Employment at CAIR

Anaheim, California

Northern & Central California

San Diego, California

Washington, D.C.

Seattle, Washington

 


Anaheim, California

Position: Communications Coordinator

The Greater Los Angeles Area office of CAIR is looking for a passionate and talented individual to fill the communications coordinator position at its Anaheim office. Join one of the most dynamic teams defending civil rights on behalf of the American Muslim community and strengthening the image of Islam and American Muslims in the media. This position is to available immediately.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and strengthening relationships with journalists, editors, bloggers, and other media professionals.
  • Preparing news releases and organizing press conferences.
  • Writing opinion pieces and letters to the editor.
  • Conducting as well as coordinating media interviews; preparing statements and talking points.
  • Engaging and empowering community members through workshops, talks and outreach events.
  • Proactively working with media to generate comprehensive coverage of Islam and American Muslims.
  • Directing media campaigns and projects.
  • Maintaining website and social media presence; sending out email newsletter and updates to community members regularly.
  • Working with CAIR's D.C. office for media work around national issues and campaigns.
  • Providing digital and print marketing support for CAIR programs and events.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field and two to four years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills; knowledge of AP style preferred.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work well on tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to Islam and the American Muslim community.
  • Ability to multitask long and short-term projects.
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations and Muslim community desired.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

This position reports to the executive director.

Benefits: CAIR provides an excellent Islamic work environment and employee benefits. Salary commensurate with education, skills and experience.

Please note that all new employees go through a 3-month probation period.

To apply: All those interested and eligible to work in the U.S. (citizens or proper work visa holders) should email a cover letter and a comprehensive resume stating education, work history, and references to [email protected] When applying via email, please be sure to write the position title in the subject of the email.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE


Northern and Central California

CAIR-Sacramento Valley Operations Manager

CAIR-CA has an immediate full-time job opening in its Sacramento Valley office. CAIR-CA seeks an energetic professional to manage the daily office operations. The candidate must have the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently. Candidate must be comfortable working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. The role requires excellent communications and managerial skills to interface with community leaders, donors, the media, staff, interns and volunteers in a professional, effective manner. Candidate should be flexible with changing job requirements as the team grows. Some work on evenings, weekends, and travel will be required.

Qualifications:

  • Two years of office management preferred
  • Organizational and supervisory skills
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong initiative and the ability to learn in a self-directed manner
  • Organizational skills, detail-oriented, and the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Comfortable working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment

Benefits:

  • Salary range based on education, skills and experience
  • Benefits included (medical, dental, and retirement)
  • Paid vacations and holidays

To apply: Applications will be accepted until position is filled. All those interested and eligible to work in the U.S. (citizens or proper work visa holders) are encouraged to apply with a cover letter and a resume to: [email protected]

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE


Position: CAIR-Central California Outreach Coordinator

CAIR-CA has an immediate full-time job opening for its soon-to-launch Fresno office.

JOB DESCRIPTION: CAIR-CA seeks an energetic professional to lead outreach efforts in Central California. The ideal candidate will play a central role in grassroots organizing, managing programs, events, workshops, talks, forums, sensitivity trainings, civic engagement and educational campaigns. The candidate must have the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently. Candidate must be comfortable working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. The role requires excellent communications and managerial skills to interface with clients, community leaders, donors, the media, staff and volunteers in a professional, effective manner. Candidate should be flexible with changing job requirements as the team grows. Some work on evenings, weekends, and travel will be required. This position reports to the CAIR-Sacramento Valley executive director.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree and experience working with a nonprofit organization or in a related field
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and experience in using the Internet and various social media networking sites.
  • Strong initiative and the ability to learn in a self-directed manner
  • Organizational skills, detail-oriented, and the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Able to drive throughout central California for events and outreach
  • Comfortable working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR's mission

Benefits:

  • Salary range based on education, skills and experience
  • Benefits included (medical, dental, and retirement)
  • Paid vacations and holidays

To apply: Applications will be accepted until position is filled. All those interested and eligible to work in the U.S. (citizens or proper work visa holders) are encouraged to apply with a cover letter, copies of certificates, and a comprehensive resume stating education, work history, and references to: [email protected]

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

 


 San Diego, California

Position: Staff attorney

Responsibilities:

The staff attorney will engage in civil rights litigation and advocacy for CAIR, including but not limited to representing complainants who have experienced religious discrimination in negotiations with opposing parties; filing complaints, discovery, motions practice, court appearances, and trial if necessary; and identifying, recruiting, and collaborating with private attorneys on religious discrimination cases.

