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Chief Engagement Officer

Summary: The Chief Engagement Officer at the World Justice Project ("WJP") is responsible for building and strengthening the WJP's global network of rule of law practitioners and for leading WJP's efforts to advance the rule of law through strategic partnerships and convenings, including the World Justice Forum; coordinated advocacy and campaigns; and support for innovative locally-led initiatives that have promising prospects for replication and scaling. The Chief Engagement Officer also serves as a member of the organization's senior management team, responsible for implementing programming strategies that carry out the mission and policies set by the board of directors.

This position requires an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong international orientation, fluency across sectors, and practical experience leading policy-oriented initiatives. The position will manage a small departmental team and will work closely with the Executive Director, Chief Research Officer, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Director of Engagement, Director of Communications, and Director of Development. Preference is for the position to be based in WJP's Washington, DC, office, although it may be possible to be based in WJP's Seattle office, with regular time spent in the Washington, DC office.

The WJP is in a period of new leadership and growth and is implementing a new strategic plan aimed at strengthening knowledge about the rule of law, building broad-based awareness of its role and importance, and generating action to advance it. The successful candidate will have an exciting opportunity to lead a critical component of this work. The WJP workplace is an entrepreneurial, results-oriented, highly wired and closely integrated culture with staff and officers from diverse cultural backgrounds and time-zones.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Chief Engagement Officer will oversee the strategic design and implementation of WJP’s engagement and advocacy efforts globally and in the U.S. Through engagement with existing communities in the WJP network and cultivation of new community members and partnerships, this position will be central to connecting all aspects of the WJP’s work to an expanded global constituency. 

Strategic Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Lead development and pursuit of WJP's strategic engagement and advocacy objectives in coordination with WJP’s staff, board, and officers.
  • Represent the WJP at events and in global, national, and local networks and organizations;
  • Cultivate, develop, and steward strategic relationships, collaborations, and alliances that advance the WJP's mission and align with our strategic objectives;

Management Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, coach, mentor, and manage a global team based in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Manage Engagement initiatives to include development and maintenance of work plan, as well as collaborative planning and programmatic integration with other department heads;
  • Manage Engagement budget;
  • Prepare and present regular Engagement reports to the WJP Board of Directors;
  • Serve as member of WJP senior management team;

Program Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the coordination, expansion and stewardship of WJP's global network of highly effective rule of law organizations and practitioners, including developing approaches for interactive in-person and digital engagement;
  • Develop and oversee the design, planning and logistics for organization-wide events, including the World Justice Forum, regional meetings, country dialogues, and other strategic convenings;
  • In coordination with WJP’s Research Team, identify, analyze, and pursue opportunities for engagement with international organizations, governments, rule of law implementers, and civil society organizations to promote and support the implementation of proven and promising rule of law reforms and initiatives at the international, national and local level;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of methodologies for monitoring and evaluating all Engagement activities to maximize sustained impact;
  • In coordination with WJP's leadership, develop and pursue strategy for regional and national WJP Representative presence.

Communications Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with WJP’s Research Team and Communications Team, expand activities to disseminate WJP knowledge to policy-makers, development agencies, rule of law implementers, the broader rule of law movement, and the public;
  • Develop and implement strategies to expand outreach to other sectors (e.g. public health, the environment, business) and identify collaborative educational initiatives;
  • In collaboration with WJP’s Research Team and Communications Team, coordinate and lead advocacy campaigns on key thematic priorities both globally and in the U.S. 

Fundraising Responsibilities:

  • In close coordination with development staff, cultivate donors for Engagement programs and oversee preparation of applications for new grants;
  • Oversee preparation of reporting on outcomes of Engagement activities for program-specific or institutional grants. 

Skills and Experience:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience working directly with diverse stakeholders, cultivating and nurturing organizational relationships, and catalyzing policy action on issues related to WJP’s mission;
  • Demonstrated substantive expertise on issues related to WJP’s mission, e.g., international development, anti-corruption, justice-sector reform, human rights, etc.
  • Demonstrated expertise managing complex relationships with public, private and civil society actors and spread between multiple jurisdictions, cultures and time-zones;
  • Five to eight years of experience with international program management at organizational or project level, demonstrating the highest professionalism;
  • Experience leading the conceptualization and implementation of strategic collaborations, campaigns, and events of a global nature;
  • Advanced leadership skills for managing a team, as well as the ability to work within a team environment;
  • Experience with preparation of applications for new grants, and reporting on outcomes; 
  • Experience with data-driven and evidenced-based development approaches, including a working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Excellent problem solving skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and keen attention to detail;

Essential Personal Qualities:

  • Encourages and practices critical and creative thinking.
  • Demonstrates strong decision-making, good judgment, and discretion.
  • Intellectually curious, creative, and open to innovative approaches.
  • Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others, and is appropriately attentive to protocol and confidentiality
  • Is a self-starter with a positive, can-do attitude, and takes initiative balanced with following institutional priorities.
  • Has a genuine interest in the mission and programs of the WJP.
  • Has the capacity to work well with people from diverse cultures and for significant work-related travel around the world.
  • Fluency in English language required. Preference given to applicants with additional oral and written language fluency in French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin or Russian.

