FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY
SILICON VALLEY CITY DIRECTOR
Development and Outreach Department
Silicon Valley Office
Application Deadline: October 16, 2022
The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch
(HRW) is seeking applicants for the position of Silicon Valley City
Director to take the lead on fundraising and outreach events in
Silicon Valley, California. This full-time position is preferably
based in Palo Alto, though other locations in the Bay Area may be
considered. The City Director will oversee the Associate Director,
Development and Outreach and will report to the Senior Director of
Development and Outreach.
The successful candidate will work with HRW’s top supporters in
Silicon Valley to build support for HRW’s work at a truly critical
time. The City Director will be charged with nurturing, stewarding,
and growing HRW’s donor base and presence in Silicon Valley
including by planning and executing a signature fundraising event
in April 2023.
Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are operating in
reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to
work remotely temporarily, but will be expected to work from the
Silicon Valley office 2 days per week. We recognize that this
moment, during the 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. Oversee the strategic plan for development and outreach
strategy for Silicon Valley, while representing the work of HRW to
existing and prospective supporters;
2. Develop sustainable financial support for the organization by
identifying and soliciting major gifts (US $25,000 to $1 Million+)
and general support funds from supporters across Silicon
3. Research, identify, cultivate, steward and solicit
prospective foundations and existing foundations that have the
ability and affinity to give to HRW;
4. Build connections with and develop a portfolio of major donor
prospects that are identified through internal prospect research,
volunteer identification, cultivation events and other sources that
have the ability and affinity to give to HRW;
5. Work with Silicon Valley Committee leadership and members to
develop strategic fundraising and outreach initiatives to engage
and cultivate major gift prospects;
6. Foster strategic individual fundraising initiatives, such as:
planned giving, online monthly and recurring donations, to enhance
the visibility of the program and increase membership;
7. Oversee income tracking & projections, expenditure
budgets, event expenses and revenue, and regularly monitor the
department budget to ensure that resources are allocated
8. Perform other responsibilities as may be required.
1. Lead, motivate, and mentor the Silicon Valley Development
team, including communicating clear expectations, setting
performance objectives, providing regular and timely constructive
feedback, ensuring balanced workload, providing guidance on
professional growth, and monitoring staff well-being as it pertains
to stress and resilience issues and self-care;
2. Promote inclusive, creative, and positive work environment
including by soliciting diverse points of views, encouraging staff
to participate in efforts to strengthen diversity, equity, and
inclusion, and proactively addressing bias, discrimination,
3. Model inclusive behavior and consistently adhere to HRW’s
4. Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion values and
initiatives into the division’s work; and
5. Work with staff to develop initiatives aimed at
movement-building and expanding our partnership with diverse
clients/donors/stakeholders and partners.
Education: A bachelor’s degree or
equivalent work experience in international relations, social
sciences, or related studies is required. An advanced degree in
philanthropy, business, finance, communications/marketing or law is
Experience: A minimum of seven years of
fundraising experience is required. A minimum of five years of
management experience is required.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
1. A proven track record in creating and stewarding major gifts
programs and extensive experience managing high-level donor
relationships are required.
2. Demonstrated experience managing a small team is
3. Demonstrated experience overseeing production of large
events, such as annual fundraising dinners and smaller bespoke
events; including budget, revenue tracking and projections is
4. Strong technology skills, including experience with
Salesforce or relational databases and online conference platforms
(Zoom and Microsoft Teams) is an asset.
5. Strong oral and written communications skills in English
including excellent presentation skills are required.
6. Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within
HRW as well as with external partners are required.
7. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international
issues and the capacity to master and represent the mission and
programs of HRW are essential.
8. An entrepreneurial and disciplined self-starter who can work
independently, but also function as a member of a development team,
is highly desirable.
9. Ability to travel locally and internationally is
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
How to Apply: Please apply immediately or
by October 16, 2022 by visiting our
online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a letter of
interest and a CV or resume. 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 or if you require accommodations during the
application process, please email email@example.com. Due to the
large response, application submissions via email will not be
accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go
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
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.