University Network for Human Rights, Wesleyan University - Supervisor in Human Rights Practice

21 Jan 2020 3:13 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY NETWORK FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ON THE CAMPUS OF WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY seeks highly motivated candidates with experience in human rights practice and a passion for working with students to join a small, dynamic, and growing team dedicated to promoting social justice through supervised engagement of university students in the United States and abroad.


The supervisor position will be located at the headquarters of the University Network for Human Rights on the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. The supervisor will work closely with James Cavallaro and Ruhan Nagra, as well as with junior fellows, administrative staff, and students. They will develop human rights projects, assist in ongoing project work, and manage small student teams. Projects generally involve close work with stakeholders to: define representational and advocacy goals; undertake research, fact-finding, and documentation (often in difficult circumstances and/or overseas); and develop advocacy strategies and products. Projects often require representation and advocacy before domestic and international fora, as well as through the production of short videos and/or other advocacy materials. The supervisor will oversee student work during field travel for periods of several days or weeks at a time. They should be available for such travel.


The supervisor will be an experienced professional with significant experience in human rights practice. They will be responsible for the development and implementation of human rights advocacy projects that involve undergraduates and students from non-law disciplines. These projects may involve travel within and outside the United States. The supervisor will oversee all phases of project development, design, implementation, and follow-up. They will work closely with students as well as communities affected by rights abuse and other stakeholders.


An advanced degree (M.A., Ph.D, J.D.) and significant experience in human rights and/or social justice advocacy and in supervision of students.

Preferred Skills:

·       Fluency in English. Fluency in at least one other language highly desirable.

·       Exceptional writing and advocacy skills

·       Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

·       Flexibility and ability to respond to difficult situations and circumstances in the course of human rights fact-finding and advocacy


Salary commensurate with experience; minimum salary $50,000 per year, plus benefits (including healthcare coverage).

To Apply:

Please submit the materials described below to:, using the subject line: Supervisor in Human Rights Practice

Application materials:

·       A statement/cover letter of up to five (5) pages describing the applicant’s:

(i) relevant background and experience;

(ii) interest and potential for supervision of students in non-law disciplines; and

(iii) one to four potential project ideas/concept notes (one to three paragraphs per idea/concept, explaining the overall nature of the project and the role of students in all phases of its implementation).

·       An updated c.v.

·       A list of three professional references (with relevant contact numbers, email addresses, etc.)

·       A brief non-legal writing sample, in English

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The initial term of the appointment is expected to be one year from the start date. The position is subject to renewal, extension, or modification after the initial one-year period.

About the University Network for Human Rights

The University Network for Human Rights facilitates supervised undergraduate engagement in the practice of human rights at colleges and universities in the United States and across the globe. We partner with advocacy organizations and communities affected or threatened by abusive state, corporate, or private conduct to advance human rights at home and abroad; train undergraduate students in interdisciplinary human rights protection and advocacy; and collaborate with academics and human rights practitioners in other parts of the world to foster the creation of practical, interdisciplinary programs in human rights.



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