Freedom House works to defend and expand freedom globally to help secure a world where all are free. Around the world, antidemocratic forces are preventing billions of people from exercising their fundamental rights. Freedom House strives to create a world where all people are free. We identify and analyze threats to freedom, mobilize decision makers to respond to those threats and seize opportunities for progress, and support activists and organizations working to defend and expand freedom. We are dedicated to ensuring that the United States serves as a positive model of democratic practice at home and a consistent champion of freedom globally. By gathering authoritative data and leveraging our global networks, Freedom House is an unwavering beacon in protecting human rights and promoting democratic governance.
Established nearly 80 years ago to respond to the threats posed by fascism, we know there is no more powerful force for the development of human society than democracy. Working as an independent watchdog organization dedicated to defending and expanding freedom and democracy around the world, Freedom House is notable for its nonpartisan character and commitment to maintaining support for its mission across political divides.
We believe that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minorities, and historically marginalized groups, are guaranteed. Freedom House conducts analysis and reporting on current threats and opportunities related to democracy and freedom. This reporting frames the policy debate in the United States and abroad on the progress and decline of freedom. Freedom House's flagship publication Freedom in the World is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Freedom House also produces other reports, including Freedom on the Net, Nations in Transit, Freedom and the Media, the China Media Bulletin, as well as periodic special reports.
Freedom House advocates for leadership, particularly by the US Government, to vigorously oppose dictators and oppression, and strengthen democracy at home and around the world. We amplify the voices of those struggling for freedom in repressive societies and counter authoritarian efforts to weaken international scrutiny of their regimes.
Freedom House's programs support human rights and democracy advocates in their efforts to promote open government, defend human rights, strengthen civil society, and facilitate the free flow of information and ideas. We assist through grants and programs that provide emergency support, training, and support to courageous defenders around the world. In addition, Freedom House helps through advocacy and visible demonstrations of solidarity on behalf of counterparts abroad.
Freedom House has 13 field offices, two US offices (Washington, D.C. and New York City, N.Y.), and a global staff of nearly 200, including contractors. The organization’s operating budget is roughly $35 million, with a blend of public (coming from United States Government sources such as USAID and the Department of State) and private (individuals, foundations, and corporations) support.
Working closely with other Freedom House (FH) staff, the Director of Business Development leads the organization’s public sector business development initiatives for FH’s democracy and human rights activities around the globe. The position requires a candidate with deep knowledge of business development vis-à-vis the U.S. Government, particularly the U.S. State Department and USAID, and/or programmatic experience in the democracy, rights and governance (DRG) sector. The candidate must have a proven record of developing and implementing successful nonprofit business development strategies that encompass strong and productive relationships with key donors; collaborating and working across teams to design high quality funding proposals and budgets; and developing a robust pipeline of funding proposals and new awards. The Director will lead and shape the organization’s nascent business development team, currently consisting of two additional staff.
Applications received by August 27 will receive full consideration.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS
Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, or related field required; master’s degree or equivalent in political science, international relations, or related field strongly preferred
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