Career Opportunities

About ASIL The American Society of International Law (ASIL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization founded in 1906 and chartered by Congress in 1950. ASIL holds Category II Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies. The Society is headquartered at Tillar House in Washington, D.C. The mission of ASIL is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.

The American Society of International Law is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by law. We value a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


Current Openings at ASIL

FLSA Classification: Exempt

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Summary:
The American Society of International Law ("ASIL" or "the Society") seeks an accomplished leader with vision, proficiency in international law, and proven management skills to serve as its next Executive Director starting (ideally) in mid-September 2022.

Responsibilities:
The Executive Director leads a diverse and accomplished 10-12 person staff, who facilitate the Society's programming, development, finance, fundraising, and membership activities, including by: 

  1. convening the prestigious ASIL Annual Meeting in Washington, which attracts more than 1,300 participants each year;
  2. organizing and sponsoring other meetings, conferences, and symposia;
  3. publishing the leading journals American Journal of International Law, its open-access companion AJIL Unbound, International Legal Materials, and Proceedings of the ASIL Annual Meeting, as well as online publications;
  4. maintaining a robust virtual presence through social media, an extensive website, and podcasting;
  5. supporting over 30 ASIL member Interest Groups;
  6. providing other educational and information resources, including career development opportunities in international law;
  7. engaging in fundraising events to support the Society's goals;
  8. conducting impactful policy-oriented discussion and research; and
  9. engaging in outreach to non-members in the U.S. Government, the judiciary, the diplomatic community, international organizations, the media, and the public to promote a broader understanding of international law.

Apart from directing the Society's regular work, the Executive Director contributes to shaping the Society's vision and responses to the ever-more challenging global order.  In this regard, the Executive Director works closely with ASIL's President (elected every two years) and Executive Council (serving three-year terms), who govern the Society and determine its direction. 

The Executive Director also has an important outward-facing role as an ambassador for the Society and meets with important constituencies, including the judiciary; the White House and executive agencies such as the Departments of State, Defense and Justice; the U.S. Congress; international organizations and diplomats; local and international media; think tanks; academia; private practitioners; bar associations; professional organizations in law and other disciplines; and national and regional international law societies outside the United States.

Qualifications: 
The successful candidate for Executive Director will:

  1. be proficient in international law;
  2. possess strong managerial, administrative, and organizational ability and experience, overseeing ASIL's staff and an annual budget in excess of $3 million;
  3. have effective fundraising skills, including through pursuit of grants, sponsorships, partnerships, and individual giving;
  4. be adept at promoting ASIL's programing and advancing its mission through social media, the ASIL website, and other outlets;
  5. be able to engage effectively with ASIL's diverse international membership;
  6. be capable of facilitating dissemination of scholarly and informational output in print, electronic, and conference settings; and
  7. be able to design and implement outreach programs and represent ASIL publicly before its many U.S. and foreign constituencies.

Terms: 
ASIL's Executive Council will appoint the new Executive Director to an initial term of three years, with the possibility of reappointment to a second term of up to five years, and a competitive reappointment to a final term up to a combined 12-year term limit, as prescribed by ASIL's constitutive documents.  The position is full-time and requires residence in the Washington, D.C. area and authorization to work in the United States.  ASIL offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and comparable to management-level public sector and NGO positions.  The Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.  The Society values a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

How to apply: 
Please send a CV and cover letter to EDSearch@asil.org with the following subject line: "Attention: Lucy Reed, Chair, ASIL Executive Director Search Committee".  The cover letter should explain why you are interested in being ASIL's Executive Director, your compensation expectations, and your availability to start work as a Washington area resident, ideally by mid-September 2022.  To receive appropriate consideration, your application should be received by Monday, June 20, 2022.  All applications received will be acknowledged, but only finalists will be contacted further.  The identities of all applicants will be kept strictly confidential.

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Department: Programs and Education

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Summary:
The Director of Programs and Education is responsible for the oversight of the Society's Programs and Education Department, including major conferences, educational programming, Interest Group activities, international organization engagement, and international law career training. The Director of Education reports to the Deputy Executive Director (DED).

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise Department of Programs and Education staff, including the Program Officer, International Law Fellows, and Programs Interns.
  • Coordinate educational programming with ASIL leadership, committees, members, and external partners to ensure compliance with the Society's policies.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of the Society's Annual Meeting and Midyear Meetings, with relevant staff and member volunteers, including hotel negotiations, 3rd party vendor coordination, contract review, substantive program development, member engagement, publicity and promotion, and budget management.
  • Oversee and conduct the Society's international law mentoring and career development programs, including by providing career trainings and resources for law students and career development staff at ASIL Academic Partner schools, both virtual and in-person.
  • Oversee the Society's Interest Groups, including governance, administrative, programmatic, and financial activities.
  • Coordinate the Society's international organization engagement program, including overseeing the selection of members to participate at official meetings of the UN, UNCITRAL, WTO, OSCE, OECD, and other bodies with whom the Society has official observer status, and ensuring its official status remains current.
  • Support the Society's Research & Publications Department with programs designed to elevate the content of the Society's publications and research programs.
  • Engage in public speaking on behalf of the Society.
  • Serve as administrator of the Society's CLE programming, including filing annual reports with relevant jurisdictions to retain CLE accredited provider status.
  • Serve as primary staff liaison to leadership entities, as assigned, including the Membership, Program, Interest Group, and Strategic Initiatives committees and the Judicial Advisory Board.
  • Participate in the senior management team and contribute to the overall management of the organization. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS and JD or equivalent graduate degree. Demonstrated experience in the field of international law.
  • Minimum of 7 years' relevant experience in program development, management, and implementation, including event design and management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to oversee international legal research and ensure production of written content under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills, including prioritization of competing obligations, responding to multiple audiences with overlapping demands; and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Experience leading a team of staff, volunteers, and interns/fellows to achieve professional objectives.
  • Experience in programmatic budget compliance, including identifying ways to decrease costs and increase revenue for programmatic activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including membership/client engagement, public speaking, and addressing sensitive legal and professional issues with passionate actors.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including advanced planning capabilities, organizing staff assignments, and ensuring professional obligations are met in a timely fashion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 years relevant experience in international law organizations (public or private), including departmental-level supervisory and budget management experience.
  • Large conference design, implementation, and oversight experience, including budget development, financial oversight, and 3rd party vendor management.
  • Experience in international law teaching and administration.
  • Experience with membership organizations, databases, procedures, and programs.
  • Oversight of CLE and/or judicial education programs.
  • Online event design, management, and implementation.
  • Language skills and experience working in international, multicultural environment a plus. 

Visa Status:
The American Society of International Law welcomes applications from persons of any nationality. Non-US applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States on an on-going basis without sponsorship.

Compensation:
The salary range for this position is $78,000 to $85,000, based on experience and qualifications. ASIL offers a generous benefits package and a stimulating, collegial work environment.

Remote Work:
Unless authorized to work remotely, the employee will be expected to perform the duties of the position in person, subject to public health conditions. All Society employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless an accommodation is requested and granted.

How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) as a single PDF document to jobs@asil.org. Please put "Director of Programs and Education" in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Location:
2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Department: Education

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Summary:
The Program Officer is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of Department of Education activities. The Program Officer reports to the Deputy Executive Director (DED).

Responsibilities:

