Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Based on experience



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



P.O. Box 18391
United States



The Amara Legal Center seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to guide our organization. Our founding partner and executive director is stepping down, having built Amara into a local powerhouse from a simple idea she had while in law school. We are looking for someone to lead the organization into the next phase of our development.


Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Amara Legal Center provides free legal services and policy advocacy on behalf of survivors of human trafficking and others involved in commercial sex in the DC metro area.

Founded in 2013, the Amara Legal Center has been named by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as "one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region" and designated by Guidestar as a Platinum Charity. The Amara Legal Center provided direct legal services in 207 cases in 2017 and is a leader in advocacy on issues related to commercial sex trafficking and sex workers’ rights in the DC metro area. In 2016, Amara helped to lead a coalition of organizations in DC to draft and support a vacatur statute for survivors of human trafficking. Over the last four years, Amara has quadrupled its operating budget and expanded its staff from two to six, including four full-time attorneys. Amara is seeking its next dynamic leader as the organization matures from a start-up nonprofit to a mid-sized pillar in the community.


Your responsibilities as executive director will include, but are not limited to: sustaining Amara’s high-quality services and programs, collaborating with Amara’s Board of Directors to innovate and expand Amara’s programming to support a growing client population, advocating for our client base, building partnerships that bring services to our clients, improving understanding of trafficking and related issues among the public and local institutions, strengthening and diversifying Amara’s funding sources, providing effective financial management, managing and motivating a top-notch staff of attorneys and administrators, and embracing technology as a key resource in all aspects of your work. You will report to the Board of Directors.


Your work will be focused in six key areas:

Executive Leadership

 Acting as the day-to-day champion of Amara’s mission, vision, and programming through public speaking, training, and writing on subjects related to commercial sex trafficking, sex work and issues linked with it

 Presenting Amara as an expert resource to our community on trafficking, sex work and related issues

 Collaborating with the Board of Directors to construct short- and long-term plans for Amara that promote success in our day-to-day operations and achieve a shared vision for our organization over the next five to ten years

 Developing and overseeing implementation of services, programs, and projects that support and advance Amara’s vision, mission, and goals

Personnel Management and Operations

 Overseeing daily management of all programs to ensure provision of high quality legal services, implementation of policy initiatives, trainings, and awareness-raising activities

 Developing and/or reviewing and updating job descriptions for new and existing staff

 In conjunction with staff, creating and managing internships, fellowships and other volunteer opportunities

 Recruiting, hiring, and managing all staff (and interns/volunteers as appropriate)

Fiscal Management

 Preparing an annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors

 Monitoring income and expenditures on a regular basis

 Managing banking responsibilities including submission/payment of invoices and submitting payroll

 Overseeing timely financial reporting and maintaining appropriate financial controls consistent with laws and ethics of nonprofit management

Community and Public Relations

 Serving as the face of Amara for the public and media

 Establishing Amara as the expert, “go-to” organization with respect to commercial sex trafficking, sex work and related issues

 Building and nurturing cooperative partnerships with community partners (e.g., organizations with complimentary missions) and community members, especially those who have been underserved

 Creating and sustaining relationships with key operating partners such as law firms, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses

 Establishing relationships with media groups that enable Amara to distribute messages about the issues facing our clients and our work

Resource Development and Maintenance

 Raising funds through a variety of mechanisms to ensure continued and high-quality operation of the organization

 Leveraging existing work to design and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan

 Supervising and assisting staff in all aspects of grant management, including prospecting for new grantors, meeting with foundation staff, writing grant applications, tracking grant progress, and preparing grant outcomes reports

 Identifying, targeting and growing our pool of donors and other financial supporters and leading events and campaigns to secure their support

 Devising and implementing strategies for continued recognition and thanks to donors

Board Relations

 Working closely with the Board Chair and the Board of Directors to foster strong governance of the organization, including facilitating regular board meetings

 Providing the Board of Directors with solid information and support in designing and implementing Amara policy decisions


To be our next Executive Director you must:

 Be a graduate of an accredited law school

 Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia, or the ability to gain admission through waiver (licensure in multiple jurisdictions is preferred)

 Have three years of litigation experience, preferably in representing underserved communities

 Have three years of successful community advocacy work

 Have three years of progressively responsible nonprofit management experience

 Demonstrate an understanding of and have a history of action/organization on social justice issues, including issues of systemic racism, LGBTQ rights, and criminal justice system reform; experience working on issues related to commercial sex trafficking and/or sex work will have preference.

Additionally you:

 are passionate about social justice issues and driven by a desire to use the law to help people who have traditionally been underserved by the law and government, while at the same time recognizing that our service is only one (key) component to bringing justice to the lives of people who have been affected by exploitation, systemic racism, and/or gender and sexuality discrimination. You are compassionate, honoring the humanity of those whom Amara is serving and sensitive to the toll our work takes on both clients and staff.

 embrace change that improves lives and are willing to work diligently to play a leading role in achieving that change, whether it be through making a speech to interested parties, testifying at government hearings, training interns and volunteers, making the case for a grant with a foundation representative or cheering on staff. At the same time, you recognize that change, even for the good, can be intimidating to citizens and governments and tiring for those who have worked as hard as you have; you can find ways to mitigate radical impacts as well as create ways for you and your team to re-energize.

 have a way with the written word and can use your skill in a variety of ways, from preparing a grant application to drafting inspiring blog entries.

 are tech savvy and interested in finding ways that technology helps us serve our clients and reach our organizational goals.

 are flexible. As executive director of the Amara Legal Center, no two days will be alike. On any given day you may be discussing legal strategy with staff attorneys, providing interviews to local media, preparing grant applications, balancing a budget, supervising staff or preparing for a meeting with the Board of Directors.


Amara is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Amara are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, family responsibilities, parental status, or any other statute protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Amara will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Amara encourages applicants of all ages, sexes, genders, colors, and religions. Amara encourages applicants with personal familiarity or experience of the commercial sex industry to apply.



Your financial compensation will depend on your experience and our budget. Benefits package includes: 15 days of paid vacation leave, 5 days of paid sick leave, fully-paid employee health and dental insurance, 403 (b) retirement plan with 3% employer match, flexible work schedule, and professional development opportunities.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply




Send us (the Board of Directors) a persuasive cover letter and your resume. You can email these to us at recruiting@amaralegal.org. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2018. We will, however, be reviewing resumes on a rolling basis and setting up interviews as appropriate.

Your privacy will be respected and preserved until the last phase of the hiring process. For example, we will only check references during the process of interviewing finalists and will only do so with your knowledge.