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Jobs with Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Deputy Director

The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (“WCADP”) was founded in 1986 in response to Washington State's reinstatement of its death penalty statute in 1981. WCADP is a single-issue organization and the sole statewide coalition with a direct focus on death penalty abolition.


Legislative abolition of the death penalty very nearly succeeded in Washington in 2018. In 2018 King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg came out publicly against the death penalty, joining a growing chorus of influential leaders including Governor Jay Inslee, former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, and current Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson who unapologetically oppose its use.


Looking ahead to 2019, the WCADP is well situated to lead abolition efforts in conjunction with local and national partners.


To support this end, WCADP is hiring a full-time (exempt) Deputy Director. This is a grant-funded position with funding secured through December 2018. Grant funding is likely to continue in 6-month increments until abolition is achieved. The Deputy Director will report to WCADP’s Executive Director.





Plan and conduct education events in targeted areas. 


Participate in implementing a comprehensive media plan (traditional and social media), which will include op-eds in local media with key voices supporting repeal. 


Participate in regular coalition calls to identify ways for each state and national partner to help with constituent outreach and media each month.


Recruit and supervise volunteers to assist where appropriate.


Meet with legislative candidates and legislators and coordinate constituents to meet with legislative candidates and legislators to educate them about the death penalty.


Mobilize statewide leaders to share excitement about repeal with legislators.


Show state-wide support for repeal through a postcard campaign.


Develop and maintain technical expertise on death penalty issues to serve as a resource and advisor for other organizations, activists and public officials.


Help maintain a positive, respectful, welcoming, and professional work environment for employees and volunteers.

Other duties as needed.





The ideal candidate must be passionate about ending the death penalty in Washington and possess the following skills:


   At least two years’ grassroots organizing or other relevant experience.


   Excellent leadership and communication skills, both written and oral.


   Experience with online organizing and communication. High level of comfort with computers, new media and adapting        to new technology.


   Comfort with analyzing and articulating complex issues and communicating them to a variety of audiences; a "quick

   study" on a dynamic array of death penalty related issues. 


   Ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, to manage several projects simultaneously, and to adjust to

   frequently changing demands. 


   Self-motivated; able to work independently and as part of a team.


   Experience working collaboratively and effectively with a broad and diverse range of constituencies.


   Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.


   Ability to travel. 


   Valid driver's license and access to a vehicle required.


Preference will be given to those:


   -with direct or personal experience with the criminal justice system, law enforcement, or murder victim family members.


   -with experience working in a remote work environment.


   -who live on the east side of Washington State.





$40-45k/year + generous benefits





To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to and include in the subject line of the email: “Deputy Directory - [your last name]”. 

Position open until filled. Target start date September 2018.

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