DRF/DRAF Executive Director

Disability Rights Fund

About the organization

About the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) and its sister organization, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF), are a dynamic collaboration between donors and the global disability rights community. DRF supports persons with disabilities around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all. DRAF supports advocacy for legislative change. The DRF/DRAF Strategic Plan outlines our three primary strategies: grantmaking, advocacy, and technical assistance. At present, DRF/DRAF provide resources to organizations that advocate for human rights and are led by persons with disabilities in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean.


About the Executive Director Position
Building on the success of a founding executive director who has led the organization for over a decade and established DRF/DRAF as unique global human rights funders, the new Executive Director (ED) will direct the next chapter of DRF/DRAF’s growth and maturation. The ED will work to strengthen the organizations’ financial sustainability, lead the development of the next strategic plan, and create the future vision for these global participatory grantmakers as they actively grow and expand their impact and influence at global, regional, and national levels. The ED will also further develop the organizational structure and systems that ensure a working environment in which all of the organizations’ personnel, including the many staff and governance members with disabilities, can thrive – an environment that models the radical inclusion and leadership of people with disabilities.

The ED will focus on positioning the Funds to continue their leading role in light of increased funding to support the global disability rights movement. The ED will also ensure the Funds’ resiliency in the face of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and political upheavals and will strengthen partnerships across other rights movements. As the Funds grow and evolve, the ED will ensure continuity of the participatory approach to governance, staffing, and grantmaking.


●Strategic visionary with a passion for the DRF/DRAF mission and the ability to inspire others
●Senior management experience in other US nonprofits or similar organizations, with at least 10 years of relevant leadership experience
●Significant experience in global disability and human rights, including a deep understanding of intersectionality and gender justice, in particular
●Lived and/or professional experience with disability and diverse disability communities
●Proven fundraising track record, including attracting, maintaining, and growing major gifts from government donors and major foundations
●Effective and creative leader with significant experience with operational implementation, including financial and programmatic management
●Inspiring and confident leader who can build a positive and productive team spirit
●Bridge and movement builder, connecting multiple and diverse stakeholders to advance disability rights/human rights
●Experience with board development and governance issues
●Strong analytical thinker and communicator, excellent working ability in English, and high capacity for public communication and leadership; outstanding communication and presentation skills
●Deep knowledge of UN human rights systems, and specific knowledge of the CRPD and the SDGs
●Familiarity with the global community of OPDs
●Willingness to travel within and outside the US – approximately 30% of the time under normal conditions (i.e., absent COVID-19 or other restrictions)


This is a full-time position; salary will be commensurate with experience. DRF/DRAF offers an excellent benefits package including employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Preference will be given to candidates located in Boston, MA.

The Disability Rights Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to build a diverse team. Applicants shall not be discriminated against on any basis. Individuals from historically marginalized identities including persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter, CV/resume, professional writing sample (between 3-5 pages in length) and contact information for 3-5 references including a mix of peer colleagues, supervisors, and supervisees. Finalists will be asked to complete a written exercise and to make a presentation to a panel.

Documents should be emailed to:

Executive Director Hiring Committee
[email protected] (please, no phone calls)

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through July 1, 2021.

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