Assistant, National Security

Human Rights First
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 21

Position description


  • The Assistant, National Security provides advocacy, outreach, administrative and logistical support, legal and other research, writing and editing , to the national security efforts of Human Rights First.


  • Provide administrative support to campaign including, but not limited to scheduling meetings, organizing hill briefings, planning travel and event logistics, completing expense reports, and taking detailed notes at team and external meetings
  • Conduct research and advocacy to support campaign objectives 
  • Track relevant legislation, hearings, floor debates, votes, and otherwise support the team’s government relations efforts 
  • Track and report to the team on media coverage (including relevant blogs), and public events
  • Produce campaign advocacy materials and draft communications 
  • Assist in campaign data collection for campaign evaluation and measuring progress, including tracking activities and accomplishments for grant reports and board and donor updates
  • Draft and compile content for organization website, press, marketing and other collateral materials
  • Serve as the campaign’s liaison to the Office of Military Commissions for any Guantanamo observer travel
  • Screen and manage the interview process for candidates for both the National Security Legal Intern and National Security Outreach Intern positions
  • Support Human Rights First’s Veterans for American Ideals, refugee, and foreign policy advocacy, as directed by the Director of National Security Advocacy
  • Monitor and run the National Security team’s Twitter account and engage with followers
  • Collaborate with development team on fundraising efforts 
  • Other duties as requested based on campaign, department and/or organizational need


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field 
  • Familiarity with the structure and function of the U.S. government and/or nongovernmental organizations; Capitol Hill experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated writing and proofreading skills, and strong attention to detail
  • Research experience and proficiency in accessing relevant research databases
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Capacity to take on multiple tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines on assignments and function as an effective member of a team
  • Solid communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights and dedication to Human Rights First’s mission

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