Job Description
Job Title Senior Associate, Refugee Protection (DC/NY)
Job ID 814156
Begin Date 8/1/14
Location Washington, DC,  20002-5625
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.
Conduct legal and policy research and analysis and advance advocacy efforts directed at the U.S. government to promote the protection of refugees, reform U.S. asylum law, policies and practices and bring immigration detention practices into line with international law standards. 
  • 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, web site content, fact sheets, written content specific to campaigns and ongoing initiatives, press materials, legal and other research memos
  • 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 journalists, Congressional staff and Executive Branch officials (with support of the Government Relations Department) as well as legal practitioners, refugees and their advocates, faith groups, non-governmental organizations, foreign government and international organization officials
  • Lead or support campaigns and/or other initiatives to achieve objectives as assigned, including budget oversight
  • Represent Human Rights First as an expert with U.S. government officials, other governments, the media, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations and other interlocutors 
  • Develop and regularly update U.S. policy recommendations and policy briefs on relevant issues, as assigned, with support from the Government Advocacy Department
  • Participate in and generate ideas for Human Rights First events, including the Annual Summit
  • Contribute to organizational planning, strategy development and evaluation, including by promptly analyzing emerging challenges and trends in human rights and U.S. policy and proposing strategies to address these challenges as well as conducting research into possible new objectives and strategies, as assigned
  • 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 DEADLINESeptember 3, 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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Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. 
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 •Advanced degree in a discipline related to international human rights and at least 5 years of relevant human rights experience; law degree highly preferred
•Significant knowledge of international human rights and refugee protection standards including as they relate to asylum and immigration detention
•Fluency in Spanish required
•Significant knowledge of U.S. asylum and immigration policies and proceedings, as well as expertise on immigration detention, and experience working with refugee and immigrant populations in the United States
•Familiarity with international refugee protection challenges, mechanisms and strategies
•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
•Good written and oral advocacy skills and a demonstrated ability to translate highly technical material for a variety of audiences, including the media
•Demonstrated capacity to take initiative, to finish assignments under pressure and to work collegially with others
•Ability to work comfortably in a variety of settings, including legal, academic, and governmental
•Ability to work successfully across organization lines and with a diverse team of colleagues
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