A Special UNA Careers Panel

What's it Really Like to Work for a Non-Profit

Communications and UN Relations Officer
UN Foundation

Manager for Strategic Events
International Rescue Committee

IdealistCareers.org (New York)

Director, LGBT Rights Program
Human Rights Watch




Tuesday, April 7, 2015

6:00-7:00 p.m. | Reception, Registration and Networking
7:00-8:30 p.m. | Program and Q+A

There will be a wine reception with light hors d'oeuvres

Hungarian Mission to the United Nations
227 East 52nd Street (between Second and Third Avenues)
New York, NY 10022


UNA Members: $10
UNA Student Members: FREE with current ID
Guests and Non-Members: $15

Careers in Non-Profits — More Dynamic Than You Think

Careers in the non-profit sector are endless and rewarding, as they focus a priority on helping others in the world while working at something you believe in deeply. They also more dynamic than many people think.

And while they are fulfilling and exciting, such a career sometimes involves meeting unexpected challenges. However, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, and knowing about both before you make a decision will better prepare you for success.

Please join us for our 2015 Spring Careers Panel on April 7 to hear from four professionals currently working in the non-profit field. Their valuable insights, pointers and savvy approaches to seeking and finding non-profit careers in this field are sure to be inspiring!

AMY AUGUSTON | Amy is Communications & UN Relations Officer for the United Nations Association of the USA, a program of the United Nations Foundation. In this role she has been secunded to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the office of the UN Special Envoy on Ebola to work on emergency communications in the Ebola crisis.

Ms. Auguston has previously held positions with World Food Programme, International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Watch, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

She holds a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

GWEN FRANKLIN | Gwen has been fundraising professionally for more than nine years, working with nonprofit organizations supporting the arts, environment, and humanitarian relief. In her current role as Strategic Events Manager at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), she supports the logistical planning and execution of IRC signature galas and donor cultivation events across the country.

Prior to her work with the IRC, she served in fundraising and event planning positions at the American Red Cross, Central Park Conservancy, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and Circle Modern Dance Company.

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities.

ALLISON JONES | Allison is passionate about connecting people to the resources they need to change the world. In her current role as editor at Idealist.org, she engages the Idealist community on social media — creating, curating, and sharing helpful job hunting and career building tips for people who want to work in the social impact space.

She also manages IdealistCareers.org, a blog for job seekers who want to work for the public good. Additionally, she also blogs about how Millennials can create careers that make a difference at allisonj.org. Drop her an email if you want to chat about careers, the social sector, and social media at allison@idealist.org.

Idealist.org is one of the largest nonprofits online. The organization currently have over 25,000 jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities listed on our site by nonprofits, social enterprises, and government agencies from around the world — stop by if you're ready to take action on a cause you care about!

Among other things, Allison will discuss topics from her article 10 Myths About Working in the Non-Profit Sector.

GRAEME REID | As the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, Graeme is an expert on LGBT rights. He has conducted research, taught and published extensively on gender, sexuality, LGBT issues, and HIV/AIDS.

Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2011, Reid was the founding director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa, a researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and a lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at Yale University. An anthropologist by training, Reid received an master's from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, HRW is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, HRW meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.

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