Director of Human Rights

HR · Washington, District of Columbia
Department HR
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


Job Overview:

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is seeking a Director of Human Rights who will further develop, oversee, and carry out HAF’s human rights initiatives and programs. Primary responsibilities will include (1) conducting research, analysis, and writing on relevant human rights and international religious freedom topics; (2) managing HAF’s human rights grant program and coordinating fact-finding missions; and (3) developing and maintaining relationships with human rights/international religious freedom organizations and institutions. This position reports to our Managing Director, Policy & Programs.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Spearhead research, writing, and marketing/distribution of HAF’s annual human rights report.

  2. Work closely with communications and policy teams on press releases, blogs, policy briefs, and human rights advocacy campaigns.

  3. Manage human rights grants programs, including, but not limited to Bhutanese American Project and the Pakistani Refugee Medical Sewa Grant.

  4. Oversee the full cycle of the grant programs including generating funds for the grants, managing application processes and reporting, coordinating with partner organizations, and devising and executing post-disbursement marketing campaigns.

  5. Coordinate fact-finding missions and collaboration with NGOs in countries with vulnerable Hindu populations and refugees to assess and report on conditions.

  6. Work with relevant staff to create multimedia content on human rights issues, such as social media awareness campaigns, short videos, infographics, and podcasts.

  7. Develop and maintain relationships with human rights organizations and institutions.

Required Skills and Experience: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree political science, international relations, human rights, or related field. Master’s degree or JD, preferred.

  2. Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in human rights or a related field.

  3. Strong research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.

  4. Organized and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously

  5. Deep, working knowledge of human rights/international religious freedom issues in South Asia and familiarity with the Hindu diaspora.

  6. Works well in a close-knit team environment, but can complete tasks independently when necessary

  7. Fluency in productivity (G Suite), social networks, and communications (e.g., Google Meet and Chat, Zoom) platforms.

  8. Ability and willingness to travel 3-4 times per year to represent HAF at various human rights/international religious freedom events and to conduct fact-finding missions. 

Include the following materials with your application: 

  1. Cover letter

  2. Resume 

  3. Two professional references, including length of working relationship.

  4. Two writing samples up to 500 words. Prior publications acceptable.

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