Research and Advocacy Director

Position: Research and Advocacy Director (Full-time salaried)
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: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, is seeking a creative and visionary professional to lead our efforts to track anti-Muslim groups and counter prejudice in the U.S.


  • Oversee the data collection, analysis, writing and production of the yearly civil rights report.
  • Provide complete civil rights data at the end of every quarter containing numbers and breakdowns of anti-Muslim bias incidents.
  • Oversee the data collection, analysis, writing and production of the every-other-year Islamophobia report.
  • Ensure that has current, substantive and relevant material.
  • Develop and execute plans and materials for counter prejudice campaigns and coordinate those campaigns with relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide strategy recommendations on dealing with local hate initiatives, anti-Islam-legislation, and anti-Islam trainers.
  • Provide chapters with review and feedback on reports, guides and any other textual material.
  • Engage and build relationships with CAIR chapters, partner organizations, community leaders and grassroots.
  • Present at and attend national seminars and other events as necessary, including media appearances as needed and appropriate.
  • Managing and directing department staff under leadership of national executive director.
  • Other duties as needed. Skills requirements
  • A master’s degree and at least four years of relevant experience are required. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Demonstrated management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and database management.
  • Outgoing and assertive personality with desire to meet new people.
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and articulate complex subject-matter.
  • Maintain a positive, personable, outgoing and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Ability to meet sometimes difficult deadlines in a distracting environment.
  • Be self-directed and able to work well in a team. Other position requirements
  • Commitment to CAIR’s values and mission.
  • Professional and neat appearance.
  • Requires schedule flexibility to work occasional weekends and some evenings, as needed.
  • Travel will be necessary.
  • Possess good organizational skills and the ability to provide accurate recording of data collection activities.

Compensation: Compensation includes a salary between $80k and $90k commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. Compensation package also 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 of employment, and discretionary leave benefits.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter with résumé, samples of relevant work, a list of three references, and current/target compensation to  Please reference “Research and Advocacy Director Search” in the subject line.

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

CAIR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In addition to federal law requirements, CAIR complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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  • Rashid Al-Banna
    commented 2018-07-09 17:12:33 -0400
    Dear Brother Omar,

    I applied for this exciting vacancy back in January 2018 and have still not heard a word from anyone at CAIR despite speaking several times in person with Brother Nihad and asking for a timeline for the commencement of interviews. Can you give me an update on the recruitment cycle, especially when interviews will begin for this position? Please email me at or call or text me at 202-830-8590 with your answer to my question. Many thanks and Jazakumullah Khair wa Hayakumullah.

    Rashid Al-Banna