Director of Human Rights Practice

Location
Chicago, IL
Posted
Feb 21, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Hyde Park Campus

Department
42614 Human Rights

About the Unit

Job Information

*Please read carefully. Applicants who do not submit all the required documents will not be considered further for this position.

Job Summary:

The Director of Human Rights will establish a problem-based Human Rights Laboratory designed to engage students (undergraduate and graduate) in offering solutions to real world human rights problems. This is a three-year position.

Required Project Statement:

Applicants must present a 1500-word statement outlining the human rights question they want to address over their three years as Director of Human Rights Practice. This statement should open with the question the applicant seeks to pursue and then outline the nature of the problem and why it is pressing; discuss how the applicant would work with students with what forms of methods and practices in the Human Rights Laboratory to address the question and make the problem visible; offer a list of and rationale for short term residencies by at least three practitioners who would help advance work on the project; and briefly outline the ways in which the project would disseminate its work to intervene in public discourse and/or public policy debates by the end of the three year period.

We encourage projects from a variety of practices including arts-based projects that explore questions surrounding the rights of migrants and asylum seekers, LGBTQ and women's rights, indigenous peoples' rights, policing and other law enforcement practices, the right to shelter, public health, the right to water or land, homelessness, or statelessness. We are particularly interested in practitioners who use innovative new practices including social media, the visual arts, or big data…

Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Director of Human Rights Practice will center on the establishment and direction of a Human Rights Laboratory, including:

  • Working on a specific human rights problem through the development of a curriculum in human rights practice, including the teaching of two small clinic style courses per year of your own design;
  • Organizing and overseeing short term practitioner residencies related to the work of the Laboratory;
  • Establishing new linkages between the Pozen Center and civil society and government-supported human rights entities globally, nationally and locally;
  • Ensuring the Laboratory-based project has impact in its field beyond the university; and assisting in the operation of the Pozen Center's current human rights internship program.


Salary is competitive.

Additional Information:

We encourage projects from a variety of practices including arts-based projects that explore questions surrounding the rights of migrants and asylum seekers, LGBTQ and women's rights, indigenous peoples' rights, policing and other law enforcement practices, the right to shelter, public health, the right to water or land, homelessness, or statelessness. We are particularly interested in practitioners who use innovative new practices including social media, the visual arts, or big data.

A substantial program budget will be available to the Director to the build the Laboratory. We encourage applications from a variety of practitioners, including individuals with human rights experience in non-governmental organizations, non-profits, government (local, national, regional or international) and foundations along with writers, journalists and artists. Successful applicants may hold a PhD or professional degrees (JD, MFA, MD, MPH, LCSW, MSW and RN/NP) or other evidence of professional stature (Guggenheim Fellowship, etc.). All applicants must have a least five years experience in human rights practice. Preference will be given to practitioners who have had experience working with students as part of their practice.

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2018. The work of the human rights program at the University of Chicago is informed by an interdisciplinary commitment to the theory and practice of human rights among students and faculty across the university. A major gift from the Pozen family endowed the Center in 2014. Along with a robust curriculum that includes a human rights minor for undergraduates and a human rights certificate for PhD students, the Center has provided hundreds of students with fully funded summer human rights internships around the globe. PhD students whose research and teaching has been supported by the Center are now teaching and staffing human rights centers and programs across the country. Additionally, graduates of the professional schools have moved on to careers in national and international human rights and humanitarian organizations. Interdisciplinary faculty-led research projects, workshops and seminars have brought together scholars and practitioners on the Chicago campus and at the University's Beijing and Delhi Centers around some of the most pressing human rights concerns of our day. Further details of the Pozen Center's mission and activities can be found at https://humanrights.uchicago.edu.

Review of applications will begin on 5 March 2018 with final decisions in spring 2018.

Note: Please compile application documents (cover letter, CV, and project statement) and upload as a single PDF when prompted for Resume/CV in application system.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

Education:
  • PhD or Professional degree (JD, MFA, MD, MPH, LCSW, MSW, RN/NP) or evidence of professional stature (Guggenheim Fellowship, etc.)


Experience:
  • Five years experience in human rights practice


Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1500-Word Project Statement (described above)


Other Required Documents:

*Applicants who do not submit all the required documents will not be considered for further consideration for this position.
  • Three letters of reference that speak directly to qualifications and ability to successfully realize the proposed project must be emailed by the recommenders to human-rights@uchicago.edu by 5 March 2018.


Benefit Eligibility
Yes

Pay Frequency
Monthly

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours
37.5

Union
Non-Union

Job is Exempt?
Yes

Drug Test Required?
No

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?
No

Health Screen Required?
No

Background Check Required?

Yes

Posting Date
2018-02-02-08:00

Remove from Posting On or Before
2018-08-02-07:00

Posting Statement:

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Full time
JR00428

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