New Assistant Director— Apply Now

The interdisciplinary Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin seeks applications for an Assistant Director to provide intellectual and administrative leadership for the Center. We will begin to review applications on December 6, 2021. Prospective applicants should apply via the official job posting.

The Rapoport Center serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice. One of the few university-wide interdisciplinary human rights centers housed in a law school, the Rapoport Center has built and continues to support a diverse network of scholars, including over 130 faculty and 85 graduate student affiliates, spanning 30 disciplines. The Rapoport Center operates as a vibrant hub for social justice research, teaching, networking, and advocacy. It regularly convenes workshops and public events that bring together academics and activists; publishes scholarship and reports; and supports faculty and student research, creative work, and advocacy. It also funds and helps coordinate internships and other opportunities around the world for UT students.

The Assistant Director works closely with the Center’s co-directors, steering committee, and advisory board to design and execute the vision of the Rapoport Center. The Assistant Director also oversees the Center’s operations.

We are seeking an individual with significant experience in research or advocacy involving social justice, understood to encompass issues of global inequality, including racial and gender justice. Candidates should have strong organizational, networking, writing, and verbal communication skills.

Academic and administrative responsibilities:

  • Provides intellectual leadership in designing and managing research and advocacy projects among affiliated faculty and students, other centers on campus, and community and civil society partners.
  • Manages daily operations of the Center, including supervising staff and student interns;
  • Oversees multiple budgets and endowments and the maintenance of financial records; manages donor relations as well as grant applications and reporting;
  • Oversees and provides intellectual support for a range of academic events, including annual conference and speaker series;
  • Advises students interested in working in human rights and social justice, including by coordinating summer internship placements.

The position will begin as soon as possible. The position offers a competitive annual salary beginning at $74,000 (negotiable depending on qualifications), health insurance and other benefits, full use of UT facilities, and office space at the Law School.

Required qualifications

PhD, JD, or terminal degree in a related field. Education or experience (minimum five years) related to human rights, social justice, or related fields. Excellent writing and communication skills. Experience supervising employees and/or students. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as community, NGO, and international organization representatives. Ability to multi-task efficiently and make decisions quickly but thoughtfully under tight timelines. Ability to represent the Center effectively to internal and external constituents. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred qualifications

Proficiency in Spanish. Experience working in an academic setting. Experience with grant drafting, administration, and reporting. Experience with social and other media.


We will begin to review applications on December 6, 2021. Prospective applicants should apply via the official job posting.


For any questions, please contact Sabrina Barton at or 512-232-4857.

The Rapoport Center is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.