Muslim Justice League is Hiring a Deputy Director.


Muslim Justice League (MJL) is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization defending human and civil rights against erosion under national security pretexts, through community education and organizing and legal and policy advocacy.  Based in Boston, MJL’s work serves and engages residents throughout Massachusetts, and we collaborate extensively with local, regional, and national partners. 

MJL was founded in 2014 by four Muslim women in response to a need for locally-driven advocacy by directly-impacted communities to protect rights threatened in the name of counterterrorism.  Our advocacy engages and advances the rights of people of all faiths and none.  We are committed to critical analysis of the structural causes of rights violations and to promoting understanding of the connections among policies and practices that target various “suspect communities.” To learn more, visit www.muslimjusticeleague.org.


MJL is seeking a candidate with extraordinary judgment, well-honed people skills, and passion for human and civil rights to join our team as Deputy Director.  This is a unique and rewarding opportunity to advance the mission of a locally-driven non-profit already recognized for making a strong impact in its start-up phase.  The Deputy Director will manage MJL’s operational functions and also collaborate with the Executive Director to advance community education and organizing objectives.  This position reports to the Executive Director, oversees interns and volunteers and, as MJL grows, may supervise additional staff.

This position is based at MJL’s office in Boston.  Flexible work schedule options are available.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Coordinate MJL Health Justice Team and other MJL working groups in their advocacy for human and civil rights.
  • Work closely with MJL partners to organize and execute community education events.
  • Administer fundraising activities, including by assisting Executive Director to apply for grants and produce grant reports, and by working with MJL’s Board of Directors to plan house parties and other fundraisers.
  • Assist Executive Director with budget preparation and program expenditure tracking.
  • Produce communication materials such as MJL digests, annual reports, reports for MJL’s Board of Directors and community education materials.
  • Complete annual government filings for review by Executive Director. 
  • Respond to technical assistance and legal referral requests.
  • Manage other administrative duties essential to smooth operations.
  • Assist in other areas of project work as needed.


Minimum qualifications include:

  • Dedication to MJL’s mission, demonstrated commitment to social justice, and critical analysis of the structural causes of rights abuses.
  • Four-year degree or alternative post-secondary education, and at least three years relevant experience.
  • Excellent judgment and demonstrated calm under pressure.
  • High level of discretion with demonstrated ability to protect confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Strong time management practices and track record of meeting deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Strong leadership skills including listening, self-awareness, humility and ability to motivate others.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including ability to communicate clearly with diverse groups to encourage critical awareness and advance policy goals.
  • Proficiency working with databases and ability to learn new software platforms.
  • Experience participating in advocacy led by communities who are targets of national-security-themed rights abuses.

The following qualifications are highly desirable:

  • Advanced degree in social work, law, education, public health, public policy or a related field. 
  • Experience managing some aspect of non-profit operations, such as legal compliance, finances and/or donor relations.
  • Familiarity with 501(c)(3) legal compliance requirements and best practices.
  • Experience with QuickBooks, WordPress, and/or donor management software.
  • Experience facilitating coordinated action among diverse, grassroots stakeholders.
  • Fluency in Somali or another language widely spoken in communities targeted by US national security policies.

Compensation: Salary range for this position is in the mid-$40,000s, dependent on experience, plus benefits.

To Apply:

Apply by May 31, 2017. Email the following as attachments in word or pdf format to serwin@muslimjusticeleague.org. In the subject line, write: “Deputy Director applicant.”

  • Cover letter discussing your interest in this position and how your experiences will help you contribute to MJL
  • Resume
  • Three professional references including names, current titles, email addresses and phone numbers

MJL is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination — in hiring decisions and the work environment — on the basis of race, color, religion, sect, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information and all other classifications protected by law.  We encourage applicants of all backgrounds, including members of traditionally underrepresented communities, to apply.