Employment Opportunities



  CLOSING DATE: October 23, 2015


The Board of Directors of The Praxis Project is seeking a visionary, experienced and passionate leader, capable of building on the tremendous accomplishments of its founding Executive Director and taking the organization to new levels of growth and impact.



Incorporated in 2002, The Praxis Project is a nonprofit movement support intermediary with offices in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA. We are committed to capacity building for social change and our mission is to build healthy communities by transforming the power relationships and structures that affect our lives. We support local policy advocacy as part of a comprehensive strategy for change. Our emphasis is on developing fields of work in ways that encourage multi-level, trans-disciplinary learning and collaboration across issues, across the country and across the globe. National, multi-site initiatives are a core part of our work as they operate as "laboratories" where we extract lessons for application in other fields of work and vice versa to help us all move the work of transformation further, faster.


Basic Tenets of Our Change Model Include:

  • Building local power is critical to making real change
  • Community organizing and capacity building are central to making sustained change
  • Not just more policy but better policy
  • Speaking truth to build power
  • Our work must be based on good research and evaluation
  • Money making a difference


Program Summary:

Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE) is a national funding and capacity building initiative to support diverse, community-based organizations and tribal groups in the development and implementation of effective, culturally competent policy initiatives to advance food and recreation justice. www.ccheonline.org

Transforming Communities is a cross-disciplinary project to draw on some of the world’s best practices in the development of comprehensive, progressive local policies. www.transforming-communities.org

Movement Building Initiative provides funding, training, technical assistance, capacity building and e-advocacy initiatives that help increase the base of advocates engaged in social justice work with an emphasis on work at scale. We emphasize institutional/systemically focused strategies (versus individual behavior change) rooted in an intersectional framework (with race, class, gender, etc., in view). Praxis is committed to language access in all of our convening spaces. Programs under this initiative include Building Capacity Building Power, a national initiative to support grassroots civic engagement work; and our Learning Circle series.

Meta Messaging Project works through forums, skill building sessions, research and collaborative strategy development to forge cross cutting, progressive communications frames while working to expand progressive infrastructure for disseminating messages. Our latest publication, Fair Game: A Strategy Guide for Racial Justice Communications in the Obama Era is now available at www.akpress.org.

For more information on these and other Praxis initiatives, go to www.thepraxisproject.org



Reporting to a 12-member Board of Directors, the Executive Director maintains overall responsibility for financial management, personnel management, program development and implementation, fund development and public and institutional relations. The Executive Director must be capable of developing strong community relationships and providing leadership on media and policy issues with special emphasis on the needs and interests of communities of color.


Primary Responsibilities:

Program Development and Implementation Develops program framework and contracts; monitors contract compliance; oversees program evaluation and continual program improvement.

Fund Development. Develops and implements organizational development plan toward ensuring the organization’s financial stability. Works with Board Development Committee and other partners to identify and cultivate donor and other funding partners. Coordinates and leads implementation of outreach and engagement of funder allies.

Financial Management Develops and manages the organizational budget, including all contracts; provides oversight and monitoring of the billing process, accounts payable, accounts receivable and the preparation of financial statements and cash flow projections.

Personnel Management Oversees staff recruitment, orientation and training; evaluates team leaders; supervises staff or oversees supervision which is provided by Team leaders; oversees the implementation of personnel policies and submits recommendations to the Board for policy revisions, and oversees the implementation of benefit plans.

Public and institutional relations Develops collaborative relationships with national, state and local organizations and coalitions, and other stakeholders; sets priorities in allocating organizational resources to meet the emerging needs of affiliate groups; coordinates the work of and collaborates with the Board of Directors and National Advisory Committees to develop policies and programmatic priorities; and oversees public relations activities.



Personal Characteristics

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, values and culture of The Praxis Project
  • Visionary and innovative with the ability to inspire and lead staff and constituents
  • Justice-centered with a strong sense of integrity and clear ethical standards
  • Embraces an ecumenical approach and participatory leadership
  • Community-minded bridge-builder with the ability to maintain and develop relationships and partnerships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the savvy to advocate and persuade without alienating

Professional Experience

  • Working knowledge of the theory and practice of social change, community organizing and policy development with an emphasis on racial justice
  • Minimum of ten years experience in nonprofit management and social change, including a track record of intermediary and/or field-building work
  • Experience effectively managing personnel, board communication, financial management systems and programs
  • Demonstrated ability to fundraise and leverage resources for the long-term sustainability of the organization
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Experience working collaboratively with community members
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing systemic causes of racism, sexism, homophobia and poverty
  • Ability to work independently, be detailed oriented, prioritize own work and collaborate with and coordinate the work of others in a harmonious and empowering manner
  • Understanding of strategic planning theory and practice



The salary will be commensurate with experience and compensation history. Benefits include comprehensive health, dental and vision coverage; a generous vacation, sick and holiday schedule; and a tax-deferred annuity plan.



To apply, send a cover letter, resume, salary history and list of three references to exec-search@thepraxisproject.org on or before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015.

Email applications are required – use the Subject Line: Executive Director, The Praxis Project. Documents must be Microsoft Word or PDF files only (PDF files are preferred).

Resume review begins immediately. For questions or additional information contact: exec-search@thepraxisproject.org

The Praxis Project does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.