Director of Chapter Development

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 Director of Chapter Development

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Title: Director of Chapter Development

FTE: 1 FTE (full-time) /Exempt

Reporting to: National Executive Director

Position summary:

The Director of Chapter Development is the liaison and point of contact between CAIR National and CAIR Chapters.   The Director of Chapter Development will work on a variety of projects and fundraising activities.   The Director of Chapter Development 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.   This position is also responsible for ensuring that all CAIR chapters are in compliance with organizational policies and procedures.   This position reports to the CAIR National Executive Director.

Duties and responsibilities

Director of Chapter Development

  1. Provide support in the development, coordination, and empowerment of current and potential CAIR chapters nationwide;
  2. Ensure that all chapters maintain a high standard of competence in civil rights advocacy and community service;
  3. Develop new chapters in underserved communities;
  4. Establish effective and efficient communication between chapters;
  5. Provide resources and tools that maximize chapter success;
  6. Assist and support chapter fundraising efforts;
  7. Serve as an expert on chapter operations with knowledge and interpretation of governing documents;
  8. Educate and train chapter officers on operations, management, membership recruitment, leadership, member interaction, and membership development;
  9. Participate in extensive training in leadership development, evaluations and procedures;
  10. Prepare a chapter improvement plan that outlines strengths, opportunities for growth and recommendations for the chapter in a timely manner;


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Three to Five years of solid non-profit experience.
  • Strong verbal communication skills and advocacy knowledge.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in fundraising and development, nonprofit governance, strategic planning, and program development.
  • Experience in volunteer and personnel management.
  • 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.
  • Previous or current CAIR experience highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships with donors, community groups, volunteer advisory councils, committees, chapter and national staff, chapter management, government officials, and the media
  • 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.
  • Commitment to the mission.
  • Passion for the mission of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, including a strong commitment to securing the human rights and justice for Muslim-Americans and their families.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to work fluidly with staff many of whom are Muslim-American.
  • Must be able to work flexibly to deal with different cultural norms, educational backgrounds, and professional skills.  
  • Ability to engage staff and others in a non-condescending and empowering way.
  • Be highly motivated, detail-oriented with exemplary communications and computer skills.
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced and often changing environment.
  • Superb writing skills and the ability to compile all necessary information for decision-making, reporting and presentations.
  • Personal qualities including energy, intelligence, diplomacy, sound practical judgement, the ability to work independently with limited supervision; the ability to work effectively in a busy office; strong organization skills; self-starter; and the interpersonal skills to work effectively in partnership with staff, local, regional, national, and international advocates.
  • Suitable candidates must be able to demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Travel is required


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 writing sample, a list of three professional references, and salary history along with current/target compensation to Applications that do not submit all of the request materials will be marked incomplete.

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  • Dalia ELgamel
    commented 2019-03-15 15:57:35 -0400
    My name isDalia I worked as the outreach director for the the Islamic of Boise for two years. We would like to extend CAIR network by opening a chapter in Boise, Idaho