CJJ Executive Director

Carolina Jews for Justice 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 CJJ's first 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 four active chapters across the state and are interested in adding 1-2 additional chapters in the coming year. CJJ currently has two full-time organizers based in Durham, 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 is based in Durham, NC.


  • Work with CJJ staff to set the long-term and annual strategic direction and priorities of the organization and ensure its mission and values are fulfilled through regular evaluation;
  • Build and maintain diverse, strategic partnerships and alliances in North Carolina and in the Jewish social justice movement (including Bend the Arc, the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, and local coalitions);
  • Foster local and national relationships and resources that help ground CJJ’s work in Jewish ritual and Jewish community life in NC;
  • Work with the CJJ Board and staff to integrate Jewish values, traditions, culture, and wisdom into the programming, calendaring, and communications of the organization;
  • Provide strategic leadership for CJJ programming and membership development, and implement systems for ongoing evaluation of effectiveness of strategies;
  • Oversee the organizing and advocacy work of CJJ staff (currently two full-time organizers, with room to grow), as well as the recruitment, hiring, and on-boarding of new staff as needed;
  • Serve as a spokesperson for CJJ and represent CJJ’s mission, values, and programs to community makers and decision makers;
  • Direct all administrative functions of the organization, including benefits, payroll, insurance, compliance, and human resources functions. Direct and coordinate all necessary technological or other necessary improvements;
  • Develop and lead a fundraising strategy that supports the long-term financial health and growth of CJJ, including the cultivation of donors, foundations, and other diverse funding streams;
  • Oversee the development of annual CJJ budgets, with input from the Board and staff, and alignment with strategic plans, vision, and values;
  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices, ensure organization operates within budget, and work closely in partnership with Board Treasurer and other board members;
  • Maintain office records in compliance with grant requirements and federal, state, and local statutes and regulations (supported by Board Treasurer and other Board members); and
  • Facilitate the overall work of the Board; ensure that the CJJ Board of Directors is informed about the condition of the organization and important factors influencing its operation; lead Board recruitment and development; and ensure clear, consistent, and coherent communication between CJJ staff, Board, chapter leaders, and partners.

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;
  • Minimum of five years leadership experience, preferably with organizing or advocacy;
  • Demonstrated progressive increases in professional responsibilities;
  • 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; experience with 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;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in building coalitions;
  • 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 a stipend for health insurance, support for professional development, and holidays and paid vacation/sick leave. The Executive Director will be charged with evaluating our current benefits and administration of benefits and potentially expanding benefits for our staff.

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.

Please submit your CV and cover letter explaining why you believe yourself to be an excellent fit for this position to debbie@carolinajewsforjustice.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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