Executive Director

Council of American-Islamic Relations - San Diego, CA (30+ days ago)4.0

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Diego office (CAIR-SD) is looking for a passionate and talented individual to fill the Executive Director position. Join one of the most dynamic teams defending civil rights on behalf of the American Muslim community, promoting civic engagement, and building coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and provide strategic leadership for continued growth and development in the day to day operations and managing staff at the office.
  • Support the Board in strategic planning, develop and execute an annual operation plan and milestones to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Report and maintain open and effective communication with the Board on the progress toward organizational goals and other matters on a regularly basis.
  • Develop and implement financial campaign strategies to cultivate and diversify new sources of revenues. Increase donor-base through contributions from existing and new donors and organizational foundations.
  • Oversee fundraising planning, implementation, and administration management. Develop and maintain contacts with key funding sources, and collaborate with the Board to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Oversee the financial management within the approved budget and ensure healthy and positive financials.
  • Maintain and enhance existing relationships and develop new strategic relations with local Muslim community, other organizations, and interfaith leaders through coalition building on a regular basis.
  • Monitor local media and develop and implement a communications plan utilizing various media venues to promoting the organization’s programs. Develop and nurture personal relationship with key people in the local media.
  • Develop and disseminate news release, newsletters, action alerts, press statements and talking points for the community and media outlets. Act and conduct interviews as the public face of the organization.
  • Meet with the local elected officials to advocate on issues that affect the Muslim community, and collaborate with civil rights organizations on common causes.
  • Develop and establish programs, educational events, and campaigns to advance the mission of the organization and empower the community and the youth.
  • Oversee and maintain the organization legal department, establish client and attorney relationship, and complete state and national reporting requirements according to the organization policy.
  • Comply with the nonprofit requirements, financial and employee management according to local, state, and federal laws and with regulations set by the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated track record of alignment and support for the mission and vision of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, time-management and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Highly motivated, self-initiating and energetic.
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments and meet deadlines; must be able to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience with and proficiency in public speaking before diverse audiences.
  • An understanding of civil rights issues relating to Islam and American Muslims.
  • Excellent oral and written communication to interface with media professionals, community leaders, volunteers, donors, and staff in a professional and effective manner.
  • Nonprofit fundraising experience, including knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • A university degree required, with preference for candidates with a Masters in fields of Non-profit Management, or a JD.
  • Minimum of five years relevant work experience.
  • Core computer skills such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Mailchimp, and Word Press, for example.
  • Ability to drive throughout San Diego for events, programs, and outreach.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Civil Rights: 3 years