Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer (the “DED/COO”) will be empowered with the authority and responsibility to manage Human Right Watch’s operations across the entire global organization and enforce its policies and procedures, extending to all employees. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director and be a standing member of the organization’s Executive Committee, sharing the organization’s vision and transforming the organization to be scalable and more effective and efficient. The candidate will be assigned the primary responsibility to implement the strategic plan, ensure financial discipline, promote a culture of trust and collaboration and assure that the entire organization operates consistent with its values.
A newly created position, the DED/COO will directly supervise the following organizational functions: Finance & Accounting; Information Technology and Systems; General Counsel; Human Resources; Office Facilities; Security; Internal Communications; Development.
In addition, the DED/COO will be empowered with oversight authority to ensure compliance with the organization’s standards for management and conduct, including its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, budgetary parameters, monitoring and evaluation, planning, and other elements of the organization’s operational procedures, including over areas not under the DED/COO’s direct supervisory control including Program; Advocacy; Media/External Communications.
More than just an effective operational manager, HRW seeks an innovative leader able to work collaboratively with the organization’s diverse and talented staff, including researchers, advocates and communications professionals. The DED/COO with lead a newly formed Management Team consisting of all senior officers along with a broad representation from across the organization. The Management Team will support the DED/COO on management of the organization, implementation of organization-wide policies and initiatives, and effective internal communications in a transparent and inclusive fashion.
The successful candidate will have significant international experience; a sophisticated understanding of the applications of data to decision-making; strong organization transformation experience; the ability to align systems, processes and objectives without stifling individual initiative; and a strong commitment to established “best practice” management principles.
The position will be located in New York or in one of HRW’s other global offices. We anticipate that this role will require significant travel once Covid-19 related travel restrictions are lifted; accommodations for those with caretaking responsibilities applicable when necessary.
The successful candidate will be an experienced, thoughtful, and inspiring manager with a passion for the mission of Human Rights Watch and a track-record of successful operational leadership within a diverse, complex global organization in the business, non-profit, or public sectors. They will be a leader of unquestioned integrity with proven experience in guiding and motivating a diverse and high-performing staff to achieve ambitious goals.
A seasoned operational professional, they will manage through influence rather than hierarchy and have demonstrated an ability to achieve real impact across a complex, global organization. They will display keen analytical and problem-solving skills, a track-record of sound decision-making, strong communication skills, and evidence of strong enduring professional relationships.
Sensitivity to working with diverse cultures is required. The successful candidate will be able to establish a strong working relationship with the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director/Chief Program Officer and other members of the senior leadership team, and quickly earn the confidence of the Board, staff, and external stakeholders.
Required performance and personal competencies
Executing for Results
Relationships and Influence