FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY
ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL
General Counsel’s Office
New York or Washington DC preferred
Application Deadline: May 31, 2022
Human Rights Watch (HRW) seeks a lawyer for a new position in the Office of the General Counsel. This position offers a rare entrée into a non-profit leader in the global human rights movement, known for its fearless and accurate reporting and global advocacy to end abuses. The right candidate will engage in almost every aspect of legal management of the organization and will be centrally placed to guide and protect its work and success.
The General Counsel’s Office at Human Rights Watch is responsible for legal oversight of the organization's policies, compliance, risk management, and governance, as well as a wide range of corporate matters including media law, intellectual property, U.S. and foreign operations, tax, insurance and contract review, worldwide litigation and international and domestic employment matters including labor relations. The Associate General Counsel will assist the General Counsel across all areas of work, as part of a growing legal team and a diverse and collegial staff on a variety of projects.
HRW is dedicated to taking on human rights abuses around the world; accordingly, its legal team must be able to provide sound legal and compliance advice to colleagues around the world, including many of whom operate in high-risk and stressful conditions. The focus of this position is legal compliance, internal investigations, policy management, data privacy and GDPR, lobbying, grant compliance, and other in-house matters. This position focuses on organizational legal and compliance matters, and not advocacy, policy or legal work related to programmatic positions and activities.
This position will be based in the United States, with a preference for New York, NY or Washington D.C., and will report to the General Counsel, based in Washington D.C.
Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely as local mandates necessitate. We recognize that this moment, during the pandemic, is a uniquely difficult time for most people, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position.
Education: A J.D. is required, or equivalent LL.M degree from a U.S. law school if law degree was acquired outside of the U.S. Current admission in good standing is required in at least one U.S. State Bar.
Experience: A minimum of 7 years of work experience as a lawyer in relevant areas is required, with a strong preference for in-house experience. Experience with an international law firm and/or as corporate counsel for a multi-national organization is a plus.
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Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan and twenty (20) days of vacation per year. HRW offers a relocation assistance package and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. The salary range for this position will be USD 160,000 – 185,000.
How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by May 31, 2022, by visiting our online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a cover letter and resume. 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, or if you require a disability-related accommodation to submit your application, please email email@example.com. 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 disability, 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.