Human Rights Watch Senior Media Desk Officer - New York

The Communications Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Senior Media Desk Officer to coordinate the work of our media desk in publishing and distributing materials and to assist its Communications staff, part of the External Relations Department. This position reports to the Communications Director and works as part of the HRW Press Team, collaborating very closely with Digital and Multimedia staff. The External Relations Department works to determine the best messages, the right audiences, and the best vehicle to raise public awareness of the human rights violations HRW investigates and documents. Flexibility to work evenings and weekends is required.


1. Coordinate the work of the media desk and ensure that all relevant materials accompanying the online publication of Human Rights Watch research are gathered in a timely manner and are posted to the appropriate webpages and social media channels;

2. Respond to queries from journalists, editors, producers, and bookers;

3. Assist Human Rights Watch Researchers and Advocates in planning and implementing media strategies;

4. Proofread, format, and distribute press materials, such as news releases, dispatches and media advisories;

5. Monitor media coverage;

6. Assist with preparation for news conferences, meetings, and special events;

7. Recruit and coordinate interns;

8. Provide substantive assistance to Communications Division staff;

9. Assist in building and maintaining Human Rights Watch’s global media contact database;

10. Help coordinate translations; and

11. Carry out other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, international affairs, or other relevant field is required.

Experience: A minimum of 5-7 years of relevant work experience is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Experience working in a demanding, diverse, and fast-paced media environment both independently and as a member of a team is required.

2. Excellent proofreading and oral communication skills in English are required; proficiency in other languages is strongly preferred.

3. Strong interpersonal skills, including patience and a sense of humor, and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously are required.

4. Experience working on a Content Management System (CMS), Drupal preferred, or publishing to a website, and proficiency in computer packages, including MS Office applications, are required.

5. Strong organizational skills with close attention to detail are required.

6. Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple locations globally is required.

7. Flexibility to work evening hours and some weekends is required.

8. Strong interest in international human rights and media, including social media, is strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, a retirement savings plan and twenty (20) days of vacation per year.

How to Apply

Contact: Please submit a cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for three references to Pressjobs(at) Please use “Sr. Media Officer Ref: COMMS-15-1083” as the subject of your email.

Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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