Communications Manager

Position: Communications Manager (Full-time salaried) Location: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Reports to: National Communications Director

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy 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.

Brief Description: CAIR is seeking a creative, accomplished social media and mainstream media strategist to dramatically increase CAIR’s public education impact at this crucial time in our nation’s history.


Major Gifts Officer

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.  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.

Description:   CAIR is seeking an experienced Major Gifts Officer.

Position Details                                                                                                                                                                                

Title: Major Gifts Officer

FTE: 1 FTE (full-time) /Exempt

Reporting to: National Executive Director

Position summary:

The Major Gifts Officer will play a critical role in meeting the organization's ambitious fundraising goals, and will have responsibility to cultivate, solicit and steward gifts from generous individual donors. This position works collaboratively and strategically with the Director of Development to build a pipeline of major donors, solicit/close major gifts and steward donors appropriately.   The Major Gifts Officer will report to the National Executive Director.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Cultivates and solicits assigned major gift prospects; ensures that donors receive proper acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship.
  • Prepares written donor proposals for major gift solicitations, maintains correspondence with donors and appropriate financial personnel
  • Identifies potential major gift candidates
  • Prepares call reports in a timely manner
  • Attends management committee meetings; prospect review meetings; provides communication updates to management.
  • The Major Gifts Officer will complete and maintain current data tracking for entire prospect/donor portfolio. This includes timely completion of contact reports, updating prospect stages, next step tasks, and proposals.
  • Maintaining prospect/donor database and files.
  • Writing and creating donor solicitations in a variety of formats for a range of donor categories.  
  • Generating reports from donor database and other contribution platforms.
  • Managing donor acknowledgement systems and drafting letters.
  • Cultivating donors and maintaining donor relationships for continued and increased giving.
  • Assisting in the planning and coordinating of fundraising events.
  • Coordinating with staff on various communications and social media initiatives, including drafting membership newsletters.
  • Assisting with other organization activities and events as needed and other duties as assigned.
  • Assist with the translation of Press Releases
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience with a nonprofit agency in a relevant area.
  • Four or more years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and development.
  • At least two years of experience with individual giving initiatives in a nonprofit setting, including online giving programs.
  • Commitment to the agency mission and vision.
  • Excellent and compelling writing skills, including a strong grasp of English grammar, punctuation, copy editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Excellent organizing skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks, manage time, evaluate progress and adjust activities to complete tasks within established time frames and produce high quality work.
  • Highly organized and self-motivated with the ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with a team, as part of an organization, and with other organizations and other professionals; treats all people with dignity and a respectful attitude; accepts, acts upon, and offers constructive criticism; and approaches situations with a sense of humor.
  • Excellent computer skills, including familiarity with features of MS Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, Word and donor database software (Nation Builder preferred).

Compensation:

Salary commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  Compensation package includes retirement benefits with limited employer match starting 6 months after start of employment, as well as commuter, medical, vision and dental benefits starting on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment, and discretionary leave benefits.

To apply:  Please submit a cover letter with resume, a portfolio of relevant work, a list of three professional references, and current/target compensation to jobs@cair.com. Please reference Major Gifts Officer in the subject line.


Trial Attorney

Position:  Full time; salaried

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization with chapters across the country. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

CAIR's vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.  Its core mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR is seeking a full time Trial Attorney for its Washington D.C. chapter.  This position will report to the National Litigation Director.

Essential Functions/Duties

The Trial Attorney will be primarily responsible for:

  • Working collaboratively with other attorneys as a member of trial teams
  • Involvement in all aspects of the trial stage, including, but not limited to, conducting fact investigation, working with expert witnesses, serving and responding to written discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting substantive and procedural briefs, conducting all aspects of any trial, and presenting oral argument in federal court, local and state courts if applicable, and administrative hearings
  • Involvement in appellate litigation
  • Involvement in alternative dispute resolution proceedings and settlement negotiations, and recommending settlements of litigation when appropriate
  • Participating in speaking engagements pertaining to civil rights issues facing the American Muslim community
  • Training and coaching of CAIR staff as requested
  • Attend continuing legal education seminars and keep abreast of changes in the law through reading or other means
  • Travel and weekend hours required as needed

Qualifications

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction)
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments and meet deadlines; must be able to work well both independently and in a team environment
  • Well-versed with the civil rights law
  • Excellent legal research, writing and oral skills
  • The ideal candidate has a minimum three years of experience with trial practice
  • Experience in appellate practice preferred
  • No disciplinary actions on record or pending
  • An understanding of civil rights issues relating to American Muslims
  • Passion for the mission of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Ability to communicate in language other than English is a plus

 

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, samples of any relevant work and a resume to jobs@cair.com.


