Location: This position is usually located
in our headquarters in New York City, but is remote while offices
remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schedule: Full-time | Exempt
Work Authorization: Applicants must be
authorized to work in the United States.
For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has
used science and medicine to document and call attention to mass
atrocities and severe human rights violations. We investigate and
document abuses, give voice to survivors and witnesses, and plant
seeds of reconciliation by ensuring that perpetrators can be held
accountable for their crimes. PHR uses our core disciplines –
science, medicine, forensics, and public health – to inform our
research and investigations and to strengthen the skills of
frontline human rights defenders. We work closely with hundreds of
partners around the world, using facts to wage effective advocacy
and campaigning and providing critical scientific evidence so that
survivors can seek justice.
PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to
end the scourge of landmines, is poised for even greater growth and
impact. As part of that strategy, we are seeking committed
activists with a passion for human rights.
The senior writer at PHR prepares persuasive fundraising and
institutional development materials for a wide range of audiences,
including foundations, governments, corporations, and individual
major donors. This position collaborates with PHR’s program
departments to clearly and compellingly convey the urgent work PHR
is doing to protect and advance human rights around the globe
through grant proposals, donor reports, talking points, and briefs.
The senior writer is fluent in a variety of styles, ranging from
narrative storytelling to highly technical writing, and can
navigate a complex workload while moving from project to project
with ease. This position requires strategic thinking, excellent
project management skills, and deep knowledge of PHR’s mission,
values, and goals. This senior writer is a key member of the
development team and reports to the director of institutional
development in New York City.
Reports to: Director of institutional
- Learn and maintain a deep working knowledge of PHR and its
mission, values, strategic goals, and programs;
- Proactively gather information related to multiple varied and
complex programs, and convey this information succinctly and
compellingly, tailored to different audiences;
- Partner with program departments to write, edit, and format
grant proposals, reports, cover letters, donor communications, and
- Collaborate with development colleagues to prepare concise and
compelling talking points and briefs to support donor
- Ensure all materials are professionally formatted, visually
compelling, and adhere to PHR brand guidelines;
- Edit and proofread drafts of proposals, reports, presentations,
and other materials, as requested; and
- Assist the director of institutional giving with activities
related to organizational grants, writing tasks, and institutional
Qualifications and Skills
- At least 10 years of experience in grant writing, journalism,
or programmatic research/writing, preferably for advocacy or
- Demonstrated track record of success securing grants from
foundations, governments, corporate funders, and individuals;
- Knowledge of fundraising principles;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Google Suites;
- Highly detail-oriented and organized, with superior research
and editing skills;
- Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment,
managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities;
- Ability to plan for and meet deadlines;
- Ability to work effectively with people of different
backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles; and
- Commitment to advancing human rights.
Salary and Benefits
PHR offers competitive compensation, with options for medical,
dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan,
and generous vacation. PHR observes the last week of the calendar
year as an opportunity to refresh, with all offices
More information about Physicians for Human Rights can be found
Please combine your cover letter and resume as a pdf or a word
document (no longer than two pages) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indicate your “Last Name/First Name, Senior Writer” in the
email subject line.
A complete application consists of:
- a) A thoughtful cover letter explaining why you are qualified
for/interested in the Senior Writer position with PHR.
- b) Resume/curriculum vitae.
Only complete applications in the format requested and sent to
email@example.com will be considered.
Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer
committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its
work and staff. We recruit and hire without discrimination based on
race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual
orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital
status, veteran status, age, or any other protection afforded by