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Deputy Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic

Recruitment Period

Open May 3rd, 2019 through Friday, Jul 12, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Promise Institute at UCLA School of Law is seeking a highly motivated Deputy Director with sustained experience in the practice of human rights to join the senior management team of the Promise Institute and develop a semester-long Human Rights Law Clinic. The clinic, which will have a domestic focus, will serve as the second human rights clinical course offered annually with the support of the Institute. The Institute is especially interested in a clinic that would support social justice and public interest work of communities and organization in Los Angeles with an interest in applying a human rights frame to their work.

The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law was founded in 2017 as a center of human rights education, research and advocacy. Students engaged with the Promise Institute gain a strong foundation in human rights law, participate in experiential programs and encounter a wide range of human rights scholars and activists on campus and beyond. The Promise Institute also serves as a hub for innovative and interdisciplinary research in critical contemporary issues in human rights law and practice, supporting faculty and advanced graduate student research, building collaborative projects on a series of thematic foci and convening an array of scholarly engagements. We engage with a range of activists and policy makers to drive positive change in human rights, and support a diverse program of human rights fellowships designed to enable students to launch careers in the practice of human rights law.

The Deputy Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law will play a leading role in the development, management and strategic vision of the Institute, and will create and teach a new clinic in International Human Rights Law. The Promise Institute will extend its current clinical offerings in International Human Rights Law by institutionalizing a second semester International Human Rights clinic. The Institute is committed to teaching and advancing human rights both in the United States and internationally, and the new clinic will contribute to this by including a focus on local and domestic human rights issues as well as the Inter-American system.

The incumbent will work at the direction of, and in collaboration with, the Executive Director and Faculty Director of the Promise Institute.

The minimum requirements for this position include:

· An excellent academic record;

· A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, or LLM from equivalent international law school;

· Membership in the California Bar or a willingness to sit for the California bar examination;

· 5-7 years’ experience in the practice of international human rights law and advocacy;

· Teaching experience, preferably in a clinical setting;

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

· Demonstrated management, administrative and organizational skills.

The ideal candidate for this position brings a network of US-based human rights activists with whom meaningful clinical projects can be developed, as well as experience in the Inter-American system.

Established ties with Los Angeles-based organizations or communities and fluent Spanish are advantages, as is experience working with social movements.

The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenure track academic position. 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 July 12, 2019 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 (

Job location

Los Angeles, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A letter discussing your interest, qualifications and/or experience.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • List of References - Names and contact information for at least five (5) professional references

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

Reference requirements
  • 5-7 required (contact information only)