Employment at CAIR

San Diego, California

Washington, D.C.

Seattle, Washington


 San Diego, California

Position: Staff attorney


The staff attorney will engage in civil rights litigation and advocacy for CAIR, including but not limited to representing complainants who have experienced religious discrimination in negotiations with opposing parties; filing complaints, discovery, motions practice, court appearances, and trial if necessary; and identifying, recruiting, and collaborating with private attorneys on religious discrimination cases.

Religious discrimination may arise in areas including employment discrimination, police misconduct, government office discrimination, racial/religious profiling, school/university discrimination, immigration, family law, and defamation.

The staff attorney will be expected to identify, strategize and use creative legal solutions to address systematic issues affecting those who suffer discrimination in the full range of potential forums (not just litigation). The staff attorney may also directly supervise the work of externs/interns in the department.


  • At least two years of litigation experience.
  • Familiarity with civil rights, employment law, immigration law, family law, criminal law, and constitutional law.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.
  • Great presentation and public speaking abilities.
  • Strong ability to identify, recruit, and work with a number of private attorneys on cases.
  • Demonstrated commitment to protecting civil liberties in the United States.
  • High degree of initiative and willingness to work hard and collaborate with others.
  • Creativity, passion for civil rights work, determination, and a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to follow through on various ongoing and newly assigned case work.
  • Admittance to the California State Bar.

Salary range based on education, skills and experience.

To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, two formal legal writing samples, and a list of at least three references, along with copies of relevant academic certificates. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Human Resources
CAIR-San Diego
8316 Caliremont Mesa Blvd. 203
San Diego, CA 92111

Email: [email protected]

If applying via email, please be sure to include the position title in the subject line.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.



Washington, D.C.

Position: Administrative Assistant

CAIR is seeking a qualified individual for the full-time position of administrative assistant at its Washington, D.C., headquarters. The position reports to the national executive director.


  • Maintaining appointment schedules by planning and scheduling meetings and conferences for the department directors.
  • Managing and maintaining correspondence, including drafting letters and initiating telecommunications for department directors.
  • Assisting with writing as needed, including drafting presentations for department staff
  • Taking notes in department meetings and following up to ensure action items are accomplished.
  • Making all travel arrangements for all department directors.
  • Welcoming guests by greeting them, in person or on the telephone; answering or directing inquiries.
  • Preparing reports and meeting materials by collecting and analyzing information from department directors and managers.
  • Maintaining confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Organizing and managing files and records. Providing historical reference by developing and utilizing filing and retrieval systems. Research ability required.
  • Managing the conference room and press room schedules.
  • Contributing to team effort by working on other projects as needed.

Skills/Qualifications: Background and experience in administrative work, writing and editing, scheduling, use of Microsoft Office, time management, equipment maintenance, travel logistics, verbal communication. The candidate must also have highly developed interpersonal skills. Fluency in languages other than English is an asset.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements by email to [email protected] with "Administrative Assistant to Office Manager" in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

CAIR is an equal opportunity employer.


Position: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Litigator

CAIR is seeking a high energy, assertive individual to litigate.


  • Trial litigation of mostly federal civil rights/civil liberties claims;
  • Legal research and writing, and conducting all facets of discovery;
  • Conduct occasional civil rights/civil liberties workshops in the community;
  • Perform other related duties, as required and requested.


  • At least 5 years of actual, first-chair litigation in civil rights/civil liberties arenas including fact investigation, legal research and writing, discovery, arguing motions, conducting trials;
  • Solid working familiarity with civil rights/civil liberties law and with other areas of constitutional law including in the criminal law arena;
  • Some familiarity with national security-related issues desired;
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple ongoing projects;
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with ability to juggle multiple, competing tasks;
  • Experience representing clients in a non-profit setting a plus;
  • Ability to speak a language other than English a plus;
  • Familiarity, knowledge, and experience working with the American Muslim community desired though not required;
  • Current D.C. bar membership required or with the ability to waive in as soon as possible; Virginia and/or Maryland bar memberships a big plus.

