Employment at CAIR


Washington, D.C.

Atlanta, Georgia

Minneapolis, Minnesota

St. Louis, Missouri

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



Finance Coordinator

The Council on American Islamic Relations California (CAIR-CA) is looking for a passionate and talented individual to fill the full-time CAIR-CA Finance Coordinator position at the Anaheim office.
Join one of the most dynamic teams defending civil rights on behalf of the American Muslim community and strengthening the image of Islam and American Muslims in the media. This position is to be filled immediately.


  • Prepare accounting schedules, monthly financial statements and reports.
  • Manage account payable & receivable.
  • Complete monthly reconciliations of bank account.
  • Process invoices and credit card charges.
  • Complete journal entry.
  • Collect and coordinate tax return filing and financial audits.
  • Monitoring organization compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.
  • Provide support to our four offices.
  • Working with CAIR – CA Treasurer to review, create, and implement necessary finance policies and streamlined across four offices.
  • Other tasks as requested.


  • College degree (preferred).
  • Minimum of 3 years of bookkeeping/accounting experience.
  • Experience in the non-profit sector (preferred).
  • Proven mastery of QuickBooks (required)
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and managerial skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accountability and to work independently while functioning as part of a coordinated management team.
  • Organizational skills, detail-oriented, and the ability to handle multiple tasks while working under pressure and tight deadlines.


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


Please submit resume, cover letter and salary history (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE) to Arefa Simjee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Civil Rights Attorney

CAIR-Sacramento Valley is looking for a passionate and talented individual to fill the Civil Rights Attorney position at its Sacramento office.  Join one of the most dynamic teams defending civil rights on behalf of American Muslims and community at large; be at the frontlines in protecting the rights of free speech, to freely practice one's faith, to pursue employment opportunities without harassment, to live as an active and engaged American without reprisal.  This position is to be filled immediately.


The Civil Rights Attorney will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in developing the legal and advocacy strategy for cases;
  • Representing complainants who have experienced discrimination via trial and non-trial advocacy;
  • Conducting community workshops and other speaking engagements;
  • Serving as a liaison to other groups and entities vital to the positive resolution of cases;
  • Building coalitions and cooperating with other advocacy groups and attorneys;
  • Organizing special civil rights events, forums, and sensitivity trainings;
  • Generating statistics and counts of cases;
  • Preparing reports and publications related to the below focus areas of law;
  • Other support to the civil rights department as needed.

Focus Areas of Law: 

  • Employment accommodation and workplace harassment;
  • Public accommodation;
  • Religious land use;
  • School/university discrimination;
  • Immigration
  • Free exercise and free speech.


  • Law degree from an American Bar Association accredited school;
  • California State Bar admission highly preferred, candidates awaiting bar results may be considered;
  • 1-3 years experience in the above focus areas highly recommended;
  • The ideal candidate would demonstrate:
    • A proficiency in Lexis Nexis and internet research;
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
    • The ability to self-initiate to bring cases to positive resolutions;
    • The ability to organize around policy issues and effectively communicate to a variety of audiences;
    • Conversational proficiency in Arabic, Urdu, or Farsi preferred;
    • Experience working with the American Muslim community preferred.

This position reports to: Executive Director


  • Compensation commensurate with skills and experience
  • Benefits included (medical, dental, and retirement)
  • Paid vacations and holidays

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

All those interested and authorized to work in the U.S. (citizens or proper work visa holders) are encouraged to apply with a cover letter, comprehensive resume stating education, work history, and references to:
Human Resources
CAIR Sacramento Valley
717 K St., Suite 217
Sacramento, CA 95814
FAX: 916.441.6271
E-MAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(When applying via email, please be sure to write the position title in the subject of the email.)


Washington, D.C.

Position: Director of Chapter Development and Community Outreach

Position: Full time salaried

The director of chapter development and community outreach at its Washington, D.C., headquarters reports to the Executive Director.

The director of chapter development and community outreach  is a senior level position with responsibility to build and expand the capacity of CAIR's current network of chapters in advocacy, community service, fundraising, governance, and programs. The position is also responsible for ensuring that all CAIR chapters are in compliance with organizational policies and procedures.  This position is based in at the Washington, DC headquarters.


  • Extensive travel is required to promote CAIR through Khutbahs, speeches and events in potential areas for CAIR new chapters.
  • Provide support in the development, coordination and empowerment of current and potential CAIR chapters nationwide.
  • Ensure that all chapters maintain a high standard of competence in civil rights advocacy and community service.
  • Develop new chapters in underserved communities.
  • Establish effective and efficient communication between chapters.
  • Provide resources and tools that maximize chapter success.
  • Assist and support chapter fundraising efforts.
  • Establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships with donors and community groups.


