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Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:03 AM


Part-time, consultancy position, with option of flexible working hours
Location: Washington, D.C.

Hostage US is seeking a part-time Executive Assistant to join its team based in Washington, D.C. near DuPont Circle. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, Rachel Briggs, this role involves administration, communications, and a wider contribution to the organization’s mission and objectives. Hostage US is a small, dynamic team that will allow the Executive Assistant to make a tangible impact on the mission. This is a part-time position on a consultancy basis up to 20 hours per week. Flexible work hours will be considered for the right candidate.

· Providing administrative assistance to the Executive Director, including scheduling meetings, managing schedules, arranging travel, and filing expense claims.
· Conducting research and preparing briefing packs for the Executive Director to ensure she is properly prepared for meetings and events.
· Managing and updating core organization documents, such as the work plan, the fundraising tracker, and the organizational schedule in consultation with the Executive Director.
· Managing and updating the database to ensure effective communications with Hostage US contacts, partners and donors.
· Communicating with the Board of Directors, including organizing meetings and retreats, and assisting in the compilation of board papers.
· Assisting with organizational communications, such as newsletters, marketing for seminars and training, the website and social media.
· Other projects and activities, as needed.

Proven experience as an executive administrative assistant, senior executive assistant or a similar position
Full comprehension of office management systems and procedures
Ability to adhere to a strict confidentiality agreement
Excellent knowledge of MS Office
Exemplary planning and time management skills
Ability to multitask and prioritize daily workload
Able to work independently and efficiently
High level verbal and written communications skills; includes the ability to write concisely and effectively and ability to liaise with a range of contacts in a professional manner

How to apply
If you would like to apply for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter detailing why you are interested in the role, why you are compelled to serve the mission of Hostage US and how your experience meets the requirements of the role. Please include details of your salary expectations.
Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered. We will acknowledge all successful applications within two weeks of receipt, but only candidates selected for interview will receive a personal email.

Deadline for applications is August 21, 2017.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to

About Hostage US

Hostage US a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We ensure that Americans taken hostage abroad and their families receive the support and guidance they need to cope with the challenges a kidnapping. We provide support free of charge and on a fully confidential basis. We are an independent, non-governmental organization ready to serve the needs of hostages and their families. We are family first – family last.

We have a wide network of advisors and pro bono partners ready to deliver professional services to hostage families facing challenges including financial, legal, media, medical and mental health related challenges. Our people have a unique range of experience – we are former hostages and their family members, we are subject matter experts, we are former diplomats and those who have worked previously on kidnap cases, we are professionals from fields such as legal, financial advisory services, health and mental health. We are ready to support hostages and families wherever they are, and whatever their needs.

Hostage US is not involved in operational responses to kidnappings – we do not negotiate, raise ransoms or advise on any of these options. We cannot help to bring a loved one back, but we can make a frightening and lonely experience more bearable through care, support, information and access to the very best professional services.

Through our education program, we help organizations learn best practices to deliver high quality support to families and returning hostages. We offer a range of seminars, events and training for organizations whose staff have a risk of kidnapping.

For further information about Hostage US visit

Hostage US is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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