ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Development and Outreach Department (HRW)

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate Director to focus on fundraising and outreach events and initiatives in the San Francisco office. This full-time position will report to the City Director, San Francisco, in the Development and Outreach Department.


  1. Support the fundraising, outreach, and advocacy efforts for the San Francisco Committee by assisting in planning and conducting meetings, working with members to engage their networks, and soliciting support for fundraising and advocacy initiatives;
  2. Coordinate select initiatives and help to manage Committee interest groups, sub-Committees and the Young Professionals Network;
  3. Manage communications with San Francisco Committee and community including programmatic updates and targeted outreach;
  4. Collaborate with the San Francisco team to build financial support for the organization by researching, identifying, cultivating, and soliciting philanthropic commitments and general support funds from current supporters and prospective donors;
  5. Manage the production of fundraising, outreach, and cultivation events in San Francisco, including HRW's annual $1M Voices for Justice dinner, researcher briefings, panel discussions, and community outreach engagements;
  6. Assist the Director in expanding the San Francisco human rights community and base of support by creating meaningful experiences and educational opportunities;
  7. Represent the work of HRW to existing and prospective supporters;
  8. Create and track donor lists, fundraising reports, and office and event expenses; Regularly monitor the budget and ensure that resources are allocated appropriately;
  9. Create agendas, prepare background materials, and conduct follow-up to meetings;
  10. Deliver output in a timely manner and be consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Development and Outreach department; and
  11. Perform other tasks, as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in international relations, social sciences, communications/marketing, or related studies is required. An advanced degree in human rights, communications/marketing, or philanthropy is desirable.

Experience: A minimum of five years of philanthropy or fundraising experience and demonstrated success in managing large-scale events are required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Ability to effectively build relationships and engage with a variety of donors, committee members, and board members is required.
  2. Creativity, initiative, follow-through and excellent organizational skills are required.
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required.
  4. Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required.
  5. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure are required.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to human rights issues and the capacity to master and represent the mission and programs of HRW are required.
  7. Strong computer skills are required. Experience with donor databases and knowledge of social media are highly desirable.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. 

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by February 15, 2018 11 :59 PM ET by visiting our online job portal at 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 [email protected]. 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 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.

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