Managing Director, Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights

Howard University School of Law

Posted February 1, 2018


Launching in 2018, the Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights will be Howard University’s flagship institutional setting for the study and practice of civil rights, human rights, racial justice and the law. The law school supports a unique intellectual community for faculty and students seeking to use the law to become social engineers on both a national and international scale.


The Thurgood Marshall Center is currently seeking a Managing Director. The Managing Director will serve as the chief administrative officer, reporting to the Executive Director, and supported by a program assistant and two Center fellows. The Managing Director will assist the Executive Director in overseeing the administrative, programmatic and financial management of the Center. The position offers a competitive salary and full benefits.  The director’s complete administrative and programmatic responsibilities are to achieve the stated goals:

  • Assist the Executive Director in planning, organizing, and implementing conferences, symposia, lecturers and other events and activities sponsored by the Center.
  • Manage the Center’s administrative operations and activities, with accountability for operational and budget processes, finance, human resources and space planning.
  • Manage the Center’s fundraising efforts, which will include developing grant proposals, seeking financial support from foundations, alumni, professional organizations, and various other individuals and philanthropic parties.
  • Assist the Executive Director in supervision of staff and student employees and volunteers.
  • Work with appropriate law school and university personnel to design, prepare and produce center publications, including the annual report, alumni mailings, and publicity materials.
  • Collaborate with campus resources to develop, submit, and manage gifts and grants, ensuring that expenses are appropriately applied according to the funding terms and University policy.



  • J.D. required.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in directing a variety of administrative and operational activities, including events planning, marketing, fundraising, and grant writing.
  • Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices to successfully adapt to institutional rules, regulations, processes, protocols, and procedures to successfully manage budgets, accounts and fund management; human resource management and supervision; and experience in project/research management in an academic setting preferred.
  • Substantial demonstrated fundraising experience.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills to include active listening, persuasiveness, and ability to work with diverse groups and individuals to achieve positive results.
  • Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. Advanced skills in short and long term strategic planning and analysis. Must demonstrate successful innovative problem- solving skills using diplomacy and judgment within a complex environment.
  • Advanced interpersonal, cooperative, and organizational skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of internal and external peers and managers to achieve results. Significant experience in developing superior relationships with key stakeholders and demonstrated ability to articulate the Center’s priorities, objectives and mission.
  • Substantial ability to direct the design of effective strategies for fund-raising and Center publicity.
  • Ability to successfully deal with confidential, complex situations involving coordination and consultation with high level constituents.
  • Leadership experience and the ability to supervise and motivate others, encourage teamwork, work collaboratively within large organizations, and provide clear direction to achieve exceptional results.
  • Ability to do some traveling and attend evening and weekend events.
  • Must be able to successfully complete a criminal background check.


How to Apply

Please submit applications and questions to and address all correspondence to Justin Hansford, the Executive Director of the center. No phone calls please. The application should consist of a resume and cover letter, submitted in a single attachment.