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Associate Director, Development and Outreach

Human Rights Watch
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 18, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Prospect Research, Special Events
Advocacy, International, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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Development and Outreach Department
San Francisco
Application Deadline: November 8, 2021

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking applicants for the position of Associate Director to manage fundraising, outreach, events, and cultivation of the San Francisco area donor community, and to represent the work of the organization. This full-time position will report to the San Francisco Director, in the Development and Outreach Department.

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 the San Francisco area community to build financial support and broaden HRW’s donor community of supporters, ambassadors, and partners.

2. Collaborate with the San Francisco team to build the base of support for the organization, including by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new prospective donors, existing donors, and San Francisco Committee members.

3. Work with the Director to develop engagement strategies.

4. Oversee and manage fundraising, outreach, and cultivation events in the San Francisco area, which may include events such as an annual fundraising event, researcher briefings, small dinners, film screenings, and receptions.

5. Work with the Director to build, cultivate and steward an active pipeline of leadership-level donors and prospects.

6. Manage communications for the San Francisco Committee and donor community including programmatic updates, fundraising appeals, social media, and targeted outreach.

7. Oversee gift processing and donor support services for San Francisco in Salesforce, including but not limited to mailings, gift tracking and gift acknowledgments.

8. Manage fundraising-specific team processes, including regular team meetings, metrics, fundraising reports. Lead engaging, productive meetings. Create agendas, prepare background materials, and conduct follow-up.

9. Track team budgets, metrics, reports, and expenses. Help ensure that resources are allocated appropriately.

10. Perform other tasks, as required.


Education: A 4-year degree or equivalent experience is required.

Experience: A minimum of five years of fundraising/event planning and management experience.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Ability to effectively build relationships and engage with a variety of leaders, donors, partners, 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 skills, and ability to work well 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. HRW offers a relocation assistance package and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest, resume or CV, preferably as PDF files. 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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