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Managing Director - CLEAR

Apply now Job no: 508300
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: School of Law

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

The Northeastern Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR), housed within Northeastern University School of Law, advances interdisciplinary research and teaching that explores the intersections of race, social and economic justice, law and governance in the United States. CLEAR works with faculty affiliates within the law school and beyond, and fosters collaborations and programs across Northeastern University that engage faculty and students in research and teaching. By encouraging partnerships among researchers, policymakers, and activists, CLEAR promotes informed debate about contemporary racial inequalities and the legacy of past wrongs. Examining issues that go beyond the black/white paradigm, our programs foster innovative scholarship that addresses pressing contemporary policy challenges. CLEAR hosts conferences, workshops, and events, and supports a range of curricular activities at the law school and beyond. Initial anchor projects of CLEAR include the Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project, dedicated to questions of historical injustice, and the Criminal Justice Task Force, which convenes stakeholders to address policies, practices, and structural features of the criminal justice system that disenfranchise the most vulnerable members of society.

Along with the two Faculty Directors the Managing Director will be the public face of CLEAR, bringing experience, vision, enthusiasm, and subject matter knowledge to the position. The Managing Director will manage the day-to-day operations of CLEAR. The programmatic, administrative, budgetary and development aspects of CLEAR will be the responsibility of the director. The director will organize CLEAR’s public events; support its curricular programs; support students interested in careers in the fields of civil rights and race and justice; manage the budget; hire and manage staff, including professional and administrative staff as well as students who are interns or on cooperative education assignments; manage external communications including media inquiries, website, newsletter, and social media; coordinate University-wide programming; coordinate grant-writing and externally-funded research; manage internal and external advisory bodies; work with affiliated faculty to advance their work; and work with the Dean and Associate Deans to develop new programs relating to Law, Equity and Race . The director must have a working knowledge of racial justice issues, current and historical, and be an outstanding communicator able to convey the mission of CLEAR to a variety of academic constituencies as well as the broader public.


• Long-term and day-to-day leadership and management of CLEAR (supervise staff, manage budget, administrative tasks, staff meetings)
•Execute program (plan and execute educational events, including conferences, colloquia, workshops)
•Identify opportunities, both inside the University and among outside foundations, donors, and governments, for grant-funded research and programs, as well as write grants and coordinate grant-funded projects
•Develop communications plan to engage and educate our constituencies, e.g., scholars, students, advocates, interested policymakers; Coordinate with law school communications staff to maintain CLEAR’s website page (if this is at all relevant); Oversee and maintain social media channels
•Manage advisory boards
•Work with Faculty Directors to develop and implement strategic plan
•Work with deans to develop new programs relating to race, justice and law


The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

• Proven managerial, problem-solving, strategic planning, fund development , and financial management experience in the academic, not-for-profit, or academic sector

• Proven track record in implementing programs, creating partnerships and collaborations

• Effective written and oral communication, including excellent public speaking skills

• Proven leader in field of race and justice

• Ability to work independently, to think and solve problems creatively, and to function and communicate effectively within a team and across multiple constituencies including faculty, students and administrators.

• Ability to lead and sustain teams and partnerships

• Ability to communicate, both extemporaneously and formally, with various audiences

• Strong writing skills


The candidate must have:

• JD Degree and bar membership or eligibility for bar membership

• Not less than 5 years of professional experience in fields related to race and law

Preferred Qualifications:

• Track record of successful grant-writing

• Fluency in social media and a willingness and ability to leverage social media to amplify the work of the CLEAR

• Network of civil rights and racial justice academics, professionals, and activists

• Academic event planning experience


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Additional Information:

Please provide your cover letter, resume/cv, a list of references, and a writing sample upon submission of your application.

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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