Events Associate


Program: Development

Reporting to: Director of Development Operations

Full-Time, Exempt

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

Location: New York or Washington D.C. (This is a hybrid work space)

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is seeking applications for a Development Associate to support our fundraising and engagement activities with an emphasis on our major event planning activities.

About the Development 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.


  • Support the planning, delivery and follow up from major events throughout the year. This includes updating budgets, providing input into contract updates, and synchronizing event calendars with the organization wide schedules. Primary events include…
    • Book & Journalism Award held virtually and in Washington D.C. each Spring

    • Human Rights Award typically in Washington DC in June

    • Young Leaders Annual Summit (Location Varies) in the Summer

    • Two Compass Investors Conference convened in Hyannis, MA in June and a Fall Summit in October (location varies)

    • Annual Golf Event held in Hyannis, MA in October

    • Ripple of Hope Gala held in New York City in December

    • National Marathon events throughout the year (including NYC half marathon and full marathon)

  • Coordinate and track organization wide participation in major events. This includes engaging RFK Human Rights Leadership and Program Leads to provide preparation and training support prior to staff wide engagement in appropriate events

  • Engage with and provide customer support to event registrants and participants—including, engaging with key partners, supporters, and contracted support (vendors, consultants, etc.)

  • Assist Development Team’s sourcing of and communication with vendors and suppliers

  • Manage the data associated with event registration and event specific activities. This includes ensuring that registration data and engagement activity (donations, volunteering, etc.) are fully and appropriately captured in Salesforce

  • Create and share reports using the data on organization’s attainment of identified goals

  • Oversee collateral development for various events including signage, custom branded materials, etc.

  • Collaborate with Communications team on event-specific marketing materials

  • Support on-site registration process at various events

  • Provide assistance with all event related invoicing and interaction between event management company and RFK Human Rights accounting

  • Liaise and provide support to external Event Production Company, Consultants, and on staff event managers.

A successful candidate must have the following skills and experiences:

  • At least 1 year experience with event planning, hosting, and executing events;

  • Ability to work on CRM systems such as Salesforce or the like;

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

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

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;

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

  • Time management, you have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once;

  • 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:

  • Experience working in fundraising within the non-profit/human rights space

  • Experience in event based budgeting

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 + Events Associate” in the subject heading. For example “Jane Doe + Events 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