Workplace Dignity Program Associate

Program Associate

Workplace Dignity Program

Reporting to: SVP of Workplace Dignity

Full-Time (Exempt)

Location: San Francisco, CA or New York, NY

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is seeking a Program Associate to join the Workplace Dignity Program in San Francisco or New York. This new initiative bridges our long-standing global human rights work and the values that underlie it to the workplace, with a specific focus on what workplace dignity means and how it can be made actionable. Specifically, the Workplace Dignity initiative will:

  • Educate business and other organizational leaders on how human rights principles apply to the workplace 
  • Create actionable tools and other support to assess dignity-related competencies and implement behaviors that honor workplace dignity day-to-day
  • Utilize social media and other visibility and branding platforms, to establish our voice, credibility and presence in this space, and to promote related content
  • Celebrate and recognize workplace dignity champions and advocates
  • Support advocates of carefully selected, high-impact dignity-advancing workplace legislation and support efforts to defeat dignity-diminishing legislation
  • Incorporate workplace dignity as a content anchor in other relevant RFK programs 


What you’ll primarily be working on:

Project Management:  Support and help lead key team projects, serving as the day-to-day lead on project execution, management, and coordination (65%)

  • Structure and manage project timelines and work plans, proactively spot opportunities to accelerate our impact or avoid potential risks or slow-downs
  • Bring your thought leadership and perspectives to strategy implementation decisions
  • Coordinate project work plans with other teams at RFK Human Rights
  • Prepare briefings and other materials
  • Synthesize underlying research related to project work
  • Support our Advisory Council, and help plan Advisory Council working meetings
  • Serve as a resource and point of contact for clients, partners and stakeholders

Team Coordination & Support: Support overall team project management by designing and maintaining team tools and systems (20%)

  • Design team meeting agendas, capture key takeaways and action items
  • Maintain and monitor team progress against its 2020 objectives and key results; help develop future goals and objectives
  • Create a suite of tools to support the team’s internal management and external communications (one page overview of the portfolio, timelines, budget trackers, client deliverable schedules, calendar of events and communications, etc.)
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration across other programs and departments 
  • Contribute to communications collateral such as team updates, briefing reports, talking points, etc. for the President’s office and other key stakeholders
  • Develop tools and resources to track the effectiveness of programs and workstreams
  • Support budget development and management processes
  • Do your part in keeping our operations running smoothly - tracking your hours and submitting timecards in a timely manner

External Engagement: Represent the Workplace Dignity team externally and to partners as needed (15%)

  • Monitor developments in the field – stakeholders, events, research, policy movements, important upcoming events, etc.; create analysis and summaries as needed
  • Represent the Workplace Dignity team at key external events and meetings
  • Support team’s offsite engagement work with partners and related relationship building
  • Your first three (3) months are an introductory period when you’ll train and learn all the ins-and-outs of your role and the organization


  • At least 3 years’ experience in a related field (e.g., workplace effectiveness or training, workplace culture, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, human rights education, social science relating to the workplace, either in government, nonprofit, consulting, corporate)
  • Subject matter knowledge and interest in any of these areas that will be relevant to our work -- workforce development, workplace culture and organizational behavior, human resources, organized labor, impact/ESG investing, inclusion and diversity
  • Strong analytical and research abilities
  • Time management, you have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in speaking before groups and facilitating discussions around complex issues
  • Direct experience working in diverse geographic areas across the US (understanding of international workplace culture issues is a plus, too)
  • Effective and creative Keynote, PowerPoint, or Google Slides skills
  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling sensitive information
  • Innovative thinking, an unwillingness to accept things as they are, 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 colleagues with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from your own.

Benefits and other Perks:

  • Flexibility and independent to help manage your work and home life: Staff have the ability to occasionally work from home or telecommute;
  • We value your health: RFK Human Rights covers 100% of individual-only costs of our platinum medical and dental benefits and subsidize the cost for dependent coverage;
  • We understand the importance of financial planning and saving we provide: 
    • an automatic contribution of 7% of your salary after your first of employment;
    • A College Saveup/Loan PayDown program with an automatic $100/monthly contribution for any current loans or future loans;
    • An automatic monthly cell phone stipend to offset any phone expenses 
  • We love 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 and cover letter to with “Your Name + WPD Associate” in the subject heading.
  • In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role and why you’re interested in this position.

Our commitment to advancing human dignity and equality in the world extends to our workplace.

In all that we do we seek to advance fundamental principles of human dignity. The engine that powers that is our people, as the contributions of all RFK staff drive our impact around the world. To make sure that we leverage the perspectives and know-how of everyone on our team, we honor the dignity of our colleagues, drive inclusion and belonging (thereby valuing diversity) and promote equity.

You are welcomed here…

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.