21DEC - Associate for Mexico - Washington Office on Latin America - Deadline: January 31, 2016

Organization Description

WOLA promotes human rights, democracy, and social justice by working with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to shape policies in the United States and abroad. WOLA envisions a future where human rights and social justice are the foundation for public policy in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the U.S. relationship with the region; where change happens when people on-the-ground connect with people who make policy, and where people work together across borders to respect human rights and democratic values.

WOLA is an organization in which everyone is self-motivated, goal-oriented, and passionate about our work. We are committed to what we do. Our leadership works hard to support us with a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence. WOLA was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine in 2013 and 2015 as one of DC's "Best Places to Work" and by The Washington Post in 2009 as one of DC's best-managed nonprofits. WOLA's office has a paid staff of twenty-four, plus seven interns and seven senior fellows.


Location: Washington, DC

Job Description

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) seeks an Associate for its Mexico and Migrant Rights program. The Associate will work with the Senior Associate and Program Assistant to develop and implement WOLA's work on human rights and the rule of law in Mexico and the situation of migrants in transit. Work areas include human rights, public security, judicial reform, migrant rights, border security, and U.S. cooperation with Mexico. S/he will have initiative, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish. The Associate will be working within a fast-paced human rights organization.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Monitor and produce analysis of policies relevant to human rights, public security, judicial reform, and migrant rights in Mexico. Maintain contact with counterparts and policymakers in both Mexico and the U.S.
  2. Work with the Senior Associate in developing and implementing advocacy strategies regarding respect for human rights in Mexico, the protection of the rights of migrants in transit, and access to justice for migrants who are victims of transnational crimes.
  3. Work closely with the Senior Associate and Program Assistant to coordinate visits of colleagues from the region to Washington. Develop and carry out joint advocacy campaigns with regional counterparts.
  4. Draft analytical materials for Congress, other U.S. and international policymakers, and church and human rights organizations.
  5. Represent WOLA in public forums and assist in organizing conferences, seminars, and other meetings as appropriate.
  6. Work closely with the Senior Associate and the Communications Director to carry out WOLA's press work related to the program, including writing and producing press materials and responding to press inquiries as appropriate.
  7. Supervise one or more interns.
  8. Participate in the fundraising efforts for the program as determined by the Executive Director, the Development Director, and the Senior Associate.
  9. Support the Senior Associate in the preparation of planning documents; participate in WOLA's planning process, and carry out other institutional responsibilities as determined by the Executive Director and the Senior Associate.

Job Requirements

  1. A demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice in the Americas.
  2. Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years relevant work experience.
  3. Strong analytical and writing skills required, both in English and Spanish.
  4. Knowledge of Mexican social and political realities required. Experience working or living in Mexico or Central America preferred.
  5. Experience in political advocacy and U.S. foreign policy processes desired.
  6. Knowledge of the human rights situation of migrants in transit preferred.
  7. Fluency in English and Spanish required.
  8. Ability and willingness to travel.

How to apply

Please submit, in English, the following items in one PDF document electronically to employment@wola.org: cover letter, resume, two-page English writing sample, and a list of three references with daytime telephone numbers and emails.