Program Coordinator

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Feb 09

Position description

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a leader in legal education, located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The law school is renowned for its program in intellectual property, which includes the FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law. Cardozo Law has a long tradition of public advocacy and is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and the home of our Center for Rights and Justice. Cardozo offers a world-class faculty and encourages creative thinking and innovation in the legal profession. Cardozo provides students with a strong foundation in legal theory combined with practical hands-on experience in a variety of areas including criminal law, civil rights law, and business law. The school prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.

A division of Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. The law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities.

The Position

The Program Coordinator of the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights will work closely with the Director of the Institute and is responsible for administrative, technical, and research support functions. The Program Coordinator has lead responsibility for coordinating lectures, panel events, and conferences relevant to the work of the Institute.

The individual in this role will internally interface with faculty, special events, business affairs, student services, institutional advancement, alumni affairs, security, and the registrar's office. Externally, they will interface with the general public, Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic alumni, as well as the Institute's domestic and international partners, including offices at the United Nations and local civil society based organizations in countries of focus, among others. The Program Coordinator is responsible for supervising a student fellow during the academic year.

 Program Management:

  • Oversee the planning of events including but not limited to, organizing and coordinating off-site and on-site meetings
  • Coordinate monthly lunchtime lectures, panel events, conferences, book launches, and movie screenings
  • Manage and oversee the Institute's administrative needs, invoices and expenses, including internal and external reimbursements and creating budgets
  • Determine needs for office supplies and make requests or purchases accordingly
  • Coordinate travel plans for students, staff, and consultants, including obtaining internal approval for travel funds in advance
  • Coordinate with others in the law school in relevant units, such as special events, finance, communications, information technologies, personnel, student groups, and the like
  • Assist with the Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, as needed by clinical faculty
  • Assist in the management of human rights case files and the use of Clinic management software
  • Compose two newsletters per year about the Institute's activities for external distribution
  • Assist in drafting annual reports for funders and partner institutions
  • Supervise student interns (referred to as a student law fellow) to assist with these activities
  • Other duties as relevant to the day-to-day operations of the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights

Technical Support:

  • Maintain and develop the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights mailing list on MailChimp
  • Manage and develop the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights website content
  • Maintain and develop the Institute's various social media platforms (e.g., Facebook and Twitter)
  • Maintain and develop the Institute's archive of event photographs on Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Manage general email account for the Institute and direct messages appropriately based on content
  • Ensure students enrolled in the Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic have access to all necessary information on Canvas, the network drive, and any other information system as necessary
  • Maintain database of former students who were involved with the Institute and/or participated in the Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic

Research Support:

  • Conduct background research on issues related to the work of the Institute and Clinic, as needed, including international human rights, international criminal law, international refugee law, genocide prevention, transitional justice, and human rights conditions in various relevant countries
  • Provide other research on specific human rights case projects of the Institute and Clinic, as needed
  • Provide development assistance, including the writing and editing of grant proposals
  • Assist in the writing and editing of publications of the Institute or Clinic


Experience and Educational Background:

  • A Bachelor's degree and 1-2 years prior related experience required. A combination of an advanced degree and prior related experience may be considered
  • Experience with, study of, or interest in human rights, human rights law, refugee law, international relations, or related fields
  • Prefer experience working with recently arrived immigrants or people with limited English proficiency and/or survivors of torture
  • Prefer experience with managing personnel
  • Prefer experience with event planning

Skills and Competencies:

  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel, and Power Point)
  • Strong working knowledge of social media (e.g., Facebook and Twitter), Google Drive, and MailChimp
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Analytical thinking and rapid problem-solving skills
  • Background in fundraising/development a plus
  • Fluency in another language; Spanish or French a plus

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