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Want to work at MADRE? MADRE is located in New York City, and staff/interns are required to live within a commuting distance of Manhattan.

Staff Positions

Senior Program Director

MADRE seeks an experienced Senior Program Director with a strong background in and deep commitment to women’s human rights. The ideal candidate will have team management experience to grow and further develop a proven program, as well as a strong capacity to lead programs, partner with the Executive Director and work collaboratively with a high-performance management team.


  • Design, manage and lead creation and implementation of MADRE Programs.
  • Identify opportunities for new initiatives or program expansion to achieve MADRE’s mission and vision and generate the next iteration of MADRE’s work.
  • Work closely with the ED and Leadership Team to determine program strategy, capacity planning, and resource mobilization.
  • Monitor programmatic needs, opportunities and achievements; support and contribute to the establishment of impact metrics and methodologies.
  • Work closely with Executive Director and Human Rights Advocacy Director to develop international advocacy strategy and lead select campaigns.
  • Supervise, coach and mentor Program Team Directors.
  • Ensure all program areas and teams set strategic goals and operational plans and monitor implementation.
  • Oversee fiscal management for Programs, including budget development, analysis, and monitoring in partnership with Finance Department.
  • Develop appropriate information sharing systems and tools within the organization and externally.
  • Produce new knowledge for the field, communicate MADRE’s impact and represent MADRE to external audiences, including through written publication and oral presentation.
  • Work closely with the ED on organizational development initiatives, policies and practices to support overall management objectives.
  • Support the Development team by serving as a trusted programmatic voice, collaborating on fundraising and grant writing efforts as well as ensuring timely and accurate submission of all relevant reports.
  • Develop and nurture collaborations, and represent MADRE to external partners and colleagues including funders and individual supporters, peer organizations, policymakers, media and other stakeholders.


  • At least 7 years of relevant experience (more a plus), with at least two years in a team management role and/or program development.
  • Demonstrated success developing and evaluating program models, and selecting and successfully operationalizing innovative programs.
  • Strong project management skills managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth.
  • Experience having worked with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group.
  • Strength in hiring, recruiting, managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility, span-of-control and performance.
  • Deep understanding of human resources, employee performance improvement plans, and corrective action policies.
  • Demonstrated results in managing through complex systems and proven experience negotiating win-win agreements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a demonstrated commitment to and passion for women’s rights.
  • Spanish proficiency preferred; other languages a plus.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Demonstrated engagement with and understanding of international and regional human rights advocacy mechanisms, including the United Nations and the Inter-American Human Rights system.
  • Comfort and experience with various forms of public speaking including panel events, high level meetings, and trainings.

Please email your resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.

Digital Outreach Coordinator

MADRE seeks a committed women’s rights activist to coordinate our digital outreach programs. We are looking for a skillful communicator, with background in developing websites, managing social media platforms, coordinating digital production, and creating and implementing online outreach strategies.

Our ideal candidate will be extremely detail oriented, a strong writer, and able to manage projects and prioritize responsibilities with competing deadlines.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to


Website Development and Management

  • Maintain, write, and regularly update web content to help meets established engagement, fundraising and visibility objectives.
  • Liaise between MADRE communications and program staff to generate content that advances organization objectives and reflects current programming.
  • Liaise with external partners to generate and post content on shared web platforms.
  • Create and implement of online marketing plans for website, publications, campaigns, and events.
  • Work with vendors to upgrade website functionality and design as needed.
  • Implement an ongoing strategy for search engine optimization.
  • Ensure and maintain editorial consistency and web style guidelines.
  • Monitor and report on website analytics, and propose and implement improvements.

Social Media Management

  • Manage and post content regularly to MADRE’s social networks, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Coordinate MADRE participation in external social media campaigns and discussion.
  • Monitor, report on and propose methods to improve social media metrics.
  • Manage and report on impact of social media advertising

Multimedia and Design Coordination

  • Manage the organization’s digital assets, by maintaining and improving upon our internal systems
  • Integrate multimedia content and capabilities into website. Design and edit graphics as needed.
  • Coordinate the capture of video and audio reflecting MADRE’s programs.
  • Edit and upload video to MADRE platforms (website, YouTube, Instagram). Also coordinate with external vendors, designers and editors for more intensive projects.
  • Research, design and implement advertising for MADRE campaigns.


