Director, International Human Rights Program

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Director, International Human Rights Program

Date Posted: 06/07/2021
Req ID:4877
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Law
Department: Faculty of Law
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


Under the general direction of the Assistant Dean J.D. Program (“Assistant Dean”), the Director of the International Human Rights Program (the “IHRP”) at the Faculty of Law (“the Faculty”) provides clinical, educational, and administrative leadership and support to the IHRP. The incumbent is the primary contact and responsible for all matters related to the IHRP. The Director oversees all of the IHRP’s advocacy initiatives, including the clinic, working groups, speaker series, Rights Review magazine, internships, and mentorship program. S/he works with the Faculty to select advocacy opportunities for the IHRP, supervises students working on advocacy, and develops and delivers clinical legal education programs, seminars and IHRP experiential education delivery offerings at the Faculty. Working closely with the Faculty, including the Assistant Dean, the Director develops priorities, strategies, and objectives for the IHRP. The Director organizes and runs seminars, programs, workshops and conferences; drafts position papers, reports, and pleadings; represents the IHRP to various stakeholder groups, including the legal profession, judiciary, policy makers, public interest advocates, private organizations, government, funders, and law schools across Canada and internationally; and oversees all operations, including internal and external communications, finances, fundraising, public relations, and publications.


LL.B. (J.D.) degree required, or equivalent combination of education and experience. LL.M or other
graduate degree is an asset.


Minimum of five years’ related experience in a law firm, public organization, or government office, including experience relevant to international human rights advocacy and litigation. Extensive variety of experience in dealing with members of the legal profession and international human rights advocates both within and outside Canada. Strong familiarity with legal education, public interest advocacy, and international human rights law. Related experience in senior positions within administration and management in a publicly funded or public interest organization is an asset. Wide range of career experience including dealings with the media, funders, students, and the general public is an asset. Comprehensive and global understanding of the University of Toronto, as well as general knowledge of the post-secondary education system, is an asset. Admitted to the Bar or also licensed to practice in some jurisdiction.


Proficient with of MS Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and internet searching.


Demonstrated superior oral and written communication and advocacy skills. Excellent research and analytical skills. Strong project management skills. Effective problem solver. Well-developed judgment and decision-making skills. Strong fundraising skills, including experience in grant development. Strong leadership skills. Superior drive and enterprise. Ability to manage conflicting priorities and deadlines. Ability to handle matters of a sensitive and confidential nature. Diplomacy, discretion, tact, pleasant manner, ability to work well independently as well as with a wide variety of people.

Closing Date: 07/11/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 -- Hiring Zone: $92,421 - $107,826 -- Broadband Salary Range: $92,421 - $154,035
Job Category: Legal

Benefits Package Offered: Please find the link to UofT Benefits here:

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 9/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time