Program Director, STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities

The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 06

Position description

STAND is seeking energetic, creative, and passionate candidates to direct and oversee STAND’s U.S.-based operations. This is an excellent position for someone eager to break into the international human rights and conflict prevention field while learning the ropes of grassroots organizing and political advocacy.


The Organization: 

The first STAND chapter formed at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 2004, just a few weeks after President George W. Bush declared the situation in Darfur, Sudan a “genocide,” and one year after fighting broke out. This was the first time that a sitting American president had made such a declaration in regards to an ongoing situation of genocide. American students immediately heeded the call of “never again,” growing STAND into an international network of student activists with more than 700 chapters worldwide. Today, STAND focuses on Sudan, South Sudan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, and Yemen, as well as thematic issues such as sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon of war; early warning and prevention of genocide and mass atrocities; and protections for displaced peoples around the world.


With a deep belief in young people as agents of change, STAND is primarily run by a volunteer, student-run Managing Committee who work to bridge the divide between classroom learning and civic engagement on issues of genocide and mass atrocities, by:

  1. Harnessing the power and energy of young people to advocate for marginalized people around the world, through campus organizing, peer education, and leadership development;
  2. Advocating for appropriate U.S. policy responses to address the root causes of conflict in several specific conflict areas around the world; and
  3. Building local capacity towards community-level interventions which promote cross-cultural dialogue, nonviolent conflict resolution, and restorative justice practices in the U.S.

STAND is the youth-led division of The Aegis Trust, an international NGO focused on peace and values education for the prevention of genocide, mass atrocities, and identity-based violence.


The Position:

The STAND Program Director reports to senior staff at The Aegis Trust, and manages STAND USA’s Student Managing Committee and Volunteer Advisory Board.



Programming and advocacy (60%)

  • Train, manage, and evaluate Managing Committee volunteers;
  • Direct and oversee the planning and execution of campaigns and programming, advocacy actions, strategic outreach and growth, and national communications;
  • Spearhead the planning and execution of U.S.-based student trainings and conferences, including two biannual Managing Committee Retreats; and
  • Supervise daily operations and manage communication with student leaders, interns, and consultants as necessary.

Finance and Fundraising (25%)

  • Manage the organizational budget and ensure effective utilization of financial resources; and
  • Coordinate grassroots fundraising, donor outreach, and development efforts, including grassroots and alumni/ae-focused fundraising; and grant writing & donor relationship cultivation, with support from Aegis staff.

Partner development (15%)

  • Represent STAND leadership at meetings and to partner organizations; and
  • Develop new partnerships with a focus on organizational growth and strategic goal alignment


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, communications, journalism, or related field preferred
  • 2-3 years experience in event planning, financial management and fundraising, and program management preferred
  • Meticulous, with acute attention to detail
  • Strong self starter
  • Excellent communication skills and collaborative spirit
  • Experience with issue-based campaigning and political advocacy, preferably on U.S. foreign policy issues
  • Fundraising and development experience, particularly in grant writing
  • Ability to work remotely and independently with limited supervision
  • Confident with technology and virtual communication
  • Ability to engage donors, staff, and local volunteers across the country using different communication platforms.

STAND is committed to building a diverse team that draws on the strengths of people with a variety of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. People of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application instructions

Submit a one-page resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample of no more than three double-spaced pages, with the subject line "STAND Program Director: [NAME]”

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