Education Requirement: Graduate degree in business or non-profit management, international affairs, law, social sciences, or public service-related 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. This person will be required to meet the physical demands of frequent global travel, including to lesser-developed and remote locations.

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.

About the WJP: The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law worldwide. Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of justice, opportunity, and peace—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.

WJP works to build and support a global, multidisciplinary movement for the rule of law through three mutually reinforcing lines of business: data collection and analysis, including the Rule of Law Index, which advances a universal definition of the rule of law and tracks adherence globally; support for research, scholarship, and teaching about the rule of law, its relationship to development, and effective strategies to strengthen it; and engagement and support of a global network of policy-makers and activists through on-line and in-person strategic convenings, exchange of best practices and lessons learned, and locally-led programs to advance the rule of law. 

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 ENGAGEMENT 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. 


Country Director, World Justice Project-Mexico

Summary: The World Justice Project (WJP) seeks a seasoned manager to serve as Country Director of World Justice Project-Mexico (WJP-Mexico), overseeing the organization's programs, operations, and administration in Mexico. With WJP’s recent publication of its report on The New Criminal Justice System in Mexico and its Mexico Rule of Law Index, the organization is poised for significant impact and growth. The new Country Director will have an exciting opportunity to shape and manage the organization at this critical period. This position will be based in WJP-Mexico's Mexico City office and report to the WJP Chief Research Officer. The responsibilities and primary activities considered for this position are the following:

Programmatic, Strategic, and Fundraising Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with senior program staff, determine the strategies, content, products, and goals on which the organization will focus its efforts.
  • Together with senior program staff, assume responsibility for completion of all program commitments and deliverables, in accordance with grant agreements and subsidy contracts.
  • Together with WJP leadership and senior program staff, develop and implement strategies to identify, solicit, and secure new funding sources for the WJP-Mexico program.
  • Participate in fundraising, public relations and outreach activities.

Budget and Financial Responsibilities:

  • Oversee budget preparation for the Mexico office, in general, including for purposes of grant applications.
  • Manage financial operations in accordance with the approved budgets and relevant standards, regulations, and donor requirements.
  • Oversee preparation of financial reports for each project or program in progress for donors, senior management, and the board of WJP.
  • Present financial information to non-expert audiences that are both internal and external to the organization.
  • Preparation and management of any audits, financial inspections or audit-related queries of WJP-Mexico operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and write proposals and prepare budgets for submission to potential donors, in coordination with Headquarters.

Operational and Management Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of WJP-Mexico's Mexico City office, including the negotiation of office space leases and asset protection.
  • Supervise the implementation of policies and procedures established by the organization, as well as its compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and other norms.
  • Create sound local policies and procedures to help govern the office.
  • Supervise the acquisition of goods and services in accordance with WJP policies.
  • Oversee recruitment, orientation, training, mentoring, and performance management of 20-person staff.
  • Implement civil protection security policies.
  • Implement digital security policies.

Abilities and Experience:

  • More than ten years non-profit program and financial management experience—including at least five years in senior management roles, including budgeting, grants management, and financial and programmatic reporting.
  • Substantial experience managing the use of subsidies granted by private and government sources, ideally including international sources such as USAID and the U.S. Department of State.
  • Experience in legal, governance, and/or administration of justice field strongly preferred.
  • Experience with managing internal and external program and financial audits.
  • Substantial experience with the identification and cultivation of donors to non-profit organizations and preparation of proposals for funding.
  • Experience writing proposals.
  • Experience hiring, training, advising, and managing personnel.
  • Experience coordinating international work between a global headquarters and country-specific office.
  • Significant office management and administrative experience.
  • Superior oral communication and interpersonal skills, especially the ability to give presentations.
  • Superior writing and editing skills.
  • Superior ability to use a spreadsheet program, preferably Excel.
  • Fluency in Spanish. Mastery of the English language (level C2, as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or equivalent).

