Apply to work at the Human Rights Center in Dayton

The University of Dayton, Ohio’s largest private university and one of the 10 largest Catholic universities in the United States, invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (HRC). This is an exceptional opportunity for a collaborative and innovative leader to advance an interdisciplinary center that represents a major priority for the University. Position begins July 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until February 22, 2016.

Position Summary: The duties and responsibilities for the inaugural Executive Director include providing vision and leadership by shaping and executing shared strategic goals and a cohesive vision for the HRC; expanding the research profile of UD faculty and students (across the University) in human rights and development; promoting the reputation of the HRC, its faculty and student affiliates, and their work in the broader human rights and advocacy movements; facilitating research collaborations with external scholars and research centers, NGOs, INGOs, and government organizations; managing the Center’s budget and leading its fundraising work in partnership with University Advancement, senior administrators and the Human Rights Center Advisory Council; teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the Human Rights Studies program, collaborating with the director of the Human Rights Studies program to attract more undergraduate students to study human rights at the University of Dayton; and convening the Human Rights Center Advisory Council.

The Executive Director may be appointed at a tenured faculty rank (associate or full professor) contingent on qualifications that meet the College of Arts and Sciences criteria for tenure and promotion.

About the HRC: Launched in 2013, the Human Rights Center works at the frontiers of research and advocacy, searching for transformative solutions to systemic patterns of injustice that affect real change in the lives of the poor and persecuted. It accomplishes this through research, education, and dialogue. In particular, the HRC:
  • Conducts critical research to advance the theory and practice of transformative human rights advocacy.
  • Promotes communication and collaboration between human rights researchers and advocates. 
  • Prepares human rights researchers and advocates of the future with the requisite knowledge, skills, and values.
  • Partners with human rights organizations to provide the analytical support to strengthen their capacity to respond to existing and emerging threats to human dignity.

Housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, the HRC's interdisciplinary focus means its reach and engagements are university-wide. The HRC's research is complemented by a Human Rights Studies Program that administers the first-in-the-nation Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Rights. For more information about the HRC, go to

Required Qualifications:
  • Administrative experience in higher education or in a human rights or development organization
  • Doctoral or terminal degree 
  • Record of research activity in human rights or development 
  • Record of fostering collaborations between individuals and organizations
  • Experience supervising staff at multiple levels
  • Experience leading teams in advancing multiple organizational priorities 
  • Experience developing budgets and monitoring expenses
  • Capacity to teach and mentor undergraduate students in the Human Rights Studies Program
  • Effective written communication skills 
  • Experience seeking extramural funding for human rights or development projects
  • Ability to articulate how the Catholic social tradition is in dialogue with the study of human rights and the practice of human rights advocacy

For a complete list of qualifications and to apply, go to:
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