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Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

Location: Washington, DC

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is looking for a dynamic leader for PSR's ongoing work to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. PSR was founded in 1961 to address the profound risk to human health from nuclear weapons testing and proliferation. Since then, the organization has expanded to address the gravest threats to human health, which are nuclear war, climate change, and toxic degradation of the environment. Currently seven full-time staff, two part-time staff, contract staff, interns, and volunteers are based in PSR's downtown Washington, DC office. PSR also has a network of twenty-four Chapters across the U.S. and supports a national Student PSR network in seventeen medical schools. The national Board of Directors is strongly committed to the PSR mission and strategic plan and is deeply engaged with its program work and chapters.

PSR shared in receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, awarded to International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), of which PSR is the U.S. affiliate.

Executive Director Job Overview

As PSR's chief executive officer, the Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and carries out the overall policies and program priorities set by the Board.  As chief executive officer, the Executive Director is responsible for fundraising strategies, program implementation, public relations, and coordination between the national office, chapters and other allied organizations. The Executive Director supervises the PSR staff and manages an annual budget of $1.3 million. The Executive Director serves as one of PSR's chief spokespersons and works to cultivate and direct expert members to function as program spokespeople.

Priorities for the Next 12 to 18 Months

  • Maintaining high quality programs and efficient operations
  • Expanding the organization's resource base through fundraising from individuals and foundations
  • Expanding the organization's membership base and strengthening PSR's chapters
  • Working with the board to update PSR's long-range strategic plan
  • Reviewing the organization's staffing structure and developing the staff
  • Enhancing PSR's visibility through social media and collaboration with other organizations

Executive Director Qualifications and Experience

  • Prior experience in executive leadership of a social change advocacy organization
  • Proven track record of nonprofit financial management, membership growth and fundraising, including individual donors and foundations
  • Strong communication skills including excellent public speaking, writing and  use of social media
  • Experience in network development and relational work with chapters and coalition partners
  • Understanding of legal and ethical requirements and accountability reporting for nonprofits
  • Knowledge of government legislative processes
  • A postgraduate degree in a health profession area such as medicine, nursing, public health, or health business administration is preferred

Other qualifications

  • Strong management and interpersonal skills
  • Optimistic, upbeat, energetic with a "can do" attitude
  • Working knowledge and experience in one or more of core PSR program areas
  • Understanding of the high value of staff mentoring, staff development and staff accountability
  • Goal oriented planning and executive style and the ability to benchmark program success
  • Ability to effectively use web-based communications, databases, and social media


Salary is competitive based on experience and other qualifications. Compensation includes a benefits package.

Physicians for Social Responsibility is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

Email salary requirements, cover letter, resume and reference to with "PSR Executive Director Position" in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply by July 15, 2016. Qualified candidates will be contacted for further consideration.

Scoville Fellows

Location: Washington, DC

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC, including Physicians for Social Responsibility, on arms control, peace, and security issues for six to nine months. PSR provides strong mentoring and professional development opportunities for Scoville Fellows from any discipline. Scoville Fellows at PSR can expect to be meaningfully engaged in substantive work related to prudent and effective steps toward a world free of nuclear weapons, prevention of the use or spread of nuclear weapons, and promoting diplomacy and alternative conflict resolution techniques to avoid war. PSR's current security programs include analytical work to develop new knowledge about the dangers nuclear weapons and security policies pose to human life and health, organizing work to mobilize doctors and allied health professionals for peace and security, and advocacy work to ensure that the interests of potential victims of nuclear weapons and war are represented in the policy process. For further information, please visit

PSR is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, veteran or family status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.