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Paid and voluntary positions in London and the Bay Area are posted here. For positions in other offices (Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Survival Brasil), please see the Survival website in the relevant language.

Please note, Survival doesn’t send volunteers to tribal communities, or sponsor any visitors other than our own staff. We do assist some projects with tribal peoples, but these are run by the tribes themselves.

Why join our team?

Working at Survival is about being part of a brave organization with a long and inspiring history, one that effects real change. Our work is preventing the annihilation of tribes worldwide. And our campaigns have succeeded, time and time again.

Our objective is to champion tribal peoples’ rights and so diversity and inclusion is the cornerstone of our work. Survival is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace and actively welcomes applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We will not discriminate on the basis of any aspect of your identity. 

We uphold these principles in our behaviors and practices – as an employer and as a campaigning organization.


VACANCY: Assistant to the Executive Director

Do you thrive in a varied environment where you are juggling different topics? Are you happy combining meticulous administrative work with bigger projects and strategic thinking? Do you want to work for a campaigning human rights organisation? We’re offering a rewarding opportunity for a highly motivated and efficient person to work as Assistant to the Executive Director of Survival International. 

This is a fascinating role where you will have insight into all aspects of the operation of a mid-sized, international campaigning organisation, and the chance to make a significant impact on our crucial work to uphold Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The right candidate will be able to develop the role in line with their strengths. Previous holders of this position have gone on to varied roles inside and outside Survival, and include the current Executive Director.  

The role encompasses a wide variety of tasks, subject to change as the organization evolves, and as the post-holder develops their skills. The following list is not exhaustive; but please note that this role will combine routine administrative support alongside other, more varied projects. 


Administrative support

  • Manage the Director’s schedule and calendar, and support travel arrangements.
  • Manage the flow of documents and processes needing sign off by the Director (and, on occasion, other departments), ensuring no bottlenecks arise.
  • Organize our biweekly (virtual) global staff meeting, our annual global staff gathering (once Covid precautions allow), and other internal events.
  • Administer our board of trustees, including sharing relevant information, arranging meetings, preparing relevant papers, taking minutes, etc.
  • Provide some basic HR support, including sending reminders on annual processes, keeping internal records up to date, and supporting recruitment as needed.
  • Support the Director and leadership team with other administrative tasks as they arise.

Communications and relationship management

  • Maintain relationships with high-value donors and support the Director in maintaining communications with these donors, and with high-profile / celebrity supporters (in coordination with Head of PR).
  • Deal with email correspondence for the Director, and assist the Supporter Services department with more complicated correspondence requiring Director input.
  • Serve as an internal communications focal point for the organization, sharing updates and organizational priorities with all staff as needed.
  • Help to manage our intranet and ensure it is kept up to date.
  • Lead production of our annual report.
  • Possibly manage any future Executive Director social media channels.

Project management

  • Coordinate between departments and act as a focal point when the organization as a whole is planning major events, initiatives or reactions to external happenings.
  • Provide coordination or other support for major projects, as these arise and in line with the strengths of the post-holder.

Skills, attributes and experience


  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to manage processes meticulously.
  • Excellent personal and networking skills, and the ability to build strong relationships.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize effectively; strong time management.
  • Flexibility and the demonstrated ability to manage a varied workload. 
  • Good written and oral English, and numeracy.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with absolute discretion.
  • A desire to serve the cause of Indigenous Peoples’ rights.
  • Commitment to Survival International's vision, mission, and values.
  • Availability for occasional travel.


At least one (or more!) of the following would greatly strengthen your candidacy, although the job can evolve in line with the particular skills and interests of the successful candidate, and we are willing to consider supporting an excellent candidate in developing their skills in areas of interest to them. 

  • Outstanding writing, editing or copy-editing skills.
  • Competence in any of Survival’s other working languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Hindi, Oriya).
  • Skills and experience in training and/or meeting facilitation, (including virtual).
  • Visual / graphic design skills.

What can we offer you? 

When you join Survival International, you’re getting more than just a career: you’re gaining a unique opportunity to join an exciting and unique campaigning organization. You will be working with an international team of passionate people who really care about human rights and want to change the status quo.

Being part of such a small (but growing!) team offers the opportunity for real variety in your day-to-day work and the development of your role.

We have generous annual leave (25 days plus bank holidays) and a cycle to work scheme.

Salary range: £26,000-£28,000 per annum, depending on experience
Hours of work: This is a full-time position (Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm) 
Location: London head office, with remote working*

*Although we are currently working remote due to Covid restrictions, this role will require presence in our London office.  You will need to be within commuting distance and prepared to travel to the London office regularly once Covid allows.

To apply

Close date for applications: 7 February 2022
Interviews: Beginning March 2022
To apply: Please complete the application form and send together with your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] All documents should be named as “[Your name] Assistant Application [item]”, where the item is “letter”, “application” or “cv”.

This is a reopening of a previous advert for this same position, advertised in November 2020. If you applied then, there is no need to reapply. Your application has been gratefully received and will be considered.

Please note: Candidates must have permission to work in the United Kingdom.