Job Description
Job Title Senior Associate, Anti-Trafficking Campaign (Pennoyer Fellow)
Job ID 810488
Begin Date 8/4/14
Duration This is a two-year fixed term position
Location Washington,  DC 20005-2207
Other Location New York, NY
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, Washington, DC and Houston, TX.
The Senior Associate’s primary focus is to provide research, analysis, and develop written products in support of this priority campaign at Human Rights First focused on disrupting the business of human trafficking.  The Senior Associate will work with the campaign team to develop, refine and pursue the goals and objectives of the campaign; build our profile and key relationships in the anti-trafficking field; support our advocacy and policy agenda.  The individual in this position will work closely with departments across the organization – in particular the communications, government advocacy, research and development departments – to ensure the success of the campaign. (Note: While candidates will be considered for the New York, NY office, it is strongly preferred that this position be based in Washington, DC.)

  • Conduct research and prepare materials, including
    • desk research, interviews, and fact finding trips, designed to help achieve the organization’s advocacy objectives
    • analyze laws, policies and practices of the U.S. and other governments as well as inter-governmental organizations affecting human rights, and draft specific and practical recommendations to improve the promotion and protection of rights
    • draft reports, recommendations, website content, fact sheets, written content specific to campaigns and ongoing initiatives, press materials, legal and other research memos
  • Successfully steward relationships with key players in the anti-trafficking field and develop champions to support the campaign
  • Participate in the development of advocacy strategies to achieve the organization’s objectives, as well as in advocacy meetings with decision makers in both the legislative and executive branches, as assigned.
  • Build and maintain relationships with officials from the U.S. government and private sector, as well as nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations
  • Represent Human Rights First with U.S. government officials, other governments, the private sector, media, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations and other interlocutors
  • Develop speaking and writing opportunities to elevate public profile and advance advocacy objectives, with support from Communications department
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts, as assigned
  • Other duties as requested based on department and/or organizational need
ANNUAL SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  August 20, 2014. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply early
Please complete the online application found at our website  under ABOUT / CAREERS links. 
You will be requested to provide:
  • Resume (upload)
  • Cover letter (secondary upload*)
  • Names and contact details for three (3) references (enter online)
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Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York, Washington, DC and Houston, TX. 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 • Demonstrated knowledge of and 3-5 years of experience in the anti-trafficking field, including established positive working relationships with key players and an understanding of the community
• Advanced degree in law or another field related to international human rights and at least 5-7 years relevant experience
• Prior policy advocacy experience, including with the U.S. government
• Strong research, writing and policy analysis skills, including ability to monitor and analyze relevant national and international legal, political and other conditions
• Sophisticated understanding of the legislative and political process, and experience with multifaceted advocacy campaigns; sound political judgment and a keen strategic thinker
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team; strong emphasis on follow up and completing work on deadlines
• Strong interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on verbal and written communication and public presentation skills; strong ability to persuade
• Ability to summarize complicated information for specific audiences, including the general public
• Ability to work at a fast pace effectively in a cross-functional environment
• Strong organizational and planning skills, including ability to work with diverse groups at all levels internally and externally
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