By 30 June 2014, please submit by email a substantive cover letter and resume to [email protected] with "Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Litigator" in the subject line. Applications without a substantive cover letter will not be considered.

Salary/compensation: CAIR employees are compensated commensurate with their education, experience, and other qualifications, and consistent with a nonprofit organization. Generous medical, dental, and vision benefits, and a retirement plan with employer contributions, are offered.

CAIR is an equal opportunity employer.


Seattle, Washington

Position: Civil Rights Manager (full-time)

The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is seeking an ambitious, goal-driven and highly organized professional for the key civil rights manager position. Our civil rights department responds to complaints from members of the Muslim community about civil rights violations, and develops response strategies to deliver positive societal changes with every case.

Responsibilities include:

  • Case management/resolution
    • Oversee cases of religious discrimination, profiling, and denial of religious accommodations, spanning across law enforcement, employment, education, immigration, vandalism, hate crimes, and jail/prison conditions.
    • Ensure follow-through with offending parties and clients, and assertively pursue full resolution.
    • Maintain databases and metrics about abuses reported to CAIR-WA.
    • Develop civil rights department's procedures and capabilities, e.g.: investigation skills and protocols; case management process (intake/documentation/review).
    • Expand referral network for cases outside of CAIR-WA's scope.
    • Effectively select, train and manage interns and volunteers to maximize department capacity.
  • Develop winning advocacy strategies
    • Develop strategies such as advocacy letters/meetings, media work, and building network of volunteer attorneys.
    • Develop strategic relationships with senior government, law enforcement, and other officials to drive desired outcomes and policy changes.
    • Collaborate with CAIR chapters and partner organizations, to ensure the local success of nationwide campaigns or mutually beneficial efforts.
    • Partner with the executive director to maximize media exposure and public awareness of CAIR-WA's efforts, including drafting media statements, speaking at press conferences and other media opportunities related to casework.
  • Community education
    • Seek opportunities to deliver 'know your rights' presentations and information at schools, large community events, and religious institutions to increase case reporting.
    • Issue monthly online digests and case studies, and an annual report to inform public of CAIR-WA's civil rights efforts and encourage reporting of cases by community.

Required skills and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience required. (Level of position may be flexible for candidates substantially exceeding these requirements.)
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiation, public speaking, and tactful interpersonal communication.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively training and managing interns and volunteers to maximize productivity
  • Demonstrated commitment to defending Muslim civil rights and building power in communities
  • Strong written communication skills, with attention to detail. Candidate must email a one-page writing sample from recent prior work, or produce an original response to the prompt: "What civil rights advocacy for minority groups means to me." (400 - 600 words)
  • Demonstrated bias for action, and leadership with resourcefulness
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize details, define desired outcome, and efficiently drive toward goals.
  • Ability to do high-volume work under high pressure, manage multiple competing tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in use of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Commitment and benefits: Competitive compensation package based on relevant qualifications. Excellent medical, dental and vision benefits with 100% employer contribution, starting day one, and generous paid discretionary leave benefits. Career path can include advancement to civil rights director, deputy director and executive director positions.

Office location: Our physical office (different from our mailing address) is conveniently located near downtown Seattle just two blocks from Metro's International District Tunnel Station. Any bus that goes to downtown Seattle from across the Puget Sound region can drop you within 2 blocks of our office.

To apply: Our community's needs are immediate, so apply ASAP to make a difference. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by April 14, 2014, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter with résumé, list of three references, a writing sample as described above, and current/target compensation to [email protected] or to 9594 First Avenue NE, #272, Seattle, WA 98115. If applying via email, please be sure to include the position title in the subject line. Incomplete applications may not be processed.

No phone calls and no drop-ins, please. Please also note that we are only able to respond to those applicants who are selected for an interview.


In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goal of diversity, CAIR is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to race, age color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.

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