Full-time Job Opening: Executive Director

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Full-time Job Opening: Executive Director

The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. 

The Executive Director, a full-time position, reports to the Board Directors and assists the Board in setting strategic goals and priorities. She or he ensures the highest standards of quality in the organization’s human rights work. The Executive Director also raises funds, manages staff members, and maintains a friendly and healthy work environment.

Locations negotiable


The Executive Director is responsible for all of the organization’s operations including fundraising, funding management, research, advocacy, grants making, training, outreach to stakeholders, media communication, and staff management. 

This includes, in more detail, these roles:

1. Manage and lead the CHRD team, supervise staff, shape and edit publications including reports, statements, open letters, and coordinate collaborative projects; 

2. Guide and plan strategically CHRD work, including designing innovative research and advocacy projects and plans of action; 

3. Represent CHRD and do advocacy on core positions, issues, and cases the organization has focused on; 

4. Maintain relationships with governments, UN agencies, multilateral institutions, and civil society organizations; 

5. Lead initiatives to work with civil society organizations to ensure effective coordination, and engage in joint actions; 

6. Lead advocacy efforts, including speaking publicly to influence policy processes and raise public awareness; 

7. Develop and oversee implementation of media advocacy strategies;

8. Develop and oversee security strategies to mitigate risks for staff and partners. 

9.  Oversee fundraising operations; 

10. Lead policy discussions and strategic planning;

11. Communicate effectively with CHRD Board of Directors.


Education: An advanced (graduate) degree or equivalent work experience in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences, or a related field is required. 

Experience: A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant work experience with at least four years in a management role. 

Required Skills and Knowledge: 

1. Excellent knowledge and track record of NGO work on China. 

2. Excellent spoken and written skill in both Mandarin and English. 

3. Excellent public speaking and communication skills. 

4. Passion for and experience working on human rights issues including experience conducting or overseeing research. 

5. Ability in and experience with navigating complex security issues, experience with and high proficiency in using related digital applications.

6. Ability to take strong initiative and set priorities, and ability to work well under pressure. 

7. Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with staff and partners. 

8. Ability to travel internationally.

If based in the US, permission to work legally in the US is required.  Non-citizens of the US may apply for working from outside the US.  

Salary and Benefits: 

CHRD offers competitive salaries and comprehensive employer-paid benefits. 

If based in the US, the initial full-time annual salary range would be US$80,000 – 120,000. Salary ranges outside of the US vary based on location. 

How to Apply: 

Apply by March 1, 2024.  Send a cover letter, a resume or CV, names and electronic addresses of three people who can serve as references, and a sample publication (or a link to the publication) to CONTACT@nchrd.org

We will only review completed applications. We will only contact shortlisted candidates. 

CHRD does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. CHRD is an equal opportunity employer. 

The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) is a coalition of Chinese and international human rights non-governmental organizations. The network is dedicated to the promotion of human rights through peaceful efforts to push for democratic and rule of law reforms and to strengthen grassroots activism in China.

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