Associate, Communications

08 Oct, 2020


Associate, Communications

Human Rights Watch
Washington, DC/New York, NY

The Communications Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified candidates for the position of Associate, to provide administrative assistance to the Communications team, part of the Media Department. The Media Department works to determine the best messages, the right audiences, and the best vehicle to raise public awareness of the human rights violations HRW investigates and documents.

The successful candidate for this position will assist the HRW Press Team with the range of materials being published by HRW daily along with other administrative duties. The Associate will be based in our New York or Washington DC office and will report to the Senior Media Manager, based in New York. Our US offices are currently closed due to COVID-19; the position will be remote until our offices re-open but will be expected to maintain a schedule that follows eastern timezone working hours.

This full-time position and requires availability to work occasional evenings and weekends. Prior notice will be provided whenever possible for evening and weekend work and overtime will be paid.


1. Provide administrative support including recording and processing divisional finances; agenda setting, scheduling, preparing for, and taking minutes at meetings; responding to inquiries; and performing other administrative duties as necessary;
2. Handle and respond to queries from journalists and other media professionals, connecting them with relevant staff where appropriate; maintaining the press desk inbox; responding to queries from the public when needed;
3. Tracking, updating, and relaying important information between the European and West Cost team; occasionally work a staggered shift to bolster capacity across teams;
4. Create and maintain extensive contact databases and filing and archiving systems;
5. Maintain the HRW Press products pipeline, keep all publishing schedules and calendars up to date and relevant;
6. Maintain contacts with translators and update contact information as needed;
7. Proofread, format, and distribute materials; assist with coordinating the review, production, translation, and distribution of reports, news releases, letters, charts, briefing papers, op-eds, other publications, and web content;
8. Compile and write media roundups and analysis for reports, news releases, and other products when needed;
9. Maintain communication among HRW offices, global staff, and external partners;
10. Assist with writing and promoting content on social media, particularly the @HRWPress Twitter account;
11. Assist with organizing events including press conferences and partner meetings; assist with online news conferences;
12. Assist with some desk research tasks and provide support to associated multimedia projects when necessary; and
13. Carry out other duties as required.


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

Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience or a relevant internship is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail are required.
2. Initiative, follow-through, ability to work independently, and excellent organizational skills are required.
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in other languages, particularly Arabic, is highly desirable.
4. The ability to work well under pressure and to manage multiple priorities while working effectively toward deadlines is required.
5. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within Human Rights Watch as well as with external partners are required.
6. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions and take initiative when appropriate is required.
7. Proficiency in computer programs including MS Office applications is required.
8. Proofreading experience is desirable.
9. An understanding of news cycles and international media outlets is preferred.
10. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues and the capacity to master and represent the mission and programs of Human Rights Watch are highly desirable.

Salary and Benefits: Annualized 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 October 25, 2020 by visiting our online job portal at 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 do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. 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.

Job posted: 2020-10-08