Co-Executive Director of Palestinian/Israeli Peace-building Organization
Peace It Together - Vancouver, BC

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We are accepting applications for the position of Co-Executive Director, and will accept applications for the position until the position is filled. If you believe you are the right candidate for this job, please forward your resume with references, a cover letter (outlining your interest in the organization’s work and the experience that prepares you to co-lead it), and any links to previous writing or work that you have done to jobs(at)peaceittogether.com by this deadline.

About Peace it Together
Peace it Together empowers youth to build peace through dialogue and filmmaking.

We envision a world where Palestinians and Israelis live with freedom, security, and dignity, free from violence, fear, and oppression, and where Palestinians live free from occupation. This will constitute a just, secure and sustainable peace. In order to make this change a reality, we must expand and make resilient the movement of Palestinian, Israeli and Canadian leaders working in equitable partnerships[1] to take cultural, social, and political action. This will help produce just and equitable systems and foster cultures of peace.

Peace it Together unites Palestinian, Israeli and Canadian youth for a program of dialogue and filmmaking on Canada’s West Coast. The films they co-create are used to advance reconciliatory approaches to ending the conflict. Staff support youth as they foster dialogue and share their films in their own communities, and become empowered to work in equitable partnerships as peace builders.

We help youth realize their piece of such lofty goals by:

  • Creating a space for dialogue that engages youth’s intellectual, emotional, and creative selves as they understand competing narratives, critically engage with conflict related issues, and consider how they might take action to build peace.
  • Providing a studio where youth work in equitable partnerships to co-create films that advance peace.
  • Offer training labs where youth can learn to facilitate necessary, uncomfortable, and inspiring conversations about the conflict, occupation, and peace building.

Connect youth with additional organizations that can help incubate youth’s plans to enact change.

Watch the youth-made films from previous delegations (http://peaceittogether.com/films/2011) and see glimpses of the process in these behind-the scenes videos (http://peaceittogether.com/films/bts).

The Opportunity
The Co-ED, with strong relations with Palestinians in Palestine, Israel, and the diaspora, will have the opportunity to co-lead the organization’s dynamic and expanding team during a period of organizational evolution. He/she will play a critical role while the team is implementing its new Strategic Plan, revising the curriculum for the 2014 summer intensive, and building on the successful pilot project that expanded the program to support youth for 12-18 months after they return home.

The position is based in Vancouver, Canada. To find the best candidate, we are accepting applications from within and outside Canada. We will provide documents for non-Canadians to facilitate the application for an initial work permit or extension of their work permit if they are a foreign worker already in Canada. Ideally, we would like to make an offer to a candidate in Fall 2013 and have them begin work as soon as possible thereafter.

What you offer

  • You are passionate about Peace It Together’s mission and vision.
  • You are a resourceful, dedicated, highly productive leader who can lead a team to create cutting-edge work.
  • You have experience leading organizations or projects in face-to-face peace building between Palestinians and Israelis.
  • You have or can leverage strong relationships in Palestinian communities.
  • You are a strong financial manager and excellent communicator in English and Arabic.
  • You thrive on nurturing and leveraging relationships within an organization to raise funds and/or engage communities.
  • You must be able to find, attract, cultivate, and retain the brains, passion, and resources to make the organization sustainable in the long-term.
  • You must be able to engage stakeholders with competing worldviews and interests in the vision and work of the organization.
  • You flourish in environments that work on serious issues that adversely affect peoples’ lives while still fostering a collaborative, creative, and open workplace infused with an atmosphere of commitment and possibility.

Your role

  • Work with the Board and lead the staff to fulfill the mission and vision of Peace it Together.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's projects and services.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization to diverse stakeholders with often conflicting worldviews.
  • Contribute to the expansion of relationships in communities affected by the conflict, especially throughout diverse communities in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel as well as in diaspora communities in the Canada and the Arab world.
  • Oversee the implementation of human resources practices that reflect Peace it Together’s values and guiding principles.
  • Ensure adequate funding and solid financial management for the operation of the organization.
  • Establish good working relationships and arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.

How to apply
If you believe you are the right candidate for this job, please forward your resume with references, a cover letter (outlining your interest in the organization’s work and the experience that prepares you to co-lead it), and any links to previous writing or work that you have done to jobs(at)peaceittogether.com.

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

Selection Process:
Candidates will be reviewed and selected by a committee that includes equitable representation from the communities we serve.

Shortlisted candidates can expect to be notified in the fall, and will then be interviewed by members of the selection committee.

[1] Equitable partnerships are relationships defined by working as equals towards a common goal.


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