  • Support the DED and presidentially appointed committees in developing and implementing the Annual and Midyear meetings, including plenaries and program tracks, interest group sessions, continuing legal education, academic and professional development activities, and other events;
  • Support the DED and presidentially appointed committees in developing and implementing educational programming, including conferences, special events, interest group activities, webinars, educational resources, and research activities;
  • Manage the ASIL career development program, including updates to the ASIL Guide to Careers in International Law, mentoring and professional development programs (in-person and online), and creation of professional development materials for use by ASIL members, Academic Partners, and Law Firm Members;
  • Engage in public speaking on behalf of the Society (usually in academic settings);
  • Administer ASIL's United Nations Observer program, including coordinating the accreditation and reporting obligations of authorized representatives of the Society;
  • Liaise with the Director of Publications and Research regarding management of ASIL Insights and International Law in Brief, and contribute written content as appropriate;
  • Supervise ASIL event volunteer staff, international law fellows, and interns
  • Coordinate with ASIL staff assigned to assist with in person and online events;
  • Create ASIL website content and promotional materials for all education activities;
  • Assist with the design and implementation of ASIL's judicial education programs;
  • Assist with the design and implementation of programs to support Academic, Law Firm, and Publisher Partnerships;
  • Assist with the development and operation of ASIL CLE programming, including accreditation, promotion, registration, online distribution, development of new program content, and identifying and obtaining research materials;
  • Manage the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program, including developing promotional materials, coordinating the selection process, and developing and administering a post-fellowship alumni program; and
  • Such other program-related duties as shall be assigned by the DED.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS and J.D., or equivalent. Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of international law.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working in the legal or non-profit sectors;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to conduct international legal research and produce cogent written analyses under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work flexible hours in support of education programs;
  • Program management skills, including design, implementation, and evaluation of existing and new programmatic goals;
  • Strong initiative and follow-through, the ability to multi-task effectively, including prioritization of competing obligations, and the ability to work under pressure;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; and
  • Strong organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in managing and coordinating events, both online and in-person;
  • International study or other relevant international experience;
  • Strong public speaking skills;
  • Prior experience supervising staff and support personnel;
  • Knowledge of and experience with administering continuing legal education programs;
  • Experience with membership organization procedures and programs; and
  • Budget and financial management experience.

Visa Status:
The American Society of International Law welcomes applications from persons of any nationality. Non-US applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States on an on-going basis without sponsorship.

Compensation:
The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $65,000, based on experience and qualifications. ASIL offers a generous benefits package and a stimulating, collegial work environment.

Remote Work:
Unless authorized to work remotely, the employee will be required to perform the duties of the position in person, subject to public health conditions. All Society employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an accommodation is requested and provided.

How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) as a single PDF document to jobs@asil.org. Please put "Program Officer" in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Location:
2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

The ASIL International Law Fellows program gives recent graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience working on the Society's research, education, and outreach programs. The positions are full-time and fellows work with their supervisor to identify areas of professional interest that can be developed while working at Tillar House. They also have the opportunity to select and attend various internationally themed events in the active D.C. international community. Applications are currently being accepted for the Gabrielle Kirk McDonald BASIL Fellowship, named for the distinguished jurist and former Honorary President of the Society. The Fellowships are open for six-month placements, beginning in April 2022, and fellows will be awarded a one-time $7,500 fellowship grant (subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes).

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Additional Career Opportunities through ASIL

Established in 2004, the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a prominent human rights advocate and ASIL member. Helton died in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad.

Funded by contributions from ASIL members, interest groups, and private foundations, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of "micro-grants" for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.

Helton Fellowship micro-grants are intended to ensure that these individuals have access to modest amounts of funding that can often stand between them and their first professional opportunities to become effective practitioners, experts, and scholars of international law. The fellowships are intended to help cover for travel, housing, living expenses, and other costs related to the Fellow's fieldwork and research.

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Start Your Career with an ASIL Internship. ASIL offers students opportunities to become involved with its work while learning first-hand about the field of international law. See descriptions below of the specific internship positions available with the Society and how to apply. All positions are based at ASIL's Washington, DC, headquarters and generally require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and usually more during the summer. All internships are unpaid; however, interns may be eligible to earn academic credit through their school. During their internship, participants are encouraged both to attend ASIL events and to take advantage of the plethora of programs in international law and foreign relations that the DC area provides.

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Additional Career Resources

The longest running formal career development resource at ASIL, the Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths in International Law is an invaluable publication for everyone from pre-law majors to current lawyers looking to move into the practice of international law. Available for over 15 years, the guide has always included personal insights into the practice of international law from global leaders in the field.

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The ASIL Job Board is a place where members of the international law community are invited to submit news of jobs and/or internships for which ASIL members might apply. Access to the jobs and internships listed on the Job Board is available to ASIL members and faculty and students at ASIL's Academic Partner schools. Questions about the Job Board should be directed to the ASIL Service Center at services@asil.org or +1-202-939-6001.

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