CHRGJ Job Announcement: Program Manager


The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice is seeking a full-time Program Manager to start immediately. This position is based in New York City.

About the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ)

CHRGJ was created in 2002 as a hub for human rights study, research, and practice at NYU School of Law. We are an interdisciplinary group of scholars, educators, advocates, and journalists that includes a core team of fifteen faculty and staff and about twenty-five visiting and student scholars each year. The Center includes the renowned Global Justice Clinic and Just Security Blog and the research teams for the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence. CHRGJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI, and gender non-conforming people.

Position Description

The Program Manager will be a core member of the Center’s operations team, reporting directly to the Executive Director and working with senior management, the Program Assistant, and student interns on a diverse portfolio that includes communications, event planning, and academic programs. Applicants interested in careers in communications, nonprofit management, or higher education administration and who have a social justice background are particularly encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


 Responsible for assisting with development of communications strategy and policies and executing day-to-day external and internal communications activities. Duties will include:

  • maintaining website through regular posting of announcements, events, publications, and press coverage
  • implementing transition to new website
  • managing social media accounts, including daily engagement on Twitter and weekly engagement on Facebook and LinkedIn
  • weekly circulation of digital newsletter
  • managing CHRGJ Job Board
  • writing and editing of web content and other communications materials
  • producing, designing, editing, and drafting of annual report with intern and senior management support
  • building press contacts


Responsible, with Program Assistant and intern support, for implementing the Center’s public and internal events, such as lunch talks, panels, workshops, scholarship forums, and larger conferences. Will also be invited to participate in developing program content if desired. Some evening and weekend hours will be required. Duties will include:

  • arranging venue, catering, accommodations, registration and other logistics
  • securing partnerships within the law school, advocacy, and academic communities
  • liaising with speakers and participants
  • publicity and outreach, including poster design, share-graphics, and other media materials
  • maintaining event budgets, making financial transactions, and working with Program Assistant to track expenditures and process reimbursements

Academic Programs

Responsible for working with the Executive Director and Legal Director in operating the Center’s programs for law students and visiting academics, including the International Law and Human Rights Fellowship program, the Human Rights Scholars and Transitional Justice Scholars programs, and the Scholars in Residence program. Duties will include:

  • responding to student and scholar inquiries
  • coordinating application and selection processes
  • working with Executive Director to communicate and build relationships with host organizations
  • working with Executive Director and Legal Director to organize training seminars for students
  • liaising with law school’s Office of Global Services to support visa sponsorships


Responsible for supervising student interns on related tasks.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in communications, public relations, nonprofit management, English, international affairs, or related fields; applicants with an interest in communications, nonprofit management, or higher education administration careers will find the most room for growth in this position
  • Minimum two years of experience working for an NGO, IGO, or academic institution; three to five years preferred
  • Highly organized, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Scrupulous editor and strong, concise writer
  • Able to work independently and manage up effectively
  • Sound judgment and critical thinking skills
  • Experience managing websites and social media accounts
  • Experience working with design and digital marketing software and capable of effectively identifying and testing new, user-friendly tools
  • Creativity and an eye for design; photography skills a plus
  • Experience working across cultures
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; foreign language skills a plus (particularly Arabic, French, Spanish, or Haitian Creole)
  • Knowledge of community-based social justice organizations in New York a plus
  • Commitment to CHRGJ’s mission to work towards respect for the rights and dignity of all people

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Pamela Mercado at Cover letters should include your earliest available start date.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted through February 20 but will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Compensation will include an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here:

NYU is an equal opportunity employer. 

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