Director, Security & Human Rights Program (0339)

  • Category:
    Campaigns & Membership
  • Region:
    Multiple Locations
  • Location:
    New York, Washington DC
  • Type:
  • :
    Full Time
  • FLSA:

The Director of Amnesty International USA’s Security & Human Rights Program leads the organization’s efforts within the United States to reform the US government’s national security and counterterrorism policies and practices in line with international human rights law.

The Program Director will create and implement a program strategy with stakeholders to make human rights impact and help achieve organizational goals through advocacy, coalition building, grassroots activism, and other effective tactics. The Director will serve as AIUSA’s expert and spokesperson on issues covered by the program; create effective grassroots actions and materials to engage the public; influence US government officials and others to help achieve the program’s goals; and oversee the program’s annual work plan and budget, as well as any staff assigned to the program.

Focus issues for the program currently include ending and preventing indefinite detention and unfair trials, including at US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay; preventing and ensuring accountability for US torture in the counterterrorism context; ensuring accountability for unlawful US air strikes and raids, including with drones; addressing toxic exposures impacting millions of people in Iraq and Afghanistan, including veterans; and ending discriminatory surveillance and other counterterrorism measures based on religious and national origin-based discrimination.


  • Set the program’s “SMART” goals and objectives for making human rights impact and create and implement a strategy with stakeholders to achieve those goals and objectives;
  • Ensure that the program’s human rights work also helps achieve the organizational goals and objectives in AIUSA’s Strategic Plan;
  • Collaborate with stakeholders in selecting and implementing effective tactics—including advocacy, coalition building, and grassroots activism, media advocacy, social media advocacy, and public education—to achieve the program’s goals and objectives;
  • Conduct evaluations, monitoring, and reporting on progress toward the program’s goals and objectives;
  • Influence U.S. government officials to achieve the program’s goals and objectives;
  • Participate in coalitions and develop strategic relationships with allies, foundations, and other organizations;
  • Recruit, train, and sustain AIUSA’s members and the public in effective activism—including lobbying-- in support of the program’s goals and objectives by creating useful and compelling actions, training modules, and materials;
  • Serve as AIUSA’s media and public spokesperson on the program’s issues, and actively seek opportunities for media coverage and placements, as well as public speaking engagements;
  • Collaborate with AI’s research and policy staff to draft, edit, and promote AI reports on the program’s issues;
  • Engage with AI’s International Secretariat and AI sections around the world to help achieve the program’s goals and objectives, including by serving as AIUSA’s point person for input on program-related issues to the global AI movement;
  • Support fundraising efforts for the program and AIUSA, including working with the Development team to share information and request support from individual donors and foundations;
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to explore additional focus areas for the program’s research and campaigning;
  • Develop and oversee the program’s annual work plan, budget, and any staff assigned to the program;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Deputy Executive Director for Campaigns and Membership or the Senior Director of the Programs Unit of AIUSA


  • Bachelor's degree is required. Law degree or graduate degree in a relevant field is preferred;
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience and success as a human rights or social justice campaigner, responsible for developing and implementing strategies for achieving clear goals and making impact;
  • Demonstrated relevant strategic planning and project management experience, with at least two years of senior program officer responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated experience working on US national security issues, to include at least two of the following: detentions at Guantanamo, torture, drone strikes or surveillance;
  • Thorough knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law;
  • Demonstrated experience as a successful advocate able to influence government officials
  • Demonstrated experience as an on-the-record spokesperson;
  • Superior writing and public speaking skills;
  • Proven skills in work-plan development and budgeting;
  • Strong relationships within the human rights and/or social justice advocacy communities;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a grassroots organization with member activists and growing an engaged and effective membership activist base;
  • Track record of collaborative work across organizations and coalitions; skilled at building alliances to achieve goals;
  • Experience using social media, including Twitter, to build strategic relationships, increase organizational visibility and generate more public activism;
  • Exceptional initiative and follow-through skills that deliver measurable results;
  • Deep, principled commitment to international human rights standards and the equal rights of all people worldwide.


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Due to the large volume of applications, we are only able to contact those applicants who are selected for interviews.

AIUSA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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