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Associate, Development and Outreach

Development and Outreach 
San Francisco 
Application Deadline: June 6, 2021

The Development & Outreach Associate in the San Francisco office provides administrative assistance to the team and plays a key role in HRW’s development, fundraising, and outreach activities in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. This position is full-time at 40 hours per week and reports to the San Francisco Senior Manager based in San Francisco.

Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are currently closed or operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely initially or if local requirements mandate it. We recognize that this moment, during the pandemic, is a uniquely difficult time for most people, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position.

1. Engage our San Francisco community of supporters by drafting, editing, and distributing communications including newsletters, programmatic updates, invitations, and website and social media posts. Maintain distribution lists for these communications.
2. Help produce compelling events for our donors and San Francisco community by managing budgets and timelines; creating guest lists and tracking RSVPS; drafting invitations, solicitations, acknowledgments, and other event-related communications; developing preparatory materials for senior staff; recording invitations, attendance, and giving in our database; and supporting onsite logistics.
3. Maintain our database by updating donor records as needed; processing gifts; generating financial reports and lists; and ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of our data.
4. Provide administrative support to the San Francisco City Director and Senior Manager, including scheduling and taking notes at meetings; managing calendars; processing invoices and financial reconciliations; and making travel arrangements. 
5. Conduct research on current and potential donors; support our solicitation process by generating donor lists, creating solicitation materials, and managing mailing logistics; manage our acknowledgement process by tracking incoming gifts and drafting acknowledgement letters.
6. Assist with the recruitment, onboarding, and mentoring of interns and volunteers.
7. Perform other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in human rights, international relations, social science, communications, marketing, business, 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 and strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail are required.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.
3. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences, including donors and a diverse, global staff are required.
4. Initiative, follow through, and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required.
5. Proficiency in computer programs including MS Office applications is required; experience with Salesforce or other donor databases is highly desirable.
6. Experience with event planning, community engagement, and/or philanthropy is preferred.
7. Strong interest in human rights and/or fundraising is desirable. 

Other: Applicants must possess valid US work authorization. 

Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at $48,622. 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 of vacation per year.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by June 6, 2021, by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others), preferably as PDF files. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

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 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.