Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.
Reporting to the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the incumbent assists with the development and management of ISHR's projects and programs as needed. Engagement with ISHR's programs entails the coordination of program activities, including event planning, administrative support, and report writing; organization of international and national conferences; outreach to students, faculty and the policy-making community; involvement in capacity building activities; and other related tasks.
The incumbent works directly with the Associate Director to ensure the functioning and development of the Institute's research programs generally. Functions of the role include: organizing meetings, undertaking preparatory research for new and continuing initiatives; working with the Associate Director and staff on Institute programs to establish and maintain collaborative exchanges with human rights organizations, policy-makers and researchers concerned with relevant issues; and organizing conferences, seminars, brown bag luncheons and other sponsored or cosponsored events. The incumbent is also responsible for managing Work-Study student hires across programs; ordering supplies; and responding to incoming phone calls and e-mail, mail and in-person inquiries. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent and a minimum of one year of relevant experience.
Substantive knowledge of human rights mechanisms and their applications. Excellent writing and communications skills. Excellent interpersonal and inter-cultural skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent coordination, organizational, project-management and administrative skills, with attention to detail. Computer and internet literacy.
Experience working for a human rights nongovernmental organization, for a research or policymaking organization, or with university students preferred. Advanced degree in human rights, international affairs or a related field strongly preferred. Particular expertise in research and project organization, and human rights activities, strongly preferred. Fluency in a major language in addition to English strongly preferred.
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