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The National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI) is a nonprofit, virtual institute focused on reducing racial and gender disparities across the justice continuum affecting Black women, girls, and their families. NBWJI conducts research, provides technical assistance, engages in public education, promotes civic engagement, and advocates for informed and effective policies and practices. 


NBWJI is seeking an experienced leader to consult as Interim Executive Director between July 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019. The Interim Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to serve as the organizational leadership for the National Black Women’s Justice Institute. In addition to the primary responsibilities of fundraising and serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization, the Interim Executive Director will supervise a national team of staff and consultants to implement the daily operations of NBWJI’s research and programmatic portfolio. This position reports to the NBWJI Board of Directors.




  • Define and lead NBWJI staff and consultant work in the implementation of NBWJI’s strategic research and programmatic thrust;

  • Manage relationships with funding and program partners;

  • Provide regular reports to the Board of Directors.



  • Work with NBWJI staff and consultants to develop and implement research, training and technical assistance in the following programmatic areas: interrupting school-to-confinement pathways, increasing the capacity of TA providers working with African-American-serving organizations to reduce sexual and physical violence in Black communities; and expanding the opportunity landscape for formerly incarcerated women and girls.


  • Lead regular communication with Board of Directors, staff and institutional partners using business technology, social media, and other platforms, as appropriate;

  • Serve as point of contact for funders, key national partners, collaborative efforts, and consortia;

  • Lead written and verbal communications with external organizations, partners, and funders.



  • Manage fundraising efforts, including grant-writing, private donor development and other fundraising efforts;

  • Manage staff training and development program.


The interim executive director would preferably be located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, DC, or New York City and must be willing to travel, as necessary and appropriate.



  • Minimum educational attainment of Master of Arts, Master of Science, or Master of Public Policy or equivalent. Doctorate or other terminal degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 7+ years’ experience in research and policy-related to the field of education, criminal justice, and public policy.

  • Minimum of 7+ years’ experience training and presenting on educational policy issues and related disciplines.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, Template, and/or Pages.

  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and organizational sustainability.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in working from remote locations and with staff working in remote locations.

  • Demonstrated application of intersectional frameworks in approaches to advancing educational and criminal justice policies responsive to girls and women of color.

  • Demonstrated lived and/or working experience with women and girls impacted by criminalization. 

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.



Competitive, commensurate with experience.


To Apply:

  • Send cover letter and CV/résumé to

  • Include a list of 3 professional references, including name, organization, contact information

No calls or personal inquiries please.

The National Black Women’s Justice Institute is an equal opportunity employer and contractor. We provide equal employment and contracting opportunities to all applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Posted: May 17, 2019

This position is open until filled.