About Accountability Counsel

For 10 years, Accountability Counsel has amplified the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. Our team of world-class advocates work directly with communities challenging human rights and environmental abuses financed from abroad. We specialize in the accountability offices that have been created to address these abuses. Our policy advocates work to ensure that those accountability offices are transparent, independent, fair, accessible, and effective. Our research tracks global complaints and exposes patterns in the accountability system that can be used to prevent harm. We also convene a global network of advocates to foster a movement for accountability in international finance. In all our work, we employ respect-based methods to ensure that marginalized people, particularly women and girls, are included as full participants in community strategies seeking accountability.

The Position

Accountability Counsel is seeking a motivated, mission-driven person to work side-by-side with our Executive Director (ED) to support our ED’s effectiveness, as well as a collaborative role supporting our fundraising, communications, and overall organizational excellence. As a key member of our Executive team, it is essential that the Executive Coordinator maintains up-to-date knowledge of Accountability Counsel’s work across all programs through engagement with our global team. This role requires strong written and oral communications, superb attention to detail, and a high degree of professionalism––while remaining resourceful, flexible, and proactive. The Executive Coordinator will also represent Accountability Counsel and our mission to external stakeholders.

This full-time, San Francisco-based position offers the opportunity for quick professional development and growth at an organization planning expansion in the years to come. The Executive Coordinator will have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the world’s leading experts in international human and environmental rights on a unique, multi-disciplinary team.

Specific Responsibilities

Among other duties as may be required, the Executive Coordinator’s responsibilities include:

A. Supporting the Executive Team

  • Support the ED’s effective written, telephonic, and in-person engagement, helping to prioritize follow-up in alignment with established goals;
  • Manage the ED’s active calendar, including organizing and executing events such as donor meetings, fundraisers, travel, and speaking engagements;
  • Prepare meeting materials and participate in meetings as requested, often to take notes and produce minutes;
  • Manage the calendar for the Accountability Counsel Board of Directors, including working with the Board Chair to schedule meetings and prepare materials;
  • Coordinate with and support the organization’s fundraising efforts; and
  • Complete expense reports and other administrative responsibilities as needed to support the overall success of the Executive team.

B. Supporting Fundraising & Communications

  • Support a comprehensive fundraising plan and calendar, including production of a quarterly development dashboard, in close coordination with the Global Operations Manager;
  • Maintain electronic donor management system to track correspondence, grants, and individual donations;
    Draft grant reports and proposals;
  • Send thank you notes and tax letters to donors;
    Continually seek to improve Accountability Counsel’s development systems and outcomes, including through prospect research;
  • Manage mailing lists and newsletters, including regular email updates and annual report distribution; and
  • Contribute to high-level and strategic communications, including blogs, social media, and website updates.

C. Supporting the Organization Broadly

  • Contribute to special projects and assist in various aspects of Accountability Counsel’s work as requested by the ED or other Accountability Counsel team members;
  • Participate as a team member in Accountability Counsel staff meetings to understand and communicate around Accountability Counsel’s mission, values, and work; and
  • Contribute to team appreciation initiatives and promote wellness across the organization.


The Executive Coordinator is required to have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or three years direct experience assisting a high-level executive, ideally in a fast-paced nonprofit environment;
  • High attention to detail and concern for providing an exceptional work product;
    Excellent written, verbal, analytical, and organizational skills;
  • Honest, direct, and transparent communication style;
  • Ability to learn quickly, work under pressure, organize, and prioritize workload, and meet multiple and often tight deadlines;
  • Good judgment and the ability to think strategically and creatively in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to understand the need for and to maintain sensitive and confidential information;
  • Positive attitude, a sense of humor, and excellent interpersonal skills, including a high degree of empathy, patience, and ability to work in a multicultural environment;
  • Enthusiasm for communicating with supporters and potential supporters;
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission of Accountability Counsel, including our community-led and respect-based approach; and
  • Ability to legally work in the U.S. (please confirm in your cover letter).

Experience with a fundraising database, preferably Salesforce, is highly valued.

Compensation and Benefits

Accountability Counsel offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Our superb benefits package includes full health, vision, and dental coverage with the option to add a Flexible Spending Account (FSA); 401(k) retirement plans; and other unique benefits that make Accountability Counsel a wonderful place to work.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the application form below. Your application should include:

  • Cover letter stating your qualifications;
  • Resume; and
  • Short writing sample (no more than 5 pages).

We will begin reviewing applications on January 6, 2020. The anticipated start date for this position is March 2, 2020. Due to the expected high volume of response, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted regarding next steps in the application process.

Accountability Counsel is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other prohibited category. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.

Application Form