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Executive Director- Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Program

Apply now Job no: 502487
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: School of Law

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.


About the Opportunity:

The Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project, housed at the Northeastern University School of Law (CRRJ) is the pioneer academic program in the country examining current racial inequities through the lens of history and seeking creative reparative justice. CRRJ investigates, publicizes, and remediates cases of racial homicide. It has built the most comprehensive archive on racial violence events between 1930 and 1970 in the country. Founded in 2007, CRRJ’s project is unique in its combination of rigorous research and community engagement. CRRJ identifies the underlying hidden narratives from the time period and brings justice to families and communities. CRRJ’s mission is to: (1) develop an on-line archive on racial violence during the segregation era; (2) train civil and human rights lawyers through curricular offerings and advising; (3) design national, state and local reparative projects; (4) serve as a clearinghouse for policymakers in the field of historical injustice; and (5) support innovative scholarship on historical racial violence and reparative justice.

CRRJ seeks an entrepreneurial, dynamic and skilled Executive Director to lead and manage the Project. With direction and in collaboration with CRRJ’s faculty directors, the Executive Director will provide long-term and day-to-day leadership of the program. The Executive Director will organize CRRJ’s conferences, lectures, and colloquia; recruit and supervise its research fellows; be responsible for grant-writing and fundraising; manage CRRJ’s externally-funded research; propose and manage CRRJ’s budget; hire and supervise staff; work closely with students and volunteers; act as liaison between CRRJ and other law school and University based programs; and provide strategic career guidance to students.


-Leadership and Management
-Management of external relationships
-Student advising and support
-Fundraising and Fiscal Management


•J.D. or equivalent graduate degree with a minimum of five years of increasing experience in social justice-based advocacy
•Proactive, motivational leader with a passion for racial justice
•Knowledge in the fields of criminal justice, civil rights, and/or African-American studies
•Administrative and supervisory experience, management acumen, financial skills
•Proven track record and strong appetite for grant-writing, grant management, and fundraising.
•Proven ability to engage and motivate a multi-racial, multi-generational and gender diverse work group that includes staff, students, volunteers, and faculty
•Commitment to participatory, friendly, collaborative, inclusive, and supportive work environment
•Strong skills in professional writing and oral communication
•Ability to sustain multiple projects
•Ability to travel and work weekends/evenings as needed


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Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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