Executive Director

(posted 4/7/22)

Carolina Jews for Justice (CJJ) seeks an exceptional leader with vision, a strong and demonstrated commitment to social justice, and a passion for our diverse Jewish community to serve as our new Executive Director. 

CJJ is a Jewish grassroots organization committed to creating a just, fair, and compassionate North Carolina. We combine advocacy, education, and action to organize a non-partisan Jewish voice for justice in North Carolina. CJJ works to influence policy at the local and state levels and encourage individuals and Jewish institutions to take a stand on important issues in our community, including antisemitism, racial injustice, immigration, poverty and income inequality, voting rights, and the environment. We have five active chapters across the state and are interested in adding 1-2 additional chapters in the coming year. CJJ currently has three full-time organizers based in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Asheville, an actively engaged Board, and a robust network of supporters.

CJJ’s Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership in developing CJJ’s vision, financial resources, and long-range strategy for pursuing its mission. The director will coordinate all aspects of the administrative and development functions of the organization, will contribute to ongoing programming, and will supervise organizing staff, as well. Position can be based anywhere in North Carolina.


Vision & Leadership  

  • Work with the CJJ Board of Directors to shape and take responsibility for the strategic direction and program priorities of the organization and ensure that its mission and values are fulfilled; 
  • Promote a forward-thinking, innovative and bold agenda that aligns with CJJ’s strategic goals and continues to build power for the Jewish community as a progressive voice; 
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field; 
  • Maintain diverse, strategic partnerships and alliances. 

Program Planning

  • Provide strategic leadership in the development of program plans, by overseeing the organizing and advocacy work of CJJ staff; 
  • Engage the board of directors and staff in goal-oriented strategic planning and ongoing evaluation; 
  • Work with staff to integrate programmatic organizing work with development and communications plans; 
  • Integrate Jewish values, traditions, cultural, wisdom into the programming, calendaring and communications of the organization. 

Management & Operations  

  • Recruit, hire, manage and supervise staff, creating a supportive organizational culture that attracts, retains and motivates diverse top-quality staff; 
  • Develop clear job descriptions, expectations, and goals for staff and hold them accountable for meeting these expectations through regular performance evaluations; 
  • Actively promote a process to address employee concerns that may arise, ensure that sound human resources practices are in place; 
  • Provide professional and leadership development opportunities to employees;
  • Maintain office records and documents in compliance with federal, state and local statutes and regulations, and with grant requirements. 

Fiscal Management 

  • Oversee the formation of the CJJ budget with input from the Board and staff, and aligned with strategic plans, vision and values; 
  • Define a strategy that supports the long-term financial health of the organization and cultivate diverse and innovative funding streams; 
  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices; ensure the organization operates within budget; 
  • Continue to increase the number of individual donors, by securing participation from small and large donors. 


  • Provide strategic leadership for development activities, including membership campaigns, grant writing, legacy gifts, and donor cultivation and stewardship; 
  • Recommend and implement strategies to secure financial resources in support of CJJ’s strategic plan and budget; 
  • Maintain a close, on-going relationship with Board members, major donors and foundations. 

Community and Public Relations 

  • Serve as a leader with and maintain a strong and engaged relationship with Bend the Arc, the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and other national and local partnerships and alliances;
  • Serve as a spokesperson for CJJ and represent the mission, visions, values and programs to media, community, Jewish leaders, agencies, and decision makers; 
  • Foster local relationships and resources that help ground CJJ’s work in Jewish ritual and life. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to building a powerful Jewish voice for social, racial, and economic justice;
  • Strong ability to build relationships within the Jewish community and externally with partners across lines of race, faith, and class;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in building and participating in coalitions;
  • Minimum of five years leadership experience, preferably with organizing or advocacy;
  • Exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills, with proven experience in grant- writing, public speaking, and communication with external audiences;
  • Demonstrated track record of successful staff management and supervision;
  • Familiarity with models of organizing and power-building, including legislative advocacy and government relations;
  • Comfort with the computer and technology demands of a modern organization; experience with reviewing and analyzing data; familiarity with online communication channels and tools;
  • Working knowledge of budgets, non-profit finance and governance, and fiscal management preferred but not required; and
  • Experience fundraising with individual donors at all levels as well as with foundations preferred but not required.

Salary & Benefits explanation

Hiring range for this position is $55,000-65,000. Current benefits include:

  • 100% coverage of health insurance premium, along with an optional HSA
  • Phone & internet benefit (while working from home)
  • Three weeks paid time off, in addition to all Jewish holidays (including the entire week of Passover) and most federal holidays
  • Support for professional development
  • Four-day week week (Monday-Thursday), with occasional programs on Sunday and weekday evenings

Nondiscrimination statement

CJJ is committed to hiring someone with the right mix of experience (both traditional and nontraditional), commitment, passion, and potential to grow with us. CJJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, immigrants, women and feminine-identified people, LGBTQI+ people, poor and working class people, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

Carolina Jews for Justice seeks an experienced community organizer to join our dynamic team as we work together to grow grassroots political power in North Carolina and amplify a progressive Jewish voice in the South. This is a full-time position for someone excited to apply their energy and vision toward the ongoing expansion and development of an organization rooted in the values of relationship, long-haul sustainability, and collective liberation.

The new statewide organizer will partner with our established statewide organizer, working together under the supervision and guidance of our executive director, and in close collaboration with members and community partners across the state.

How to Apply 

Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please write “Executive Director” in the subject line. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. In the cover letter, please indicate where you heard about the position. No phone calls, please. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with initial interviews to begin the week of April 25.

Frequently cited statistics show that women, trans, and non-binary people as well as other structurally marginalized groups apply to jobs only if they meet all of the qualifications. CJJ encourages you to break that statistic and to apply: No one ever meets 100% of the criteria. We look forward to your application!

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