The Assistant Director will be responsible for the day-to-day organization and implementation/management of the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI), which is a grant-funded project run through the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law. The ATI is involved, with key worldwide partners, in developing advocacy efforts to incorporate and implement new international law standards to prevent torture and ill-treatment. The Assistant Director will expand strategies used by the ATI to develop programmatic activities in key thematic areas and will provide technical assistance to international stakeholders and partners. In addition, the Assistant Director will coordinate an outreach strategy to raise the profile of the ATI’s work, including outreach strategies through the ATI website and social media presence. The Assistant Director will supervise the research and development of publications on relevant torture-related issues. The Assistant Director will manage and monitor grant funds and work with other AU offices to ensure compliance with all reporting requirements and
The position is based in Washington, DC at American University Washington College of Law and is a three-year grant-funded position, renewable pending additional funds. The ATI is a three-year, grant-funded, independent project of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law. This position will require availability for some international travel.
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
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A JD, LL.M., or equivalent law degree is required.
At least two (2) years of experience in human rights research and writing, thorough knowledge of international human rights law and excellent writing skills in English
Mastery of basic office software, such as Microsoft Word and Excel is essential
A thorough understanding of and demonstrated success with social media, including Facebook and Twitter
Must be able to take initiative and work well in a team
Ability to represent the Center and work well with partner organizations
Must be able to manage complex projects effectively
Ability and willingness to travel internationally
Must be able to handle multiple high-stakes areas of work simultaneously
Additional language skills, particular Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic or Russian) are a plus
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