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Available Positions:


Director of Development

Summary: The World Justice Project (WJP) seeks a Director of Development to oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive advancement strategy for the organization to raise funds from public and private sources, including governments and intergovernmental organizations, foundations, corporations, law firms, and individuals. The Director of Development will supervise a Development Associate and work closely with program, finance, and communication staff, as well as the Board of Directors, to implement the advancement strategy. The position may be based in WJP’s office in either Washington, D.C., or Seattle, WA, with substantial time spent in the other office and travelling to other locations in the United States and internationally.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The new Director of Development will join WJP at an exciting moment as the organization marks its tenth anniversary and launches implementation of a new strategic plan to expand its reach and impact globally with support of an increasingly diversified funding base. Working together with the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Director, the Director of Development will develop an advancement strategy to support WJP’s programmatic plans, prioritizing among WJP’s funding opportunities and building a development team to pursue the strategy. Principal responsibilities will include:

  • Create and implement long-term and annual development strategies and plans;
  • Oversee all aspects of WJP’s development efforts and the integration of development strategies and processes throughout all WJP departments;
  • Oversee grant seeking from corporate, foundation, and governmental donors, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements;
  • Identify, cultivate, and nurture relationships with current and potential donors;
  • In collaboration with WJP’s Communications Director, develop WJP’s fundraising communications materials and efforts;
  • Supervise the Development Associate and, over time, build WJP’s development team  through effective recruiting, training, mentoring, and supervising;
  • Actively participate in WJP’s senior management team and contribute to the overall management of the organization; and
  • Oversee the use of donor tracking software and database to record and monitor WJP’s donor relations.

Skills and Experience: 

  • Eight to ten years' experience in development with knowledge of grant-seeking from public and private sources, major and planned gifts, and/or corporate giving to the non-profit sector;
  • At least three years’ experience in a senior development role in a non-profit organization;
  • Superior writing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated results in developing strategic partnerships;
  • Advanced skills in project management and budgeting;
  • Experience recruiting, training, mentoring, and managing staff;
  • Experience utilizing donor database and development tracking software; 
  • Understanding and appreciation of the rule of law and good governance in international development and humanitarian causes is strongly preferred; and
  • Experience in a law-related setting is a plus. 

Essential Personal Qualities:

  • Communicates well, both verbally and in writing;
  • Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization;
  • Encourages and practices critical and creative thinking;
  • Demonstrates sound judgment;
  • Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others;
  • Is a self-starter who takes initiative balanced with following institutional policies;
  • Is experienced in negotiating highly-nuanced relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Has a positive, "can-do" attitude;
  • Gives keen attention to detail;
  • Has a genuine interest in the mission and programs of the WJP;
  • Has the capacity to work well with people from diverse cultures; and
  • Is willing to undertake a significant amount of work-related travel around the world.

Education Requirement: Graduate degree in relevant field or equivalent professional experience. 

Physical Requirements: While performing the responsibilities of the job, this person will frequently be required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. This person may need to remain seated for long periods of time, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, grasp objects, including a writing instrument, stand, communicate verbally and hear well enough to detect nuances, and receive detailed information. This person may be required to walk, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for expansive reading and data analysis. 

Working Conditions: The work conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. This person will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels. A significant amount of work-related travel will be required.

How to Apply: The WJP is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, and reference information (contact information for two to three references, with past supervisors and employers being preferred) to “wjobs@worldjusticeproject.org” with subject line “LAST NAME FIRST NAME DEVELOPMENT POSITION.” Please send all application documents at once, preferably in PDF format. This position will remain open until filled. Due to the high volume of applications expected to be received, we are able to follow up directly only with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please. 


Program Assistant

Position: The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index is seeking a full-time Program Assistant to work in the WJP’s office in Washington, D.C. This is a current vacancy, with an immediate start. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Program Assistant will report directly to the Chief Research Officer to provide crucial support for the Rule of Law Index team. The Program Assistant will assist with research, data analysis, and other long-term projects on the status of the rule of law in different countries. The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with the primary data collection process for the General Population Poll (GPP) datasets in over 100 countries;
  • Assist with the evaluation, contracting, and management of survey organizations to conduct in-country fieldwork around the world;
  • Assist with the preparation of materials, reports, and presentations for the Index team;
  • Contribute to the research, analysis, and writing of WJP publications, including the Rule of Law Index, the Mexican States Rule of Law Index and work related to the Criminal Justice reform in Mexico;
  • Provide general programmatic support, including research, editing and proofreading documents, assisting with Index calendar management, and logistics for travel and meetings

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or related field;
  • At least one year of relevant professional experience;
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Excel and Stata;
  • Fluency in Spanish or French is a plus.
  • Bright and highly motivated with a strong academic track record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law;
  • Ability to prioritize workload and daily assignments efficiently, manage multiple projects simultaneously, follow through on issues in a timely manner, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently; and ability to give and receive feedback;
  • Highly dependable with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent problem solving skills, and attention to detail;
  • Ability to travel (occasionally);
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Physical Requirements: While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. The employee also may need to remain seated for long periods of time; have the ability to perform repetitive motions; grasp objects, including a writing instrument; stand; communicate verbally and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. The employee may be required to walk, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for expansive reading and data analysis.

