Executive Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law - Now Hiring at University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles

Full-Time

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Not defined

23 Nov → 23 Dec

Job Description

Executive Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF08012

The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law is seeking an Executive Director with sustained experience in human rights to provide bold leadership, strategic vision, and creativity to lead this center for human rights education, research, and advocacy. The Institute is, by design, a dynamic one and the Executive Director will have significant opportunity to creatively shape the Institute's mission and initiatives together with key faculty and leaders at UCLA School of Law. The Institute's work is currently focused around advancing accountability, the environment, migration, race and indigeneity, and technology. These areas of focus may evolve over time in light of advances in the field, opportunities for impact, and the research of School of Law faculty. The Executive Director will engage with students and faculty at UCLA, as well as leading human rights lawyers, activists, and policymakers from across UCLA campus and beyond to cultivate a vibrant and far-reaching intellectual community. The Executive Director will lead a talented team, and will oversee the Institute's core programs, fundraising, and operation; convene symposia, conferences, and new initiatives; work with faculty to launch research and policy projects that deepen knowledge about and address the crucial human rights issues of our time; conduct outreach to build a human rights network connected to the Institute; develop innovative curricular opportunities that train UCLA Law students to become the next generation of human rights leaders; and support the placement of UCLA graduates in positions of impact.

About the Promise Institute at UCLA Law

The at UCLA Law was founded in 2017 with a visionary $20 million gift to create a hub for human rights work on UCLA campus and across the region. The Institute was established to train the next generation of human rights lawyers and leaders; generate vital scholarship; disseminate research and policy work; and develop programs for on-the-ground assistance to address the most pressing contemporary human rights concerns of our time; and to build a dynamic network for human rights advocacy centered at UCLA.

The Institute is situated within UCLA School of Law, which, founded in 1949, is the youngest major law school in the nation. With approximately 100 faculty and 1,100 students, the school is very well ranked in the field of international law. The Institute will also coordinate its work in collaboration with UCLA School of Law's International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP).

Executive Director of the Promise Institute

Working with the Institute's Faculty Director(s), core faculty, and senior law school leaders, and an Advisory Board, the Executive Director will lead a talented team and will have overall strategic and operational responsibilities for the Institute's programming, staff, fundraising, budget, and mission. The Executive Director will help map out the overall goals of the Institute and be responsible for their day-to-day implementation. The Executive Director will also help expand a sustainable fundraising framework for the Institute. In addition to successful experience as a manager and innovative leader, the Executive Director must have the capacity to collaborate with the broad spectrum of the Institute's audiences and build an intellectual community for leaders in the human rights field, and the substantive expertise and communication skills to serve as an effective leader and representative of the Institute. The Executive Director must be dedicated to working toward creative solutions to human rights crises across the world.

The ideal candidate will have a J.D. (or equivalent degree); at least 5+ years of successful senior management and leadership experience; a track record of innovation, program leadership and program building; extensive experience, engagement and understanding of law, politics, economics, history, and policy related to human rights; experience with the United Nations system or international human rights courts or tribunals (including international criminal courts or tribunals); experience working directly with individuals or communities to promote their human rights; an excellent reputation and an extensive established network in the human rights community, both within the United States and internationally; advanced administrative and organizational skills; a proven track record in fundraising and budget management; strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse array of colleagues, students and the broader community; strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to draw on the ideas of others and convert them into meaningful strategies and plans and to represent those ideas to a variety of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, policymakers, the public and the press; ability to facilitate dialogues, identify barriers to effectiveness, and generate support for solutions; and high professional and ethical standards that reflect UCLA's core values, purpose, and mission.

This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenure track, academic position. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See ; and .)

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Wednesday, November 23, 2022, but will be considered thereafter through December 21, 2022, or until the position is filled. Please apply online at by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses for at least five professional references.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at .

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy,

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