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Application Deadline: May 29, 2022
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an independent non-governmental organization that works to advance human rights worldwide. We investigate wrongs, expose the facts, offer solutions, and challenge those with power to respect rights. We collaborate with people claiming their rights, learn from partners, and engage the public. Human Rights Watch upholds the freedoms and defends the protections that promote dignity, equality, and justice.
Our 500 staff based in more than 50 countries conduct research into human rights abuses, publicize our findings, and advocate for change; we raise money to sustain our work, ensure our security, and manage a complex operations environment.
Human Rights Watch is seeking an outstanding leader to direct its United States Program, one of its 16 programmatic divisions.
The Director should be a strategic thinker able to assess the rights landscape in the United States. They should have insight into how US domestic rights issues and needs intersect with HRW’s mission and work globally, and the ability to determine HRW’s added value. They should be agile and able to position the program’s work effectively in response to external developments, both anticipated and unexpected, and ensure the highest research standards in a culture of learning, trust, teamwork, and collaboration.
The Director should have demonstrated experience addressing the causes and effects of racial injustice in the US, including its links to poverty. They should have familiarity with the other main areas of ongoing US Program work including criminal legal system abuses; reparative justice, including for slavery and its legacies; border policy; the rights of migrants and asylum-seekers; and ensuring a vibrant democracy, the focus of a three-year initiative housed in the program. They should be interested in exploring how human rights abuses, including the failure to achieve economic and social rights, are rooted in entrenched power structures. They should have deep knowledge of research and advocacy methodologies for advancing rights at local, state, and national levels, and embrace partnerships and centering the power and leadership of directly impacted people in setting priorities and in project execution.
Management skills are essential, and the US Program Director must lead and motivate. The Director should have experience galvanizing staff behind a vision and implementing a program of work in pursuit of short-, medium-, and long-term goals and objectives. They should have experience with change management, be able to build resilience and connection within the team, and strategically unite the team behind common goals. They should be committed to fostering the talents and trust of USP staff and supporting a culture of learning, collaboration, and resilience within the team. They must also demonstrate the ability to foster diversity and build an inclusive working environment, to build consensus with staff around confronting key challenges and experimenting with new research and advocacy approach, and to ensure the highest research standards.
The US Program director reports to the Program Office. The position will preferably be based in HRW offices in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, or San Francisco Bay Area.
To learn more about the organization or the job opportunity, we encourage you to reach out and schedule a 15-minute introductory call with interim leaders of the US Program. To schedule an informational call, please click here.
The successful candidate will be a thoughtful, collaborative, and strategic leader with at least 10 years of relevant experience in social justice, movement building, civil/human rights or related work in the US, including investigations, reporting, strategic communications, and advocacy, and with at least five years in a management position, preferably one that involved both managing down and up within an organization.
Candidates who are traditionally underrepresented in the human rights sector (such as people who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women, migrants, people with disabilities, or people who have other related lived experiences) are enthusiastically encouraged to apply if they feel they have the ability to succeed in this role, even if they do not have all of the skills and qualifications listed below.
Required Qualifications / Skills
Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position will be USD 160,000 – 185,000. In addition to competitive compensation, HRW offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits. HRW also offers a relocation assistance package and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds based anywhere 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.
Please apply immediately or by May 29, 2022 by visiting our online job portal at https://www.hrw.org/careers and submitting a CV and cover letter. No calls or email inquiries related to the status of your application, 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 a disability-related accommodation to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.
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