Washington Office on Latin America
About the organization
WOLA is a leading research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas. We envision a future where public policies protect human rights and recognize human dignity, and where justice overcomes violence. WOLA tackles problems that transcend borders and demand cross-border solutions. We create strategic partnerships with courageous people making social change—advocacy organizations, academics, religious and business leaders, artists, and government officials. Together, we advocate for more just societies in the Americas.
The president leads WOLA’s management team to implement programmatic, communications, and
fund-raising strategies. The president is responsible for the financial well-being of the organization and fostering an ethical, collegial, and motivated workplace culture committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in achieving WOLA’s goals. Ideal candidates will have extensive engagement with Latin America and knowledge of its culture, languages, history, and human rights challenges, as well as familiarity with WOLA’s advocacy work.
● Provide strategic direction to WOLA’s staff, including the management team and program
directors, to advance WOLA’s mission with a culture of innovation, collaboration, excellence, and
results. WOLA’s has a paid staff of 27, plus several interns and Senior Fellows.
● Represent WOLA in public and maintain working relationships with a broad range of actors
including policymakers, funders, and partners in the United States and Latin America.
● Work closely with the board of directors in guiding WOLA’s strategic direction and vision.
Including responsibility for implementing WOLA’s current multi-year strategic plan and taking a
leading role with the Board in developing future strategic plans.
● Report to the Board on WOLA’s activities and ensure that regular Board Meetings are
well-organized with relevant and pertinent information to facilitate effective Board oversight.
To read more see our job post on our website.
● Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice in the Americas.
● An understanding of the changing dynamics in Latin America and in U.S. relations with the
● Experience in advocacy and U.S. foreign policy processes.
● Management experience, including staff supervision and the ability to provide strategic collaborative leadership to diverse teams.
● Outstanding communications skills including public speaking and writing for both traditional and
● Commitment to fundraising from individuals and foundations.
● A deep engagement with Latin America, including experience working or living in the region.
● English and Spanish fluency required. Knowledge of Portuguese a plus.
● Willingness to travel, both internationally and nationally, up to 20% of the time, when it is safe to
● Some long hours, weekend work, and work outside of traditional hours required.
$165,000-$180,000. Full health, dental, vision, and life insurance 100% paid by employer; four weeks annual vacation, four weeks of sick leave, 5% retirement match and twelve weeks of parental leave at one year of employment.
Contact email: [email protected]
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, in English, and CV/resume to: [email protected] Please
include in your cover letter if you now, or will in the future, require sponsorship for employment visa status to work for WOLA in the United States. Both documents should be in pdf format. Applications will be held in the strictest of confidence.
To Nominate a Candidate: Please send a note including the nominee’s name, contact information and
brief qualifications to: [email protected]
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