The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Human Rights
Watch in the search for a Chief Development Officer.
Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating
Officer, the Chief Development Officer will establish the vision
and direction for the organization’s fundraising, marketing, and
external global outreach efforts. This is a critical position for
the organization and an exciting opportunity to create the
fundraising strategy and roadmap for HRW’s future – developing and
implementing ambitious fundraising, outreach, and constituency
building strategies. HRW is dedicated to taking on human
rights abuses around the world; accordingly, its Chief Development
Officer and Development & Outreach team must be committed to
its mission, able to communicate passionately about its work, and
capable of inspiring its staff and volunteer teams and donors.
Human Rights Watch is flexible about the location of this position.
This role will require both international and domestic travel when
it is safe to do so.
Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in
all corners of the world. It is roughly 500 people of 70-plus
nationalities and includes country experts, lawyers, journalists,
and others who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable
minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in
need. It directs its advocacy towards governments, armed groups,
and businesses, pushing them to change or enforce their laws,
policies, and practices. To ensure its independence, it refuses
government funding and carefully reviews all donations to ensure
that they are consistent with its policies, mission, and values. It
partners with organizations large and small across the globe to
protect embattled activists and to help hold abusers to account and
bring justice to victims.
HRW's researchers conduct work in over 90 countries, uncovering
facts that create an undeniable record of human rights abuses. It
tells the stories of what it finds, sharing them via social media
with millions of online followers each day. News media often report
on its investigations, furthering its reach. It meets with
governments, the United Nations, rebel groups, corporations, and
others to see that policy is changed, laws are enforced, and
justice is served. When it comes to ending abuses and bringing
perpetrators to justice, some victories are big, and others are
merely steps on a much longer journey to change. But each
represents progress on the many issues HRW works on around the
Human Rights Watch's work reaches five continents. It has
investigated massacres and even genocides, along with government
take-overs of media and the baseless arrests of activists and
political opposition figures. At the same time, its work has
addressed abuses against those likely to face discrimination,
including women, LGBT people, and people with disabilities. When
families victimized by war crimes found no justice at home, HRW
championed international justice and international courts. While it
relies on in-person interviews, its research methods have also
changed with the times, and today it uses satellite imagery to
track the destruction of villages and city blocks, and it mines big
data for patterns in arrest rates or the deportation of immigrants.
Everything it does circles back to its commitment to justice,
dignity, compassion, and equality.
At least 15 years of experience in fundraising is required, with at
least five years of experience in a senior role such as Chief
Development Officer, Deputy Chief Development Officer, or an
equivalent leadership role. All applications must be accompanied by
a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to
the mission of Human Rights Watch and the responsibilities and
qualifications presented in the prospectus.