Executive Director – Law School Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota



Completed J.D. degree.  Minimum of three years professional experience working in human rights or international law.  Human rights or international law experience with at least one of the following areas:  practice, advocacy, government or philanthropy. Demonstrated success in promoting and supporting diversity. A collegial, consultative management style with the ability to be strong and decisive and to work co-operatively. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals, including faculty, staff, students, community representatives, NGO’s and international organization. Strong communication skills and good judgment; ability to multi-task effectively; ability to make decisions quickly but thoughtfully. Ability to work to tight time lines in an efficient and effective manner. Capacity to effective utilize social and other media. Ability to effectively represent the Center to internal and external constituents.


In addition to required qualifications, human rights or international law experience in litigation, human rights advocacy experience in a domestic or international non-governmental organizations, government practice in human rights or international law, publications in scholarly or policy fora, or grant writing. Previous experience supervising full-time employees, managing a budget, and fundraising.  Previous experience coordinating conferences or events.

About the Job


In collaboration with the faculty director, the Executive Director will oversee administration and management of the Human Rights Center.  This position will hire and supervise center staff, as needed.  Responsibilities include fundraising and development, budget planning and oversight of sponsored projects, monitoring the progress of projects, grant writing, student mentoring, fostering collaborative opportunities; coordinating events and conference, writing and editing reports to funding agencies, and outreach. The Executive Director will co-ordinate with other relevant administrators in the Law School and University to ensure effective operation of the Center. This is a mid-level position that requires previous leadership and experience in human rights, international law or related fields. The Executive Director will report to the faculty director.

This is a 100% time, 12 month academic administrative (P&A) appointment, renewable annually as adequate funding for the position is available.
How To Apply:

Priority deadline for applications is July 31st; position open until filled.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Location: The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

Deadline: Priority deadline for applications is July 31st; position open until filled.

Read more and apply here.

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