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Partnerships Director

Digital Rights Watch

This is a unique opportunity to support the growth of a human rights non-profit, shaping its day-to-day operations, and collaborating with an active and engaged board to achieve its partnerships and resourcing goals.

You will be responsible for guiding our small but growing team to further the growth objectives of the organisation. You will represent the interests of Digital Rights Watch to government, corporate partners and the technology sector. You will lead our engagement with organisational partners both here in Australia and globally to further the collective impact of the digital rights movement.

You’ll be responsible for securing ongoing funding for Digital Rights Watch’s work from public donations, philanthropic sources and corporate partnerships. You will work with our Board, staff, and volunteers to develop policy positions and engage with partners to advocate for positive change.

Responsibilities include:


  • Work proactively with the board on the strategic direction for the organisation
  • Develop operational and programme focus and frameworks
  • Prepare funding applications, agreements and acquittals


  • Ensure and oversee financial planning, management, performance
  • Secure public, private, and philanthropic sector funding & resources
  • Nurture organisational relationships that support and expand organisational capacity

Campaigns and communications

  • Support the implementation of campaigns, communications strategies and outreach activities
  • Advocate at local/state/national levels to government, business, and community
  • Represent Digital Rights Watch in local, national, and international forums

Personal attributes we're looking for:

  • Significant previous experience in a similar role in the not-for-profit sector
  • Honest and open leadership and management skills in a complex multi-disciplinary organisation
  • The ability to analyse and conceptualise problems and formulate and execute solutions
  • Demonstrated capacity for teamwork, coaching, and staff development
  • Significant executive managerial experience and a successful track record of managing teams to achieve strategic objectives and operational targets
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills as well as a good knowledge and respect of human rights and technology sectors

Digital Rights is an emerging field of human rights work around the world. Whilst experience with this work is preferable, campaign skills and experience from other fields are also applicable. Formal qualifications and experience are less important to us than the right attitude and passion. If you’re interested in this role, please do apply.

About Digital Rights Watch

Founded in 2016, Digital Rights Watch is a national charity whose mission is to ensure that Australians are equipped, empowered and enabled to uphold their digital rights. We believe that digital rights are human rights which see their expression online.

Our vision is for a digital world where all humanity can thrive, and where diversity and creativity flourishes.

To ensure this, our digital world must be underpinned by equality, freedom and established human rights principles. Its evolution and future must be guided and driven by the interests of all people and the environments we live in.

Digital Rights Watch exists to defend and promote this vision – to ensure fairness, freedoms and fundamental rights for all people who engage in the digital world.

Salary and contract

This is a part time (0.6FTE) fixed term 3 month contract (with possibility of extension to 12 months).

The salary being offered is $125,000 per annum (pro-rata 0.6FTE) including 9.5% superannuation.

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