Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

NRCAT Seeks Exec. Director

I considered applying for the following, but they are asking for more years of experience in certain areas than I have. So, I am passing on the information to others.   I have highlighted the work of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture since Princeton theologian (and fellow Barthian-pacifist!) George Hunsinger started it last year in order to mobilize the U.S. religious community against torture globally, but especially that torture sponsored by the U.S. government in the so-called “war on terror.”  Now, the organization is ready to hire its first Executive Director. The press release, including how to apply, is below.  BTW, for non-U.S. readers, 501(c) 3 organizations are tax-deductible non-profit organizations under the U.S. tax code. _________MLW-W.

NRCAT Executive Director Job Description


NRCAT description:  The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is a growing membership organization of over 100 U.S. religious organizations, formed in January 2006 to end U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.  NRCAT is incorporated in the District of Columbia, and pending completion of the application process for independent 501(c)3 status, its fiscal agent is the Churches’ Center for Theology and Public Policy, a 501(c)3 organization. 


NRCAT is governed by a Board of Directors and Participating Members Council.   The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for NRCAT’s effective operations and well-being.  NRCAT is an equal opportunity employer.



  • A minimum of fifteen years’ experience in administration of faith-based agencies.
  • Senior management experience for at least three different faith-based agencies.
  • Graduate degree in theology or religion. 
  • Proven ability to manage finances and personnel, develop media strategy, coordinate communications and resource planning, and raise funds.
  • Knowledge of and experience with U.S. religious networks of numerous faiths and belief systems, including (at minimum) Roman Catholic, Orthodox, evangelical Christian, main-stream Protestant Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities.



  • Mission:  Oversee efforts to implement NRCAT’s goals and objectives.
  • Develop national moral consensus about U.S.-sponsored torture:  Will work with NRCAT staff and volunteers to create awareness in the general public about NRCAT’s position on the issue of torture.
  • Liaison with religious leaders:  serve as NRCAT’s primary liaison with influential religious leaders from a wide variety of faiths in the United States, sufficient to activate their participation in a variety of NRCAT projects and events.
  • Member relations:  instill and provide leadership for a organizational culture reflecting NRCAT as the embodiment of the highest values of our member religious communities – within and among NRCAT’s various projects, councils, committees, and the Board of Directors.
  • Media:  Develop, expand, and maintain media relations and communications.
  • Outreach:  Plan and implement strategies for increasing NRCAT membership, including inclusion/organization of state and regional affiliates, as well as single-faith leadership councils (e.g. Jewish Leadership Council).
  • Resources:  Encourage development and use of a wide variety of anti-torture materials suitable for use in the various religious communities that NRCAT draws from and serves.
  • Personnel: Hire and supervise senior and administrative staff.
  • Fund-raising:  manage grant proposals and reporting, major donor cultivation, individual donor rolls, and annual contributions from member organizations.


Salary:  $55,000 per year plus benefits.

Starting date:  May 1, 2007


Application packet:

  • Deadline for applications:  April 4, 2007.
  • Application packet:  include cover letter, resume, and at least two references.
  • Email packet to NRCAT c/o Suzanne O’Hatnick, suzanneohatnick@comcast.net

March 26, 2007 - Posted by | economic justice, human rights., interfaith, nonviolence, torture


  1. Michael,

    Maybe you should apply anyway. They worst that happens is they say no, right?

    Comment by Sandalstraps | March 26, 2007

  2. I agree with Chris. If you think that you could do this job effectively and you have a passion for it, then apply anyway.

    I did a lot of hiring in my last job and, at the end of the day, what we wanted was someone who could actually do the job. Give it a shot.

    Comment by PamBG | March 27, 2007

  3. Thanks for the encouragement. I may do this, but my experience is that if an organization tries a nationwide search in 2 weeks, with unrealistic requirements (15 years, 3 different orgs!), it means they already have someone on the inside track and the “nationwide search” is a scam so that they don’t lose their “equal opportunity” status. This would seem especially the case for an organization in business less than a year.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | March 27, 2007

  4. The job prerequisites DO seem excessive, don’t they?

    Comment by Kerry | March 27, 2007

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