CAN Job Openings

Please send cover letter and resume to by Jun. 1, 2022.

CAN Executive Director


Start Date: Jul. 5, 2022

Job Title: Executive Director

Position Reports To: CAN Steering Committee (near term) and eventually Board of Directors

Positions Reporting to This Job: N/A (near term)

Status: Full Time

Salary: $70,000-80,000/annually base salary and benefits, depending on experience.



The Congregation Action Network (CAN) was founded in 2017 as a grassroots organizing network. It is a multi-faith, multi-racial network of 55+ religious institutions in the DC Metro region (DC, MD suburbs and Northern Virginia) that provide solidarity and support to individuals and families facing immigration detention and/or deportation, as well as immigrants facing profiling, hate and discrimination. The network also works to influence local, state and national policies that affect the well-being of immigrants. Until April 2022, CAN’s Steering Committee began the process of incorporation, fundraising and becoming an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit. CAN is also hiring its first Executive Director to lead the organization.


Position Summary

The CAN Executive Director provides overall leadership to the organization focusing on the following primary duties: faith community member development and engagement, community organizing, fundraising, and organizational/administrative development and oversight. The ED also oversees network communications. The Executive Director is responsible for working with the CAN Steering Committee (and eventually its Board of Directors) to set the organization’s vision, strategy, and priorities, overseeing the performance of staff and volunteers, and ensuring the progress and effectiveness of the organization in meeting its mission. The Executive Director reports to the CAN Steering Committee (and eventually its Board of Directors) and works closely with them in the execution of fiduciary and legal oversight.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Faith community member development and engagement

    • Reaches out directly to congregations and works with volunteers, and their clergy and lay leaders, from a wide-range of religious traditions in the region to engage them in CAN’s work and ultimately as members of the network.

    • Maintains regular contact with and supports key volunteers, including the leaders of CAN’s four clusters: DC, Montgomery County (MD), Prince George’s County (MD), and Northern Virginia.

    • Manages and grows the network’s outreach systems including email lists, social media, email marketing platforms and other systems, as needed.

  2. Community organizing

    • Organizes and helps lead network mass meetings and supports regular cluster meetings. 

    • Supports cluster leaders in the development of local partnerships that work to advance positive changes in local and state policies.

    • Develops and maintains relationships with national, state and local organizations that help advance CAN’s mission.

    • Supports and develops the skills of directly impacted community members to engage in and take leadership roles in CAN.

    • Networks with other nonprofits, faith communities and other supporters to enable partnerships that advance CAN’s work in the community.

    • Consults with the Steering Committee/Board to assess potential partnerships and participation in events/actions.

    • Generates media coverage of CAN actions and events

  3. Fundraising

    • Ensures that CAN has sufficient resources to undertake priority programs and to sustain its operations.

    • Builds relationships with individual and institutional donors as well as prospective donors and serves as a primary CAN contact.

    • Oversees the grant writing process.

    • Oversees the development of materials to support donor engagement, including the production of an annual report.

    • Coordinates public relations and marketing activities and responds to media requests, as needed.

    • Supports the SC/Board in its participation in development activities.

    • Works in conjunction with the Fundraising Committee and the fundraising support team at Faith in Action to prepare an annual funding plan.

    • Carries out the fundraising plan. 

  4. Organizational/administrative oversight

    • Ensures commitment of staff (if applicable) to CAN’s mission, vision, strategy and values.

    • Provides clear direction for staff (if applicable) and volunteers, supports appropriate work standards, and ensures a fair and healthy work environment and organizational culture.

    • Establishes an annual and multi-year planning processes, in coordination with staff and SC/Board, that ensures the organization has clearly articulated annual goals and priorities, as well as long-term goals that promote current operational needs and prepare a platform for growth.

    • Monitors staff, volunteer, SC/board and committee implementation of annual goals throughout the year and provides regular feedback on progress.

    • Works with the Steering Committee/Board to develop a staffing plan and carries it out, including any necessary fundraising.

    • Oversees the hiring and onboarding of new staff members.

    • Provides mentoring and support to interns, when applicable.

    • Ensures systems are in place so that CAN is in compliance with all legal requirements and commitments made to foundations, grants and other funders.

    • Supports CAN’s SC/Board in its fiduciary and legal oversight and ensures the implementation of SC/Board-approved policies.

    • In conjunction with the Finance Committee, develops and reviews financial reports and the annual budget for SC/Board approval.

    • Meets regularly with CAN’s SC/Board to discuss, agree on and implement goals, strategies, and activities.

    • Manages and grows the network’s email list and writing and sending clearly written emails.

  5. Communications

    • Works with communications volunteers to communicate regularly and clearly with members, friends and partners via the following platforms:

      • Marketing email platform

      • Twitter

      • Facebook

      • Website

      • Direct emails

      • Mass Meeting content


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, inspire and coach community members across difference, including religion, race, gender, age, language, and class

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for developing a new organization.

  • Good public speaking and training skills

  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community, especially race and class analysis

  • Desire to learn and openness to challenge

  • Ability to work independently; thrive in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision

  • Ability to identify and partner effectively with immigrant rights and legal organizations

  • Commitment to bottom-up organizing, grassroots leadership, and collective decision-making

  • Clear personal and political commitment to social justice, immigrant rights and ending policies of mass incarceration.

  • Previous experience working in a leadership role required.


Other Job Requirements

  1. Flexibility and willingness to work nontraditional hours (some nights and weekends) in a demanding and rapidly changing work environment.

  2. Valid driver’s license (this job requires driving, mileage reimbursed).

  3. Fluency in Spanish and English; French/Creole a plus.

  4. Ideally, 2-5 years organizing experience.


Salary and Benefits 

Starting annual salary is $70,000-80,000 (base salary), depending on experience. CAN also offers the following benefits: 

  • Health insurance

  • 401K matching

  • Paid time off


Please send cover letter and resume to by Mon., Jun. 1, 2022.