FIXED TERM, FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY
Producer / Editor
Multiple Locations Considered (US West Coast preferred)
Application Deadline: April 11, 2022
Who we are:
Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigates and reports on human rights abuses happening in all corners of the world. We are roughly 500 people of 70-plus nationalities who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in need. The Multimedia Division is where we craft our visual messaging and deliver it to our audiences in order to raise public awareness of the human rights violations HRW investigates and documents.
The Producer/Editor should be an experienced video journalist able to spot and produce compelling stories which expose abuses, present solutions to advance rights, showcase activist partners worldwide, and persuade key audiences to embrace and value human rights. The Producer/Editor should have a good editorial understanding of the social media landscape, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. This role will ideally be based in Los Angeles or San Francisco, and reports to the Multimedia Deputy Director based in London. This is a fixed-term, full-time position for six months, (with possibility of extension), with an anticipated start in May 2022.
Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely initially or if local requirements mandate it. 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.
- Monitor the news and social media to spot and create visually compelling and journalistically sound videos that complement and enhance HRW's research and advocacy;
- Research, write, produce, and edit social multimedia content, including breaking news coverage;
- Collaborate with HRW researchers to develop multimedia and communications plans for their reports and advocacy;
- Consistently exhibit strong news judgment and editorial direction, including what future topics are developing;
- Ensure editorial standards and adhere to the highest journalistic practices; and
- Carry out other duties as required.
Education: A bachelor’s degree is required. A degree in Journalism, Media, English, Communications or a related field is highly desirable. Candidates with equivalent training/experience and a passion for journalism and/or human rights work are also encouraged to apply.
Experience: A minimum three (3) years of experience of working reporting for a news organization is required. Prior broadcasting experience and/or experience working in nonprofit/NGO is highly desirable.
RELATED SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE:
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in another language is highly desirable.
- Demonstrate traits of tact, discretion, sound editorial judgment and the ability to function in a confidential capacity is required.
- Excellent story editing skills are required.
- Knowledge of leading video tools, including Adobe Premiere Suite, are required. After Effects skills are preferable.
- Excellent time-management skills and ability to prioritize tasks while maintaining a strong attention to detail is required.
- Ability to multi-task multiple stories while also producing long-term projects, work under pressure, and thrive in a deadline-driven environment is required.
- Knowledge in viral and multi-platform distribution of multimedia products is highly desirable.
- Excellent communication skills, self-motivated, creative problem-solver, highly organized, and demonstrates the ability to work well as a member of a team are required.
Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits.
How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by April 11, 2022 by visiting our online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a letter of interest and CV or 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 accommodations during the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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