Job Description
Job Title Special Assistant to the President/CEO
Job ID 789080
Begin Date 3/25/14
Location Washington,  DC 20005-2207
Other Location
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals.  Over its 35-year history, Human Rights First has earned a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis.  Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.  

The organization is led by President and CEO Elisa Massimino.  A lawyer and activist with more than two decades of experience in the field, Massimino has been recognized as one of the top 20 public advocates in the country. Massimino leads a team of more than 70 talented and committed activists based in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The Special Assistant to the President/CEO will be responsible for providing high-level project and administrative support to the President/CEO.  This position will coordinate day-to-day activities, manage administrative needs, ensure timely flow of information to and from the President/CEO, and facilitate regular and timely communication to Human Rights First staff and key external relationships.

  • Organize internal and external meetings, including notifying attendees, reserving conference rooms, handling logistics, drafting and distributing agendas, and taking minutes as needed
  • Design and implement a system for timely and accurate information flow to and from the President/CEO
  • Coordinate President/CEO’s scheduling, domestic and international travel, and other administrative needs
  • Track, monitor and follow-up on projects and action items that stem from the President/CEO; work closely with members of the executive team to receive regular updates on outstanding items
  • Manage key relationships on behalf of the President/CEO, such as the Board of Directors; assist in relationship building - both internally and externally - by maintaining regular communication and timely follow up
  • Plan and prepare President/CEO’s timely internal communications and external correspondence
  • Coordinate the preparation of briefing materials for meetings and events; work with the Communications staff to coordinate development and preparation of the President/CEO’s public speeches and remarks; work with Development staff on preparation and travel for meetings and communications with donors
  • Manage special projects and draft strategic communications
  • Other duties as requested to meet department and organizational needs
  • Bachelor’s degree
ANNUAL SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

START DATE: As soon as possible

Qualified candidates should send their resume, cover letter and writing sample to
.    We thank all candidates for their interest; however we are only able to contact those who we decide to interview. No phone calls please.

Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.

Required Skills •3 years’ experience providing direct senior-level project and administrative support
•Excellent oral and written communication skills
•Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
•Demonstrated competence with tracking, coordinating and follow-up of priorities and projects
•Superb professionalism and diplomacy; ability to interact with high-level individuals internally and externally
•Proven ability to exercise good judgment on a consistent basis; able to anticipate needs and take initiative to get things done
•Ability to multitask and prioritize a number of projects
•Ability to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial – and sometimes unpredictable – environment
•Ability to work long hours, as needed
•Ability to travel up to 20% of time, as needed
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