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Kay Guinane, Director

Kay Guinane is a public interest attorney who specializes in the rights of nonprofit organizations, particularly in the areas of freedom speech and association and national security. As Director of the Charity & Security Network she coordinates efforts to make national security rules impacting the work of civil society consistent with Constitutional and human rights principles and eliminate unnecessary barriers to legitimate work of nonprofits. She has published research, testified before Congress, and engaged extensively in advocacy and consulting on these issues in the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Guinane has represented a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, both as an advocate on issues and an advisor on tax and nonprofit law. She was Director of Nonprofit Speech Rights at OMB Watch, a Washington, D.C. based government watchdog organization and also worked for the Alliance for Justice, the National Consumer Law Center, Environmental Action (Washington, DC), the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, and Citizens for Social and Economic Justice and the public defender service (Hazard, Kentucky). She holds Bachelors and Juris Doctor degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Kentucky and Maryland.


Andrea Hall, Policy Counsel

Andrea Hall is an attorney with more than a decade of experience as a writer and editor, primarily of regulatory compliance publications. She coordinates the Charity & Security Network’s advocacy work in Congress and the administration, monitors and reports on security-related developments impacting nonprofits, conducts research and provides analysis on relevant issues, and crafts messaging to achieve policy goals.

Ms. Hall received a B.A. in Communications from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a J.D. from the University of Richmond, where she was the Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review, founded the Public Interest Law Association, and received the Nina R. Kestin Service Award at graduation. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Zach Theiler, Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Zach joins Charity & Security Network having spent five years working for international development nonprofits abroad. While serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia, he co-founded a local nonprofit, Girls of Armenia Leadership Soccer (GOALS). At GOALS, he spearheaded communications and outreach, expanding programs across the nation and winning international recognition. More recently, he worked as a Strategic Communications Coordinator for the Irish charity, A Partnership With Africa (APA). While leading projects in Ethiopia and Tanzania for APA, he produced a documentary film advocating for labor rights, conducted research on civil society finance, spearheaded partnership outreach, and led strategic planning.

He holds a joint MSc in Development Practice from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, as well as a BA in International Political Economy from the College of Idaho. At the Charity & Security Network he leads communications and outreach efforts to raise awareness and coordinate the efforts of the network’s stakeholders.

We Are Hiring – Executive Director

Position Title:   Executive Director (100% FTE)

Reports to:         NEO Philanthropy, Inc. (Fiscal Sponsor) and C&SN Executive Committee

Location:             Washington, DC

Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice . . . It [Poverty] is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Nelson Mandela

The Charity & Security Network (C&SN) seeks an Executive Director to lead its work at the intersection of nonprofit rights and national security. Now in its tenth year of operation, C&SN’s small staff brings together diverse stakeholders in the nonprofit community to promote and protect civil society space and address counterterrorism measures that prevent charities and donors from fully engaging in critical, life-saving work around the world.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced advocate and policy analyst with knowledge of C&SN’s issues and credible within the nonprofit sector; have excellent interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills, including strong public speaking abilities; and be a visionary and advocate for the Charity & Security Network’s mission.

Salary range is $100,000 to $125,000 with room for growth based on organization’s financial stability. Comprehensive benefits are included. The project is committed to a strong work life balance. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. Priority will be given to candidates with advocacy and subject matter experience.

To apply please email your resume with references, a cover letter and short writing sample to CSNDirectorApps@gmail.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Anticipated start date is winter 2020. You will be contacted if selected for an interview.

Job Description

The Executive Director is responsible for overall operation and effectiveness of C&SN, from administration to advocacy. S/he/they ensures that the diverse stakeholders within the nonprofit sector are provided with the logistical and technical support needed for them to work together effectively. In addition, the Executive Director represents C&SN in the public, media, with public officials and donors.

These responsibilities are carried out pursuant to the direction, goals and objectives established by the Advisory Board. Staff, board and membership work in a collaborative environment.

Specific responsibilities include:

Mission and Strategic Planning

  • Solicit input from the Membership to assist the Advisory Board in formulating the Network’s mission, vision, short and long-term goals.
  • Draft an annual workplan that reflects priorities and goals set by the Advisory Board.
  • Help the Advisory Board monitor and evaluate the Network’s and effectiveness.
  • Inform the Advisory Board and working groups about trends, issues, problems, and activities in order to facilitate policymaking. Recommend policy positions to the Advisory Board.

CSN Membership Relations and Outreach

  • Facilitate the integration of Charity & Security Network into the fabric of the peacebuilding, humanitarian, human rights, civil liberties and broad charitable community.
  • Initiate, develop, and maintain cooperative and productive relationships with key constituencies, including policy makers, the regulatory and enforcement community, compliance professionals.
  • Listen to members, volunteers, and the broader community in order to improve services and generate greater engagement of its members.
  • Serve as the chief spokesperson for the Network.


  • Act as an advocate for issues relevant to C&SN.
  • Implement advocacy campaigns, represent C&SN in meetings with government officials and relevant multi-lateral bodies.
  • Assess C&SN policy outcomes to identify successful advocacy and messaging tactics.
  • Track and coordinate outreach efforts to Congress, the administration, other organizations.
  • Represent C&SN in various coalitions and networks and with the press.

Research and Education

  • Oversee production of C&SN communications vehicles: newsletter, website and social media
  • Identify research projects as needed, secure resources and oversee production of research projects and reports.
  • Make presentations and events and conferences.


  • Assist the Advisory Board in undertaking its role, be accountable to membership and evaluate its own performance.
  • Manage C&SN’s relationship to its fiscal sponsor, NEO Philanthropy.

Management & Administration

  • Provide general oversight of all Network activities, manage the day-to-day operations.
  • Assure program quality and organizational stability.
  • Oversee small staff and manage work of consultants and assure a work environment that recruits, retains, and supports quality staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure support for and facilitation of Advisory Board and thematic Working Groups.


  • Manage fundraising program, including grant writing and reporting and funder relations.
  • Build dues-paying membership program.
  • Operate programs and services in a cost-effective manner while maintaining quality.
  • Work with the Executive Committee to develop the annual budget, monitor spending and assist NEO Philanthropy with financial reporting.