National Coalition to

Abolish the Death Penalty

90 million Americans believe the death penalty is wrong. We mobilize them to end the death penalty state by state.
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Director of National Programs

Director of National Programs

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (the Coalition), now in it’s 37th year as the nation's oldest organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty, seeks a Director of National Programs.  The Coalition is comprised of an extensive network representing more than 100 state and national affiliate organizations and thousands of advocates and volunteers.  The Coalition constituents include families of murder victims, families of prisoners on death row, exonerated death row prisoners, persons from all points on the political and religious spectrums, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations working to end the death penalty forever.

The origins of the Coalition are rooted in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1976 Gregg v. Georgia decision, which permitted individual states to resume executions. Following that ruling, a group of leading civil and human rights activists founded the Coalition. The Coalition has grown into an organization that makes a difference across the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Coalition’s seasoned professionals provide strategic political analysis and leadership to the larger anti-death penalty movement and hands-on direct assistance to state affiliates working to end the death penalty.

The Director of National Programs is a member of the senior management team responsible for formulating and implementing the strategy needed to win state level legislative and ballot campaigns to end or lessen the use of the death penalty. The Director oversees field operations, constituency development and mobilization, affiliate support and coalition building programs.  The Director develops and monitors the national program budget and participates in short and long-term planning and decision making.


Responsible for management of on-line communications and social media strategies, including management of on-line strategy consultants and staff assigned to implement on-line communications plan.

Manage on-the-ground mobilization and advocacy campaigns to build the public and political support needed to win state legislative or referendum campaigns to abolish or significantly reduce the use of the death penalty. Build a national coalition to end the federal death penalty.  

Manage relationships with state and national affiliates to ensure that all aspects of the Coalition’s campaigns are effective. Develop and manage technical assistance programs to strength capacity of state affiliates. This includes the development of internal and external resources to support organizational development and training.

Create, implement, and manage a comprehensive volunteer mobilization program (Action Network) and targeted tactical campaigns that produce real and measurable results.

Recruit and manage relationships with allied national, regional and state organizations, affinity groups and associations. Work with associations and organizations to expand and diversify support for abolition of the death penalty, including adoption of organizational policies and programs for repeal of the death penalty.


Director of National Programs must have at least a bachelor's degree in political science, public policy or related field (graduate studies in related field preferred),  at least 5-years’ experience in political, public policy or legislative campaign management, experience in programs and service development and delivery, strategic planning, setting goals and standards, and developing operations plan and budgets. Candidates must have experience using social media and communications in issue campaigns.  Candidates should have demonstrated acumen in legislative strategy and be entrepreneurial.  Candidates must possess strong administrative, writing, reporting, presentation and project management skills.  Direct experience with legislative drafting or death penalty litigation is a plus.

To Apply:  Send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to, subject line – NCADP – Director of National Programs.

No phone calls please.