Associate, Development and Outreach

Human Rights Watch
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 19

Position description

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Development Associate to provide administrative and clerical assistance to its Development and Outreach Department. The position supports the organization’s leadership gifts program and strategic development initiatives. The Associate reports to the Director of Americas Initiatives based in Seattle and works closely with the Senior Director of Americas Initiatives based in New York. 



1. Supporting donor relationship management for the Americas Initiatives team through the coordination of donor communications including sending impact updates, inviting donors to calls/events, and drafting messages;

2. Liaising with Development Operation on financial reporting for team; 

3. Liaise between Americas Initiatives team and Direct Marketing team; 

4. Coordinate all year end and fiscal year end solicitations for team; 

5. Draft and edit pledge, gift, and meeting acknowledgment letters or other correspondence;

6. Update Raiser’s Edge database records with pledges, call reports, research profiles, and other data; 

7. Monitor and coordinate internal organization-wide communication on relevant donors and prospects;

8. Schedule internal and external meetings, arrange travel, prepare expense reports, file, print, and prepare donor mailings;

9. Conduct web-based prospect research;

10. Retrieve and respond to internal and external requests for information;

11. Coordinate the recruiting, hiring, and training of interns as necessary; and

12. Carrying out other duties as required.




Education: A Bachelor’s degree in international relations, journalism, social sciences, or related studies is required.

Experience: Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Experience building and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

2. Excellent written communication skills in English are required.

3. Prospect research or other research experience is required.

4. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and donor databases is highly desirable.  

5. Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills are required.

6. Meticulous attention to detail is required. 

7. Ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required. 

8. Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team is required.

9. Strong interest in international human rights is required. 

10. Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications.


Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at $47,436. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan and twenty (20) days vacation per year.


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 ability, 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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