Executive Director Opportunity:
Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), Washington
CAIR-WA, the Seattle-based chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, is at a pivotal moment in its history. Never before has our work been more critical or our services more in demand. With this new urgency comes tremendous opportunity for growth: our staff and board are expanding, public awareness of our organization has increased, and fundraising and partnership opportunities abound.
CAIR-WA is seeking a talented leader with a deep understanding of the Muslim community to be its next Executive Director in this crucial time. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker who can lead the organization through this exciting period of change and growth, as well as a passionate advocate for the rights and needs of the diverse members of Washington’s Muslim community. This position offers an individual the tremendously meaningful opportunity to help set the agenda and provide leadership on the forefront of the civil rights movement.
This position will be open until filled. Applications will be considered as soon as they are received and interviewing will begin in late November. To ensure consideration, please make every effort to apply by Monday, December 4.
CAIR-WA is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Our 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. We work toward this vision by:
Once a small chapter wholly staffed by volunteers, CAIR-WA has recently grown to a staff of 8 FTE’s and an active Board of Directors, as well as continued volunteer and community support. The current annual budget is approximately $500,000. CAIR-WA serves the entire state of Washington, and is headquartered in the vibrant city of Seattle in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
The Executive Director’s Role and Responsibilities
The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic leadership as well as the overall operations and administration of the organization. The Executive Director will lead the staff, facilitate board development, oversee the financial health of the organization through fundraising and fiscal management, and ensure that the mission and programs of the organization are carried out with integrity and quality. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities include:
Leadership and Strategic Vision
Communications and Political Strategy
Community and Coalition Building
Staff and Board Team Management
Operations and Financial Management
Required Skills and Experience
CAIR-Washington’s next Executive Director must have a passionate belief in the values, mission and vision of the organization. She or he should have a deep understanding of and connection to the American Muslim experience, and must be prepared to work with and across multiple ethnically diverse American Muslim communities. Excellent oral and written communication skills will be required. The next ED must understand how to build nonprofit capacity and manage an organization through a period of rapid growth and change.
In addition to these fundamentals, different aspects of this job will require the use of a wide range of skills in both our specific issue area and in leading and managing a growing nonprofit. Recognizing that it is difficult for any one person to be an expert in everything, we are seeking a leader who has self-awareness about which of the skill sets described below they will need to develop further to be successful, and a willingness to dive into that learning as needed:
Ideal Issue-area Content Knowledge:
Our new leader will have experience in civil rights, politics and/or media issues, with a particular interest in furthering the civil rights of American Muslims using these tools. He or she will be comfortable with public speaking and will be prepared to act as a spokesperson for the media.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the social, economic and racial causes of discrimination and injustice. She or he will possess sophisticated political judgment, an understanding of legislative issues, and sufficient policy experience to quickly gain in-depth knowledge of CAIR-WA’s substantive issues and to represent these issues locally and nationally. Doing this work well will require an ability to build and foster strategic partnerships and strong relationships across sectors and in diverse communities.
Ideal Skills in Nonprofit Capacity Building:
CAIR WA’s next ED will ideally have experience as the leader of an organization or significant program, including primary responsibility for overseeing and managing its operations, budget, staff, and communications. Successful candidates will be experienced supervisors who are eager to lead, support and mentor staff and volunteers with a collaborative and team-based approach so that everyone can flourish. Candidates would also ideally have experience supporting and developing a Board of Directors.
Finally, the next ED will have a genuine enthusiasm for fundraising for this cause, and experience with diverse fund development methods and approaches. She or he will have the ability to develop relationships with donors and funders, comfort with personally asking for support, and innovative ideas for seeking new sources of revenue.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends, and some travel within Washington State and beyond. The expected salary range for this position is $70,000 to $90,000, depending on experience and qualifications. There is also a modest stipend available for relocation. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage. Paid vacation time and holidays are flexible and are based on the personal and professional needs of trusted staff.
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Online applications only, please no email or paper submissions. You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please describe, as specifically as you can, how your experience and skills are a fit with the goals and requirements of this position as described in this announcement.
This position will be open until filled; early applications are encouraged. Applications will be considered as soon as they are received and interviewing will begin in November. To ensure timely consideration, please make every effort to apply by Monday, December 4.
All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the search committee.
The search for this position is being facilitated by Clover Search Works, a search firm that provides a full range of search services to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Clover Search Works is honored to work with CAIR-WA to recruit an Executive Director that will provide leadership to realize its important mission at this most critical time.
Questions regarding this opportunity are welcomed and can be directed to Emily Anthony of Clover Search Works.