Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) seeks a dynamic Executive Director devoted to our mission and deeply committed to equity and justice.
PSR is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to create a more healthy, just, and peaceful world. PSR’s national office is located in Washington, D.C., with chapters across the United States.
Founded in 1961, PSR has throughout its history provided a strong health-focused voice against the development and use of nuclear weapons. PSR is a co-founder and U.S. affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), and as the U.S. affiliate of this global network, PSR shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. PSR is also a partner organization in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.
In the 1990s, PSR joined the growing movement to address another existential threat: climate change. Since then, the organization has addressed a range of issues related to a just transition from fossil fuels to clean, safe, truly renewable energy. Current areas of focus include opposing fracked gas and the false promise of hydrogen, promoting equitable building decarbonization, and optimal health for all.
Core Competencies Sought
Leadership and Collaboration: PSR seeks an Executive Director with experience working collegially with Boards of Directors and staff and who is committed to our values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). This individual will be motivated to strengthen and forge collaborations with and among our chapters while further growing PSR’s policy and programmatic impact.
DEIJ: PSR seeks an Executive Director with experience leading or being involved in DEIJ initiatives throughout an organization, among partners, as part of an organization’s programs, and in relationships with funders. PSR’s governing board is committed to embracing DEIJ principles across its members and striving for PSR to live DEIJ values through its organizational culture and practices, as well as within each of its advocacy programs.
Operations and Finance: PSR seeks a leader with significant experience in an executive or senior management role in a nonprofit, governmental, academic, or private sector organization. Experience could include supporting a staff, managing a budget, complying with financial reporting standards, and/or helping to create and implement strategic and operational plans.
Foundations & Donor Relations Skills: The Executive Director should be able to articulate the significance of PSR’s work and build a strong connection with individual and institutional donors as well as other funding partners.
Personal Qualities Sought
PSR seeks a visionary leader who is passionate about PSR’s mission and brings strong communication skills, collaborative instincts, and a commitment to inclusivity. Our next leader will be called upon to foster a climate of resilience, accountability, scientific integrity, and exacting work standards and must be committed to continuing the transformative process of embedding equity and justice values in the organization’s programs and external relationships. Desired attributes include:
- A passion for or expertise in the nuclear weapons abolition or climate change movements, with concern for nuclear and environmental justice.
- Understandings of the intersection of nuclear weapons and environmental harm with other fights for social justice in the United States.
- Experience working in a medical or public health field would be helpful but is not required.
- Experience working with legislators and policymakers in Washington, D.C., is desirable but not required.
- Residency in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is desirable but not required.
- The salary range for this position is $150,000-170,000.
- Benefits include: health, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid time off, vacation, sick leave, and federal holidays; support for a healthy work/life balance.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to contact our Interim Executive Director, W. Taylor Carneiro-Johnson, with any questions at: [email protected].
Those interested in applying should submit [as separate PDFs via this link] their professional resume and a cover letter no longer than one page describing their experiences and capabilities regarding the personal qualities and core competencies sought as listed above. To ensure optimal consideration, please provide these materials by Friday, June 30, 2023. However, applications will still be accepted and considered after that date.
Should any difficulty arise submitting the requested professional resume and cover letter, please reach out to [email protected].
Thank you for your interest in PSR!
PSR’s Commitment to DEIJ
PSR is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and believes social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose.
PSR is committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities, and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, religion, disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws, as well as any other factor that is not relevant to job performance.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
PSR is committed to the inclusion of all qualified individuals in the hiring process and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply, including but not limited to those with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application or interview process, please contact [email protected].