Director, International Human Rights Program

The University of Toronto is one of the world’s great universities, distinguished by an extraordinary depth and breadth of excellence. The Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto, with a long and illustrious history. Today, it is one of the world’s great law schools, a dynamic academic and social community with more than 50 full-time faculty members and up to a dozen distinguished short-term visiting professors from the world’s leading law schools, as well as around 800 undergraduate and graduate students. The faculty’s rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs, and its close links to the faculty’s more than 10,000 alumni, who enjoy rewarding careers in every sector of Canadian society and remain involved in many aspects of life at the law school.

The International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law enhances the legal protection of existing and emerging international human rights through advocacy, knowledge-exchange, and capacity-building initiatives that provide experiential learning opportunities for students and legal expertise to civil society.

The Faculty of Law seeks a Director, International Human Rights Program (IHRP) to provide clinical, educational and administrative leadership and support for its programs and initiatives. Under the general direction of the Assistant Dean J.D. Program (Assistant Dean), and working closely with the Associate Dean,

J.D. Program (Associate Dean) where appropriate, the Director oversees all of the IHRP’s advocacy initiatives, including the clinic, working groups, speaker series, Rights Review magazine, internships, and mentorship program.

The incumbent works with the IHRP Advisory Committee and the Associate Dean to develop advocacy priorities, objectives and strategies for the IHRP. With respect to supervision of students working on advocacy and development and delivery of clinical legal education programs, seminars and IHRP experiential education delivery offerings at the Faculty, the Director will work closely with the Assistant Dean and Associate Dean.

As the ideal candidate, you are a member in good standing with a governing law society such as the Law Society of Ontario and are able to practice law in the applicable jurisdiction (e.g., Province of Ontario). You have strong fundraising skills, including experience in grant development. You have excellent research and analytical skills and demonstrate superior oral and written communication and advocacy skills. You are an effective problem solver with strong project management skills. You are a strong leader, exhibit superior drive and enterprise and possess well- developed judgement and decision-making skills. You have the ability to manage conflicting priorities and deadlines and can handle matters of a sensitive and confidential nature. You are tactful, pleasant and diplomatic and are able to work well independently and with a wide variety of people.

You bring a minimum of five years of related experience in a law firm, public organization or government office, including experience related to international human rights advocacy and litigation. You are experienced in dealing with members of the legal profession and international human rights advocates locally and globally. You bring a strong familiarity with legal education, public interest advocacy and international human rights law.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw at or Bola Moradeyo at, or submit your application online at Director, International Human Rights Program (IHRP)

Regularly named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, the University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the AODA, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

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