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Program Director - Georgetown University Law Center

Georgetown University
Washington D.C.
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Jun 22, 2021

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Program Director - Georgetown University Law Center

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


The Director is responsible for leading and providing strategic direction to the institute's wide range of research, strategy and program areas relating to low wage workers, with a particular focus on race, gender, sexuality and immigration. They will lead efforts to identify opportunities for advancing key research and worker engagement.

This work entails responsibilities such as:
  • visioning, devising programs and project strategies;
  • executing robust research and analysis; leading and advancing the development of curriculum and methodologies centered around popular education and ethical participatory research, and other robust community engagement and support strategies;
  • help inform the institute's future trajectory and interact with Georgetown faculty and other academics, BIPOC low wage workers, their allies and students;
  • support and direct the initiative's communications, operations and management activities, and fundraising efforts.

Work Interactions
This position reports directly to the Executive Director. The Program Coordinator, Fellows and RAs, among other staff, may work under the supervision of the Director with a dual reporting relationship to the Executive Director. The work performed by this position will lead and support efforts by other staff of the Workers' Rights Institute in developing and executing work related to low wage workers and related issues and ideas.

Required Qualifications:
  • A Master's degree and 5-7 years of experience or a combination of education and experience.
  • Subject matter expertise in economic, social, and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing low-income communities and workers, racialized peoples, (im)migrant populations, queer, gender non-confirming and spectrum populations and communities in the United States and across the world.
  • The ability to develop new program ideas, engage analytically and critically with historical and current theoretical and legal discourse on labor and worker power.
  • At least 5 years' experience working in community education, creative and participatory methods, training, organizing, and membership or base building, or any combination of experience that demonstrates an ability to connect with and support workers' build power.
  • Experience as a supervisor and coach of organizers and educators, and a strong interest in working collaboratively and developing leadership.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining active coalitions and alliance with relevant organizations.
  • Familiarity with labor and employment laws (local, state, federal) or ability to learn new subject matter quickly.
  • Highly developed technical writing skills with proven ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Ability to synthesize disparate information into carefully crafted research, while developing useful frameworks to organize workers as well as advocate for public policy.

Preferred Qualification:
  • Experience working in low-wage work and working class organizing in Black, Indigenous, or other communities of color.
  • A track record of effectiveness in curriculum development, staff and member training and participatory leadership development.
  • Experience developing programs to provide conflict resolution, political education, popular education, and skills development among workers, members, staff or constituents.
  • Experience coaching organizers in carrying out member engagement and member leadership development.
  • Hands on experience with methods in popular education.
  • Proficiency in two or more languages strongly.
  • Communications and social media experience.

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

Need Assistance:

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at 202-687-4798 or [email protected].

Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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