Civil Rights Advocacy Manager

Position:  Full-time salaried

Position Summary:  The Civil Rights Advocacy & Grassroots Organizing Manager will be a full-time salaried position based in CAIR’s Washington D.C. headquarters that reports to the National Litigation & Civil Rights Director.

Essential Functions/Duties:

The Civil Rights Advocacy Manager will be primarily responsible for:

  • Advocating on behalf of individuals and communities whose civil rights have been violated through non-legal means, including victims of hate crimes, school bullying, employment discrimination in the workplace, discrimination in prisons, as well as Islamic institutions denied zoning rights.
  • Working with corporations, educational institutions, health facilities, law enforcement, government agencies, correctional facilities and other entities to implement and promote policies that protect diversity and inclusion
  • Providing religious and cultural trainings to corporations, educational institutions, health facilities, law enforcement, government agencies, correctional facilities and other entities in order to help these entities reflect cultural competency in their attitudes, policies and services
  • Mobilizing the Muslim community and its allies through grassroots and social media campaigns to raise awareness and bring positive change regarding civil rights issues facing the American Muslim community and other communities
  • Establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships with organizations and policy makers with similar goals and coordinating joint grassroots and social media campaigns regarding common issues
  • Scheduling and participating in speaking engagements pertaining to civil rights issues facing the American Muslim community and other communities
  • Arranging for and conducting in-person and online webinar trainings pertaining to civil rights issues facing the American Muslim community
  • Drafting and producing civil rights content for informational materials for distribution
  • Drafting, designing and producing shareable civil rights content for social media campaigns
  • Drafting, designing and producing training materials and providing training of CAIR staff and community members upon request
  • Organizing programs, conferences and panels
  • Draft and prepare talking points, platforms and position statements for the organization and department
  • Representing CAIR in media interviews upon request
  • Travel and work weekends and outside business hours
  • Other tasks as assigned

Skills and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably no legal background/J.D.
  • Prior experience in advocacy and grassroots organizing preferred
  • Excellent communicator, writer and creative thinker
  • Possess creativity and initiative
  • Ability to communicate in languages other than English is a plus
  • Strong understanding of civil rights issues relating to American Muslims

Compensation: 

Salary commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  Compensation package includes retirement benefits with limited employer match starting 6 months after start of employment, as well as medical, vision and dental benefits starting on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment, and discretionary leave benefits.

To apply: 

Please submit a cover letter with resume, a portfolio of relevant work, a list of three professional references, and current/target compensation to jobs@cair.com. Please reference Civil Rights Advocacy Manager in the subject line.

 

 

 


Board_Coordinator

Description:   The Board of Directors is seeking an experienced Board Coordinator.

Position Details                                                                                                                                                          

Title:                   Board Coordinator

Position:             Contract Position (1099) 80 hours or less per month

Reports to:         The Board Chair

 

Purpose:     To provide administrative support to the CAIR National Board of Directors and associated committees.    The work is limited to interactions with Board of Director Members.   

Work requires a high level of discretion, detail, and often requires the use and handling of administration information.    However, the Executive Director may delegate a task or tasks to a particular National staff member who may communicate with this position about the task or tasks assigned only.   

This position is not authorized to interact with staff of chapters.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Create Meeting Timelines, prepare and distribute Meeting notifications
  2. Create and maintain board booklets
  3. Maintain list of Board members and committee members including contact info and terms of positions.
  4. Create mailings for the board and committees
  5. Mail, track and follow-up on annual conflict of interest disclosures.
  6. Schedule appointments and maintain the Board Chair’s Calendar.
  7. Maintain and publish (for board) a calendar of committee meetings.
  8. Notify board members of board meetings in a timely fashion.
  9. Notify committee members of committee meetings in a timely fashion.
  10. Poll the board, as needed, in order to arrange face-to-face meetings.
  11. Assists Chair and Secretary in on boarding new board members.
  12. Drafts Board communications at the direction of the Board Chair.
  13. Manages all correspondence around meeting execution.
  14. Manages Board SharePoint.

Qualifications; Education and / or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a combination of training and experience which provides requisite knowledge, ability and skills to perform the essential functions of the job. A minimum of four (4) years of experience in administrative and office functions.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written skills.
  • Computer proficiency with the MS Office Suite, and other software as needed and a high level of knowledge of general office and A/V equipment.
  • Ability to create and present MS PowerPoint and videos using data projector/laptop computer. Knowledge of database preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills
  • Proven technical, statistical and qualitative analysis skills related to report and Board material preparation.
  • Project management skills. Ability to provide accurate information, plan and manage multiple tasks and individuals, set own goals, establish priorities and meet ambitious deadlines in a timely manner.
  • Maintains a professional image always.

