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The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management and the overall programmatic, administrative, financial, and funding development of SCSJ. The Executive Director protects the organization’s financial assets while ensuring compliance with Board directives and applicable grantor, federal, and state law requirements.

The Executive Director will:
• Engage with SCSJ’s community partners through outreach to potential clients and investigation and development of possible social justice projects; and maintain an organizational culture that values collaboration and diversity and respects differences.

• Lead, manage, and support the organization, including inspiring passion and providing an overall vision for SCSJ’s programmatic work with a community-driven strategic plan; providing ongoing evaluation of SCSJ’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mission, including reviewing and evaluating the results of program activities and ensuring that continuing contractual and grant obligations are being fulfilled; taking calculated risks to try new ideas and to employ new approaches to achieving SCSJ’s goals; providing appropriate support to SCSJ’s Board of Directors; developing organizational and administrative policies for Board and staff consideration; communicating successfully with internal stakeholders (staff, volunteers, and Board members) and establishing structures that facilitate strong communication throughout the organization; supervising and mentoring existing staff and providing guidance and feedback about cases and other projects; and recruiting and hiring new staff as needed.

• Lead and supervise SCSJ’s communications and fundraising efforts, including serving as the spokesperson for the organization; ensuring the development of impactful, well-coordinated media and outreach materials, either related to ongoing cases and matters or to promote SCSJ; communicating and building relationships with funders and donors; exploring additional sources of funding to ensure SCSJ’s long-term sustainability and viability; and providing direction for grant proposals and assisting in preparation of grant reports.

• Manage the organization’s financial health, including managing SCSJ’s funds to ensure the organization’s trustworthiness, viability, and compliance with laws and funder requirements; allocating resources for greater program effectiveness and efficiency; and overseeing all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and internal control policies.

• Develop and maintain productive working relationships with partners and stakeholders, including motivating internal and external stakeholders with a shared understanding of SCSJ’s mission and purpose; improving SCSJ’s visibility and nurturing broad external stakeholder support for the organization and its programs; being aware of trends in the non-profit sector to ensure that SCSJ remains responsive to changing community needs, shifting revenue sources, emerging competition, and increasing public scrutiny; and building relationships and partnerships with other organizations and people who are able to further SCSJ’s mission through cooperative efforts.

The anticipated start date for this position will be in May or June 2018.

The Successful Candidate
The ideal candidate will be a proven leader who will build on the strong foundation established by SCSJ’s founder, Anita Earls. S/he will have a deep commitment to social and racial justice and will have a track record of building strong connections in a community. S/he will have extraordinary vision and be able to realize that vision through rich interaction and collaboration with the SCSJ Board and staff, funders and donors, community partners, and other state, regional, and national organizations. S/he must have a value set that is consistent with a culture based on diversity, respect, collaboration, high ethical standards, and a passion to make a difference. The Executive Director must be able to communicate effectively internally and externally, both orally and in writing, and to represent SCSJ publicly. S/he will have strong strategic planning and project management skills, as well as significant experience with non-profit fundraising, budgeting, and financial management.

The Executive Director must have a:
• J.D. Degree or other relevant advanced degree, and 10 or more years of increasing responsibility in community lawyering or a law practice serving minority or low-income communities, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

• Commitment to community-led social justice work and sustaining an egalitarian organization that is respectful of every person’s contribution;

• Significant successful experience in leadership, management, and Board development, preferably in the non-profit sector;

• Capacity and demonstrated ability to serve as the public face of an organization and to raise money from a variety of sources in the non-profit sector;

• Excellent financial management skills, including capacity and demonstrated ability to manage budgets of a similar size and to provide accurate financial reporting;

• Demonstrated effectiveness in developing networks and productive working relationships with diverse constituencies; and

• Willingness to travel throughout North Carolina and the South.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience managing or directing a legal non-profit organization of comparable size, with areas of concentration including civil rights, juvenile or criminal justice, or other community-based social justice issues.

SCSJ is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, or disability. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we encourage applications from people of color and female candidates.

Compensation Package
Salary is commensurate with experience and leadership at other similarly-situated non-profit organizations. SCSJ offers an excellent benefits package, including a 401(k) plan and health, dental, and vision insurance.

To Apply
Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter by close of business on March 9, 2018 to:

Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Attn: Executive Director Search Committee
1415 W. NC Hwy 54, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27701

Or by email to EDSearch@scsj.org. Please include “Executive Director Application” in the subject line.

Cover letters should specifically address the following topics:
• For non-lawyer applicants, how your educational degree qualifies you for this position;
• Your commitment to community-led social justice work;
• Your experience with and skills in leadership, management, and Board development;
• Your experience with and skills in communications and fundraising;
• Your experience with and skills in financial management; and
• Your experience with and skills in developing productive working relationships with diverse constituencies.

All applications will be kept strictly confidential until finalists are identified. Interim Executive Director Dr. Kareem Crayton is committed to assisting the Board through this transition period as it manages the search for long-term organizational leadership. Questions about the position can be directed to him at kareem@scsj.org or 919-794-4198.


STAFF ATTORNEY (2 positions)

Immediate openings for two licensed Staff Attorneys with trial-level civil litigation and briefing experience. We expect to hire one attorney with one to three years of experience and a second attorney with more than five years of experience. While both positions will primarily focus on voting rights issues, motivated candidates may later seek opportunities to participate in SCSJ’s other practice areas as well.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in August 2007 and works across the South. Our mission is to promote justice by empowering people of color and economically disadvantaged communities to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights. SCSJ’s focus areas are community-driven, and currently include voting rights, criminal and youth justice reform, as well as environmental justice and human rights when resources permit. SCSJ’s voting rights docket is expansive, with recent or ongoing litigation challenging voter suppression and unfair redistricting plans in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and other southern states. SCSJ also works on advocacy campaigns at all levels to ensure full access to the ballot box for all voters. SCSJ has secured a number of significant wins in recent years in North Carolina and Texas, among others. For more information about our work and our unique community lawyering approach, visit our website at www.scsj.org.

Required Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina, or ability to waive in promptly.
  • Trial and/or appellate-level briefing experience.
  • Ability to be self-reliant, self-directed, and highly efficient; to independently resolve problems; to communicate clearly as part of a team of lawyers and non-lawyers; and to take responsibility for multiple cases at a time.
  • Commitment to social justice principles and to SCSJ’s community-lawyering model of practice.
  • Complex civil litigation experience, with substantial motion and discovery practice, well-developed legal research and writing skills, and appearances in civil proceedings in state and/or federal court is preferred for the entry-level position and required for the more experienced position.

Experience with civil rights or social justice litigation and/or administrative proceedings is a plus.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Salary & Benefits: SCSJ offers competitive salaries, commensurate with experience, and comprehensive health and retirement plans.

Location: SCSJ’s office located in Durham, North Carolina, the heart of The Research Triangle, one of the most dynamic and culturally rich regions of the country.


Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and two or three legal writing samples, including samples of court briefs, to danielle@scsj.org no later than close of business on February 9, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website at www.scsj.org to learn more about this position.

SCSJ is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, or disability.