Executive Director – Program Human Rights & Global Economy – Boston, MA

Northeastern University

Executive Director – Program Human Rights & Global Economy

Requisition Number: STFR000219

Division/College: School of Law

FT/PT: Full Time

Grade: 14

Position Summary:

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), twenty-four-month position that is subject to renewal of grant funding.

The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (“PHRGE”) of Northeastern University School of Law (“NUSL”) was founded in 2005 as a law school-based program to engage in the study, promotion, implementation and constructive critique of rights-based approaches to economic development and social transformation, with particular attention to economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights. PHRGE’s mission is threefold: (1) to encourage and deepen scholarship on economic, social and cultural rights and the global economy; (2) to work to implement human rights norms and sound economic development approaches worldwide; and (3) to train the human rights lawyers of the 21st century. To those ends, PHRGE sponsors an on-line ESC rights journal with an international circulation; develops human rights analyses, reports and briefs to support litigation and other advocacy efforts domestically and internationally; convenes scholars and activists engaged with ESC rights issues for discussion and exchanges; sponsors human rights programming at NUSL; and sponsors several funded human rights cooperative education placements for NUSL law students.

PHRGE seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial and skilled Executive Director to lead the program in fulfilling its mission. The Executive Director is responsible for programmatic, financial and administrative management of PHRGE. In addition to overall responsibility for day to day operations, the Executive Director will be expected to play a strong, visible, and strategic role in building relationships with scholars of ESC rights, with non-governmental organizations working on ESC rights issues, with other institution-based human rights programs and with policy-makers interested ESC rights issues. Effective fundraising is an essential part of the job, as is development and management of a small staff, including student assistants.


Candidates must have a strong commitment to economic and social rights and to the mission of PHRGE.

Education & Knowledge:

• A J.D. or advanced degree in closely allied field is required;

• Knowledge of human rights, particularly ESC rights issues, is preferred.

• At least five years of increasingly responsible experience in a professional environment, preferably in nonprofit or political work involving legal issues.

• Experience working closely with faculty in a higher education setting, preferably with law school faculty.

• Proven track record in nonprofit fundraising.

• Proven track record of professional writing, evidenced by published writing or participation on a law review or other professional or academic journal.

• Experience in hiring and/or supervising staff and volunteers.

• Experience in budgeting and financial management.

• Above average computer competency, including experience with databases and new media.

Desired Skills and Attributes:

• Exceptional writing and editing skills, including ability to participate at a high level in preparing academic articles and ESC rights reports produced by PHRGE;

• Familiarity with ESC rights and human rights principles in international human rights law.

 Appetite for fundraising and developing organizational structures and support

• Familiarity with online publication and new media.

• Demonstrated leadership and coordination abilities.

• Very strong oral and interpersonal communications skills.

• Creative and strategic thinker.

• Ability to motivate and influence others.

• Success at keeping multiple projects organized.

• Capacity for strategic thinking and long-term organizational planning.

• Flexibility to work occasional weekends/evenings.

• Ability to travel to selected national conferences and meetings as needed.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

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Executive Director – Program Human Rights & Global Economy – Boston, MA