Program Director

IWJ seeks an experienced manager with organizing background who has experience working with faith communities and is an excellent verbal and written communicator who can provide support and direction to the programs department at Interfaith Worker Justice. This position will have extensive national travel.   

Accountability:   The position is directly accountable to the Executive Director. 


Provide robust supervision to program staff:

  • Supervise all organizing, policy and communications staff by providing clear measurable deliverables, consistent feedback and coaching and setting clear expectations.
  • Assist with providing program content for grant proposals and reports. Coordinate with program staff on reporting deliverables met and setting goals for new proposals.
  • Coordinate and facilitate quarterly program staff retreats.
  • Lead by example in creating a teamwork environment for the program department.

Provide leadership for the organization through the Senior Management Team:

  • Participate in directors’ meetings and retreats and provide leadership and input for overall organizational goals and strategy.
  • Participate in bi-annual board meetings and facilitate the program committee.
  • Oversee the budget as it pertains to programs. Track all income sources, especially restricted funds for particular programs and coordinate with database manager and bookkeeper for year to date reports.
  • Provide programmatic input for fundraising events and grants.
  • Coordinate all grant reports ensuring that program staff are reporting on deliverables.
  • Meet with foundation officers and major donors as asked by development staff.

Lead strategic partnership work through collaboration with labor, religious institutions and higher education institutions:

  • Participate in high level national corporate campaign tables.
  • Represent IWJ at various denominational high level meetings on economic justice ministries.
  • Build and maintain good relationships with sister organizations.
  • Participate in public policy tables as necessary.
  • Write and speak on key trending issues that IWJ and its strategic partners are working on.
  • Provide religious framework for worker justice movement which includes writing theological reflections and articles on economic justice and current campaigns.

Lead IWJ’s communications strategy so that IWJ maintains its role as the leading voice on faith and labor

  • Carefully shape the language, images, and multimedia that represent the IWJ and its positions compellingly and convincingly. Ensure that consistent, clear messaging follows through all modes of communications, for a range of audiences, and across the IWJ Network.
  • Serve as a key spokesperson of the organization.
  • Design ways and processes for collaborating with IWJ affiliates and allies to frame and advance their work through social media content and traditional media.
  • Plan the development of print and electronic resources such as press releases, toolkits and other campaign-specific materials.
  • Develop new relationships with various media outlets to further expand IWJs reach in the public sphere.
  • Direct, manage, hire and supportively mentor communications staff.

Other:  In addition to the specific job responsibilities, the staff member will perform other tasks as requested.

Evaluation: The work will be evaluated based upon this job description, the specific goals and objectives established, and the person’s contributions in meeting the overall goals and objectives of the organization. 

Additional Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in community and/or labor organizing.
  • At least three years of experience in supervising organizers.
  • Commitment to economic social justice.
  • A faith background and strong experience working within the religious community.
  • Strong writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong time management and planning skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with strong problem solving skills.
  • Ability to travel. This position requires considerable domestic travel in busy periods.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English preferred.
  • Public speaking experience preferred.
  • Theological education a plus.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range for this position is $65,000-$70,000 depending upon experience. Interfaith Worker Justice is dedicated to ensuring workers’ rights and offers full and comprehensive benefits to its employees including: medical, dental and disability insurance, 401K retirement plan with organizational contribution, and pre-tax transportation plan. 

How to Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Put “Program Director” in the subject line. No calls please. Interfaith Worker Justice is a union shop.  Interfaith Worker Justice is also an Equal Opportunity Employer.  People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.