Fellowship of Reconciliation

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Working for peace & justice through nonviolence since 1915.

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What We Do Strengthen, build & demilitarize.

Nonviolent direct action in Minneapolis organized by FOR Staff and National Council photo by Rebecca Lawrence

Strategic nonviolent movements are one of the most potent forces in the world. They oust dictators, change policy and realize the hopes of communities. For over 100 years FOR has strengthened the movements that reshape society through our work in Black Lives Matter, training in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, training in Jail Support and Fiscal Sponsorship.

Building Healthy Communities

Relationships established through strong communities are the glue of our work. We ground ourselves in relationships of accountability and a spirituality that spans faith traditions. We help build communities that reflect our vision of Beloved Community through our Chapters, Networks & Affiliates, Interreligious Engagement & Understanding, Intentional Communities and Retreats for Movement Leaders & Activists.

Demilitarized Tanks

We see nonviolence as a way of life, a moral commitment, and a social tool. As a branch of IFOR's international network we work with partners around the world to end militarism in all of its forms, working through the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, United Nations Advocacy, Demilitarizing Communities, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Anti-drone Initiatives and #GiveRefugeesRest.

Aug 22, 2016

JOB OPENING: Director of Operations


The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR USA), founded in 1915, is the oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in North America. With chapters and national staff located throughout the United States and headquarters in Nyack, New York, FOR-USA is part of an international FOR network with branches in more than 40 countries. As an interfaith organization, FOR-USA's mission is to organize, train, and grow a diverse movement that welcomes all people of conscience to end structures of violence and war, and create peace through the transformative power of nonviolence.

Director of Operations (Part Time, 20 hours/week)

The Director of Operations (DOO) supports the work of FOR-USA out of the New York headquarters. The DOO ensures that daily operations are running smoothly, including management of property and facilities, human resources, banking and technological systems.
The DOO works closely with the ED and Controller to maintain and improve systems and insures that the ED, National Council and staff have regular, usable reports and analysis to support informed decision making.
This is an outstanding opportunity for an operations lead with a proven track record of careful, detail-oriented, people-centered management to contribute as a key team member in a responsive, mission-driven organization.

Overview of Responsibilities:


  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the ED informed of all critical issues.
  • Represent the organization externally, as necessary, particularly in banking and lease negotiations.
  • Acts as on-site lead in New York office.


  • Manage property and facilities, human resources, IT and banking.
  • Advise the ED, Controller and members of the National Council on daily and big picture operational issues. Effectively communicate and present critical operational issues.
  • Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, and efficient practices.
  • Regularly maintain and assess the effectiveness or relative obsolescence of technological systems. Work with consultants and other staff to insure that IT systems are up-to-date, integrated and efficient.
  • Support the ED and Controller in planning, coordinating, and executing the annual budget and audit process.
  • Insure that all regulatory requirements related to property and human resources are followed and up to date.
  • Oversee consolidation of subsidiary 501c3s with main unit.
  • Produce Annual Report and other reports for ED and NC

Human Resources

  • Primary point person for recruiting vacancies and onboarding new employees
  • Manager for pension program
  • Maintain personnel files in confidential manner
  • Utilize and support a wide variety of volunteers

Information Technology

  • Coordinates the maintenance information technology systems
  • Oversees move from office server to cloud based paradigm
  • Experience with cloud based systems and video conferencing using such as applications as Zoom, Dropbox and Google Drive

Facilities Management

  • Supervise On Site Property Manager
  • Insure that general and capital maintenance is addressed
  • Develop and insure compliance with policy and practice related to facility
  • Act as on-site lead for real estate preparation and sale

Team Supervision and Development

  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values integrity, learning, collaboration and a commitment to quality.
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development.


  • Business, Management, Human Resources or similar degree
  • Minimum 8 years experience in a senior management role, proven track record of success
  • Experience managing IT systems
  • Experience either as an employee or board member of a nonprofit organization; must be familiar with nonprofit process and structure
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong mentoring and coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • Self reliant, good problem solver, results-oriented
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Passion for FOR’s mission


  • Other related responsibilities as assigned.
Reports to: 
Executive Director

Salary and Benefits:

Competitive salary with benefits including generous paid vacation, sick, personal days, and designated holidays, and pension plan. FOR USA provides health insurance, with employee contribution of 30% of premium.

To Apply:

Please email a resume, cover letter and three references to jobs@forusa.org.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be considered as they are received.

FOR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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