Coordinate key legal services for HRW’s global staff, including HRW’s Continuing Legal Education program and other training programs;

7. Recruit and coordinate legal volunteers and interns; and

8. Carry out other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required.

Experience: A minimum of 1 year of relevant work experience is required. Prior experience in a legal office setting, including paralegal experience, and excellent research skills are highly desirable. 

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Prior office/administration experience and outstanding organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail are required.

2. Sound judgment, a willingness to take on responsibilities, and ability to problem solve and self-teach new topics are required.

3. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in other languages is a plus.

4. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within Human Rights Watch as well as with external partners are required.

5. Self-motivation and the ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team are required.

6. Ability to work well under pressure and to manage multiple priorities while working effectively toward deadlines is required.

7. Ability to maintain confidentiality and information security is required.

8. Proficiency in various computer packages, including MS Office applications and ability to quickly learn other applications are required.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at $49,838. 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.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately, or by September 13, 2021, by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest and a resume/CV. 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.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

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.



(administrative position only - not an attorney position)

General Counsel’s Office

New York Office Application

Deadline: September 13, 2021

The General Counsel’s (GC) Office of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    September 13, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

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