Staff Positions – Executive Director

The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) is seeking an Executive Director to manage our small, dynamic team in Washington, DC and Guatemala City, and guide GHRC’s work over the coming years. This position is based in Washington, DC and requires some domestic travel in addition to travel to Guatemala.This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in leading human rights advocacy in Central America and fostering the organizational health of a long-standing and impactful organization.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the ongoing creativity, effectiveness, and financial stability of the organization, with support from the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will manage a small, committed and passionate staff of 2-3 people, and guide work with interns and volunteers. S/he will sustain active solidarity partnerships with GHRC partners across the Guatemala, including human rights NGOs and community leaders, and guide GHRC’s actions to protect defenders at risk. S/he will engage GHRC’s grassroots base and leverage NGO partnerships to advance advocacy work on behalf of Guatemalan partners and victims of violations. The Executive Director will engage strategically with US and Guatemalan government offices, as well as regional and international bodies such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

A successful candidate will be fully bilingual, have at least 5 years of experience doing human rights advocacy and solidarity work, have experience in distance management, and have a proven track record running successful campaigns and fundraising initiatives.

A complete description of the position is available here.

Term: Candidates who can make at least a two year commitment are preferred; there will be a six month introductory period. Salary: commensurate with experience; excellent benefits including health and dental coverage and four weeks of paid vacation.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, salary history/requirements, and a brief writing sample (no more than 2 pages) in both English and Spanish to the GHRC Board at, with your name and “Executive Director” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Please do not call or email the office. Thank you.

 The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA values a multicultural and multiethnic work environment and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds and experiences to apply.


The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) offers fall, spring and summer internships. Interns are integral and involved in many aspects of our work. Depending on their interests, interns can hone their translating and editing skills working on our quarterly publication, gain experience planning and organizing events (such as fundraisers, speaking tours, or delegations to Guatemala), fine-tune their research skills assisting staff with affidavits for political asylum cases, and learn up-close how a nonprofit organization functions.

For information on applying for an internships, please click here.