Director of Outreach and Development

Website GHRCUSA Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA

The Director of Outreach and Development position is a Co-Director position, responding directly to the Board of Directors. The position incorporates fundraising, management, and outreach to our grassroots base and allies so that we amplify our advocacy work and increase our support for human rights defenders in Guatemala.

Our work

GHRC analyzes the structural causes of human rights violations and the impact those abuses have on the population, with a particular focus on human rights defenders, women, and other vulnerable communities. We provide reports and educational materials to the international community related to human rights in Guatemala and offer ways in which allies can effect positive change. We advocate for government policies in Guatemala and the United States that promote human rights, protect those Guatemalans striving to uphold those rights, and contribute to positive, systemic change. We also provide accompaniment and support to human rights defenders and indigenous communities threatened or attacked for their work in defense of human rights.

Our current areas of focus include militarization; women’s rights; truth, justice and historic memory; criminalization and impunity; and access to land and natural resources.

GHRC is based in Washington, DC and has an office in Guatemala City. The Director of Outreach and Development will work from the DC office.

Primary duties:


Produce and disseminate three major grassroots fundraising appeals a year (spring, early fall, and late fall/end of year)
Identify new likely donors, both individual and institutional
Develop, maintain, and adhere to a grant proposal schedule
Write grant proposals and submit necessary reporting
Cultivate dynamic relationships with major donors
Develop and implement creative fundraising strategies, including regular communications with our base of supporters
As conditions permit, organize fundraiser events (at least 2 per year, to coincide with Guatemala staff or defender visits) and organize annual Alice Zachmann Human Rights Award event.

Recruit and supervise interns and volunteers
Prepare monthly financial reports for the board of directors
Ensure payment of bills
Manage/oversee accounting
Ensure that supporter database is kept current
Send thank you letters and acknowledgements of donations to GHRC donors
Provide information and documentation as requested by the accountant, bookkeeper, auditor and/or board treasurer
Ensure timely filing of all DC and federal statements, including the payment of payroll taxes and completion of Form 990 and any other relevant DC, state, or federal requirements
Communications and Outreach

Develop and implement a plan of strategic outreach to increase the impact and reach of our work
As conditions permit, and in coordination with the Director of Advocacy, serve as a spokesperson at pertinent events to raise the visibility of GHRC
Participate occasionally in relevant coalitions working on human rights
Organize, promote, and participate in occasional webinars and other online events
With the assistance of volunteers, interns, and the Director of Advocacy, update and maintain the website and social media accounts
In coordination with the Director of Advocacy, assist in preparing and disseminating  regular communications to GHRC’s base of supporters, highlighting GHRC’s work and helping to engage supporters in meaningful action
Depending on conditions, recruit participants for delegations of US-based activists to Guatemala and help arrange logistics, coordinating with staff in Guatemala
Depending on conditions, organize meetings, public events, and logistics for GHRC partners visiting Washington
Depending on conditions, organize and help lead speaking tours in the US by partner human rights defenders
Required Qualifications

Basic knowledge of accounting principles (knowledge of Quickbooks is a plus!)

Excellent writing and interpersonal skills

Proficiency in Spanish

Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice issues

Organizational skills, including close attention to detail

Ability to work well as part of a team in a small, fast-paced office

Ability to take direction from the Board of Directors

Familiarity with current office technology and computer programs

The ideal candidate will have experience in writing grant proposals,  exposure to human rights work, experience living or working in Latin America, a successful record as a fundraiser, and copy editing, social media, and website management skills.

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