The Organization: The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice engages diverse communities to lift up the life and legacy of activist, legal scholar, feminist, poet, Episcopal priest and LGBTQ community member, Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, in order to tackle enduring inequities and injustice in our nation.
Pauli Murray was the first African American woman ordained an Episcopal priest and the first African American to earn the JSD at Yale University. Murray was a founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a prolific author and poet. Denied graduate school admission from UNC and Harvard Law, Pauli graduated at the top of their Howard Law School class.
The Center began as the Pauli Murray Project—a public humanities, community-based initiative of the Duke Human Rights Center at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute aimed at promoting open dialogue among Durham residents about the pressing issues of our time and their historical roots; documenting hidden stories of social justice activism; celebrating Pauli Murray’s life and legacy and continuing their work for social change.
Now an independent nonprofit organization that operates a nationally significant historic site at 906 Carroll Street in Durham, North Carolina, the Center connects experiences of the past to contemporary human rights issues, inspiring visitors of all ages to be like Pauli, by standing up, speaking out, and taking action based on their principles.
The Pauli Murray Center is currently renovating the Pauli Murray childhood home and the Education & Welcome Center that will be a part of our Durham historic site. The Center is open and welcoming to everyone: students, families, visitors to Durham, people of faith, aspiring young LGBTQ activists, civil rights lawyers, divinity school students, artists and poets, history-minded West End neighbors, scholars, and community leaders. Its programming encompasses public history, education, arts, and activism.
As one of 22 recipients of prestigious 2019 African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Grant and one of 19 recipients of prestigious 2021 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Humanities In Place Grant, the Center is well positioned to advance its long-term vision of working collaboratively to move the Center to its next phase as an organization—creating a Center as an historic site, incubator, oasis, and sacred space.
The Opportunity. The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice’s founding Executive Director of 10 years will retire at the end of 2022. The Board of Directors seeks a dynamic, experienced, mission-driven leader to build upon a very strong foundation to lead the organization in a manner that is deeply aligned with Pauli Murray’s legacy, values, and thought leadership
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy, and operation of the Pauli Murray Center. This work includes managing a growing budget (currently at $625,000+) and team (currently 4 staff, a fellow, and a small team of contractors); leading fund development planning and implementation; developing and sustaining relationships locally and nationally; and maintaining a strong relationship with the Board of Directors.
Leadership and Management
External Relations and Fundraising
Program Development and Oversight
Hiring range: $85,000 - $95,000
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