Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Manager of Public Advocacy and Outreach to develop and implement strategies for engaging HRW’s key constituents in the organization’s programmatic work. Working closely with HRW’s Board of Directors, high-level donors, and the Human Rights Watch Council (an elite membership group that conducts advocacy, outreach and fundraising in some 20 cities in North America, Europe and Asia), the Manager will mobilize and leverage the influence of these interlocutors in advocacy initiatives and donor trips that help HRW achieve policy change. This position reports to the Senior Director of New York and Public Advocacy in the Development and Outreach Department.
1. Work closely with HRW’s Program, Global Advocacy and Communications Directors as well as directors of HRW’s various programmatic divisions to translate HRW advocacy priorities into opportunities for constituents to engage in local, national and global advocacy campaigns;
2. Collaborate with Development staff in conceptualizing and executing these strategies;
3. Translate selected HRW advocacy priorities into coherent, effective campaigns that engage donors and result in significant policy impact;
4. Provide strategic direction and liaise with Development staff on programmatic priorities, advocacy objectives and outreach opportunities;
5. Convey programmatic content in a digestible format to Development staff and donors;
6. Work with Advocacy staff to develop materials for HRW’s new online advocacy site and collaborate with Development staff to promote the site with key constituents;
7. Develop and implement strategies for engaging HRW’s key donor constituents in the organization’s programmatic work, including designing donor trips to further the education of donors and Board members about their philanthropic investment;
8. Create and lead substantive donor travel to conferences, international board meetings and advocacy meetings in selected countries, including a biennial donor delegation trip to Washington, D.C.;
9. Coordinate and review partnerships, co-sponsorships, and outreach opportunities in cities where HRW has a formal public presence.
10. Deliver outputs in a timely manner and be consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Development Department;
11. Monitor progress against milestones and deadlines of all outputs that are within the purview of responsibility;
12. Ensure organization-wide coordination and complementarity as well as maintain good working relationships with external partners; and
13. Perform other tasks as may be required.
Education: A bachelor’s degree in international relations, journalism, social sciences or related studies is required. An advanced degree is desirable.
Experience: Minimum five to seven years of fundraising, advocacy or campaigning experienceis required.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
1. Direct experience working with donors, the media and/or public constituents is required.
2. Excellent leadership, management and organizational skills, including the demonstrated ability to coordinate with a team of talented professionals in multiple global locations are required.
3. Ability to present the work of HRW and human rights issues to donors and potential donors is required.
4. Experience managing high-level donor relationships is highly desirable.
5. Substantial knowledge of human rights issues and policymaking at the domestic and international level is strongly desired.
6. Good judgment and superb diplomatic, analytical and strategic-thinking capabilities are required.
7. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and a dynamic public-speaking ability are required. Proficiency in another language is advantageous.
8. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required.
9. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure are required.
10. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues and the capacity to master, advocate for, and represent the mission and program of Human Rights Watch is required.
11. An entrepreneurial spirit and the discipline to work independently, but also the ability to function as a member of a development team,and in partnership with multiple parts of the organizationis required.
12. Strong technology skills, including experience with donor databases and knowledge of social media are desirable.
Contract Duration: Initial one year fixed term contract.
Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers comprehensive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
Contact: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), salary requirements and contact information for three references to Devjobs@hrw.org. Please use “Manager, Public Advocacy Ref: DEV-12-1036-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.