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Program Administrator

  • Requisition no: 516655
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: School of Law
  • Grade: Grade 10
  • Categories: Other, General Administration, Administrative Support
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic advances human rights around the world by working with civil society partners, and prepares students for lifelong careers in social justice advocacy. The Clinic works on a wide range of urgent human rights issues, from armed conflict and sexual violence, to workers’ rights, environmental injustice, and the rights to education, health, and water.   

Reporting to the Clinic Director and to the Managing Director of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute (HRI), the Program Administrator’s primary role is to work with the Clinic Director to ensure the Clinic runs smoothly on a day to day basis. The incumbent will also collaborate with Clinic supervisors and HRI program staff, and will be provided with mentoring and opportunities for career advancement.


  • Managing all aspects of the Clinic and the activity of its Director, including designing and implementation of effective processes, event and workshop planning and implementation, meeting scheduling, coordinating research assistants’ hiring and reporting processes, drafting and editing correspondence, organizing Clinic travel arrangements, report dissemination, and frequent advising and problem solving with and for human rights advocates and students from around the world.
  • Financial management and bookkeeping, including through initiating and designing efficient financial policies and practices; tracking Clinic finances, expenditures, and budgets; producing financial reports; processing invoices and reimbursements; reconciling expenses; and liaising with the Columbia Law School’s Business Office and others.
  • Contributing to the Clinic’s external and internal communications, preparing Clinic reports and materials, updating website and social media content, and responding to inquiries.
  • Additional special projects and logistical assistance to the HRI clinical faculty and directors as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent related experience is required.
  • A minimum of two years of related work experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, administrative, task management, and organizational skills.
  • Initiative, ability to both take direction and work independently, detail-orientation, ability to creatively solve problems and to propose solutions and design efficient ways of working.
  • Ability to work quickly and well under pressure and to manage competing assignments.
  • Excellent ability to facilitate and coordinate meetings, workshops, and committees.
  • Ability to function independently and to exercise discretion and judgment in sensitive matters.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with budgeting and basic accounting.
  • Excellent computer/technology skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat Professional, Google documents, and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
  • Commitment to and interest in human rights, public interest, or social justice issues and activities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in a second language.
  • Experience with managing, editing, and maintaining a website.

Please apply by August 30th

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