AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE                         2161 Massachusetts Avenue

Northeast Regional Office                                                    Cambridge, MA 02140 

Job Description 

Job Title:   Pennsylvania Program Director

Job Location:  Pittsburgh, PA

Supervisor:   N.E. Regional Program Director

Hours:   Full Time (35 hours/week)

Deadline:   February 3, 2014

Starting Date:  April 2014 


The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), established in 1917, is a Quaker-based organization conducting social change, service, and education programs through its offices across the United States and internationally.  AFSC work is rooted in the testimonies and principles of the Society of Friends (Quakers).  It seeks to eliminate the causes of war, oppression, and injustice and to promote understanding and justice.  AFSC’s commitment to nonviolence is integral to all of its work. 

Program Description

Through respectful listening to all voices, the AFSC PA Program seeks to bring people of divergent views together to build a peaceful and just world.  Entitled ‘Empowering Voices for Peace and Justice’, the current PA Program was established in 2003.  The Program is based in Pittsburgh, PA and serves all of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a focus on Western PA.  Listening is an essential component of the work of the PA Program.  Listening to those whose issues aren’t being heard is a tool to open up dialogue.  The PA Program’s areas of concern have and will continue to change with changing needs, but listening remains central.  Current areas of interest include the following: 

Engaging youth in human rights:  Exploring racial inequality and human rights with high school students.  Each year the youth implement a project that creates change in their community. 

Wage peace by funding human needs:  Raising awareness about the human and economic cost of war and militarization and impact national budget priorities through vigils, exhibits, dramatic readings, and information sharing, and other appropriate means. 

Eliminating the use of torture:  Networking with partners locally and nationally to educate the public about the use of torture by the U.S. Government.  Working in Pennsylvania with a state-wide coalition of groups to restrict prolonged solitary confinement in our prisons. 

Immigration: Networking with local partners to raise awareness of the injustices of our immigration policies and work to make Pittsburgh a welcoming City. 

Job Responsibilities

Respectful listening is used in all interactions. 

1. Programming

  • Promote and encourage listening, as well as train others using our listening curriculum
  • Conduct our youth program: ‘Racial Justice Through Human Rights’
  • Implement program plans in coordination with the PA Program Committee

 2. Community Organizing

  • Support and provide leadership for coalitions and campaigns, in both current and new initiatives, that further the primary goals
  • Maintain and expand connections and collaborate with community-based peace and justice activists, as well as with community and religious organizations inclusive of people of all backgrounds across the Commonwealth
  • Engage with, attend and participate in group activities related to AFSC PA program goals
  • Serve as spokesperson for the AFSC PA Program, including working with print and electronic media and conducting other forms of public communication as required

 3. Administration

  • Collaborate with the PA Program Committee, an advisory group that meets monthly with the staff, to develop priorities
  • Work with PA Program Committee and Northeast regional supervisor to develop three year plan
  • Prepare and monitor the program budget and submit administrative paperwork to the Regional Office, such as remittances, legislative/lobbying reports, timesheets, etc.
  • Raise program funds through grant writing and other activities in collaboration with the PA Program Committee and the Northeast Regional Office
  • Attract, supervise, and support interns and volunteers

 4. Coordination with Regional and National AFSC

  • Network with AFSC colleagues across the country via Wage Peace and other AFSC programmatic formations
  • Work closely with the Northeast regional supervisor of the PA Program and other appropriate members of the Northeast Region’s management team, including providing monthly reports
  • Attend Northeast Region staff meetings
  • Participate in regional and national AFSC committees and initiatives as time and resources allow

 5. Network with Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting and other monthly and yearly meetings throughout the state.


1.  Demonstrated experience in teaching and training community groups in the techniques of respectful listening, nonviolence, and social change 

2.  Compatibility with the principles and philosophy of Friends and AFSC, including nonviolence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual 

3.  Demonstrated history of providing leadership and support for community or issue-related organizing initiatives, as well as working with diverse populations and building bridges among groups 

4.  Ability to recruit and engage youth in human rights curriculum 

5.  Familiarity with current peace and justice issues and with related organizations and campaigns 

6.  Excellent administrative skills and ability to manage a single staff office 

7.  Comfort with information technology, including word-processing, database systems, and web-based communications 

8.  Proven ability to set priorities and limits, meet deadlines, define and implement goals, and to work under pressure with patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor 

9.  Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication 

10.  Previous experience with recruiting, supervising, and working cooperatively with interns and volunteers 

11.  Ability to prepare and manage a program budget 

12.  Experience and ability to engage in fund raising, especially grant writing 

13.  Availability to work frequent evenings and weekends for events and meetings, as well as to travel regionally and nationally.


The salary range for this position is $50,780-53,319, depending on experience.  Excellent fringe benefits include four weeks paid vacation, health and dental insurance, dependent allowance, etc.  Weekend and evening workshops and meetings will be necessary, for which compensatory time off will be given.  This position is exempt from laws affecting overtime. 


The Northeast Regional Office of the American Friends Service Committee is a unionized workplace.  This position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement.  

Affirmative Action

The AFSC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Youth; people of color; women; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people; people with disabilities; and people who have been incarcerated are encouraged to apply.  All applicants will be considered on the bases of their qualifications. 

Application Procedure

Please send a letter of interest and resume to Phyllis Cohen Gately, AFSC, 2161 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140 or by February, 3, 2014.





Created Date: 
Jan 6, 2014