Employment at CAIR

San Diego, California

Washington, D.C.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Seattle, Washington

 


San Diego, California

Position: Staff attorney

Responsibilities:

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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: hmohebi[at]cair.com

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

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

 


Washington, D.C.

Position: Development Director

CAIR is seeking a qualified individual for the full-time position of development director at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

The development director is a senior level position responsible for expanding and cultivating donor relationships, managing the organization's planned giving program, and coordinating major and minor gifts. The development director reports to the national executive director.

Job responsibilities:

  • Conceive and implement fundraising campaigns for CAIR's national office and chapters.
  • Manage communications with donors, including responding to donor questions and requests.
  • Cultivate relationships with donors and supporters of CAIR.
  • Plan and organize fundraising activities such as dinners, concerts and tours.
  • Arrange and deliver presentations to diverse audiences to increase awareness of and support for CAIR's work.
  • Prepare reports for donors to inform them of projects and successes.
  • Other relevant tasks as assigned.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in fundraising and development and project management.
  • Previous experience working in a nonprofit environment and the ability to collaborate with colleagues, board members and volunteers.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in related field.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Willingness and availability for frequent domestic travel.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability and ability to connect with audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships with donors, community groups and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accountability and to work independently while functioning as part of a coordinated management team.
  • Desire work for the protection of civil rights and improving understanding of Islam in America.
  • Familiarity, knowledge and experience working with the American Muslim community is desired.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Medical, dental and vision benefits and a retirement plan with employer contributions are offered.

To apply: send resume, cover letter and salary requirements by email to: info[at]cair.com with "Development Director" in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

CAIR is an equal opportunity employer.

 


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Position: Executive Director

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota (CAIR-MN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 2007, it is the state's leading Muslim civil rights and legal advocacy organization. It provides free legal services to Minnesota Muslims and other racial, religious and ethnic minorities facing discrimination.

CAIR's mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Last year, CAIR-MN handled nearly 200 cases, including school bullying and harassment, land use opposition, hate crimes and vandalism, racial and religious profiling, and extra-judicial exile. The majority of the cases involved employment discrimination, including discrimination in hiring and firing, hostile work environments, and denial of religious accommodations.

There has been a tremendous growth of CAIR-MN's name and reputation in the community since its founding. Each year, CAIR-MN appears over 115 times in local news media. CAIR-MN was named a 2010 "Difference Maker" by the St. Cloud Times, received the 2011 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Anti-Racism Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits, was named the 2012 "CAIR Chapter of the Year," selected for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners' 2013 "Nonprofits to Know," and featured in the Rochester Diversity Council "What Works." CAIR-MN received the 2013 "Difference Makers" award from the American Bar Association's Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division for "making a difference through pro bono work."

The executive director will be the focal point for communications, activities, and programs emanating from CAIR-Minnesota's office. Specific duties include:

  • General management:
    • Oversee office operations.
    • Act as the primary contact person for the hiring of staff.
    • Oversee all departments and supervise staff directors.
    • Coordinate the maintenance and upkeep of the office facility.
  • Fund development
    • Oversee the organization's fundraising plan and engage in fundraising activities
  • Board of directors relations:
    • Attend board meetings.
    • Assist board chair with preparation of agendas and materials for board meetings.
    • Serve a supportive role in ensuring that CAIR-MN by-laws are being adhered to and followed.
  • Community relations:
    • Act as the public face for CAIR-Minnesota.
    • Interface and build relationships with community members, organizations, and interfaith leaders.
    • Interact with Muslim community members on a regular basis.
    • Keep close contact with other CAIR chapters and CAIR's national office.
  • Media relations:
    • Represent the organization in public forums and media events.
    • Develop and disseminate news releases, newsletters, action alerts, press statements, and talking points.
    • Develop relationships with, and interact with, media on an ongoing basis.
    • Monitor media coverage.
  • Civic and government relations:
    • Engage with local, state, federal government officials on an ongoing basis.
    • Meet and collaborate with civil rights organizations on common causes.
    • Oversee educational events and campaigns for community empowerment.
  • Program development:
    • Oversee existing programs, projects and campaigns; assist with trainings.
    • Develop new programs and campaigns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

All CAIR-MN staff, whether permanent or temporary, are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, assisting with office management and cleanup, assisting with special projects such as conferences, conventions, mass mailing, and other CAIR-MN events. CAIR-MN employees may be asked to participate in events outside of normal business hours as instructed by CAIR-MN management.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated leadership, management, time-management and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Nonprofit fundraising experience, including knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • A proactive disposition showing interpersonal skills; superior communication (both verbal and written); core computer skills.
  • An understanding of civil rights issues relating to Islam and American Muslims.
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments and meet deadlines; must be able to work well both independently and in a small team environment.
  • Passion for the mission of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
  • A university degree preferred.
  • This is a full-time position. Some travel may be required.

To apply: Submit resume and cover letter to: CAIR-Minnesota, 2021 E. Hennepin Ave. Suite 407, Minneapolis, MN 55413, fax: 612-206-3361, email: info[at]mn.cair.com


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Position: Staff Attorney

Responsibilities: The staff attorney responsibilities include but are not limited to: the intake and documentation of complaints of religious discrimination and other civil rights violations, coordination with other civil rights organizations, legal research especially as related to civil rights issues, working with employers, schools and other organizations on religious accommodations and community outreach, and coordinating and conducting public speaking events/educational workshops.

When necessary, engage in civil rights litigation and advocacy for CAIR-Oklahoma, 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.

The staff attorney will be expected to identify, strategize and use creative legal solutions to address systemic 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.

The staff attorney will also assist in monitoring legislation that will have an impact on the Muslim community and aide in some government affairs work.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years of litigation experience preferred.
  • 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, including the executive director.
  • 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 Oklahoma State Bar.

Benefits:

  • Salary range based on education, skills and experience
  • Benefits included (medical, dental, and vision)
  • Paid vacations and holidays

All CAIR-OK staff, whether permanent or temporary, are required to assist in general duties such as answering of phones, assisting with office management and cleanup, assisting with special projects such as conferences, conventions, mass mailing, and other CAIR-OK events. CAIR-OK employees may be asked to participate in events outside of normal business hours as instructed by CAIR-OK management.

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. Send to the attention of Adam Soltani: asoltani[at]cair.com

 


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 Microsoft 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 info[at]cairseattle.org 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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