Human Rights Watch (HRW)
  • Location
    Los Angeles, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 17

Position description

The Children’s Rights Division (“CRD”) of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a part-time (10 hours per week) Associate in the Los Angeles office to provide administrative assistance to the team. CRD focuses on issues affecting children around the world including child labor, armed conflict, education, migration, and juvenile justice. The position reports to the Senior Advocate of the Children’s Rights Division based in Los Angeles and focuses on juvenile justice reform in California.

Human Rights Watch is strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our staff and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, women, LGBTI persons, and persons with disabilities.


  1. Providing administrative support to Senior Advocate such as scheduling, making travel arrangements, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining extensive filing and archiving systems, word processing, photocopying, faxing, answering phones, processing incoming mail, and responding to requests for information;
  2. Maintaining strong communications between HRW offices, external partners, prisoners, and families of incarcerated individuals;
  3. Proofreading, formatting, and distributing materials such as news releases, reports, tables, charts, briefing papers, op eds, publications, and web content;
  4. Assisting with desk and phone research, and electronic clippings;
  5. Assisting with planning and executing advocacy meetings, roundtables, prison workshops, stakeholder meetings, and special events with visitors, NGOs, and government officials;
  6. Assisting with recruiting and coordinating interns;
  7. Recording and tracking departmental finances; and
  8. Performing other duties as required.


Education: An associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in human rights, international relations, social science, or a related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Prior office/administration experience, unflagging attention to detail, flexibility and strong organizational skills are required.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; fluency in other languages (particularly Spanish) is highly desirable.
  3. Strong interest in criminal justice reform is required. People who have direct experience with the justice system or who are survivors of crime are encouraged to apply.
  4. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously are required are required.
  5. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
  6. Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple locations globally is required.
  7. Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications (especially Word and Excel) is required.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess current US work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.

Salary: Annualized salary range starts at $11,287.50 which has been prorated for a 25% (10 hours per week) schedule.

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