HRC hiring Co-Executive Director!

July 27, 2022

Co-Executive DirectorHuman Rights Center by Mary Mijares

Salary range: Salary commensurate with experience

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: September 1, 2022 or later

Position duration: This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal as Executive Director following a successful initial training period

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Open date: July 25th, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Aug 8, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Berkeley Law and the Human Rights Center (HRC) are pleased to announce their search for applicants for the position of Co-Executive Director (Co-ED). Following a one-year training period, the Co-ED is expected to assume the role of sole Executive Director.

The Human Rights Center (HRC) is a research and training unit that investigates war crimes and other serious violations of human rights, pursues justice and accountability, and prepares the next generation of human rights advocates. HRC applies innovative technologies and scientific methods to investigate human rights abuses and study their effects on vulnerable populations. Based on our findings, we recommend specific policy measures to protect those affected by abuses and hold perpetrators accountable. HRC trains advocates around the world and provides them with the skills and tools necessary to document human rights violations and turn this information into effective action.

The Co-ED is charged with the administration and management of HRC, and generating external support sufficient to sustain the Center's growth. The Co-ED oversees a staff of approximately ten individuals, as well as graduate student researchers, student assistants, and visiting scholars.

The Co-ED works closely with the Center's current Executive Director, Faculty Director, research staff, and other UC Berkeley departments and academic institutions. The Co-ED is also responsible for overseeing the Center’s communications and public events, including report writing and editing, program development for conferences and the resulting publications or other deliverables.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of diplomacy and poise, and exercise good judgment when managing student, national and international affairs.

The Co-Executive Director will report to the center's current Executive Director, with input from the Center's Faculty Director.

The Co-Executive Director will lead fundraising efforts and have responsibility for the development, management, and oversight of communications and public programs at the Human Rights Center.

Fundraising, Fiscal Management, and Employee Supervision

  • Primary fundraising responsibility for HRC, from a variety of sources, to meet the Center's annual budget of $2 million;
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with long-term funding partners, and lead fundraising efforts with major donors, including the HRC advisory board;
  • Manage all aspects of individual, foundation and corporate fundraising;
  • Develop a fundraising plan to meet the Center's strategic goals;
  • Set performance standards and goals; hire, train, and develop staff to provide optimal program support;
  • Supervise the activities of staff to ensure that programs are executed successfully;
  • Create a teamwork environment fostering accountability, inclusivity, collaboration, development and results.

Program Development and Management

  • Develop and manage the Center’s current portfolio of programs and activities to meet the Center’s strategic objectives;
  • Develop new and innovative activities, and oversee strategic projects that meet the Center’s long-term objectives;
  • Advocate for the Center among research units and with UCB leadership and media relations; liaise with academic centers in the School of Law, School of Public Health and other programs to forge links to the Center;
  • Inform students, faculty, staff, advisors, partners and organizers of ongoing research;
  • Manage strategic long-term planning for the Center in conjunction with the Center's current Executive Director, Faculty Director and its Advisory Board
  • Additional materials may be requested of finalists.

For more information on HRC, please see:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Candidates must hold an advanced degree at time of application, such as a J.D., M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

  • 7 years of professional experience (post-advanced degree) at the time of hire.

Preferred qualifications

  • 10 years of related professional experience (post-advanced degree) at the time of hire.
  • Excellent fundraising skills with demonstrated experience fundraising for academic or nonprofit programs.
  • Advanced program development, marketing, strategic planning, organizational development, and analytical/problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively network and build relationships with various internal and external constituencies.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking skills; ability to present strong and persuasive oral and written communications to effectively work with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills and ability to relate to both professional and student populations.
  • Success in leading diverse, high-performance teams in a fast-moving environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Writing sample - Such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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