Faculty of Law, University of Toronto seeks Director, International Human Rights Program

by | Jul 12, 2019

The Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto. Today, it is one of the world’s great law schools. The Faculty’s rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs. The Faculty of Law is housed in the elegant, state-of-the-art Jackman Law Building, alongside two historic buildings, Flavelle House and Falconer Hall, on the St. George Campus in 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 Director 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 the mentorship program.  The Director 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 IHRPexperiential 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, finance, fundraising, public relations, and publications.

Qualifications: (Minimum)


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


Minimum five (5) years of  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.  Must be a member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada and be able to practice law in the Province of Ontario.  The ability to practice law in another jurisdiction is an asset.


Proficient with 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, and an ability to work well independently as well as with a wide variety of people.

Travel: Extended


One-year term from date of hire, possibility of renewal

Employee Group: Professional / Managerial

Appointment Type: Budget – Term

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: PM 4 — Hiring Zone: $91,506 – $106,758 — Broadband Salary Range: $91,506 – $152,510

Job Field: Student Academic Experience

Job Closing: Jul 20, 2019, 3:59:00 AM

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