Development and Outreach Department
(Los Angeles Office)
Application Deadline: May 25, 2012
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Student Task Force (“STF”) Project Liaison to help promote human rights education in Los Angeles schools and mentor local students in leadership and activism for human rights. The STF is a Human Rights Watch-sponsored youth leadership-training program that brings together high school students from all over Los Angeles and empowers them to advocate for the rights of children. More information about the Student Task Force can be found at: www.hrwstf.org. This position reports to the Director of Southern California in the Development and Outreach Department.
1. Manage communication with students, teachers, volunteers and human rights organizations, utilizing online communication tools and basic web site maintenance;
2. Directly mentor children’s rights advocacy projects and leadership development at various LA high schools;
3. Research and create presentations on children’s rights issues;
4. Develop advocacy and human rights education materials for student projects;
5. Organize special events, including student human rights leadership workshops, awareness building events and human rights education workshops for students and educators;
6. Conduct development and fundraising research and compose grant proposals and related materials;
7. Work with the STF team to develop and implement the strategic vision of the STF program;
8. Recruit and supervise interns and volunteers;
9. Compose memos and transcribe notes;
10. Schedule appointments and meetings;
11. Establish annual budgets and monitor expense reports;and
12. Carry out other duties as required.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. An advanced (graduate) degree is a plus.
Experience: Minimum one to two years of work experience in the human rights field or a related area is required. Prior experience in human rights education is highly desirable.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
1. Experience working with middle school, high school and university students is required.
2. Proven research and report generating skills are required.
3. Ability to prioritise with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team is required.
4. Ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required.
5. Ability to provide your own transportation to high schools located in the West Los Angeles area is required.
6. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required. Proficiency in other languages is a plus.
7. Strong interpersonal skills are required.
8. Proven leadership and organization skills are required.
9. Familiarity with MS Office applications, Google Suite, and databases is required.
10. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
11. Multi-media, graphic and web design experience is a plus.
12. Experience drafting grant proposals is desirable.
Other: Applicants for this position must possess current US work authorization valid for a minimum of one year from start date.
Contract Duration: Initial one year fixed term contract. Renewable depending on the availability of continued funding.
Salary and Benefits: Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan and twenty (20) days vacation per year.
Contact: Please submit a cover letter including specific human rights interests, curriculum vitae, salary requirements, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “STF Liaison Ref DEV-12-1023-A” as the subject of your email.
Only complete applications will be reviewed and only qualified candidates will be contacted.
Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, 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.