Co-Executive Directors

  • Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
  • Austin, Texas, USA
Full Time Executive Nonprofit

Job Description

Grassroots Leadership (Grassroots) is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization based in Austin, Texas fighting to end prison profiteering and reducing reliance on criminalization and detention. Through direct action, organizing, research, and public education, Grassroots works with communities throughout Texas and the United States to create a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation, and criminalization are things of the past.

Grounded in a strong history of multiracial organizing for social justice, Grassroots has grown rapidly in the last 2 years to address the threats to fundamental human rights that expanding for-profit prison systems and national immigration policies create by unjustly channeling black and brown individuals into the justice system. The team is strong, diverse, and comprised predominantly of individuals who bring lived experience in affected communities, as well as organizing skill and strategy. Through trusted relationships, team members work to realize a vision for the future that breaks the cycle of trauma and allows for healing and power-building in communities.

Following the transition of its long-serving executive director to pursue new career opportunities, Grassroots now invites a new generation of leadership to share in responsibilities for stewarding its impactful work. The Co-Executive Directors will collaborate in programmatic, administrative, and operational leadership based on their respective strengths, equal status, and complementary skill sets. They will guide the next chapter of growth through a shared leadership approach in which the strengths of all team members will be amplified through coordinated teamwork to serve the community.

The ideal candidates will have deep passion for, and personal connection to, criminal justice reform, immigration, and the fight for human dignity, especially for marginalized, affected communities. They will have leadership experience in community organizing, movement building, and organizational management; and model integrity, courage, humility, and resilience in all their work and actions.

This search is being led by Linh Nguyen, Katherine Jacobs, and Erica Nicole Richardson of the national firm NPAG.  Instructions about the submission of applications and nominations can be found at the end of this document.


Grassroots Leadership is committed to fairness and transparency. The annual starting salary for the co-Executive Director role is $70,000 to $85,000 (per co-Executive Director). These positions meet the exemption requirements as defined by state and federal law.

Benefits include: Benefits include: Two weeks paid vacation; medical, dental and vision coverage a pension plan; life insurance and disability coverage. Finalists in the search will have the opportunity to review the full benefits plan with current Grassroots leadership.


This search is being conducted with assistance from Linh Nguyen, Katherine Jacobs and Erica Nicole Richardson of the national firm NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word or PDF format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

Grassroots Leadership is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity company. Grassroots Leadership does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.