Emory University School of Law seeks candidates for an Interim Director for its Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice. The Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice (Center) was created in fall 2021 in order to coordinate and develop social justice activities and research at Emory University School of Law. The Interim Director will work closely with Faculty Director Darren Lenard Hutchinson—Emory Law’s inaugural John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice—to build and launch the Center. The candidate will work directly with the faculty program director to determine and operationalize the goals of the programs. In coordination with faculty and staff from other departments, such as the Dean, the Vice Dean, the Associate Dean for Research, Admissions, Registrar, Marketing and Communications, and Academic Engagement and Student Support, the position will fully implement the program plans while ensuring compliance with school, university rules and policies along with any relevant accreditation standards. Applicants should have excellent oral and written communication skills, a record of managing a complex roster of professional activities, and knowledge of civil rights and social justice matters.
- Direct the strategic planning, development, and implementation of the Center.
- Arrange and attend meetings with faculty director and experts who will provide input on Center activities.
- Collaborate with faculty and staff within the School of Law and well as Emory University on matters relating to academic programs, research, student success, and career development with targeted experts that should include academics, social justice practitioners, government officials, and other related professionals in a host of fields including law.
- Assist the faculty director in the creation of a community of Faculty Affiliates in part by compiling and facilitating the research and teaching of Faculty Affiliates.
- Represent the Center internally and externally, which includes community outreach.
- Conduct research and benchmarking on the work of related centers, current issues related to civil rights and social justice, and matters pertinent to Center conferences and workshops while ensuring compliance with accreditation standards and best practices.
- Design and propose new initiatives inclusive of the planning and execution of conferences and workshops related to civil rights and social justice.
- Write collateral material with the assistance of Communications to further the center inclusive of social and print media presence, building list of followers, and the creation and distribution of messaging for Center activities.
- Assist student organizations with planning and execution of events related to civil rights and social justice.
- Collaborate with relevant Emory Law staff to enhance civil rights and social justice career opportunities for students.
- Provide excellent customer service to students, faculty, and co-workers.
- Create and update process manuals to ensure seamless and effective operations.
- Plan, administer, and monitor Center budget in coordination with faculty director and Emory Law Finance.
- May supervise or lead staff as well as students.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to program work and seven years of related experience which includes two years at a management level, OR equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.
- Juris Doctor or Juris Master.
- Experience administering an academic program especially at a professional school.
- Experience with program budget management.
- Experience with online or distance education.
- Experience effectively planning and implementing annual work plans and long-term plans.
- Demonstrated experience working with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, and professional backgrounds.
- Experience with the tools of online education including the Microsoft Office Suite, Canvas (or a similar LMS), and Zoom.
- Demonstrated strong analytical, planning, organizational, implementational, writing, and communication skills.
Candidates should submit a cover letter detailing how they meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position including past work experience in these areas. Additionally, please detail your passion for Civil Rights and Social Justice through educational opportunities. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
This position is an interim position intended to assist in the formation of the Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice. This term-limited position is anticipated to continue for 12 to 18 months from the date of hire.
NOTE: Position tasks are required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location; working remote is not an option. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.