Working Conditions: The work conditions described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. The employee is expected to travel and will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during those times. The incumbent typically works indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent, and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels.

How to Apply: The World Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Please email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (no more than 5 pages), and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) to wjobs@worldjusticeproject.org with subject line “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Program Assistant Application.” Please send all application documents at once. This position will remain open until filled. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up directly with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please.


Fall 2018 Rule of Law Internship (paid) 

Position: WJP’s Index team is seeking a full-time, paid intern at WJP’s office in Washington DC for the fall (starting in early September and continuing through January). 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: As part of a small team, interns will provide crucial support to the Index team and will assist with data collection efforts and report production for WJP’s various projects, including the Rule of Law Index 2018-2019, the Mexican States Rule of Law Index, the Open Government Report, and other thematic and country-specific projects. The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assist in the administration of the Qualified Respondents Questionnaire (QRQ) for the Global Rule of Law Index ; 
  • Edit and proofread outreach templates and prepare major email campaigns in support of the QRQ;  
  • Conduct targeted telephone and email outreach to potential respondents in English and other languages, preferably French; 
  • Conduct research to identify potential practitioner and academic legal experts in various countries to participate in the Rule of Law Index; 
  • Perform data processing and provide developmental support in maintaining the database of experts for the WJP expert surveys; including data entry and data formatting; 
  • Assist in preparing for the General Population Poll (GPP) data collection cycle, including evaluating and contracting survey organizations to conduct in-country fieldwork around the world; 
  • Edit and proofread WJP publications, including the Open Government Report and Rule of Law Index 2018-2019; 
  • Assist with preparations for meeting and presentations, including producing drafts of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution; 
  • Provide general administrative support for WJP projects, including organizational work in Microsoft Excel and Word; assist with Index calendar management and logistics for travel and meetings, mass mailings, and other office and logistical support duties. 

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (completed or currently pursuing) in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or related field; 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience/proven ability managing large databases; 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently and ability to give and receive feedback; 
  • Highly dependable with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent problem solving skills, and attention to detail; 
  • At least one year of professional experience, including internships; 
  • Fluency or near-fluency in French is preferred; knowledge of another foreign language will be considered;
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. 

How to Apply: The World Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Please email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample not exceeding 3 pages, and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) to indexjobs@worldjusticeproject.org with subject line “[Last Name], [First Name] Fall 2018 Rule of Law Index Internship”. Please send all application documents at once, preferably in one PDF file. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up directly with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please. 


Research Internship (paid)

Position: The WJP’s Rule of Law Index team is seeking a full-time, paid intern at its Washington, D.C., office for the fall and winter of 2018 (starting in October for a minimum of three months). This position will support data analysis and report production processes for the WJP’s research products as well as inter-organizational initiatives to raise awareness about the scale and impact of injustice on a global scale.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with the production of the 2019 edition of the WJP’s Global Insights on Access to Justice report, Rule of Law Index 2018-2019, The Rule of Law in Afghanistan 2018, and Open Government Report, including data checks, report writing, copyediting, and design assistance; 
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for inter-organizational efforts to advocate for government commitments to and improved measures for tracking justice issues as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including facilitating meeting and travel logistics as needed, drafting communications, and taking notes; 
  • Identify, review, and compile data sources for estimating the number of people with unmet justice needs (i.e. the “justice gap”) around the world and analyze how women, children, and the poor fit into this justice gap;
  • Conduct qualitative research on rule of law developments around the world; 
  • Assist with preparations for meetings and presentations, including producing drafts of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution; 
  • Provide general administrative support for WJP projects, including organizational work in Microsoft Excel and Word; assist with Index calendar management and logistics for travel and meetings, mass mailings, and other office and logistical support duties; and 
  • Assist with the Rule of Law Index’s core Qualified Respondents Questionnaire (QRQ) and General Population Poll (GPP) data collection processes as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (completed or currently pursuing) in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or related field; 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience/proven ability managing large databases; 
  • Experience with STATA or other statistical analysis software is strongly preferred;
  • Proficiency in a foreign language (especially French, Spanish, Russian, or Portuguese) is a plus; 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently and ability to give and receive feedback; 
  • Highly dependable with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent problem-solving skills, and attention to detail; 
  • Preferably at least one year of professional experience, including internships; 
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. 

How to Apply: The World Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Please email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample not exceeding 3 pages, and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) to indexjobs@worldjusticeproject.org with subject line “[Last Name], [First Name] Research Internship.” Please send all application documents at once, preferably in one PDF file. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up directly with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please.