Essential Personal Qualities:

  • Encourages and practices critical thinking.
  • Has substantial knowledge about topics relating to the organization's work. 
  • Has genuine interest in the mission and programs of WJP.
  • Is respectful toward others. 
  • Takes initiative and is proactive in addressing issues and solving problems.
  • Has proven ability to exercise good managerial judgment.
  • Has strong negotiating skills.
  • Pays great attention to detail. 
  • Communicates well both verbally and in text.
  • Collaborates creatively with all levels and areas of the organization. 
  • Can work with people of various cultures.
  • Is able to travel. 

Academic requirements: Master's degree or equivalent professional experience.

How to apply: 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 MEXICO COUNTRY DIRECTOR POSITION". Please send all application documents in English, 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. 

About WJP: The World Justice Project® (WJP) is an independent, international, and multidisciplinary organization working to advance Rule of Law worldwide. One of its most important projects includes the measurement of Rule of Law through surveys administered to the general population and to experts in more than 100 countries. These surveys seek to measure these individuals’ experiences and perceptions regarding various aspects of Rule of Law. The results of these surveys are published in the Rule of Law Index by WJP (World Justice Project Rule of Law Index®), which has become the primary source of original data regarding Rule of Law worldwide.

In Mexico, the organization's work centers on research, data collection, analysis, and advocacy relating to the criminal justice system, specifically: i) the creation of a Rule of Law Index for Mexico, and ii) an impact evaluation of criminal justice reform. Both projects are accompanied by reports, articles, videos, animations, and infographics to communicate the significance and importance of Rule of Law in peoples’ lives. 


Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Summary: The World Justice Project (WJP) is seeking a full-time Special Assistant to the Executive Director to work in the WJP's office in Washington, D.C. The Special Assistant will coordinate the executive office and serve as the right-hand assistant to the Executive Director, providing primary support for her management, external relations, fundraising, and administrative functions. The successful candidate will play a critical role in a growing, entrepreneurial non-profit working to advance the rule of law as the foundation for communities of justice, opportunity, and peace. 

Responsibilities: The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the Executive Office and provide administrative support to the Executive Director, Senior Staff, Officers, and Board of Directors, including correspondence, scheduling, filing, travel arrangements, logistics and event planning, preparation of briefing materials, and expense reporting;
  • Provide support for WJP's external relations, including preparation, editing, proofreading, and mailing of outreach materials and maintenance of the organization's database of contacts, supporters, and partners; 
  • Provide support for the WJP's development and fundraising functions, including conducting research and drafting correspondence, concept notes, and proposals;
  • Provide research, analysis, and writing support for scholarly articles, blog posts, constituent newsletters, and speeches on rule of law topics;
  • Represent WJP with external audiences and at briefings, meetings, and events;
  • Other duties as necessary.

Qualifications: This position is open to graduates (B.A. or M.A.) with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, with excellent attention to detail and superior research, writing, and problem-solving skills. International experience and foreign language skills are preferred. The ideal candidate will have completed coursework in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or pre-law. Successful applicants will have at least one year of relevant experience, and be bright, highly dependable, and motivated with a strong academic record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:

  • Superior research, analytical, and organizational skills and excellent attention to detail;
  • Strong writing, oral communications, and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to communicate in a professional manner in writing, over the phone, and in person, including with senior professionals and dignitaries;
  • Familiarity with standard office software programs; experience with Salesforce is a plus;
  • Experience studying or working overseas and foreign language skills are a plus;
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, multicultural environment;
  • The ability to work independently as well as in group settings, the ability to manage his or her own workload, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure.
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to the WJP's mission and principles. 

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. This person will be required to meet the physical demands of frequent global travel, including to lesser-developed and remote locations.

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.

How to Apply: The WJP is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample, 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 SPECIAL ASSISTANT 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. 


Graphic Design 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 winter and spring of 2019 (starting in January for a minimum of three months). This position will support the design department in the development and production of country-specific reports and supporting products.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the design and production of the 2019 edition of the WJP Rule of Law Index, WJP Mexico States Rule of Law Index, Mexican and Global Access to Justice Reports and all supporting materials.
  • Identify new opportunities to translate relevant data into beautiful, innovative data visualizations, infographics, posters, etc.
  • Conduct research on data design and publication trends;
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree (completed or currently pursuing) in graphic design, visual journalism, or related field;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office (especially Excel)
  • Proficiency in Spanish 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;
  • 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, link to portfolio or website, and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) to design@worldjusticeproject.org with subject line "[Last Name], [First Name] Design 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.