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THE UNIVERSITY NETWORK FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER AND ACTIVELY RECRUITS WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AND LGBTQI AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE.

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.

Location and Structure

The University Network is based in Middletown, Connecticut, on the campus of Wesleyan University. The organization, founded in 2018, has a small but growing staff. The communications and development fellow will work closely with the executive directors, researchers, administrative staff, advisory board, interns and students working with the University Network.

About Middletown, Connecticut

Middletown is a city of nearly 50,000 residents with a thriving downtown area with that hosts over sixty restaurants, coffee shops and eateries. The offices of the University Network for Human Rights is located on the campus of Wesleyan University, which describes itself as “a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.”

 

Supervising Fellow/Senior Supervisor in Human Rights Practice

The University Network for Human Rights 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 global social justice through supervised engagement of university students in the United States and abroad.

Description

The supervising fellow/senior supervisor position will be located at the headquarters of the University Network for Human Rights in Middletown, Connecticut. The supervising fellow/senior supervisor will work closely with the founders and leaders of the University Network, 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, research, fact-finding and documentation (often in difficult circumstances, frequently overseas) and development of 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 supervising fellow/senior supervisor will oversee student work during field travel for periods of between several days and several weeks at a time. They should be available for such travel.

Responsibilities/Elements of the Position

The supervising fellow/senior 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 supervising fellow/senior 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.

Requirements/Preferences

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/Abilities:

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

Excellent writing and advocacy skills

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

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

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience; minimum salary $60,000 per year, plus generous benefits ( Vacation Days, Sick Days, Religious Holidays, Institutional Holidays, and the option for Health Care Coverage).

To Apply:

Please submit the materials described below to: applications@humanrightsnetwork.org

Please write, “Supervising Fellow/Senior Supervisor in Human Rights Practice” in the subject line.

Application materials:

• A statement/cover letter no longer than four (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 anticipated start date is October/November 2019, although a later start is possible. 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.

 

Finance and Accounts Director

The University Network for Human Rights seeks highly motivated candidates with experience in finance and accounting in the non-profit/NGO sector to oversee the institution’s finances, financial record-keeping, payroll and tax filings. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for all aspects of financial management for a small but growing non-profit organization based on the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. This person will work with a small team at the office in Middletown and remotely with consultants and staff at other universities.

Description

The finance and accounts director will be responsible for managing processes to ensure budgets are accurate and expenses are fully accounted for on a monthly and quarterly basis and to ensure that payments, accounting, and related financial controls are operating according to plan. The finance and accounts director will be responsible for filing all federal and state returns, overseeing payroll and compliance with state and federal tax law and guidelines. The director position will be located at the headquarters of the University Network for Human Rights in Middletown, Connecticut.

Responsibilities/Elements of the Position

Perpetual reviewing of actual spending against budget(s), as well as leading necessary actions needed for any expected shortfalls

Ensure timely cash flow forecasts

Direct budgeting, reporting, and forecasting projected expenses

Prepare financial reports to funders, including funding agencies, on each project in accordance with the guidelines of each grant or project

Requirements/Preferences

- Associate or Bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance OR significant experience in accounting and finance, preferably in the non-profit/NGO sector.

- minimum two years of experience in the non-profit sector desirable

- Experience writing reports in finance

- Experience with internal control frameworks

- Experience managing short and long-term cash flow plans

- Background filing US 990 tax returns and state analogues

- Familiarity with external audit activity and filing of U.S. 990 tax returns

- Excel skills

- Fluency in English

- Experience in presenting to small and large groups including tailoring communication approaches to an intended audience desirable

- Ability to work long hours during peak times, for example to prepare annual financial reports

Preferred Skills/Abilities:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Financial systems implementation experience

Data analysis experience

Compensation

Minimum $50,000/calendar year salary (based on experience), plus generous benefits (Vacation Days, Sick Days, Religious Holidays, Institutional Holidays, and the option for Health Care Coverage)

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, c.v. and the names of two references to: applications@humanrightsnetwork.org

Please write in subject line, ‘Finance and Accounts Director’

 

Communications and Development Fellow

The University Network for Human Rights seeks highly motivated candidates with excellent communication skills and a commitment to social justice and human rights for a one year, potentially renewable fellowship in communications and development with a new, growing and dynamic organization that works with college students on human rights projects in the United States and abroad.

Ideal candidates will have a strong academic background, solid research experience, exceptional writing and communication skills, experience with social and conventional media, excellent interpersonal skills, and a commitment to human rights and social justice.

Basic Qualifications

Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor’s degree

Skills:

- Understanding and Experience Using Social Media for Campaigning/Advocacy

- Strong Research Skills

- Excellent writing ability

- Exceptionally strong attention to detail

- Creativity

- Interpersonal skills/ability to work with teams

- Initiative

- Experience with InDesign and Squarespace highly desirable

- Fluency in Spanish or another foreign language desirable

Responsibilities

The communications and development fellow will:

- Work collaboratively with the University Network staff and students to identify communications and development/fundraising priorities

- Develop and implement advocacy strategies (press releases, op-ed articles, campaigns on Twitter, Facebook and other social media) for reports issued by the University Network

- Prepare media strategies to promote the organization and its goals

- Maintain organizational webpage

- Write fundraising concept notes and grant proposals, under the training and supervision of University Network staff

Duration

October 2019 – October 2020 (start and end dates flexible)

Compensation

A $40,000/calendar year salary rate plus benefits (Vacation Days, Sick Days, Religious Holidays, Company Holidays, and the option for Health Care Coverage)

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, c.v. and the names of two references to: applications@humanrightsnetwork.org

In the subject line, please write: ‘Communications and Development Fellow Application’