MERIP Executive Director

The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) seeks a part-time Executive Director to lead the organization in meeting the technological and fiscal challenges of the contemporary publishing environment. Building on MERIP’s 52-year history as the leading independent, progressive source for critically informed analyses of the Middle East, the new Executive Director will partner with the editorial staf and the Board of Directors to provide vision and direction for the organization, while managing fundraising, strategic thinking, and overall operations.

Organizational Description: MERIP is a US-based 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization founded in 1971 to provide in-depth critical reporting on the Middle East and North Africa. MERIP publishes the online, open access, quarterly magazine Middle East Report in addition to periodic interventions and analyses. MERIP also engages in
public outreach and education. More details can be found at Position Description: The Executive Director (ED) holds primary administrative responsibility for MERIP. The ED reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for overseeing the fulfillment of MERIP’s mission and the strategic development of the organization.


  • Provide vision and direction for MERIP, in partnership with the Board of Directors, the editorial staff and the editorial committee.
  • Work with the Board to develop fundraising goals, apply for foundational grants, and cultivate long-term donors.
  • Work with the Board to set an annual budget and manage operations within its guidelines.
  • Collaborate remotely with editorial staff based at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.
  • Work with the editorial staff to promote MERIP’s work to a larger public and work to maintain MERIP’s voice in ongoing debates around Middle East politics and policy.
  • Oversee MERIP’s web and social media presence, in conjunction with the editorial staff. Develop and oversee new communication platforms.
  • Hire and manage accounting and administrative staff as needed and fiscally possible. Oversee an internship program. Facilitate a collaborative work environment.


  • Experience in nonprofit management and administration.
  • Proven track record of fundraising.
  • Experience/aptitude in customer relations management (CRM) systems.
  • Experience/aptitude in website management and social media.
  • Commitment to social and cultural diversity.
  • Willingness to work independently while partnering with others at a distance.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to MERIP, its publications, and its mission.

Compensation: $39,000-$45,000 annual part-time salary for approximately 25 hours per week.

Please send cover letter, resume/CV, and names and contacts of three references by email to Review of applications will begin on January 15 for anticipated start date on or before March 1.




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