Programming and Production Assistant

Human Rights Watch

About the organization

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.


1. Watch and review films, both as written reviews and in discussion with the programming team while considering a balance of film analysis and using film as a tool for social justice;
2. Communicate with filmmakers, film distributors, and film industry members;
3. Track and log films using a database with acute attention to detail;
4. Assist with filmmaker and staff travel including flights and group bookings at hotel;
5. Assist with hosting filmmakers and special guests of the festival, which includes arranging travel itineraries and other miscellaneous duties that may arise, including organizing Empire State Building tours/other activities;
6. Collect materials required for the marketing of the films including film information sheets, contracts, images, texts and any other additional materials;
7. Assist in the creation of newsletters, including by proofing the printed festival program, e-flyers and film festival website for NY/London Film Festivals;
8. Assist with outreach and promotion to local organizations with interests related to the films being screened, which includes attendance at the IFC Center prior to the festival on June 6-7, 2020 to promote the festival to audience members of relevant films;
9. Process team invoices;
10. Assist with the public opening night’s events as well as selected panel discussions and related events during the festival; and
11. Carry out other responsibilities as may be required.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is highly desirable, preferably in the areas of Fine Arts, film, media studies, human rights or related fields.
Experience: Minimum of one year of relevant experience in film programming, community outreach, event planning, non-profit management and/or related media is preferred.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
1. Experience in professional or non-professional reviewing and/or programming film events is preferred.
2. Experience assisting with film festivals or logistically complex events is preferred.
3. Experience working with GoogleDocs, GoogleSheets and Microsoft Word required, experience working with Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver and other HTML editors is desirable.
4. Exceptional and meticulous attention to detail is required.
5. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English are required.
6. Proficiency in a language other than English is desirable.
7. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with local partners and external media partners are required.
8. Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and multiple constituencies simultaneously, working effectively toward deadlines is required.
9. Creativity, initiative, follow-through and excellent organizational skills are required.
10. Demonstrated professional or personal commitment to human rights and/or social justice issues is preferred.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by November 26, 2019 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter and resume, preferably as PDF files. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email [email protected] Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

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