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Director, Silicon Valley, Development and Outreach

Human Rights Watch
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 21, 2022

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Development and Outreach Department
Silicon Valley Office
Application Deadline: October 31, 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 Valley;

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 appropriately; and

8. Perform other responsibilities as may be required.

Managerial Responsibilities:

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, microaggressions, etc.;

3. Model inclusive behavior and consistently adhere to HRW’s internal values;

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 desirable.

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 required.

3. Demonstrated experience overseeing production of large events, such as annual fundraising dinners and smaller bespoke events; including budget, revenue tracking and projections is required.

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 required.

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 or by October 31, 2022 by visiting our online job portal at 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 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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