Deputy Director

Center for Media Justice | Oakland, California


The Center for Media Justice seeks a seasoned full-time Deputy Director with an eye for detail and a passion for effective systems grounded in a strong culture of collaboration and impact. The right candidate is equally comfortable forging big visions for the administration of a midsize, national, semi-virtual organization while sweating the details of budgets and data and forging a healthy staff team. If you’re ready to help build a strong racial justice organization committed to ensuring the right to connect and the power to communicate, this job is for you. The Deputy Director provides financial and operational leadership, manages our three-member Administrative Team, and coordinates project management at CMJ. Primary responsibilities include organizational budgeting and financial leadership, human resources and project management, and operational oversight. Applications due ASAP. We will review on a rolling deadline until the position is filled.

Job Summary

The Candidate CMJ seeks a detail-oriented, practical, dependable and thorough leader who leads has a strong analytical mind, can lead with empathy and understanding, and has a passion for racial justice. We want a candidate who has a vision for the institution’s structure and the experience to make high-level judgment calls.

Reports To

Executive Director 


Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead budgeting and reviews, and direct all aspects of financial management.
  • Oversee bookkeeping and financial management, and coordinate the Finance Team. Coordinate grants management. Administer membership dues collection and Action Fund allocation.
  • Oversee and coordinate annual audit.
  • Direct human resources, including personnel policies and hiring, benefits, and more.
  • Maintain and update human resources policy manual and compliance practices.
  • Direct team activities that ensure a healthy and effective organizational culture.
  • Supervise the Administrative Team including the Events Manager and Administrative Coordinator, and manage the contracted bookkeeper and other consultants
  • Lead organizational development processes, administration, and planning, in consultation with the Leadership Team
  • Translate organizational priorities into systems that operationalize objectives and activities and track progress.
  • Lead effective annual performance evaluation tied explicitly to intended outcomes.

This position is based in CMJ’s primary office in Oakland, CA. 


Required Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • 3-5 years experience providing high-level operational leadership to a non-profit.
  • Supervision experience and ability to effectively manage a team of staff and contractors.
  • Experience applying organizational development best practices.
  • Experience managing multiple projects in a fast paced environment
  • Experience creating and managing organizational systems for small to mid-sized or emerging nonprofits, including data and project management systems.
  • Experience leading budgeting processes and financial strategy.
  • Tech savvy, with experience using technology to build a remote staff team.
  • Experience with foundation reporting, budgeting, and tracking.
  • Ability to deploy thoughtful strategic development and align organizational systems, from technology, to workflow to culture.
  • Has an understanding of social justice orgs in the 21st century, and is committed to a racial justice vision and organizations that move it forward.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Understands organizational life-cycles and has experience with a range of organizations
  • Is attentive to organizational culture and the emotional development of organizations
  • Understands the organizational structure of networks and their administrative needs
  • A strong progressive analysis and a commitment to social justice
  • Familiarity with racial justice strategies and media rights and representation issues.
  • Has focused technical experience with tools like Powerbase, Zoom, NationBuilder, and/or Basecamp.


The Deputy Director is a 40 hour/week, full-time exempt position, and is supervised by the Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice. Salary is between $70,000 and $78,000 DOE with full medical, dental and vision benefits, optional 401(k), a substantial vacation package, and a quarterly personal wellness stipend. 

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and and a cover letter expressing why your experience, skills, commitment, and vision makes you the right candidate to support and grow the power of the Center for Media Justice. Materials should be sent to with the subject line “Deputy Director.” Please send PDFs only. People of color, women, formerly incarcerated people, LGBTQ individuals, and progressive visionaries are strongly encouraged to apply.

Center for Media Justice