Executive Assistant

Physicians for Human Rights

About the organization

For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We investigate and document abuses, give voice to survivors and witnesses, and plant seeds of reconciliation by ensuring that perpetrators can be held accountable for their crimes. PHR uses our core disciplines – science, medicine, forensics, and public health – to inform our research and investigations and to strengthen the skills of frontline human rights defenders. We work closely with hundreds of partners around the world, using facts to wage effective advocacy and campaigning and providing critical scientific evidence so that survivors can seek justice.

PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to end the scourge of landmines, is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are seeking committed activists with a passion for human rights.


The executive assistant will provide administrative support to the executive director and chief operating officer in areas of management via coordination of a wide range of activities. The successful candidate is seeking experience learning the inner working of a successful human rights agency. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to work independently, possess exceptional communication skills (verbal and written), and be highly organized. We seek a self-motivated, compassionate team player with sound judgment, the ability to troubleshoot and research solutions, demonstrate a high degree of tact and discretion, and enjoy and thrive in an environment where no two days are alike.
•Manage the executive director’s (ED’s) calendar, coordinate meetings, and ensure that the ED’s schedule is managed and communicated efficiently; support calendaring for the COO and other coordinating tasks as assigned.•Organize and support meetings and conferences by compiling agendas and coordinating logistics and guest attendance.• Support the ED and other leadership in managing communication and acting as institutional liaison with PHR Board members.•Manage and organize the Board of Directors by preparing for Board meetings, maintaining, and updating as necessary Board orientation materials, and taking minutes in all Board and Board committee meetings.•Help coordinate the activities of the Advisory Council including organizing meetings and materials, tracking, and reporting out.


• Relevant experience in a similarly situated role or where skills are translatable.
• Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and time management skills.
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and exercise good judgment and discretion.
• Sound judgment demonstrated in a collaborative, professional, and ethical manner.
• Demonstrated project management experience including the ability to plan efficiently, organize and manage several projects simultaneously with limited supervision or direction, while meeting deadlines.
• Resourceful and detail-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as a team member.
• The ability to work seamlessly with diverse internal and external stakeholders with an understanding of the complexities behind managing and leading an impact organization employing a complex, global staff.
• Strong commitment to the mission and goals of PHR.


PHR offers competitive compensation with options for medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please combine your cover letter and resume as one pdf or a word document (no longer than 2 pages) and send it to [email protected] Indicate your “Last Name/First Name, Executive Assistant” in the email subject line.

A complete application consists of:
a) A thoughtful cover letter explaining why you are qualified for/interested in the Executive Assistant position with PHR.
b) Resume/Curriculum Vitae.

Only complete applications in the format requested sent to [email protected] will be considered.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. We recruit and hire without discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, age or any other protection afforded by law.

Before responding to this announcement, please review the Terms of Use [PDF]. The Peace Corps is not able to confirm the legitimacy of all positions posted to this jobs board. If you believe an announcement has violated the Peace Corps Terms of Use, please contact [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employment

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

Does this sound like the position for you?

Email to apply