Religious discrimination may arise in areas including employment discrimination, police misconduct, government office discrimination, racial/religious profiling, school/university discrimination, immigration, family law, and defamation.

The staff attorney will be expected to identify, strategize and use creative legal solutions to address systematic issues affecting those who suffer discrimination in the full range of potential forums (not just litigation). The staff attorney may also directly supervise the work of externs/interns in the department.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years of litigation experience.
  • Familiarity with civil rights, employment law, immigration law, family law, criminal law, and constitutional law.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.
  • Great presentation and public speaking abilities.
  • Strong ability to identify, recruit, and work with a number of private attorneys on cases.
  • Demonstrated commitment to protecting civil liberties in the United States.
  • High degree of initiative and willingness to work hard and collaborate with others.
  • Creativity, passion for civil rights work, determination, and a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to follow through on various ongoing and newly assigned case work.
  • Admittance to the California State Bar.

Salary range based on education, skills and experience.

To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, two formal legal writing samples, and a list of at least three references, along with copies of relevant academic certificates. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Human Resources
CAIR-San Diego
8316 Caliremont Mesa Blvd. 203
San Diego, CA 92111

Email: [email protected]

If applying via email, please be sure to include the position title in the subject line.


Incomplete applications will not be processed.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

 


Position: Administrative Coordinator

CAIR-San Diego seeks an enthusiastic professional to manage the office. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: day to day office management, developing, coordinating and supporting membership and fundraising campaigns, analyzing membership performance and activity, planning fundraising events, maintaining membership data base, proper and timely intake and record-keeping of donations, issuing receipts, and following up on pledges.

Office operations responsibilities include proper bookkeeping and upkeep of QuickBooks, working with executive director to draft annual budget, working with accountants to coordinate audit and tax filings, proper and timely record-keeping and office organization. Responsibilities also entail everyday human resources tasks such as administration of the human resources policies, managing insurance policies, maintaining employee records, overseeing benefits, recruiting and managing interns and volunteers, and supporting employee relations.

In addition, the responsibilities include event management, property management relations, communicating with IT support for office needs, coordinating with both local and state boards to plan monthly meetings and annual retreats, and assisting other departments or other CAIR offices when needed.

Some weekends and late evenings are required.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in English or political science and work experience with a nonprofit organization or in a related field.
  • Experience managing an office is a must.
  • Excellent written skills required.
  • Passion for civil rights and community work.
  • Event planning experience can be key as well.
  • Basic computer proficiency including Microsoft Office, Constant Contact (preferred), QuickBooks (preferred, or similar accounting software).
  • Substantive organizational and supervisory skills.
  • Must have capability to work on multiple projects or tasks at a time.
  • Must be able to drive throughout the San Diego and Imperial counties for events and outreach.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Willingness and flexibility to change job requirements as the team grows.
  • Comfort working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment in a rapidly growing organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to interface with staff, community leaders, volunteers, and donors in a professional and effective manner.
  • A strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR's mission to promote justice, empower American Muslims, and enhance the understanding of Islam in America.

Salary range based on education, skills and experience.

Applications for this position will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply: Send a cover letter, comprehensive resume stating education and work history, references, and copies of relevant academic certificates to:

Human Resources
CAIR-San Diego
8316 Caliremont Mesa Blvd. 203
San Diego, CA 92111

Email [email protected] (When applying via email, please be sure to note the position title in the subject of the email.)

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

 


Washington, D.C.

