Job Description
Job Title P/T Administrative Assistant, Refugee Representation (DC)
Job ID 806283
Begin Date 6/13/14
Location Washington,  DC 20002-5625
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, Washington, D.C and Houston

The part-time Administrative Assistant will work as part of the Refugee Representation team. He/She will handle the complex administrative details of the asylum legal representation work confidentially and competently.

  • Assist in managing the administrative/clerical needs of the of the refugee representation work:
  • Data entry, updating, maintenance, and retrieval, including the entry of new cases and contacts into the database, and coordinating with relevant staff on database and technology issues;
  • Maintain and organize files, including legal representation files, legal publications, training materials, etc., and coordinate the case closure process;
  • Coordinate meetings, trainings, and relevant events, including scheduling, compiling agendas, materials, etc.;
  • Assist in responding to requests for assistance and other communication;
  • Assist with the administrative elements of hosting interns;
  • Conduct research, as assigned;
  • Assist with maintenance and reporting of relevant statistics and facts, including foundation reporting and other communications.
  • Other duties as requested based on department and/or organizational need.
ANNUAL SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Until filled. 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 US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.
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  • 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. 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 •A bachelor’s degree preferred and at least one year of working experience in a related field;

•Demonstrated interest in human rights issues, informed interest in asylum and/or refugee issues strongly preferred;

•Strong written and oral communication, research, and analytical skills;

•Excellent organization skills, including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure, and meet deadlines;

•Capacity to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team;

•Ability to communicate patiently, respectfully and empathically with individuals from a variety of backgrounds;

•Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of database, word processing, and spreadsheet applications;

•Good judgment and attention to detail;

•Fluency in a relevant language, particularly Spanish, French, Amharic, Kinyarwanda , or Arabic is welcome.
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