Clinic consultation

Director of the Human Rights Clinic (HRC) – United States of America

TITLE: Director of the Human Rights Clinic (HRC)

REPORTS TO: Program Director, Mental Abuse


CLASSIFICATION: Full-time employee; position dependent on funding

START DATE: End of September – beginning of October


HealthRight International is a global health organization that expands equitable access to quality health systems for marginalized communities, with a particular focus on people affected by HIV, violence, unmet mental health needs and inadequate reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH). services.


The Human Rights Clinic (HRC) is a US program of HealthRight International. HealthRight’s Human Rights Clinic recruits, trains and deploys licensed healthcare professionals (e.g. with the necessary health and social support resources in their communities.


The position of Director of the HRC will set the vision for the HRC and oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of HRC program activities. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with expertise in the care and support of torture survivors. This is a supervisory position, with at least one direct report.



  • Design and execute strategies to grow the HRC program (e.g. expand geographic capacity, scope of services, etc.)
  • Initiate partnership relationships with other institutions (e.g. academic institutions, torture treatment programs, legal service organizations, etc.) to identify opportunities for collaboration and advance the work of the HRC; develop agreements and work plans to formalize collaborations.
  • Identify and seize opportunities to improve and expand HRC training and support services to volunteer clinicians and other community partners/groups.
  • Stay up-to-date on relevant refugee and asylum issues, immigration law, forensic assessment, volunteer management, and more to ensure best practices.
  • Identify and pursue research opportunities, as appropriate, with academic partners, including New York University.


  • Provide primary technical support to large partner, establishing a new integrated care program in New Jersey, which includes co-design of processes, forms, screening tools, and monitoring and evaluation systems, as well as training of staff and clinicians in health facilities.
  • Oversee and ensure the effective operation of HealthRight’s volunteer network and assessment, affidavit and testimony coordination processes; plan and implement initiatives to improve operational systems and adapt to the changing regional and national immigration context.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with HRC volunteers, legal service providers and other partner organizations, in collaboration with other program staff, through regular communication and excellent follow-up.
  • In coordination with program staff and interns, identify training locations based on need, scope and feasibility of adequate workload; oversee recruitment and logistics, organize training and integrate trained professionals into the HRC network.
  • Ensure timely and complete reporting to funders and other key stakeholders.
  • Build and improve the monitoring, evaluation and quality control systems for the work of the CDH, in particular through the CDH database.


  • Recruit and manage HRC program staff and interns; manage, coach and build a highly motivated and engaged program team.
  • Represent the HRC internally at senior management meetings and on the board of directors, as needed;
  • In partnership with the organization’s leadership, write timely and high-quality funding and grant applications; identify and research potential funders and funding opportunities.
  • In consultation with HealthRight finance and administration staff, monitor and report on the HRC program budget and HRC fee-for-service program (e.g., ensure timely and accurate billing and cost collection , adjust the fee schedule and communications as needed).


  • Ensure visibility of the HRC in internal and external forums in coordination with other HealthRight staff and interns, developing digital content for campaigns, reports, newsletters and other communication materials relevant to the work of the HRC; manage HRC communications and contacts using Raiser’s Edge.
  • Represent the organization at relevant meetings, conferences and events (e.g. National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs).

The Director will also perform other duties as required by the position.


  • Strong commitment to human rights for refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants.
  • Thorough knowledge of US immigration laws and resources available to asylum seekers.
  • Minimum of a Masters Degree in Public Health, Social Work, Law or related field preferred.
  • Specialized training/counselling experience with survivors of torture and knowledge of ORR protocol.
  • Seasoned experience in program management and business development, including strategic planning, financial oversight, mentoring and team building.
  • Solid experience in building relationships and working closely with institutional partners.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Multilingual skills; Fluency in Spanish desired.
  • Available to travel NYC-NJ as needed (mandatory).

At HealthRight, diversity is a core value and we welcome applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. HealthRight is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at HealthRight are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, ethnicity, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or other status protected by laws or regulations in the places where we operate.

How to register

Email your CV and cover letter to with the subject line “HRC Director Application”

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.