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The Digital Division of Human Rights Watch is seeking an experienced Photo Editor
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Mar 15, 2022


Photo Editor
Digital Division
New York Office Preferred; Multiple Locations Considered
Application Deadline: April 10, 2022

The Digital Division of Human Rights Watch is seeking an experienced Photo Editor to provide photography editing, research, sourcing, and archiving. This is an 18-month, fixed-term position that will be based in New York City, or a similar time zone. The Photo Editor reports to the Director of Publications and Information Design.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) advances human rights worldwide by investigating wrongs, exposing facts, offering solutions, and challenging those with power to respect rights. The Digital Division is part of the Media Department which creates and implements communications strategies to expand support for human rights, increase media coverage and influence in key markets, and reach new audiences.
Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are currently operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate will be required to work remotely in the interim. We recognize that this moment, during the pandemic, is a uniquely difficult time for most people, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position.

  1. Provide photography editing for daily news content, including news releases, dispatches, and social media products;
  1. Conduct photo research to support media teams that produce digital storytelling content, including feature stories and videos;
  1. Ensure quality of photographs meets HRW visual, ethical, and legal standards across platforms;
  1. Respond to photo-related inquiries from divisions across the organization regarding copyright, licensing, and usage terms;
  1. Organize and maintain archive of photographs;
  1. Perform image processing, such as color correction and resizing for various platforms;
  1. Centralize and maintain a list of agency contracts, licensing rates, and representatives;
  1. Administer the invoicing and payments for photographs with agencies and freelancers;
  1. Develop editorial photography guidelines for staff on sourcing and licensing; and
  1. Perform other tasks as may be assigned.

Education:A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, preferably in photography, human rights, journalism, or a related field is required. An advanced (graduate) degree is a plus.

Experience:A minimum of five years working with photographs, preferably in a news or editorial environment, is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:
  1. Experience working with human-centered visual content is required.
  1. Proficiency in Photoshop and Lightroom are required.
  1. Experience working in a digital asset management system, or content management system, is required. 
  1. Excellent organizational and time management skills with meticulous attention to detail and strong follow-through are required.
  1. Ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required.
  1. Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively across the organization in a diverse and inclusive work environment are required.
  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in a second language is desirable. 
  1. Self-motivation and ability to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work well in a fast-paced environment with team members in multiple locations are required.

Salary and Benefits:

HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW offers a relocation assistance package and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Please apply immediately or by April 10, 2022, by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter and a resume, preferably as PDF files.No calls or email inquiries, please. Note that applications must be complete to receive considerations, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission or require accommodations during the application process, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.
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