Deputy Director, North America

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre


  • Location: New York, or possibly Washington DC, with international travel
  • Salary: Competitive civil society salary (commensurate with experience) plus 10% pension contribution
  • Contract Type: Full-time
  • Closing Date: 14/03/2017

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a high-impact, global organization serving advocates around the world in the innovative field of business & human rights, is seeking a Deputy Director. The successful candidate will be our representative in North America and lead broad strategy for North America, working with the management team in New York. They will report to our global Executive Director in London. They will lead our global program on economic justice in business, our communications strategy, and help build our fund-raising. The successful candidate will be based in New York, or possibly Washington DC.

Based in: New York headquarters, or possibly Washington DC, with international travel

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: Competitive civil society salary (commensurate with experience) plus 10% pension contribution

Holiday: 24 days per year

Closing date for applications: 14 March 2017 (5:00pm EST)

Interview date: 23-24 March 2017 (Candidates should be available on these days in case they are short-listed for interview.)

Applicants must have:

  • the right to work in the United States (must have this before applying)
  • at least 5 years demonstrable commitment and expertise in human rights, and social justice
  • excellent English-language skills

To apply: Download and complete the application form below, and send it by email to Alex Janczenia: [email protected], putting “Deputy Director, North America” in the email subject line. The application form is required; we cannot accept CVs. 

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We work with others to put human rights at the core of companies’ business models; to empower communities and workers to secure their rights and gain accountability for abuse; and to encourage governments to create the right regulation and incentives to facilitate these outcomes. We are a global organization that is rooted in fourteen regions. We have 36 members of our Global Team based around the world who work with a rich network of human rights advocates in eight languages including Chinese, Arabic, and Russian. Our work covers the full gamut of human rights in business, with three priority issues: economic justice and labor rights (led by this post); responsible resource use; and protection of civic freedoms and human rights defenders.

Our three primary approaches to deliver this vision are:

  • Empower human rights advocates in civil society, business, and governments to stimulate bold leadership for human rights in business.
  • Build corporate accountability to strengthen due diligence, and effective remedy for abuse.
  • Increase transparency of the advances, challenges, and abuse of human rights in business.


Lead our work in North America with the Management Team in New York, including high-level advocacy, and strategic partnerships, to enhance our impact with key actors on the continent, and internationally.

Represent the Resource Centre to business, government, civil society, and funders. With colleagues, build strategic alliances with civil society partners, and tactical collaborations with business and governments to promote common agendas. Advocate to business and government for changes in policy and practice.

Lead and deliver high quality programs on economic justice and human rights in business for the whole organization.

Lead the program, its strategy development, high level relations, operational management, resourcing, and impact measurement. Lead the economic justice and human rights team that delivers our programs on refugees and migrants in global supply chains, modern slavery, labour rights, living wage, and worker-driven corporate responsibility. Continue to develop this work rapidly, in our fast-changing environment, to enhance our impact on inequality, and exploitation.

Lead our global communications strategy, using our interactive digital platform to empower human rights advocates in civil society, business, and governments.

Lead our global communications strategy. Lead the development of our interactive digital platform for human rights in business. Oversee the editorial content of our website, mini-sites, and social media. Work with our Communications Officer and wider team to evolve the site to optimize the user experience of our diverse audiences in ways that empower human rights advocates in civil society, business and government.

Regional Lead:

Our senior management team members each provide leadership for regional researchers in a region of the world. This involves leading strategic reviews and plans, and empowering and line managing regional researchers who are experts and based in their region. The region will be allocated based on the successful candidate’s skills and experience, and in consultation with the rest of management team.

Work with our Development Director to build our partnerships with key funders across North America:

Work with the Development Director and Executive Director to drive our funding strategy in North America. Provide high-level representation to funders, building constructive and close relations with key personnel. Work with the senior management team and program leads to help develop funding proposals that fit our strategic goals, and those of funders.

Co-lead and -manage the Resource Centre as a member of Senior Management Team:

Contribute to a high-performing management team, by playing a full role in the strategic direction, rapid organizational development, operational management, and the nourishment of a high-impact, global team culture. Support the Board of Trustees through timely provision of information and analysis. 


Economic Justice and Human Rights Team: Senior Labor Rights Researcher; modern slavery lead; Gulf construction and labor rights program lead; lead for investment tracking on human rights due diligence in high-risk countries.

Regional Lead: two or three regional researchers. Most of these individuals will not be in New York, and so day-to-day line management will be remote via skype and email. 


  • Strategic leader: At least 4 years’ experience in middle or senior leadership position. Ability to inspire and build high performing teams with vision and purpose, and compelling high-impact programs.
  • Communications leadership: At least 3 years’ experience leading communications strategy and high-level representation.
  • Entrepreneurial success: Proven experience in attracting substantial funding to programs of work. Proven ability to build strong partnerships with funders. External awareness, and drive to build the resources of the Resource Centre to deliver our mission.
  • People Manager: At least 4 years’ experience in line management and project management of people. Ability to delegate, and empower team members with accountability. Ability to train and nurture talent. Experience of remote management an advantage.
  • Senior project manager: At least 3 years’ experience and demonstrable success in managing complex and large programs to make change happen with teams, partners, funders and targets.
  • Human rights, social justice expertise: Demonstrable commitment and expertise in human rights, social justice, and internationalism. At least 5 years work in this area.
  • Team Player: Experience of, and commitment to, working in and helping build high performing teams which are highly collaborative.
  • Commitment to our values: Demonstrable commitment to the values and model of change of the Resource Centre. 


  • This is a full-time position
  • Salary: competitive civil society salary (commensurate with experience), plus 10% pension
  • 24 vacation days per year
  • Opportunity to play a central role in an enthusiastic and international team

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