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Silicon Valley Senior Director, Development and Outreach

New York, NY

Job Type:

Full Time

About the Role

The Opportunity

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) seeks a passionate and entrepreneurial development leader for the position of Silicon Valley Senior Director to lead all fundraising and outreach in Silicon Valley, California. The Senior Director will oversee a talented and dynamic team in the Silicon Valley Office, located in Palo Alto, and will report to the Managing Director of Development and Outreach in North America.

Inspired and genuinely committed to the mission of Human Rights Watch, the successful candidate will work with HRW’s most active and dedicated supporters in Silicon Valley, to build support for HRW’s work at a truly critical time. The Senior Director will be charged with nurturing, stewarding, and growing HRW’s donor base and presence in Silicon Valley to engage with donors at the $100K+ level, including through an annual fundraising event.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary range for this role is $160,000 - $185,000 with a generous benefits package including but not limited to 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, including family and domestic partner coverage (taxes may be applicable). Additionally, after two years of employment, HRW will contribute a percentage of your salary to a 403(b) retirement savings account with TIAA, no match required.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Michelle Bonoan and Jennifer Smith of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. Express interest in this role by filling out our Talent Profile (, or email Michelle and Jennifer directly at and All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

About the Company

About Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) was founded in 1978 as “Helsinki Watch,” when they began investigating rights abuses in countries that signed the Helsinki Accords, most notably, those behind the Iron Curtain. Since then, their work has expanded to five continents. They have investigated massacres and even genocides, along with government take-overs of media and the baseless arrests of activists and political opposition figures. At the same time, HRW expanded their work to address abuses against those likely to face discrimination, including women, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities. When families victimized by war crimes found no justice at home, HRW championed international justice and international courts. While they rely on in-person interviews, their research methods have also changed with the times, and today they use satellite imagery to track the destruction of villages and city blocks, and mine big data for patterns in arrest rates or the deportation of immigrants. Everything they do circles back to a commitment to justice, dignity, compassion, and equality.

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