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Director: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program

Human Rights Watch
Location: New York, New York
Last Date: October 7, 2010
Email: (Reference:



The Director of HRW’s LGBT Program is responsible for charting strategy, setting priorities, planning, and executing research and advocacy to best defend and advance LGBT rights as human rights globally. The Director is responsible for overseeing the collection of detailed, contextualized information on human rights policy and practices affecting LGBT communities around the world, the publication of reliable, comprehensive, insightful, and timely reports on those policies and practices, and the use of those reports to generate effective and appropriate pressure to curb abuses. The Director represents HRW frequently before the international press and broadcast media; meets with government, United Nations, and other high-level officials; cultivates partnerships and coordinates with LGBT and human rights groups at national, regional, and international levels; sets programmatic priorities; manages and develops staff; collaborates with HRW staff in other program areas; directs the planning and execution of research and related advocacy initiatives; provides final editing of reports and other written interventions; and takes part in research and writing. The Director is also responsible for fundraising, working closely with the Development and Outreach Department to fundraise, identify and recruit donors, and prepare funding proposals. The Director will preferably be based in HRW’s New York City headquarters, but other locations may be considered. This position requires travel both domestically and internationally.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, creative, strategic thinker with at least ten (10) years substantive, senior-level experience working on LGBT human rights issues globally. The Director will have detailed knowledge of LGBT rights movements worldwide and experience negotiating the political and ethical challenges such work poses. The Director will have excellent leadership skills and a depth and breadth of management and organizational skills, including the demonstrated ability to lead a team of talented professionals in multiple global locations. The Director must be able to juggle multiple tasks and work collegially in a demanding, diverse, and fast-paced professional environment. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communications skills in English, keen political judgment, proven initiative and follow-through, the ability to work quickly and well under pressure, and a commitment to human rights. The ideal candidate will also have experience with LGBT research and advocacy in a non-Western context and with groups relatively marginalized within the larger LGBT community. Fluency in one or more languages other than English is highly desirable. An advanced degree in law, social science, public policy, or a related field is desired, as is familiarity with international human rights law.

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

PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, names or letters of reference, salary requirements and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than October 7, 2010 to . Please use “Director, LGBT Rights Ref LGBT-10-1054-L as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:

Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Director, LGBT Rights Ref LGBT-10-1054-L)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Fax: (212) 736-1300

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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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.


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