Associate Director, Development and Outreach

Human Rights Watch | Palo Alto, California

Job Summary

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate Director to focus on fundraising and outreach events and initiatives in the Palo Alto office. This full-time position will be based in our Palo Alto office and will report to the Silicon Valley Director in the Development and Outreach Department.

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 until our Silicon Valley office fully re-opens, maintaining a schedule that follows PT time zone working hours. 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. We anticipate that the successful candidate will begin this position in January 2021.


  • Support the fundraising, outreach, and advocacy efforts for the Silicon Valley Committee by assisting in planning and conducting meetings, working with members to engage their networks, and soliciting support for fundraising and advocacy initiatives;
  • Coordinate select initiatives and help to manage Committee interest groups, sub-Committees and the Young Professionals Network;
  • Manage communications with the Silicon Valley Committee and community including programmatic updates and targeted outreach;
  • Collaborate with the Silicon Valley team to build the base of support for the organization by researching, identifying, cultivating, and soliciting philanthropic commitments and general support funds from current supporters and prospective donors;
  • Help to build the and expand the Silicon Valley human rights community by managing the production of fundraising, outreach, and cultivation events in Silicon Valley, including HRW's annual $1M+ Voices for Justice dinner, researcher briefings, panel discussions, film screenings and community outreach engagements;
  • Present the work of HRW to existing and prospective supporters;
  • Create and track donor lists and fundraising reports; help in creating and regularly monitoring a budget;
  • Create agendas, prepare background materials, and conduct follow-up to meetings;
  • Deliver output in a timely manner and be consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Development and Outreach department; and
  • Perform other tasks, as required.



Education: A bachelor’s degree in international relations, social sciences, communications/marketing, or related studies is required. An advanced degree in one of those fields is desirable.

Experience: A minimum of 5 years of donor or volunteer management, philanthropy or fundraising experience and demonstrated success in managing large-scale events is required.

We are eager to hear from candidates who can perform the essential functions of this role even if they do not meet all of our desired qualifications – particularly if they are from backgrounds underrepresented in the fundraising or NGO sectors.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights issues and the capacity to master and represent the mission and programs of HRW are required.
  • Creativity, initiative, follow-through and excellent organizational skills are required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required.
  • Ability to effectively build donor and volunteer relationships is required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required. Track record of effective team work is highly desirable.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work well under pressure are required.
  • Strong computer skills are required. Experience with Salesforce, Constant Contact and knowledge of social media are highly desirable.


Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW offers a relocation assistance package and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; people of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by November 29 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest and a CV or resume. 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.

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