Friday, July 03, 2009

"US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation" seeks new Executive Director

Lest I be branded a traitor (and therefore not worthy of Israeli citizenship) by the Liebermanites, I attach the following without comment….


The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of nearly 300 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality, is now hiring for a full-time Executive Director.

The US Campaign is seeking a highly qualified candidate to inspire and lead the organization’s staff, Steering Committee, Advisory Board, and membership. The ideal candidate will have passion for her/his work; a commitment to human rights and international law; an extensive background and knowledge of the issues; experience with strategic organizational development, coalition building, and grassroots campaigns; excellent writing and speaking skills; and a proven track record in management and fund development.

This candidate will be eager to be part of a diverse staff and organization; will have a collaborative working style and place a premium on receiving input and constructive feedback; will possess strong leadership qualities and expertise in interpersonal communications, facilitation, and conflict resolution; will serve as a mentor for other staff and bring out the best in others by nurturing and affirming their skills; and will be comfortable working within a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Job Description

The Executive Director will be responsible for carrying out the organization’s mission and goals of ending U.S. support for Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and changing U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international law, and equality. The Executive Director will work with and supervise staff on campaigns and programs, including coalition building; legislative and policy advocacy; boycott, divestment, and sanctions; educational and cultural initiatives; and communications and media efforts, etc.

The Executive Director reports to the Steering Committee, supervises the team of staff, and oversees the operating budget of approximately $300,000. This is a full-time position.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

1) Growing the organization by working with staff, the Steering Committee, and the Advisory Board to increase the visibility of the issue and profile of the organization, and by building ties with local, national and international leaders and partner organizations.

2) Fund development, including serving as the lead fundraiser in the planning and implementation of grassroots and on-line fundraising campaigns targeted to individual supporters; special events fundraising; and grant writing, reporting, and the cultivation of foundations and major donors.

3) Serving as a public face for the organization, including conducting media appearances; giving public presentations; and serving as a high-level liaison with other organizations and institutions.

4) Staff management and team building of an office of 5-6 employees plus interns and volunteers, including supervision and implementation of work plans; conducting yearly personnel evaluations; and encouraging and facilitating the professional development of staff.

5) Strategic planning, including facilitating staff work plan meetings and staff retreats; coordinating with staff on action plans; working with the Steering Committee to facilitate monthly conference calls and twice-yearly face-to-face meetings; engaging in yearly budget planning; guiding long-term visioning and planning; and overseeing the organizing of annual national membership meetings.

6) Management, coordination and facilitation of the development of all programs and campaigns; of the smooth and efficient administrative, financial, and personnel functions of the organization; and of the continuity of the US Campaign’s vision and goals.


The applicant for the position must:

* Demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization.

* Have experience working for progressive political causes or campaigns.
* Have a strong knowledge of political issues related to the mission of the organization.
* Be able to start in a full-time capacity in September in the organization’s Washington, DC office.
* Have a minimum of 4-years of non-profit management experience.
* Demonstrate experience in foundation, donor, and grassroots fundraising.
* Have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills.
* Be flexible regarding work hours (including some evenings and weekends) and willing to travel on occasion as needed.

* Be a strong and flexible leader, facilitator, and team builder.


It is preferable for the ideal candidates to possess some or all of the following skills and experiences:

* Have a working knowledge of foreign languages, particularly Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish.
* Have experience working in broad-based diverse coalitions.
* Have experience working in a small office with a collegial environment.
* Have experience interacting with media.
* Have familiarity with on-line fundraising tools.

* Have experience organizing in an anti-racism/anti-oppression framework.
* Have experience working w/ faith communities, labor unions, communities of color, and academic institutions.


* Negotiable salary, commensurate with experience.
* Full-employee coverage of selected health care plan.
* Generous vacation, medical, and holiday leave policies.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, salary history, a brief writing sample, and an a/v clip of a public speaking example to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation via email to or via snail-mail to PO Box 21539, Washington, DC, 20009.

Applications must be received by COB Friday, July 17, 2009.