20NOV - Communications Specialist - Human Rights Foundation - Deadline: N/A


Organization Description
Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Our mission is to ensure that freedom is both preserved and promoted around the world.

We focus our work on the founding ideals of the human rights movement, those most purely represented in the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Job Description
Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Communications Specialist. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic and high-achieving non-profit public relations and marketing team as it works to significantly increase HRF's global profile and share HRF’s advocacy with new communities. This position reports directly to the Chief Strategy Officer, and will develop, implement, and coordinate a communications plan that supports HRF’s development, constituency building, and advocacy objectives.

The communications specialist will possess the ability to prioritize projects and tasks, meet multiple deadlines, and monitor several projects simultaneously. The position requires superb creative writing skills with an interest in improving and streamlining process and systems. The candidate must be detail-oriented and possess an entrepreneurial spirit. 

Location - Empire State Building #4515, New York, NY

Job Responsibilities
Public Relations

  • Draft press releases, talking points, board memos, op-eds, and social media content that reflect HRF’s positions, projects, and achievements
  • Research and secure regular placement for HRF opinions in popular television, radio, print, and web outlets
  • Identify key journalists working in the human rights and anti-corruption space
  • Call and email reporters and editors on a regular basis to inform them about HRF’s work, pitch stories, and share activities
  • Grow a network of journalists (local and foreign) for every HRF international initiative that involves site visits (e.g. Norway, South Korea, Costa Rica)
  • Work with Norway-based communications professionals to raise the Scandinavian profile of the Oslo Freedom Forum
  • Attend weekly events to meet new contacts and grow HRF’s network
  • Research and secure placement for HRF staff on relevant panels and keynote addresses at conferences and other relevant gatherings
  • Establish targets of success on a quarterly basis with specific measurable results in terms of publications reached, quotations in newspapers, feature stories written
  • Improve HRF’s media database and help us more efficiently track media mentions
  • Create a weekly HRF media round-up for staff and supporters
  • Identify breaking news stories where HRF can support human rights activists in crisis


  • Organize monthly marketing events in line with HRF’s program work and legal advocacy
  • Use email marketing programs to create and send newsletters, press releases, and event updates to our networks
  • Develop and implement a daily social media plan for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and other platforms involving the use of both scheduled posts and real-time reaction to unfolding news
  • Draft, edit, and update HRF website content
  • Create and implement a strategy to increase the number of views for HRF’s YouTube and Facebook videos
  • Help draft and design sales materials including annual reports, conference brochures, media packs, and event fliers
  • Ensure quality of HRF marketing content in print and on web by copyediting, proofreading, ensuring consistent style and brand implementation
  • Maintain an archive of all reports and HRF materials for historical and internal purposes

Job Requirements

  • A strong understanding of and affinity for HRF's mission
  • A passion for human rights, political freedom, and civil liberties
  • A keen sense of what makes and shapes the news, and the ability to make well-informed decisions in targeting appropriate media outlets and reporters
  • A firm understanding of today’s media landscape and a knowledge of how news is produced in web, print, radio, television, and social media formats
  • Desire to work for an innovative, creative, and lean organization
  • Attention to detail, a commitment to deadlines, and grace under pressure
  • Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations – collaborator; problem solver; relationship-builder; networker
  • Stress tolerance, resilience, and a sense of humor
  • The ability to work under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities
  • Two years of experience in communications, journalism, corporate strategy, or public relations is preferable
  • A strong following on social media is preferred
  • A personal network of journalists interested in politics and current events is preferred
  • A Bachelor's or advanced degree in international relations or similar field, journalism, or communications is preferred
  • Experience with PR management software like Cision or Vocus is preferred
  • Experience with email marketing and graphic design software is preferred
  • Fluency in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, or Spanish is not required but is desirable

How to Apply
Please email jobs@hrf.org with your resume and a cover letter, using “Job Inquiry - Communications Specialist” as the subject line.

Deadline – N/A