Chief Executive Officer

About Us

Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is an innovative non-profit civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2016, CRC challenges wealth-based and race-based systems of oppression. CRC has won groundbreaking litigation challenging the money bail system, the rise of modern debtors’ prisons, abusive private probation schemes, prosecutor misconduct, and police violence. CRC has also engaged in cutting-edge policy work at the local, state, and federal levels to reimagine community safety and dismantle systemic racial injustice. CRC works closely with community partners and is committed to fundamentally transforming the criminal punishment bureaucracy. CRC’s staff is comprised of passionate and dedicated advocates with a profound commitment to social justice and fighting inequality in all its forms.  Learn more about our work at  


About the Role 

Civil Rights Corps seeks an experienced and passionate individual to join the organizational leadership team. The Chief Executive Officer will be experienced in driving programmatic growth and excellence, collaborating with peers and teams across an organization, and will have exhibited a commitment to the mission and values of CRC. The CEO will manage the existing policy and communications functions, with the potential for taking on more direct staff supervision and own a range of organizational and strategic priority functions. The CEO will be part of the four-person CRC Leadership Team currently consisting of the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Litigation. The CEO will report directly to CRC’s Board of Directors.


The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for work in these key areas:


External Partnership Development

  • Serve as public face and voice of CRC within the movement and in media
  • Based on organizational priorities, build partnerships across movement space to inform and advance CRC’s work.   
  • Manage unique re-granting program. 


Organizational Leadership 

  • Ensure that CRC executes its strategic vision and organizational goals in designated areas.  Continue to develop the organization’s strategic vision in collaboration with the leadership team.
  • Lead internal work on strengthening organizational culture and work processes. 
  • Work closely with COO to design processes for setting organizational strategy, goals, and evaluation processes. 
  • Work with ED/Founder and COO on fundraising.
  • Take on other important strategic work that the new CEO will design and develop.


Day-to-day Management 

  • Manage Director of Storytelling and Director of Policy. 
  • Coordinate programmatic functions with operational functions through close partnership with COO. 
  • Provide support on management/professional development/mentoring to management staff.

Union partnership 

  • With COO serve as management contact for the staff union. 



The ideal applicant is a team leader, proactive, thoughtful, able to juggle multiple tasks, and able to work well in a collaborative environment. Specific qualifications include:

  • JD, relevant graduate degree, or equivalent experience
  • 8+ years managing programs or processes; experience in policy and/or communications a plus 
  • Proven experience organizing and directing multiple teams and programs
  • Excellent oral and verbal communication skills
  • Experience planning and leading strategic initiatives
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Race and identity competency, ability to understand and navigate issues of identity, power, and privilege with clients, partners, and colleagues. 

Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, partners, and staff. 


Salary, Benefits, and Logistics

Salary range is between $155,000 – $175,000 commensurate with prior experience. Civil Rights Corps offers an outstanding and generous benefits package, including employer-paid health, vision, and dental benefits; transit benefits; an annual wellness benefit; retirement matching; and paid sick, family, and vacation leave. This position is based in Washington, DC; remote working arrangements are available while CRC’s physical office is closed or partially closed because of COVID-19.


Application Requirements

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter.  

Interviews will be conducted via a video teleconferencing platform and a reference check will be completed before an offer is made. 

Applications will be accepted until a candidate is identified. Materials should be addressed to Please include your name and “CEO Application” in the subject line.