  • Knowledge of and commitment to MADRE’s vision and programs
  • Strong research, writing, proofreading and editing skills
  • Strong ability to map and engage with relevant audiences
  • Data-driven approach to decision-making and creating strategy
  • Familiarity with HTML, Drupal or other content management systems
  • Familiarity with social media platforms, namely Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Familiarity with E-Tapestry or a similar online database
  • Familiarity with Photoshop, InDesign and Final Cut Pro
  • Familiarity with audio editing software, such as Audacity
  • Familiarity with ResourceSpace, or other digital asset management systems
  • Ability to work under pressure with competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Experience prepping graphics and video for web
  • Spanish or Arabic language skills strongly desired 



MADRE internships are a great way to learn new skills, gain work experience and support MADRE's work with women and families worldwide.

Internships take place at the MADRE office in Manhattan. MADRE offers three internship sessions throughout the year: Summer (June-August), Fall (September-December), and Spring (January-May).

Please send your application to ONLY one email address. If you wish to apply to multiple internships send your application to your first choice and include your other choices in your cover letter.

Internship positions include:

Communications Intern

Interns will learn practical skills of:

  • Monitoring international news reports related to MADRE program areas and partnerships;
  • Assisting with producing and editing audio and video contentt;
  • Assisting in creating content, designing and producing MADRE print materials and newsletters;
  • Assisting with e-communications to MADRE's membership;
  • Conducting research and drafting content for MADRE's website;
  • Assisting with social networking initiatives;
  • Providing research assistance as needed;
  • Assisting with event planning and outreach.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Human Rights Program Intern

Length of Internship: 3 to 6 months

Interns will learn practical skills of:

  • Conducting research and compiling reports on issues related to MADRE’s thematic initiatives:1) Rape as a Weapon of War; 2) Climate Justice and Gender Justice; 3) Sexual Rights;
  • Developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks, data collection tools, and processing information received from partners;
  • Monitoring UN debates and processes on issues related to MADRE's work;
  • Providing support with programmatic updates, highlights, and reports to donors;
  • Providing administrative and logistics support to Program Staff.


  • Knowledge and/or experience in gender and human rights issues
  • Strong analytical, writing, and communications skills; excellent organizational skills;
  • Full proficiency (reading, writing, and speaking) in Spanish is required
  • Knowledge and/or experience in monitoring and evaluation for nonprofits
  • Ability to be flexible and to work independently, yet in close coordination with peers and supervisors;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Human Rights Legal Advocacy Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)

Interns will learn practical skills of:

  • Representing MADRE at meetings and in coalition work with other NGOs and UN contacts;
  • Following and participating in UN processes, such as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and others, as needed;
  • Drafting, editing and submitting memoranda, reports, and testimony to UN human rights bodies, as needed;
  • Conducting research for publications and program work on gender dimensions of women’s health and violence against women; and peace building and women’s political participation;
  • Monitoring, investigating, and documenting human rights developments in the field, and reporting findings quickly and regularly;
  • Developing and implementing advocacy strategies for addressing the abuses documented;
  • Collaborating with MADRE Program and Human Rights Advocacy staff.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Humanitarian Aid Campaign Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)

Interns will learn practical skills of:

  • Engage in ongoing aid campaigns by soliciting, gathering, and inventorying material donations that meet the specific needs of MADRE’s sister organizations around the world.
  • Maintain and update large donor and inventory databases.
  • Research women’s human rights issues as background for student outreach and new campaign launches.
  • Design and write promotional materials in a variety of media.
  • Assist with planning and execution of donor events and fundraisers.
  • Position may involve lifting and transporting boxes around New York City; interns will also provide occasional administrative support to MADRE staff.
  • Experienced interns may have the opportunity to launch their own humanitarian aid campaigns


  • Passionate about human rights and social justice;
  • Some research, writing, and data/ inventory skills;
  • Knowledge of MS Office suite, Technologically savvy;
  • Some experience in soliciting donations.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Please send your application to ONLY one email address. If you wish to apply to multiple internships send your application to your first choice and include your other choices in your cover letter.

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