Leitner Center for International Law and Justice – Program Assistant Opportunity

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School (“Leitner Center”) is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic full-time Program Assistant at its office in New York City. The Leitner Center aims to contribute to the promotion of social justice around the world by encouraging knowledge of and respect for international law and international human rights standards in particular. The Center pursues this goal by sponsoring education, scholarship, and human rights advocacy, and facilitating collaboration among law students, scholars, and human rights defenders in the United States and abroad.


The Program Assistant will report directly to the Executive Director of the Leitner Center and the Director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, and will provide comprehensive administrative support for the Center. The Program Assistant will:

  • Provide day-to-day administrative support to the Leitner Center faculty and staff, including scheduling, making travel arrangements, maintaining filing systems, processing applications for student programs and fellowships, and responding to requests for information;
  • Research, prepare, edit, format, and distribute documents such as memos, news releases, the Center newsletter, reports, and web content;
  • Plan and coordinate Center events, including speakers, meetings, and film and panel discussions;
  • Record, process, and maintain financial records;
  • Manage RightsWire, the Leitner Center’s blog, including supervising a 4-6 person team of staff writers, editing submissions, and writing articles;
  • Manage the Center’s social media platforms and maintain its website in conjunction with an external webmaster, and provide design support for the website, Center posters, reports, and other materials;
  • Carry out other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in human rights, international relations, social sciences, government, or a related field is required.

Knowledge and skills: The position calls for a self-starter who can handle numerous tasks simultaneously and who can work independently as well as function as a member of a team. In addition, the Leitner Center will be considering the following factors in its search:

  • Excellent writing, editing, research, organizational, and communication skills;
  • Prior office/administration experience, work in journalism/media/design, or applicants with experience working with NGOs;
  • Proficiency in various computer programs, including Microsoft Office Applications; experience with QuickBooks, content management programs and contact databases; experience with InDesign, Photoshop, and other Adobe Creative Suite applications a plus;
  • Native level fluency in English required; knowledge of or fluency in other languages a significant plus;
  • Demonstrate sound judgment, attention to detail, and the ability to work under pressure;
  • An easy spirit and strong sense of humor.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess current United States work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.

Salary and Benefits: The salary is $38,000 annually and includes benefits.

How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter of no more than one page (explaining your interest in the position and work in international human rights, administrative and research experience, and how the position will advance your professional goals), a resume/C.V., a brief writing sample (no more than 10 single-spaced pages, unedited by others), an undergraduate transcript (which can be unofficial), and contact information for three references in one complete PDF file to leitnercenter@law.fordham.edu. Use “Program Assistant Candidate 2016” as the subject of your email. No calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of April 29, 2016. The position will begin in July or August 2016. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The Leitner Center at Fordham Law School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and we are seeking a diverse applicant pool.


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