Associate Director, Development and Outreach

Human Rights Watch
New York, United States
$97,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Dec 16, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Special Events
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director
Development and Outreach Department
New York Office 
Application Deadline: November 30, 2022

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking applicants for the position of Associate Director to manage fundraising and outreach efforts in New York. The position is based in New York City and reports to the New York Development Director.

Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely if local mandates necessitate. 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. Work in partnership with the New York Development Director on the fundraising strategy for New York and its implementation;

2. Represent the work of Human Rights Watch to existing and prospective supporters and maintain financial support in New York by managing their own portfolio of donors and soliciting major gifts and general support funds; 

3. Collaborate with the NY team to expand support for the organization by researching, identifying, cultivating, servicing and soliciting new prospects, existing donors, and New York Committee members;

4. Work closely with the Senior Officer to oversee and lead fundraising, outreach and cultivation events in New York, including the annual Voices for Justice celebration, briefings, and private dinners and receptions;

5. Oversee New York Committee communications and initiatives, including advocacy, outreach and fundraising projects, in close partnership with the Senior Officer;

6. Oversee and manage the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the NY Committee in conjunction with the Executive Committee;

7. Supervise the NY Committee Coordinator and liaise with event consultants;

8. Oversee gift processing and donor support services for New York in Salesforce, including but not limited to: mailings, gift tracking and acknowledgments;

9. Oversee the maintenance of donor lists, fundraising reports, and office and event expenses;

10. Oversee fundraising-specific team processes, including regular team meetings and prospect research;

11. Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion values and initiatives into the division’s work; and

12. Perform other responsibilities as may be required.

Managerial Responsibilities:

1. Lead, motivate, and mentor direct-reports, 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 and positive work environment including by soliciting diverse points of views, encouraging staff to participate in DE&I efforts, 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 is required.

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

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. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English are required.

3. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required.

4. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work well under pressure are required.

5. 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. 

6. Strong computer skills are required. Experience with donor databases, specifically Salesforce, and knowledge of social media are highly desirable.

7. 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.

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. This position is based in the United States and the salary range would be USD 97,000-110,000. Salary ranges outside of the United States vary based on location.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by November 30, 2022, by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter and a resume or CV. No calls or email inquiries, please. Applications must be complete to receive considerations, 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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