Position: Staff Attorney

The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization seeks a high energy, assertive individual who is or who will soon be licensed locally to work on behalf of our clients and the organization at CAIR's national headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities:

  • Primarily conduct research and draft memos and pleadings for local and federal litigation involving constitutional, statutory, and regulatory issues of national significance.
  • Opportunity to litigate.
  • Conduct civil rights-related workshops for various community audiences, including some travel.
  • Implement and execute items on yearly action plans.
  • Perform other related duties, as required.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Experience researching and drafting in the area of constitutional law; ideally, experience in First Amendment arena.
  • Law clerk experience helpful though not mandatory.
  • Litigation experience [civil/criminal] helpful though not mandatory.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple ongoing projects.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with ability to juggle multiple, competing tasks.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • High degree of responsibility and dedication.
  • Experience representing clients of non-profit organizations a plus.
  • Ability to speak a language other than English a plus.
  • Familiarity, knowledge, and experience working with the American Muslim community helpful though not mandatory.
  • J.D.; member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to waive in immediately, and admitted, or eligible for admission, to D.C. federal courts; barred in other jurisdictions helpful, particularly in Maryland and Virginia.

Salary/compensation: CAIR employees are compensated commensurate with their education, experience, and other qualifications. Medical, dental, and vision benefits and a retirement plan with employer contributions are offered.

To apply, send resume, cover letter and salary requirements by email to [email protected] with "Staff Attorney" in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

CAIR is an equal opportunity employer.

 


Seattle, Washington

Position: Civil Rights Manager (full-time)

The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is seeking an ambitious, goal-driven and highly organized professional for the key civil rights manager position. Our civil rights department responds to complaints from members of the Muslim community about civil rights violations, and develops response strategies to deliver positive societal changes with every case.

Responsibilities include:

  • Case management/resolution
    • Oversee cases of religious discrimination, profiling, and denial of religious accommodations, spanning across law enforcement, employment, education, immigration, vandalism, hate crimes, and jail/prison conditions.
    • Ensure follow-through with offending parties and clients, and assertively pursue full resolution.
    • Maintain databases and metrics about abuses reported to CAIR-WA.
    • Develop civil rights department's procedures and capabilities, e.g.: investigation skills and protocols; case management process (intake/documentation/review).
    • Expand referral network for cases outside of CAIR-WA's scope.
    • Effectively select, train and manage interns and volunteers to maximize department capacity.
  • Develop winning advocacy strategies
    • Develop strategies such as advocacy letters/meetings, media work, and building network of volunteer attorneys.
    • Develop strategic relationships with senior government, law enforcement, and other officials to drive desired outcomes and policy changes.
    • Collaborate with CAIR chapters and partner organizations, to ensure the local success of nationwide campaigns or mutually beneficial efforts.
    • Partner with the executive director to maximize media exposure and public awareness of CAIR-WA's efforts, including drafting media statements, speaking at press conferences and other media opportunities related to casework.
  • Community education
    • Seek opportunities to deliver 'know your rights' presentations and information at schools, large community events, and religious institutions to increase case reporting.
    • Issue monthly online digests and case studies, and an annual report to inform public of CAIR-WA's civil rights efforts and encourage reporting of cases by community.

Required skills and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience required. (Level of position may be flexible for candidates substantially exceeding these requirements.)
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiation, public speaking, and tactful interpersonal communication.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively training and managing interns and volunteers to maximize productivity
  • Demonstrated commitment to defending Muslim civil rights and building power in communities
  • Strong written communication skills, with attention to detail. Candidate must email a one-page writing sample from recent prior work, or produce an original response to the prompt: "What civil rights advocacy for minority groups means to me." (400 - 600 words)
  • Demonstrated bias for action, and leadership with resourcefulness
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize details, define desired outcome, and efficiently drive toward goals.
  • Ability to do high-volume work under high pressure, manage multiple competing tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in use of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Commitment and benefits: Competitive compensation package based on relevant qualifications. Excellent medical, dental and vision benefits with 100% employer contribution, starting day one, and generous paid discretionary leave benefits. Career path can include advancement to civil rights director, deputy director and executive director positions.

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. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by April 14, 2014, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter with résumé, list of three references, a writing sample as described above, and current/target compensation to [email protected] or to 9594 First Avenue NE, #272, Seattle, WA 98115. If applying via email, please be sure to include the position title in the subject line. Incomplete applications may not be processed.

No phone calls and no drop-ins, please. Please also note that we are only able to respond to those applicants who are selected for an interview.

 


In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goal of diversity, CAIR is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to race, age color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.

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