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CPR Executive Director

The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) (www.progressivereform.org) is seeking a dynamic and committed person to be its next Executive Director.  

Who We Are

CPR is a nonprofit policy center working to protect public health, safety, and the environment. With a network of Member Scholars and a staff of policy analysts we conduct research and provide policy analysis on topics ranging from climate change adaptation to worker safety to restoring the Chesapeake Bay. What began in 2002 as a small group of like-minded scholars has become a premier policy center, with 60 tenured law professors across the United States and a full-time staff of seven. Our annual budget is about $800,000, and we are looking to grow. 

CPR’s reputation and influence has surged since its founding.  Every year we publish dozens of policy papers, launch seminars, offer webinars, and brief policy makers on Capitol Hill. We testify before Congress, participate in projects at the state and local level, and advance our ideas in op-eds and media interviews around the country. Our popular blog delivers fresh ideas with intelligence and punch.

The key to the center’s success is our people. Our staff members are smart, enterprising, and easy to get along with. Our Member Scholars are not only among the best scholars in their fields, but they are friendly, resourceful, and committed. We hold two plenary meetings each year, which brings together the managing board, the Member Scholars, our policy analysts and other staff.

Most commonly described as a “progressive” or “liberal” think tank, CPR does not lobby, and it does not litigate.  We are organized around a “virtual office” model. Most of our staff members live in the Washington, D.C., area, and much of their work is performed in home offices.  Candidates applying for the Executive Director position must reside within daily commuting distance from Washington, D.C., and should be willing to work from home.


CPR’s Executive Director is expected to do the following:

  • Develop and implement short-term and long-term fundraising plans; research funding sources and establish strategies to approach new funders; build and maintain relationships with individual donors, foundations, and other providers of grant-based support; maintain fundraising records and documentation;
  • Provide vision and leadership for CPR as it pursues its mission, plans future goals, and expands its influence and reach;
  • Serve as a public spokesperson for the organization (in addition to Member Scholars who also serve as spokespersons); maintain a working knowledge of significant developments in relevant fields of law and policy;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key allies and partners in the public interest community;
  • Collaborate with Board members and Member Scholars to achieve organizational goals; develop strategies for integrating Member Scholars into CPR’s short-term and long-term efforts; keep the Board of Directors informed about the condition of the organization and the important factors influencing it;
  • Oversee the design, promotion, delivery, and quality of all projects and programs;
  • Recruit and manage CPR staff and support their professional development; and
  • Oversee the fiscal and administrative operations of the organization and ensure that CPR complies with all legal and ethical requirements.


We are looking for a leader with vision, management expertise, and the ability to foster growth in the non-profit sector. Excellent communication skills (both speaking and writing) are a must. Our Executive Director should be able to work with the Board of Directors and staff to promote an open environment that emphasizes self-direction as well as teamwork. He or she must be diplomatic, analytical, and honorable. A sense of humor helps too.

In addition, candidates should have:

  • At least five years of work-related experience;
  • A J.D. degree or an equivalent academic background;
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, preferably within the non-profit community;
  • Management experience;
  • Familiarity with the process of federal policymaking in the United States;
  • Substantive knowledge in policy areas important to CPR.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, your resume, and samples of your writing to: ExecDirJob@progressivereform.org.

Applications must be received no later than September 15, 2014.We will be considering applications as they are received, on a “rolling basis,” so it is to your advantage to submit an application early in the process. The Center for Progressive Reform is an equal opportunity employer.

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