Executive Director

05 Nov, 2022


Executive Director

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law
New York, NY

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law is hiring an Executive Director to run the Center’s academic programs and global networks and, in doing so, enhance the Center’s global profile. The Director will also help operationalize the Center’s mission to promote human rights solutions and strengthen human rights practice through the development of innovative methodologies, tools, and resources.

The Executive Director (ED) will work closely with other members of the CHRGJ team to run and implement these academic programs and initiatives. The person in this position will report directly to the Center’s Faculty Chair, with whom the Executive Director will collaborate closely to achieve the Center’s vision for human rights scholarship, education and practice.

About the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ)

In the twenty years since its inception, CHRGJ has become the hub of human rights study and practice at NYU Law, the top-ranked program for international law in the country and one of the premier law schools in the world. The Center’s location in New York – home of the United Nations and many human rights NGOs – places the Center at a unique physical and conceptual intersection of human rights scholarship and practice.

CHRGJ aims to generate substantive and cutting-edge contributions to human rights action, research, and legal scholarship on the part of faculty, staff, students, fellows, and visitors; actively engage in public affairs; and make original and constructive contributions to ongoing strategic thinking and public debates relating to human rights. CHRGJ carries out this mandate with a talented team of scholars, lawyers, and advocates, working under the interdisciplinary direction of four Faculty Directors renowned in their fields.


Overall Responsibilities:

·        The ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all academic programs. She or he will enhance and implement CHRGJ’s organizational vision and ensure ongoing programmatic excellence.

·        The ED will work closely with the Center’s Chair to oversee financial and administrative operations, achieve the Center’s vision, strengthen its internal and external communications, expand its resource base through fundraising, and ensure the smooth internal operation of the Center.

·        In addition, she or he will develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge that is generated by the programs and work collaboratively with the CHRGJ team to integrate cross-program activities and functions.

Academic Programs

·        The Director will run the academic programs and experiential learning opportunities that the Center offers to train the next generation of human rights scholars and practitioners, including NYU law students as well as other students.

·        These types of programs include summer internships and term-time research opportunities.

·        The Center offers a series of fellowships to emerging and experienced human rights practitioners and scholars from around the world as part of its vision to support innovation in the human rights field. The ED will help design, implement, and oversee these scholar and practitioner fellowships and cultivate a community among the cohort of current and past fellows.

Global Networks

·        The ED will design, develop, and manage the global networks that the Center spearheads and in which it participates. This includes research networks with other human rights centers at leading universities and research institutions.

·        The ED will help organize flagship Center’s events, including a global conferences that generate innovative solutions for pressing human rights challenges.

·        The ED will manage visits from scholars and others, making these opportunities for engagement with the NYU Law community as well as the human rights community beyond NYU.

·        The ED will develop and execute a strategy for academic programs and initiatives that ensures these programmatic elements of the Center’s work raises its global profile and influence and helps to achieve the Center’s vision.


The Executive Director will have at least five years of experience with academic and/or training programs or practice, including management experience, in the human rights or global justice fields. Nonprofit experience is a plus, with a strong preference for someone who has operated in a fast-growing environment that has limited budgets and resources.

Specific requirements include:

  • Demonstrated experience in academic and/or training program management
  • Experience in human rights or global justice practice and/or research
  • Organization development and personnel management experience
  • General management skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • Native level proficiency in English is required; proficiency in other languages is highly desirable

Personal Characteristics:

  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills, extremely collegial
  • Forwarding-looking and innovative
  • Outstanding communications skills with diverse audiences and partner organizations, written and oral
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and good judgment
  • Hands-on, leads by example
  • Values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining vigilant attention to details


The position comes with a competitive salary and a generous array of benefits, which include medical, dental and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here:  http://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/Professional-Research-Staff-Code-103.htm

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter through Interfolio. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The expected start date is December 1, 2022, though may be subject to change depending on the specific circumstances of the selected candidate.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Job posted: 2022-11-05