At Human Rights First, we believe that the marginalization and demonization of religious and ethnic minorities often serves as a harbinger of other human rights violations and attacks on the rule of law. We therefore work to expose and reverse the trend of growing antisemitism and other forms of hate-based bigotry in Europe and the United States by leveraging the influence of actors within the United States to confront authoritarian, antisemitic, and racist political forces. To achieve our goals, we produce groundbreaking research and analysis, engage the U.S. government and the Congress on discrete policy outcomes, and seek to build broad coalitions among civil and political forces in Europe and the United States, including among human rights, Jewish advocacy, and anti-racism groups.
The Director for Countering Antisemitism and Extremism will be an experienced analyst, advocate, and manager who produces high-quality legal and policy research and analysis; advances advocacy efforts directed at the U.S. government, foreign governments, and intergovernmental bodies; and develops and maintains coalitions in support of the organization’s work to combat antisemitism and extremism. The Director will work closely with the organization’s senior leadership, development, and communications teams to maintain a high public profile for the work.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Lead the development and implementation of program objectives, priorities, and advocacy strategies where Human Rights First can make a unique and measurable impact concerning antisemitism and anti-extremism, both off- and on-line.
- Serve as an expert and spokesperson on antisemitism and other forms of hate-based bigotry, including with respect to the intersection of these issues and the promotion and protection of internationally recognizing human rights, online hate speech, and authoritarian governance.
- Conduct research and prepare original reports, analyses, advocacy materials, talking points, blogs, policy and position papers, and other public-facing documents.
- Analyze laws, policies, and practices of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and inter-governmental organizations affecting human rights and antisemitism and other forms of bigotry, and draft specific and practical recommendations to improve the promotion and protection of rights.
- Build and maintain effective coalitions to combat antisemitism and other forms of bigotry, including but not limited to relationships with Congressional staff, Executive branch officials, legal practitioners, Jewish and other faith groups, non-governmental organizations, foreign government officials, international organization officials, and journalists.
- Contribute to organizational fundraising efforts, including by drafting funder proposals and reports, and by meeting with current and potential funders.
- Supervise antisemitism and extremism staff, fellows, interns, and volunteers, as required.
- As needed, work across issue areas and function as part of campaign, special projects, or working group teams to advance the organization’s objectives.
- Other duties as requested based on organizational need.
- Advanced degree in public policy, international affairs, human rights, or another relevant field, and at least 10 years of relevant governmental or non-governmental experience.
- Exceptional research and writing ability, a demonstrated ability to prepare effective and high-quality written material for a variety of audiences, including policy makers and the media, and an ability to effectively edit the written work of others.
- Significant knowledge of antisemitism and related trends, and associated governmental and non-governmental actors, in the United States and Europe; international human rights principles relevant to combating racism and intolerance; and the practice of the United States and European states in these areas.
- Demonstrated familiarity with leaders, departments, agencies, and offices in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government. Prior experience as an executive branch official or Congressional staffer a plus.
- Demonstrated experience building coalitions to advance advocacy objectives.
- A demonstrated high degree of initiative and the ability to multi-task in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
- Ability to work successfully across organizational lines and with a diverse team of colleagues.
- Fluency in one or more foreign languages a plus.
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