The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the nation's largest Muslim civil rights 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.
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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR (Full-Time)

(Updated Oct. 6, 2017)

THE OPPORTUNITY

CAIR-Washington State (CAIR-WA), a local chapter of CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, is seeking a creative and visionary professional to lead its public affairs department.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a spokesperson for CAIR-WA at public policy forums
  • Build upon successful pilot projects to mobilize community members to influence and change public policy
  • Enable hundreds of community members to be at decision-making tables in politics
  • Build working relationships with Muslim community organizations and allies
  • Manage a budget and a team of interns and staff to achieve the department goals

Details about public affairs programs and their results can be found in the 2016 Annual Report: www.cairseattle.org/AnnualReport

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

You are a visionary and creative thinker. You bring the ability and desire to measurably increase the political influence of American Muslims by launching efforts which scale the work done in past pilot projects and innovate new ones. You believe deeply in training and mobilizing community members to drive policy change and in mass communication toward social change. You are a proven political strategist with knowledge of civil rights issues facing American Muslims. You believe that American Muslims contribute significantly to our society and deserve equal opportunity and equal treatment.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Scale effort to recruit, train and mobilize hundreds of American Muslims including children and youth across Washington state to influence decision-makers in government and business
  • Sophisticated political judgment, understanding of legislative issues and ability to quickly gain in-depth knowledge of CAIR-WA’s substantive issues and to represent these issues locally and nationally
  • Demonstrated ability to work across very diverse American Muslim communities and ensuring a broad diversity of participation from multiple sub-communities
  • Build broad coalitions with corporations and high-level government leaders to move issues forward
  • Possess strategic skills and problem-solving abilities to develop and implement innovative programs that promote collaboration and achieve mission
  • Ability to work with community-based scheduling, i.e. frequent meetings/events on evenings and weekends at offsite locations
  • Reliable and flexible transportation and be comfortable driving extensively and often statewide (mileage reimbursed)

COMPENSATION

Compensation includes a salary between $60k and $80k commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. Compensation also includes medical, vision and dental benefits starting day-one fully paid by the employer, and discretionary leave benefits.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should send their résumé and a cover letter describing why they feel they are the ideal candidate and person to move the organization forward along with their salary history and requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please reference “CAIR-WA Public Affairs Director Search” in the subject line. Résumés without cover letters will not be considered.

Applicants are also encouraged to send photos and audio or video recordings of advocacy trainings and meetings organized and conducted.

CAIR-WA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Full-Time)

THE OPPORTUNITY

CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, is seeking a dynamic, creative, and visionary nonprofit executive to help build upon its fourteen years of advancing toward equal opportunity for American Muslims, and a normalized image of Islam and Muslims. Working in partnership with CAIR chapters nationwide, a local Board of Directors and leading a 4-person staff, the Executive Director leads the strategic direction of the organization, serves as chief spokesperson and strategist in Washington State, and ensures the financial sustainability of its programs. The Executive Director is the lead fundraiser for a growing budget of approximately $500k.

For more information about CAIR-WA please review the website: www.cairseattle.org

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate builds upon the past work of CAIR-WA. S/he is a visionary and creative thinker with demonstrated successes in innovating, directing, and implementing movement building. S/he has worked in the trenches and understands how to make change happen. S/he believes deeply in community empowerment and organizing to drive policy change and in mass communication toward social change.  S/he is a proven high-level political strategist with a deep knowledge of civil rights issues facing American Muslim communities. S/he inspires the staff team, builds strong relationships and coalitions, understands the art and the science of management and leadership, and is not afraid to do things that have never been done before. S/he embodies the belief that American Muslims are part and parcel of American society and deserve equal opportunity and equal treatment.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

The Executive Director will have demonstrated abilities in the following areas:

