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Director, Technology and Human Rights

Human Rights First
Washington, DC 20005


JOB TITLE:                           Director, Technology and Human Rights

DEPARTMENT:                     Policy

LOCATION:                           Washington, DC             

REPORTS TO:                      Senior Vice President, Policy

JOB CLASSIFICATION:       Full-Time; Exempt; Non-Union     



Human Rights First works to create a just world in which every persons intrinsic human rights are respected and protected, to build societies that value and invest in all their people.  To reach that goal demands assisting victims of injustice, bringing perpetrators of abuse to justice, and building institutions that ensure universal rights.  



The Director for Human Rights and Technology will develop innovative campaign and advocacy initiatives to ensure the technology sector prioritizes the protection of human rights and Human Rights Defenders.  Working closely with the Innovation Lab s/he will use data to support our push for reforms of social media platforms through government regulation, legislation, and policy changes within technology companies. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Policy, and in coordination with a team of experts, the Director will contribute rights-based solutions to the national dialogue to address the role of technology in human rights abuse in American communities and around the world, including surveillance and other means of social control, misinformation, hate speech, and extremist recruitment and incitement.. The Director is a core player in HRFs vision to empower Americans to fight for justice in our own communities and around the world.



  • Identify, understand, and stay up-to-date with technologies that are susceptible to abuse leading to human rights violations (e.g., facial recognition).

  • Contribute rights-based, technological solutions to address misinformation, hate speech, extremist recruitment, and incitement on social media.

  • Use data to support our push for reforms to social media platforms through government regulation and legislation or policy changes within these technology companies

  • Build and lead coalitions of rights organizations to advocate for policies and legislation that will prevent the use and abuse of technology from leading to human rights violations. Specific areas of focus will include but not be limited to: export controls, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

  • Identify and track private sector actors responsible for aiding and abetting foreign governments in rights violating activities; identify and advocate for ways to mitigate the impact of these actors (e.g., banning security personnel trained by the US government from employment with companies that assist rights-violating regimes).

  • Work to limit the export of American companies technology that is used to surveil and abuse people around the world and stymie foreign companies proliferation of surveillance technologies that empower abusive governments.

  • Coordinate with the Communications Office to strategically use traditional and social media to further the goals listed above.

  • Collaborate with the senior leadership and development teams on fundraising efforts. 

  • Other duties as requested based on department and/or organizational need.




  • Bachelors degree and 7 years of experience in the technology sector or relevant experience working on campaigns or policy development for an advocacy organization or within a relevant government agency.

  • Successful track record of building, motivating and mentoring high-performing professionals across functional areas;

  • Works well under pressure and tight deadlines;

  • Extremely high reliability and integrity.

  • Sophisticated understanding of the American legislative and policy-making processes. 

  • Demonstrated supervisory, team building, and mentoring skills.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on verbal and written communication and public presentation skills.

  • Ability to travel, including between Human Rights Firsts New York and Washington, D.C. offices.


Interested candidates should apply at https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/careers.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing staff from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.


Posted: 2021-06-17 Expires: 2021-07-17

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