Associate Director, Development and Outreach

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Human Rights Watch
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 21, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director
Development and Outreach Department
Location: New York (Remote Initially)
Application Deadline: June 6, 2021

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking applicants for the position of Associate Director to oversee and manage fundraising, outreach and cultivation of New York donors and prospects and represent the work of Human Rights Watch. This is an 8-month fixed-term, full-time position for parental leave coverage, with an anticipated start in July 2021.The position is based in New York and reports to the Senior Director, Development and Outreach, based in Chicago.

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 as local mandates require. We recognize that this moment, during the COVID-19 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. Represent the work of Human Rights Watch to existing and prospective supporters and maintain financial support in New York;
2. Research, identify, cultivate, service, and solicit new prospects, existing donors, and New York Committee members;
3. Oversee and manage fundraising strategy, outreach, and cultivation in New York, which may include events such as an annual Spring fundraising benefit, briefings, private dinners and receptions;
4. Work with the Senior Director to build, cultivate, steward and solicit an active pipeline of Leadership-level donors and prospects;
5. Oversee and manage strategy and plans for fundraising appeals, including calendar year-end mailings and annual fundraising benefit solicitations;
6. Work with the Senior Director to build and carry out strategy around donor trips or special engagement opportunities;
7. Oversee gift processing and donor support services for New York in Salesforce, including but not limited to: mailings, gift tracking and acknowledgments;
8. Manage fundraising-specific team processes, including regular team meetings;
9. Perform other responsibilities as may be required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required.

Experience: A minimum five to seven years of fundraising and management experience is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English are required.
2. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with local partners, government officials and external media partners are required.
3. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure is required.
4. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues and the capacity to master and represent the mission and programs of HRW are highly desirable.
5. Strong technology skills, including experience with donor databases and knowledge of social media are highly desirable.
6. An entrepreneurial spirit and the discipline to work independently, but also the ability to function as a member of a development team is highly desirable.

Other: Applicants must possess valid US work authorization.

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

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by June 6, 2021 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter and a resume or 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.

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