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Multimedia Director

Post Date:Sep 04, 2019Type:Full time
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Media Department
Application Deadline: September 30, 2019

Human Rights Watch (HRW) advances human rights worldwide by investigating wrongs, exposing facts, offering solutions, and challenging those with power to respect rights. The Media department, which includes the Communications, Digital, Multimedia and Campaign divisions, creates and implements communications strategies to expand support for human rights, increase media coverage and influence in key markets, and reach new audiences.

The Multimedia Division of Human Rights Watch, our video and photography hub, is seeking a full-time director to set strategy and lead a team of 12. The division produces powerful and effective stories to expose the human rights violations that HRW investigates and documents in almost 100 countries.  

This is a full-time position based in New York, reporting to the Director of the Media Department.

Position Overview
The Multimedia Director will have overall responsibility for Human Rights Watch’s video and photographic storytelling. The Multimedia Director will lead and empower our diverse, talented multimedia team to produce compelling stories that expose abuses, present solutions to advance rights, showcase activist partners worldwide and persuade key audiences to embrace and value human rights.

The Multimedia Director will collaborate closely with other departmental directors and help the Media Director to develop strategic goals, set priorities, and implement the division’s annual work plan. The successful candidate will have a sophisticated understanding of visual journalism and of HRW’s mission. The Multimedia Director will promote a culture of collaboration and innovation, manage the consistent production of high-quality stories aimed at diverse audiences, and encourage staff to flourish.


1. Set out a vision and strategy for creating and distributing compelling multimedia stories aimed at diverse audiences and delivered on multiple platforms;

2. Manage and empower a passionate, skilled, and ambitious team to produce powerful and persuasive multimedia stories, using available formats including video, photographs, graphics, and audio;

3. Collaborate with the other Media team leaders to develop and implement the department’s priorities and strategic goals;

4. Operate as a thought leader within HRW on the use of visual storytelling to achieve human rights impact and help colleagues to reach advocacy goals;

5. Investigate and champion new forms of visual storytelling; 

6. Work with Media colleagues to develop content distribution and promotion strategies and cultivate news media partnerships;

7. Ensure a culture of open and direct communication and information sharing and a positive, fair and accountable working environment;

8. Recruit/retain, lead, develop and mentor direct reports, including communicating clear expectations, setting objectives, providing constructive feedback, ensuring balanced workloads, fostering professional growth, and monitoring staff well-being around stress and resilience issues and self-care;

9. Commission camera people, producers, photographers and editors around the world with an eye to fostering local talent and diversity;

10. Ensure compliance with HRW’s ethical and security standards; 

11. Manage the Multimedia budget to meet revenue and expense targets;

12. Develop best practices to measure the effectiveness of HRW’s multimedia products and use data to refine strategy and production decisions;

13. Help develop training materials and sessions for HRW staff and partners to improve visual story-telling and broadcast interview skills;

14. Communicate effectively and lead presentations with diverse audiences, including staff, board members, supporters, journalists and vendors;

15. Meet fundraising goals and assist Development colleagues in identifying and cultivating supporters on behalf of Human Rights Watch; 

16. Perform other responsibilities, as required.

Candidate Profile
The successful candidate will be an experienced, thoughtful, and inspiring manager with a passion for stories and for human rights, a proven track-record of creative story-telling, and experience leading successful visual teams.

The Multimedia Director will be a leader of integrity, with proven experience in guiding and motivating a diverse and high-performing staff to achieve ambitious goals, and a positive, can-do, collaborative attitude.

Required Qualifications / Skills:

1. At least 10 years of experience in visual storytelling, working in journalism, documentary film-making, advertising, marketing or a related field;

2. Bachelors degree in journalism, human rights, international relations or related field;

3. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a successful and diverse visual storytelling team;

4. Track record of being a collaborative team player with excellent leadership, management and interpersonal skills. A thoughtful, empathetic manager with great integrity and a strong listener; 

5. Demonstrated expertise and experience in multimedia and video production; 

6. Experience working with news media and sophisticated understanding of evolving media landscape, including social media; 

7. Demonstrated ability to think strategically, work effectively under pressure, and thrive in a fast-paced environment;

8. Excellent presentation, communication, and listening skills;

9. Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of human rights and/or international issues;

10. Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations; and

11. Experience promoting resilience and a life/work balance.

Desirable Qualifications / Skills:

1. Proficiency in at least one other language in addition to English; and

2. Thorough understanding of the directing and producing process, including commissioning, shooting, and editing video.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. 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.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest, resume or CV, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others, and not a legal brief), preferably as PDF files. 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, please email 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 ability, 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.

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Contact Information
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118
United States
Ph: 2122904700
Fax: 2122904700

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