Development and Outreach Department Frankfurt

Application Deadline: Open until Filled

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a highly-qualified applicant for an Associate Director to develop and strengthen relationships with local donors and prospects and represent the work of Human Rights Watch in Frankfurt, the Rhein/Main Area, and surrounding region. This is a fixed-term, part-time position based in Frankfurt with a 20 hours per week schedule for one year.  


  1. In collaboration with the Berlin Development Director and the Germany Development Manager, develop a fundraising plan and build financial support for the organization by researching, identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts and general support funds from supporters and donor prospects in Frankfurt and Rhein/Main Area, and increasingly throughout the region;
  2. Direct and manage all aspects of the Frankfurt Committee including facilitating committee meetings, working groups, and communications; providing administrative and fundraising guidance for the committee and council members in the Rhein/Main area; and soliciting the members of the Frankfurt Committee and developing their networks to support the organization’s ongoing work;
  3. Develop, plan and coordinate the production of HRW's annual Voices for Justice Dinner in Frankfurt, and additional fundraising, outreach, and cultivation events in Frankfurt and Rhein/Main Area;
  4. Deliver output in a timely manner and be consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Development and Outreach department;
  5. Represent the work of HRW to existing and prospective supporters;
  6. Create and track donor lists, fundraising reports, and event expenses; prepare event related materials; and regularly monitor the budget to ensure that resources are allocated appropriately;
  7. Ensure organization-wide coordination and complementarity, especially with the HRW Berlin office, as well as maintain good working relationships with external partners; and
  8. Perform other tasks, as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent education is required. An advanced degree is highly desirable.

Experience: A minimum of five years of experience in fundraising and demonstrated success in overseeing large fundraising events or experience that can be adapted for outreach, cultivation and fundraising activities is required.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Track record of fundraising experience with proven success in creating and managing fundraising programs in Germany is required.
  2. Experience effectively managing high-level relationships is required.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and German are required.
  4. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues and the capacity to master and represent the mission and programs of HRW are required.
  6. Strong computer skills, including experience with donor databases (preferably Raiser’s Edge) and knowledge of social media are highly desirable.

Duration: Fixed-term position for one year at a 50% schedule (20 hours per week) with possibility for an extension.  

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits.  

How to Apply:  Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest, resume or CV, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others). No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email for assistance. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

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.