DPF seeks its next Executive Director


Death Penalty Focus is hiring a new Executive Director. We’re looking for a dynamic and thoughtful person to support our mission to end California’s death penalty and support abolition efforts across the country and internationally.


DPF is based in California. We’re a national nonprofit organization founded in 1988 to abolish the death penalty through public education, grassroots and political organizing, media outreach, local, state, national and international coalition building, and the education of religious, legislative, law enforcement, and civic leaders about capital punishment and its alternatives. We also work to reduce death sentences and to encourage resentencing to other than death. For more information about DPF, please visit our website: deathpenalty.org


The Executive Director will oversee and lead all facets of the organization and will also be the primary staff person designing and implementing programs that support this small yet mighty organization’s mission.

While DPF’s office is currently located in Sacramento, this position can be fully remote from anywhere in California, at the discretion of the Board. 

The Executive Director reports to the Board, through the Chair, and supervises the staff and the work of consultants. There is one other staff person, the Director of Operations and Administration. The current budget is approximately $450,000, with hope for future expansion.


The Board and staff of Death Penalty Focus are dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical to fulfilling our mission and ensuring the well-being of DPF staff and the communities we serve and continuing the work to realize this goal. 

DPF is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age,  marital or domestic partner status, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, medical condition, or genetic information.

For more details about this position, including responsibilities, qualifications, salary and benefits, and the application process, please visit HERE.

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