Application

To apply:  Please submit a cover letter with resume, a writing sample, a list of three professional references, salary history along with current/target compensation to jobs@cair.com     

Please reference Board Coordinator in the subject line.

Applicants must submit all of the requested materials or the application packet will be marked incomplete.


Deputy Director

Location: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, Washington, D.C. 
Reports to: National Executive Director

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy 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.

Brief Description:

Reporting to the National Executive Director (ED), the Deputy Director will be responsible for providing overall support to the Executive Director by planning all operational and financial activities for the Executive Director.

The Deputy Director also assists the Executive Director by facilitating the implementation of strategic initiatives, management processes, and special programs that are critical to meet strategic institutional goals.  The Deputy Director participates in meetings with Directors and key staff at the request of the Executive Director, and accurately represents the Executive Director’s position in internal meetings and discussions to help drive understanding and decision-making forward.

The Deputy Director is also responsible for preparing regular reports, presentations, briefings and proposals to the Executive Director to ensure that the Executive Director is fully informed about all issues impacting the organization to facilitate efficient and informed decision-making.

The Deputy Director will serve as the point of contact and liaison, at the request of the Executive Director for Directors, key staff, chapters, donors, organizations, government agencies and other key leaders and entities.

The Deputy Director should expect to travel and make public appearances on a regular basis and to present the vision and work done by the organization.

Other Responsibilities

Program Development, Management, and Relations/Management

  • Structure and lead teams to deliver outstanding programmatic work.
  • Build and maintain strong external relationships; exceptional relationship-builder.
  • Represent CAIR National in conferences, professional associations, and other public venues.
  • Develop thought leadership around specific topics/emerging practice areas.
  • Share in knowledge dissemination, reporting, and communications.
  • Communicate organizational goals and operational plans to all levels of the organization and to donors.
  • Assist the Executive Director with strategic planning and coordination of the organization's programs, projects, and policy positions.
  • Manage the organization and conduct meetings in the absence of the executive director.

Firm Building

  • Partner with the Executive Director in essential internal organizational leadership activities (accounting, communications, chapter relations, human resources, administration, development, fundraising, and organizational planning).
  • Provide oversight and guidance to programs of high importance
  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities.

Qualifications

  • 10-plus distinguished years in a senior management position in a nonprofit organization, foundation, or government agency
  • Highly intelligent, advanced Masters/MBA degree from a leading university
  • Track record delivering superior results, commanding respect, and assuming leadership roles
  • Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people – junior and senior, for-profit and nonprofit, and from diverse backgrounds
  • Operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate ideas without ego interfering
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Passionate about CAIR National’s nonprofit’s mission and impact
  • Ability to exercise tact, good judgement, and diplomacy in organizational settings
  • Transparent, direct, with substance
  • Self-starter, self-disciplined
  • Spark, imagination, creativity
  • Remain focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines, not intimidated by tasks/time limitations
  • Unquestioned integrity

Salary commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  Compensation package includes retirement benefits with limited employer match starting 6 months after start of employment, as well as commuter, medical, vision and dental benefits starting on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment, and discretionary leave benefits.

To apply:  Please submit a cover letter with resume, a writing sample, a list of three professional references, and salary history along with current/target compensation to jobs@cair.com    Please reference Deputy Director in the subject line

Applications that do not submit all the requested materials will be marked incomplete.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


IT Support Specialist

Job Description

Job Summary

We are looking for an IT Support Specialist to maintain, upgrade and manage our software, hardware and networks.

Resourcefulness is a necessary skill in this role. You should be able to diagnose and resolve problems quickly. You should also have the patience to communicate with a variety of interdisciplinary teams and users.

Your goal will be to ensure that our technology infrastructure runs smoothly and efficiently.

Salary: $60,000.00 to $70,000.00 /year


Chapter Outreach Manager

Position: Chapter Outreach Manager (Full-time salaried)
Location: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Chapter Director

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy 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.

Brief Description: CAIR is seeking a Chapter Outreach Manager to focus on new chapter outreach and development.


Staff Attorney

Position: Staff Attorney (Full-time salaried)
Location: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Reports to: National Litigation Director

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy 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.

Brief Description: CAIR is seeking a talented Staff Attorney to join its civil rights department at this crucial time in our nation’s history.