  • Deep passion for the values, mission and vision of the organization. Demonstrated accomplishments in civil rights, politics and media issues with a particular interest in furthering the civil rights of American Muslims using these tools. Deep understanding of the social, economic and racial causes of discrimination and injustice.
  • Experience in leading an organization of similar or larger size and mission or providing increasingly responsible leadership in a senior management capacity.
  • Sophisticated political judgment, understanding of legislative issues and sufficient policy experience to quickly gain in-depth knowledge of CAIR-WA’s substantive issues and to represent these issues locally and nationally.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan for similar or larger sized organization, including strong ability to develop relationships with major foundations and individual donors as well as implement creative strategies for raising new sources of revenue.
  • Demonstrated experience and comfort in representing very diverse American Muslim communities, working across multiple ethnic communities and ensuring a broad diversity of engagement and participation from multiple sub-communities.
  • Ability to develop and foster stakeholder and strategic partnerships across sectors, with particular comfort in working with business, labor, and faith. Ability to develop relationships with ‘unusual’ allies to help move issues forward.
  • Financial management skills preferred, including clear financial responsibility and authority for managing similar-sized budgets, accurate financial reporting.
  • Strong ability and desire to serve as staff leader and mentor; excellent supervision and staff support skills with proven ability to work with different work styles and to facilitate staff communication and collegiality.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including being able to be key media and public event spokesperson. Exceptional creativity and strategic skills, problem-solving abilities, and proven ability to develop and implement innovative programs and strategies to promote collaboration and achieve mission.

COMPENSATION

Compensation includes a salary between $60k and $90k commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. Compensation also includes medical, vision and dental benefits starting day-one, and discretionary leave benefits.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should send their résumé and a cover letter describing why they feel they are the ideal candidate and person to move the organization forward along with their salary history and requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please reference “CAIR-WA ED Search” in the subject line. Applicants are also encouraged to send any of the following to demonstrate their ability to serve as the organization’s spokesperson:

  • Media clips
  • Interview transcripts
  • Video links
  • Written policy analysis of maximum 2 pages
  • Written advocacy piece(s) of maximum 1 page
  • Op-Eds or other writings of maximum 1 page

Résumés without cover letters will not be considered.

CAIR-WA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: OFFICE MANAGER (Full-time position)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Washington State Chapter (CAIR-WA) seeks an accomplished, self-motivated and highly organized support and volunteer management professional with excellent communication skills.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished, hardworking, committed manager, team-builder and problem-solver, with strong focus on achieving results. This person will support the business processes, office systems and programmatic work of CAIR-WA, establishing and facilitating systems that allow for high performance of the organization. In this role, the Office Manager will report to the Civil Rights Director, and will partner extensively with other staff as well as volunteer team members of the communications, government affairs, civil rights and many other teams.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Assist with the recruiting and managing of volunteers/interns
  • Keep track of staffing requirements (including volunteers/interns) such as keeping employee manual and other HR documents up-to-date and maintain records of employee benefits
  • Enhance procedures and instructions in Operations Procedure Manual as needed
  • Review financial statements and online banking for discrepancies on a monthly basis
  • Process expenses and ensure fulfillment of accounts receivable
  • Interface with outside accountant, provide them with materials to do CAIR-WA bookkeeping
  • Direct visitors, e-mails and phone calls to appropriate personnel and ensure receipt
  • Maintain supplies and office inventory including procurement of new software
  • Ensure mail pick-up and delivery on time
  • Process pledges, donations and corporate matching

The above list is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the Operations Coordinator. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All personnel will be expected to perform duties outside of their standard responsibilities, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Working knowledge of QuickBooks and CenterPoint Payroll software programs
  • Strong communicator with excellent verbal, listening and written communications skills and a demonstrated ability to work in diverse environments, building strong relationships
  • Strong personal management skills and the ability to work under pressure with competing priorities and tight deadlines in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Event planning and coordination experience is a plus.

Commitment and benefits: Competitive compensation package based on experience and qualifications. Excellent medical, dental and vision benefits with 100% employer contribution, starting day one, and 21 days paid discretionary leave per year. Salary range is $30k to $50k depending on level of experience. Office location: Our physical office (different from our mailing address) is conveniently located near downtown Seattle just two blocks from Metro’s International District Tunnel Station. Any bus that goes to downtown Seattle from across the Puget Sound region can drop you within 2 blocks of our office.

To apply: Our community’s needs are immediate, so apply ASAP to make a difference. Please submit a cover letter with résumé, list of three references, and current/target compensation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please be sure to include the position title in the subject line. Deadline for applying: COB Monday, October 30, 2017.