Board Relations Associate


Program: Management & Administration Department

Reporting to: Chief Governance Officer

Full-Time, Exempt

Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000

Location: New York City (Due to current pandemic this role may begin remote)

Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Human Rights seeks a Board Relations Associate to support our Board Management efforts and partnership opportunities.

About the Management & Administration Team

The work of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is possible thanks to a dynamic, multi-source model of revenue, supported by an endowment, individual giving (largely driven by board and leadership council support), events (such as our annual Ripple of Hope gala and Compass Investor Conference(s), and institutional support.

The Management & Administration Department is made up of the core team which helps run the day-to-day operations that keep Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights up and running. The team includes HR, IT, Finance, and Office Administration. We strive to provide an environment and services that both enhance the quality of our engagement while also improving the probability of generating our desired organizational goals.


  • Assist Chief Governance Officer (CGO) with drafting agendas, presentations, reference material, and other documents as required;

  • Support Sr. Management with board and donor stewardship programs;

  • Collate and maintain client information in our CRM database (Salesforce), facilitate and monitor annual invoices and produce tracking reports;

  • Assist with researching potential partnership opportunities (which can include individuals, NGOs, public or private companies), creating confidential pitch briefs and developing individualized outreach strategies;

  • Working closely with staff across departments to implement, monitor and evaluate impact and outcomes of our organizational and departmental strategic goals;

  • Actively organize management scheduling needs with key stakeholders and committee members

  • Support collection and tracking of board governance materials as needed for auditing and reporting purposes;

  • Support virtual and in-person event planning, not limited to venue and vendor sourcing, staffing, and logistics coordination;

  • Research new business opportunities and partners;

  • Assist with other tasks and activities as needed;

  • All new staff will undergo an introductory period of three (3) months as a training and learning period;

  • Do your part in keeping our operations running smoothly - tracking your hours and submitting timecards in a timely manner.


  • At least 1 year of relevant work or internship/volunteer experience assisting an executive office or development team required; previous administrative experience preferred and experience with global, legal, and/or non-profit organizations a plus;

  • Awareness and interest in current events and issues relating to human rights around the world;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel;

  • Demonstrated experience working on online platforms such as Zoom and Google Suite;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;

  • Demonstrated project management skills;

  • Attention to detail, you’re able to scope out errors and willing to fix mistakes;

  • Flexible, patient, and ability to stay gracious under pressure;

  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information;

  • Innovative thinking, willingness to voice your opinions, and a strong work ethic are essential;

  • Teamwork, you are able to build positive relationships with your colleagues and are willing to help others;

  • Inclusive, you’re excited to work with people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from your own.

Preferred but not required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working with a CRM system, such as Salesforce;

  • Experience working in fundraising and other events with NGO leaders.

Benefits and other Perks:

  • Flexibility and independence to help manage your work and home life: Staff have the ability to work from home or telecommute (post-COVID). During the pandemic, staff have a $500 remote supplies fund they have access to help create a more functional and comfortable work from home environment.

  • RFKHR values your health: RFK Human Rights covers 100% of individual-only costs of our platinum medical, dental, vision benefits, and subsidizes the cost for dependent coverage.

  • RFKHR understands the importance of financial planning and saving:
    • An automatic contribution of 7% of your salary after your first year of employment.

    • A College Saveup/Loan PayDown program with an automatic $200/monthly contribution for any current loans or future loans.

    • An automatic monthly cell phone & internet speed stipend of $125/monthly to offset any phone & internet expenses.

    • Employees receive a $1,000 benefits card each calendar year to use towards food and home & life purchases to help support work from home needs.

  • RFKHR values your growth: RFK Human Rights provides an annual $2,000 professional development stipend to all full-time staff to use towards any courses, conferences, or training that would further one's professional learning and development. As well as professional development days/hours to complete these courses.

  • RFKHR loves to celebrate human rights advocates and our hard work! We do so by hosting award ceremonies, galas, summer outings, holiday parties, potlucks, domestic and international staff retreats, and spur-of-the-moment social outings.

How to Apply:

  • Submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to with “Your Name + Board Associate” in the subject heading. For example “Jane Doe + Board Associate”.

  • In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role and why you’re interested in this position.

  • Ideal writing samples will focus on a social issue of your choice.

No phone calls please. RFK Human Rights will contact qualified candidates directly.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool. If you're in need of an accommodation at any time during the application and hiring process please contact us by emailing your request to with the subj. line "Accommodation Request". Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Having documents in alternate formats or read aloud

  • Having interviews in a more accessible location/format