Just Detention International Seeks Deputy Executive Director in Washington, DC

March 2011

Just Detention International (JDI) is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. Based in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, JDI now seeks a Deputy Executive Director to lead its East Coast office.

Sexual abuse in detention constitutes a human rights crisis in the United States and abroad. Recent Department of Justice surveys have found that at least 216,600 detainees are sexually victimized behind bars in the U.S. every year. Yet JDI remains the only organization in the country specifically dedicated to fighting this type of abuse.

Founded in 1980 by a survivor of prisoner rape, JDI served as an outspoken voice for corrections reform when few others had the courage to do so. The organization currently has eleven full-time staff positions – five of which are based in Washington, DC – and dozens of volunteers. Its Board of Directors includes experts from the fields of law, medicine, corrections, and social science, as well as several prisoner rape survivors.

JDI is launching a nationwide search for a Deputy Executive Director to lead the organization's Washington, DC office. It is looking for a creative, strategic, and bold leader; someone passionate about ending sexual abuse in detention and committed to protecting the human rights of all people. This is a new position.

Deputy Executive Director Responsibilities
The Deputy Executive Director reports to the Executive Director, who is based in Los Angeles, and forms part of a four-person Management Team. S/he provides strategic vision; manages the organization's programs; demonstrates leadership; provides expertise to the field; and has significant responsibility for the growth and daily administration of the organization.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as one of JDI's primary spokespersons.
  • Developing organizational positions on key issues.
  • Undertaking complex legislative and policy analysis.
  • Fostering relationships with government officials and partner organizations.
  • Advocating for JDI's legislative and policy agenda.
  • Cultivating new private and foundation donors and nurturing current donor relationships.
  • Managing and evaluating staff.


  • Advanced degree in law, public policy, or related field.
  • Minimum seven years of professional experience in one or more of the areas of human rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, prisoner rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual violence eradication, public health policy, or similar public interest field.
  • Passionate commitment to protecting the human rights of all people.
  • Comfort addressing sexual violence issues.
  • Ability to work sensitively with survivors of trauma.
  • Proven ability to advance organizational positions authoritatively.
  • Experience analyzing legislative and policy proposals.
  • Outstanding political skills, judgment, and credibility with peer organizations.
  • Creativity; visionary and strategic thinking; willingness to take calculated risks.
  • Daily problem solving skills; ability to act authoritatively and resolutely.
  • Consensus-building skills; ability to work well with other organizations and governmental entities, large and small.
  • Demonstrated personnel management and supervisory skills.
  • Capacity to manage institutional growth and change.
  • Private donor and/or foundation fundraising experience.
  • Ability to work effectively with people with diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences.
  • High energy, ability to work under pressure, and sense of humor.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Salary commensurate with experience. JDI offers generous benefits and paid vacation.

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and a brief writing sample (five-page maximum) to dmurray@justdetention.org. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. All applications will be kept strictly confidential.

JDI is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. People of color and LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply.