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Spring/Summer Assistant, Development and Outreach

Development and Outreach Department
Los Angeles Office (Remote)
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an Assistant based in Los Angeles to support the Southern California team. This position is fixed-term and full time, and anticipated to start in April and end in June 2021. 

The Development and Outreach Department is led by the Chief Development Officer and handles the fundraising and outreach activities of the organization. This position focuses on providing administrative support and is best suited for individuals interested in learning about HRW’s work and contributing to our development and outreach efforts for our US territory with an emphasis on data hygiene, donor segmentation in Salesforce, acknowledgement letters, prospect research, event support and donor engagement. The Assistant will report to the Senior Associate Director of Southern California. 


1. Assisting with the administration of all gifts including processing, tracking and acknowledging gifts using HRW’s Salesforce database; 
2. Going through Los Angeles and Santa Barbara donor records to ensure their accuracy and proper segmentation.
3. Ensuring accurate and timely recording of all gifts, contact information and providing reports when necessary; 
4. Assisting with mailings;
5. Assisting with the organization and coordination of events, including gathering RSVPs and the design of invitations and materials for dinners and other events;
6. Carrying out other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree and work experience using Salesforce in a development office is desired. 

Experience: One year of relevant work experience is desirable. 

Related Skills and Knowledge: 

1. Self-motivation and the ability to prioritize and work independently as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple global locations are required.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.
3. Strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail are required.
4. The ability to work well under pressure and to manage multiple priorities, working effectively toward deadlines is required.
5. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including donors and external partners are required.
6. Prior office or administration experience and proficiency in computer programs including MS Office applications, especially Excel, are required.
7. Strong interest in or experience with human rights issues is desirable. 

Other: Applicants for this position must possess valid US work authorization.

Salary: The salary for this position will be US$16.50 per hour. 

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter and resume, 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 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.