Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



District of Columbia
United States


About the Fund 


The Fund for Global Human Rights is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world. Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in regions from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia, the Fund for Global Human Rights offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of front-line groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources. 


About the Role: 

This person in this position provides administrative support to the VP for Development and Communications. The Development Associate will help anchor a growing 13-member department and will perform tasks related to the administration, fundraising, and communications of the Fund. The person in this role will help to create and maintain systems that integrate staff in the United States and United Kingdom.

The position provides an opportunity to strengthen or develop a range of skills, be involved in a wide range of interesting projects, be exposed to the inner workings of an international organisation, and to learn more about fundraising and communications for human rights work.

Reports to:  The Vice President for Development and Communications

Essential Duties and Responsibilities | Where You’ll Make the Most Impact 


  • Support the VP for Development and Communications with scheduling, travel, and workload
  • Maintain departmental and external outreach calendars
  • Organize staff meetings and retreats
  • Facilitate internal learning and information sharing
  • Generate information for internal and external meetings
  • Support board engagement


  • Work closely with fundraising colleagues on the submission of proposals
  • Help store valuable content and information
  • Process, enter, and acknowledge gifts
  • Maintain and update donor records
  • Prepare materials for donor meetings


  • Research events and organize event logistics for staff and grantees
  • Maintain brochures and outreach information about the Fund

Time permitting, the associate might also assist with analysis of social media performance, conduct research on funding and philanthropic trends, help prepare digital marketing emails for donors and others, and follow media outlets covering human rights issues.

Qualifications | What You’ll Need to Be Successful  

  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and familiarity with human rights issues 
  • 1-2 years of fundraising experience (employment or volunteer) highly desirable
  • Established excellence in writing 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines 
  • Highly organized, enjoys creating systems, and able to manage a project 
  • A “can-do” attitude and ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; comfort with Salesforce highly desired 
  • Must have legal ability to work in US without sponsorship or assistance from the Fund

Core Competencies: 

  • Great organization and administration skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and adapt to change, championing new systems and processes
  • Professional with a good sense of humor
  • Commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Someone who takes initiative, sees what needs to be done today and into the future, and does it
  • Attention to detail
  • Discretion around sensitive information


As an employer, we are deeply committed to the overall well-being of our staff. We offer 100% employer paid health benefits, generous paid leave, and flexible working options designed to meet the diverse needs of our globally based team members. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in English required; fluency in Arabic, French, or Spanish a plus 

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply; we especially encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.  As a human rights organization, cultural competency and sensitivity are requirements for all staff positions at the Fund.

We do our best to ensure that qualifications are aligned with position needs but if you are unsure about whether to apply, please do so anyway!  Please contact if you need accommodations or special assistance to complete the application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Earliest anticipated start date is January 15, 2019.

 The Fund for Global Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel selection decisions are based on relevant knowledge, skills, and experience without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law.