The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) seeks a new leader. CDA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting US policy toward the Americas based on engagement and mutual respect. We do this through advocacy, educational travel, strategic communications, and through fostering dialogue with those governments and movements with which U.S. policy is at odds. While our mission is hemispheric, current CDA programs focus on U.S. policy toward Cuba, Venezuela, and regional migration. 


CDA is a small dynamic organization exercising impact well beyond its size. CDA has led over 150 educational delegations to countries in the Americas for federal and state policymakers, private business leaders, and other stakeholders. The Miami Herald called CDA “one of the key players in pushing to change the public's views on Cuba and to persuade the Obama administration to make a 180-degree turn on its policy toward the island.”



Role of the Executive Director


CDA’s Executive Director sets the strategic direction, carries out programs, oversees operations, and raises the funds necessary to fulfill CDA’s mission. This person oversees a lean, agile staff responsible for strategic advocacy and program, finance, operations, development, and communications. Consultants are often brought in to help achieve the organization’s goals.


Current programs work to normalize relations with Cuba, seek peaceful democratic resolution to the crisis in Venezuela, and promote regional solutions to migration in the Americas.


Responsibilities include:


  • Working with CDA’s Board of Directors, Deputy Director, and staff to shape and articulate CDA’s strategic vision and overall direction.


  • Serving as one of the primary spokesperson for CDA in the media and in public forums.


  • Being one of CDA’s principal advocates with the U.S. Congress, the Administration, foreign governments and international bodies.


  • Along with staff, developing and leading educational trips in the Americas designed to support the organization’s mission. In a post-Covid-19 environment, significant travel will be required.


  • Ensuring CDA’s financial stability via foundation grants, individual donations, and revenue generated by events and trips. 


  • Developing and implementing communications strategies to promote the organization and its programmatic goals.


  • Overseeing CDA’s management, including hiring, training, and supervising staff and consultants, and setting and managing the organization’s budget.


  • Identifying and engaging new stakeholders in CDA’s mission.


  • Editing the weekly U.S.-Cuba News Brief read by policymakers, journalists, academics and activists across the region.




A successful candidate must:


  • Express and demonstrate a real passion for CDA’s mission and a vision for its future;


  • Be a kind, generous, and effective leader;


  • Demonstrate a nuanced appreciation for the links between policy, the broader political environment, the differences between audiences in the U.S. and the rest of Latin America, and the skills to navigate within a broad-ranging community of experts and advocates;


  • Work effectively with a broad set of actors including government officials, policymakers, subject matter experts, cultural figures, business leaders, donors, advocates and advisors;


  • Possess familiarity with Capitol Hill and relevant congressional actors;


  • Be a strategic thinker; and


  • Be excellent at public representation. 


Preferred Qualifications


  • At least 5 years of nonprofit management experience preferred.


  • Experience with strategic planning, stakeholder management, team building, and budget oversight.


  • Track record of fundraising success from multiple sources (i.e. foundations, corporate, and individuals).


  • Proven ability to manage, motivate, and lead staff.


  • Bipartisan legislative advocacy experience, including on Capitol Hill. 


  • Experience in US/Latin America policy and knowledge of the organization and institutional players in the space.


  • Subject matter expertise in one or more program areas: Cuba, Venezuela and/or regional migration.


  • Fluency in Spanish and English is required.



Full health, dental, vision 100% paid by employer. All employees receive 10 holidays per year in addition to a week in August, and the week between Christmas Day and New Years Day. In addition to vacation days, CDA offers 5 paid sick days per year (prorated based on hire date) for all employees.


CDA provides paid family leave and a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan.



$105,000 - $125,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To Apply: 


Please send a letter of application and resume to



We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation.