Full-Time Positions

Deputy Director


$100,000.00 — $125,000.00 Per Year

  • Full Time

Job Description

For more than 30 years, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) has been the leading source of information for media, policymakers, and the public on issues concerning capital punishment. DPIC now seeks to hire a Deputy Director to work with the Executive Director in setting and implementing organizational priorities, policies, and procedures. They will supervise and direct the work of staff, coordinate pro bono support, lead special projects, and plan major events and reports. The Deputy Director will also provide organizational leadership on racial equity initiatives and strategic planning, and manage writing, research, data collection, and data validation projects. A detailed description of the duties, qualifications, and salary range can be found here.

The position is located in Washington, DC, with a hybrid schedule. Please note that applicants must reside in Washington, DC, Virginia, or Maryland or be willing to relocate.

DPIC strongly encourages applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and formerly incarcerated people.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in organizational planning and special initiatives
  • Writes and/or supervises the writing of major reports, articles, and website content
  • Works with the Executive Director and Board of Directors on long-term strategic planning
  • Supervises staff
  • Collaborates with other members of senior management to create and implement internal policies and procedures
  • Collaborates with other members of senior management to ensure DPIC's values around racial equity, diversity, and inclusion are integrated into institutional policies and planning
  • Coordinates with other members of senior management to create budgets, monitor grant progress, and complete grant reporting
  • Works with the management team to hire and onboard staff members
  • Works with the Managing Director to run DPIC's intern program
  • Provides project management for major reports and special projects
  • Engages with external partners and advocates
  • Stands in for the Executive Director as needed internally and in outward-facing engagements and with media
  • Contributes articles and other written work to external outlets
  • Collaborates with the Digital Director on website functioning and planned features



  • Law degree or graduate degree related to research, public policy, or social science



  • In-depth understanding of the criminal legal system and/or death penalty system
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in long-term strategic planning
  • Flexibility and ability to work quickly under time constraints


  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in law firms, non-profit, or public policy organizations
  • Strong writing and editing experience
  • Experience evaluating social science research (preferred)


  • 401(k) matching
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave