The Washington Peace Center (WPC) is looking for a dynamic leader to join our team as a Co-Director. The Co-Director is one of two full-time staff members who are primarily responsible for managing all of the operational and programmatic work of the WPC.
We are currently transitioning to a co-director model to better reflect the values of our organization. Co-Directors will have clearly defined responsibilities, while working collaboratively together and with the Board to set priorities and direction for the organization and implement our mission, vision, and strategic plan. The Co-Director will have a passion for and commitment to racial justice, a deep understanding and informed distrust of the class forces that drive the U.S. war machine, and a belief in the WPC’s work to provide spaces and resources for people to build power to create change.
About the Washington Peace Center
The WPC is an anti-racist, grassroots, multi-issue organization that has been working for peace, justice, and nonviolent social change since 1963. Our mission is to provide education, resources, and action for those working for positive social change and a world free from oppression. We strengthen the impact of peace and justice movements by fostering greater collaboration among activist groups; bridging the gap between global, national, and local issues and communities; and providing material support (such as event equipment and logistical expertise) to achieve these goals. We are a small organization with only one half-time Administrator in addition to the two Co-Directors.
- Work closely with the Co-Director and Board to set overall strategic direction that builds on the foundation of progress that has been made over the last several years;
- Work closely with the Co-Director to manage the day-to-day operations of the WPC and ensure the successful implementation of the organization’s current strategic plan, including fundraising, financial management, communications, programming, resource management, coalition work, and volunteer/staff supervision;
- Deepen the WPC’s commitment to anti-racism through action, including developing and sustaining relationships with organizations and communities leading anti-racism work in DC, and making programming and resources more effective, inclusive, and accessible;
- Develop and sustain meaningful relationships with partners and allies in the DC activist community, including those who organize locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Commitment to the WPC’s political analysis about how change happens: your passion is grounded in the value of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and nonviolent direct action, and you understand what movements need to grow and have impact;
- Strong connections to social justice movements: you have a proven ability to build and sustain relationships and ideally are familiar with DC issues and communities. Strong preference for connections to those organizing east of the river in DC;
- Experience making decisions collectively: you value teamwork, you look for solutions to problems, and you are willing to engage conflict as an opportunity;
- Excitement about operations and fundraising: you have at least 2-4 years of non-profit and/or significant organizing experience, and your track record shows that you understand what it takes to make nonprofit organizations work;
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and make strategic decisions: you have vision, as well as the detail orientation and energy to execute plans and meet goals in a fast-paced environment.
In addition to addressing how you meet the qualifications listed above in your cover letter, please list which of the following areas of work you are most suited for and why. We are looking for someone who can take primary responsibility for ~4 of the following work areas:
Areas of work for two Co-Directors:
- Fundraising - Manage and execute an effective fundraising strategy including individual donations and grants that strengthens the financial sustainability of the WPC and increases our ability to fulfill our mission each year;
- Communications – Write email alerts, manage social media and press inquiries, represent the Peace Center at rallies, events and meetings.
- Finances and Administration - Manage the overall operations of the WPC, including the annual budget and fiscal sponsorships, and make high-level strategic decisions about organizational resources;
- Programming – We host a monthly training (we trained over 300 people in 2015), the annual Activist Awards Grassroots Gala and other political education events throughout the year.
- Resources - Organize and maintain our event equipment and online Resource Guide and coordinate usage by area activists (our equipment was used over 150 times in 2015).
- Volunteers and Interns – Management, hiring and retention.
- Board and Infrastructure Management – Including support for strategic planning and other processes.
- Coalition work – Providing spaces for activists to develop strategic partnerships and deeper political analysis.
Salary: The pay range is $45,000-$50,000, depending on experience, plus excellent benefits that include vision and dental, and generous vacation time.
People of color and people from other marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, please apply ASAP. We are hoping to start interviewing in April, with a start date by the beginning of July. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Washington Peace Center is always looking for people committed to making the world a better place who might also be potential Board members! We are looking for committed, passionate people who care about the peace and justice community and the Washington Peace Center to help guide and support this long-standing, grassroots organization. This is an opportunity to be a part of an exciting local organization and help shape its vision and goals. Click here for info.