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

Position overview

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

Application Window

Open date: October 25, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

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 Promise Institute 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 https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies/the-call; and http://www.ucop.edu/acadpersonnel/apm/welcome.html.)

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 https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08012 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 https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

J.D. or equivalent

Application Requirements

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 EDI Statement FAQ document.
    (Optional)

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

Names and contact information for at least five professional references

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08012

Help contact: sasis@law.ucla.edu

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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