  • Extensive knowledge and experience in fundraising and development, nonprofit governance, strategic planning, and program development.
  • Law degree preferred in Corporate Law and expertise in the non-profit area.
  • Experience in volunteer and personnel management.
  • Previous experience working in a nonprofit environment.
  • Outstanding communication skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues, board members and volunteers.
  • Previous experience overseeing contractors and developing and managing budgets.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities at once.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in related field.
  • 5-7 years of related experience (work experience may substitute for educational requirement).
  • Previous or current CAIR experience highly preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required.
  • Measurable experience in strategic planning, project implementation, non-profit fundraising, budget management, volunteer management, and external relations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service and knowledge of fundraising principles and techniques.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience offering presentations to audiences and donors.
  • Experience working under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accountability and to work independently while functioning as part of a coordinated management team.
  • Familiarity, knowledge and experience working with the American Muslim community are desired.
  • Performing all other duties as required and requested.

Fluency in languages other than English is an asset.

Frequent travel is required.

Atlanta, GA

Executive Director

The Executive Director will be the focal point for communications, activities, and programs emanating from CAIR Georgia's office in conjunction with CAIR Board of Directors. Specific duties include:

1. General Management:

  • Oversee office operations
  • Act as the primary contact person for the hiring of staff
  • Oversee all departments and supervise staff/volunteers
  • Coordinate the maintenance and upkeep of the office facility

2. Fund Development:

  • Oversee the organization's fundraising plan and engage in fundraising activities

3. Board of Directors Relations:

  • Attend Board meetings
  • Assist Board President with preparation of agendas and materials for Board meetings
  • Serve a supportive role in ensuring that CAIR Georgia by-laws are being adhered to and followed

 4. Community Relations:

  • Act as the public face for CAIR Georgia
  • 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 National

5. 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

6. 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

7. Program Development:

  • Oversee programs, projects and campaigns; assist with trainings
  • Develop new programs and campaigns

8. Civil Rights

  • Establish CAIR-GA civil rights department, with ability for CAIR-GA to represent clients in house or through an established network of pro-bono attorneys.

9. Other duties as assigned

All CAIR Georgia 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 Georgia events. CAIR Georgia employees may be asked to participate in events outside of normal business hours as instructed by CAIR Georgia Board of Directors. (Emergent and priority issues, special circumstances from time to time, flex time)


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 required, with preference for candidates with a masters in fields of non-profit management or communications, or a JD.

This is a Full-Time Position. Some travel is required.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Chapter Coordinator

The Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is the state's leading Muslim civil rights organization. Its 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.

Job description:
The Chapter Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day operations of CAIR-MN, including, but not limited to operations, human resources, marketing, financial & accounting, and event support. Specific duties include:

  • Maintains office services by organizing office operations and procedures; controlling correspondence; designing filing systems; reviewing and approving supply requisitions; perform clerical functions.
  • Maintains office efficiency by planning and implementing office systems, layouts, and equipment procurement.
  • Designs and implements office policies by establishing standards and procedures; measuring results against standards; making necessary adjustments.
  • Keeps management informed by reviewing and analyzing special reports; summarizing information; identifying trends.
  • Maintains volunteer and internship program by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training volunteers and interns
  • Achieves financial objectives by preparing an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • A college degree or other graduate degree preferred.
  • Good organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills; superior communication (both verbal and written); core computer skills; a solid understanding of issues relating to Islam and Muslims; and a proactive disposition.
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments and meet deadlines; must be able to work well both independently and in a small team environment.
  • MS Office Experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to assist in translation; fluent in Somali
  • Constant Contact/email provider service experience
  • Website editing experience
  • Photoshop experience
  • Social media management

St. Louis, Missouri

CAIR-St. Louis Staff Attorney
Position Information

Job Title

CAIR-STL - Staff Attorney

Minimum Salary

Salary range based on education, skills and experience.

Employee Group


Full/Part Time

Half Time



52 or 36 weeks


Suggested Starting Date


Usual Hours of Work

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Legal Counsel

Application Cut off Date

September 10th

Position Details

Position Duties and Responsibilities

The St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis), is a chapter of the largest civil liberties and advocacy organization for Muslims in America. Our non-profit has proudly defended the civil liberates of American Muslims since we opened our doors in 2000. We are now at a point that we are looking to hire our first full time Staff Attorney.  
The staff attorney will engage in civil rights litigation and advocacy for CAIR-STL, 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.

Required Qualifications

  • Member of Illinois Bar a plus.
  • Minimum of 3 years of litigation experience.
  • 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.

Special Instructions to Applicants

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.

Email application to Executive Director Faizan Syed, faizan[@]cair-stlouis.com. (Note [@] delete the [] when entering in email address).

Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a law degree?
    • yes
    • no
  2. * Are you licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Has your law license ever been subject to discipline or a claim of malpractice?
    • Yes
    • No

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