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Executive Director, Community Justice

Remote, Preferred Residence: Washington D.C. metropolitan area

Community Justice
Executive Director

Location: Remote with significant travel
Preferred Residence: Washington Metropolitan Area area

About Community Justice
Community Justice builds power with and for communities of color to end gun violence. We are dedicated to promoting social justice, uplifting marginalized voices, and implementing innovative solutions to address systemic issues. Our work spans across various sectors, collaborating with diverse stakeholders to create lasting impact. 

Community Justice’s vision: 

  • Build a community led by the people closest to the pain of everyday gun violence. Create a focus that consists of an inclusive and diverse vision beyond
  • Transform the narrative on gun violence in the United States, and in particular in urban areas. Humanize the most impacted people in the movement, but not at the expense of marginalized communities
  • Advance policy change to change behavior and norms around gun violence in communities of color. Prioritize non-carceral solutions and lift up the agency of Black and brown organizations.

Community Justice is a nonpartisan project of Tides Center. The Executive Director will oversee all operations for the organization's 501c3 work, as well as for 501c4 programming. 

Position Summary
Community Justice seeks a highly motivated, passionate, and experienced executive to lead the organization, guiding the team in a fast-paced environment, generating new revenue, overseeing operations, and ensuring the successful implementation of the Community Justice strategy. The Executive Director will supervise a dedicated and committed team with diverse levels of experience in a fully remote setting with regular in-person convenings or training.

The Executive Director will play a pivotal role in implementing, articulating, shaping, and promoting Community Justice's mission, vision, and strategic direction and advocating for policies at the local, state, and federal levels to end gun violence.

The new leader will oversee a committed staff and engage with partners with a personal connection to gun violence. Community Justice operates at a fast pace, is highly responsive, and is often the first group on the ground when gun violence occurs.  The Executive Director will serve as an anchor for the team, often pulled in multiple directions, and will support and guide staff as they juggle various critical activities.

The ideal candidate for this role is a visionary leader with a deep sense of justice, a keen policy acumen, and an unwavering commitment to the Community Justice mission and vision.  The ideal candidate also brings a proven track record in fundraising by cultivating partnerships and successfully navigating the landscape of policy, public engagement, and grassroots organizing.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy and Organizational Management

  • Collaborate with the Board of Advisors to build on and implement the Community Justice strategy.
  • Oversee and manage the organizational budget, cash flow, and revenue-generating efforts.
  • Identify potential risks and opportunities to protect organizational interests within the organization and its environment.
  • Monitor organizational operations for compliance with the Tides Center’s regulatory and legal requirements.

Fundraising Strategy

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy aligned with Community Justice’s mission, leveraging partnerships to achieve financial goals 
  • Collaborate with the Community Justice Founder, the Board of Advisors, and stakeholders to expand the organization’s network to support growth and fundraising efforts.
  • Identify, cultivate, and secure partnerships with donors, foundations, and corporate giving entities to expand the organization’s funding base.
  • Drive initiatives to secure financial commitments, ensuring a robust and sustainable revenue stream.

Policy, Advocacy, and Political Navigation 

  • Navigate the policy discussions at federal, state, and local levels. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with key decision-makers.
  • Continue to keep Community Justice as a leading voice on federal and national policy priorities for the gun violence prevention field. 
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of policy and legislative processes.
  • Oversee the development and advocacy of the policy priorities to end gun violence and address systemic issues.
  • Stay informed about relevant issues and advocate for change.
  • Influence policy decisions that align with organizational objectives.

External Partnerships

  • Spearhead and lead efforts in establishing national coalitions, fostering collaboration among key stakeholders in the field.
  • Advocate for and empower survivor and frontline-led groups, ensuring their voices are central to organizational strategies and initiatives.
  • Lead efforts to support national partnerships and campaigns for
  • Proactively identify, cultivate, and secure new partnerships that align with the organization's vision and contribute to its growth.
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with other organizations, elected officials, government agencies, and relevant stakeholders.

Brand Ambassador 

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson in media appearances, public events, and high-level meetings.
  • Serve as the organization’s key representative at media, social, or philanthropic events to strengthen the brand and communicate the organization’s message.

Team Leadership

  • Provide visionary leadership to a remote staff.
  • Effectively manage and lead growing teams.
  • Recruit, train, and develop a talented team to lead critical departments and manage strategic organizational functions.
  • Foster a collaborative and empowering work environment.
  • Develop the organizational culture, promoting transparency and collaboration.


  • Unwavering commitment to the Community Justice mission and vision.
  • Minimum of five years of leadership experience in a relevant or adjacent field.
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising for multimillion-dollar programs and partnership development.
  • Strong understanding of gun violence policy, legislation, and important stakeholders within the gun violence prevention movement.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to lead and inspire remote teams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Visionary mindset with the ability to adapt to evolving challenges.
  • Willingness to travel extensively as required.

Compensation and Benefits
The salary range is $185,000 - $200,000.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Community Justice offers generous benefits and a dynamic environment.

Remote. Community Justice prefers applicants to be based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis.
The position will remain open until filled.

Community Justice is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity within and across its work and staff. We maintain that staff from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures help us to fulfill our mission and therefore encourage candidates from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, and protected veteran status or other status protected by law to apply for this position. We endeavor to provide a safe and welcoming environment at Community Justice, free from discrimination.

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