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Communications Associate

Physicians for Human Rights

Full-time Staff - United States of America, North America

Apply by: 30th June 2017

Job Posting – Communications Associate

About Physicians for Human Rights
Since 1986, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used medicine and science to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. PHR was founded on the idea that physicians, scientists, and other health professionals possess unique skills that lend significant credibility to the investigation and documentation of human rights abuses. PHR’s specialized expertise is used to advocate for persecuted health workers, prevent torture, document mass atrocities, and hold those who violate human rights accountable. PHR’s work focuses on the physical and psychological effects of torture and sexual violence, the forensic documentation of attacks on civilians, the unnecessary and excessive use of force during civil unrest, and the protection of medical institutions and health professionals working on the frontline of human rights crises.

In 1997, PHR shared the Nobel Peace Prize for medically documenting landmine injuries and serving as a leader in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

PHR has recently completed a strategic planning process, which has identified a path for significantly increasing the organization’s impact and reach through greater investment in research, advocacy, and leveraging partnerships among medical and scientific associations and individuals.

PHR is a 501(c)(3) organization with an annual budget of approximately $7 million and is growing quickly (by an estimated 20 percent per year). With a current staff of 40, a distinguished 18-member Board of Directors, and an expert bench of hundreds of volunteer health professionals globally, PHR is supported primarily by multi-year grants from foundations, governments, and individual donors.
More information about PHR can be found on our website at

Position Summary
The communications associate is responsible for supporting PHR’s communications portfolio, including media relations, publications, marketing, brand management, digital content, and social media. A strong team player and detail-oriented member of the communications team, the associate will have daily administrative tasks and also take part in PHR’s messaging and identity, both internally and externally as we embark on a major period of strategic growth. This position requires prior experience in communications or human rights, a commitment to human rights issues, a willingness to take part in a wide variety of communications activities, and a knack for understanding how best to communicate across traditional and digital channels.
While expected to work on all aspects of PHR’s communications program, this position will report to the media relations manager. The role is full-time and is based at our New York headquarters.

• Assist in drafting and editing content for PHR’s website, social media platforms, and publications.
• Research media contacts and aid in developing outreach strategies to publicize PHR’s work.
• Aid in the publication and dissemination of PHR’s research papers and reports.
• Manage Google AdWords by creating relevant advertising campaigns.
• Keep abreast of global human rights issues in PHR subject areas and relevant countries.
• Maintain media lists and monitor media mentions of PHR’s work and subject areas.
• Manage PHR’s business papers, business cards, and other content templates.
• Organize and keep inventory of PHR’s printed products.
• Assist staff organization-wide with brand consistency and formatting of documents and presentations.
• Assist in development and management of a shared editorial calendar tool.
• Manage departmental expense reporting.
• Available on weekends to respond to breaking news and post to social media.

Qualifications and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree
• Two to three years’ experience in communications or human rights
• Experience with email platforms and web content management systems
• Proficiency with social media
• Basic familiarity with HTML
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office
• Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite

Skills and Experience
• Excellent writing and communications skills
• Mature, flexible, and resourceful
• A fast learner with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
• A passion for human rights issues

Position Location
New York, New York.

Salary & Benefits
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with background and experience. PHR offers a comprehensive and generous benefits package.

Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter with your resume and salary requirements to Please include “Communications Associate, COM-17-002” in the subject line of the e-mail.

PHR is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. PHR encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

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