Executive Director - Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs (MORA)

Washington, DC
Full Time
Mayor's Office of Community Affairs (MOCA)



Executive Director

OPEN DATE:   Tuesday, May 7, 2024

CLOSE DATE:  Open until filled

SALARY RANGE:  $116,483.00


Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs (MORA)

Open Until Filled


The Bowser Administration seeks a dynamic community leader to serve as the next Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs (MORA).  This position is located in the Executive Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia, Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs. The primary purpose of this position is to manage a program directed toward evaluating and improving the engagement of faith communities in the District of Columbia by establishing a Mayor’s Interfaith Council (MIC) and conducting community engagement activities.  

The Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs (MORA) will cultivate policies that engage community and faith-based organizations in the creation of citywide programs and initiatives across multiple disciplines. MORA will also seek to establish and coordinate effective collaborations between District of Columbia government agencies and the faith community in addressing citywide issues. Additionally, MORA collaborates with the Mayor's Interfaith Council to provide outside input into partnerships and other issues of concern to the religious community.  For more information on MORA, please visit here.


  • As the Executive Director for the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs, directs and makes recommendations on the level and scope of all programs and services germane to faith communities in the District of Columbia. More specifically, in all areas impacting faith communities, the incumbent is the chief advocate for faith communities in Washington, D.C.
  • Develops and maintains current, a program plan and database to engage members of the faith community from diverse disciplines.
  • Conduct studies; reviews progress; develops, recommends and undertakes constructive action; and initiates and conducts programs directed toward improving the status of faith communities the District of Columbia.
  • Manages and serves as ex-officio member of the Mayor’s Interfaith Council (MIC) composed of not more than 30 members appointed for to serve at the pleasure of the Mayor among citizens of the District of Columbia who are leaders within the faith community.
  • Works in conjunction with the Chairman of the Commission provide leadership in carrying out policies, programs and projects approved by the Commission.
  • Maintains community contacts and represents the faith community for the purpose of stimulating, informing and educating local organizational and the community-at-large on services, needs, facilities, legislation, or problems. 
  • As requested, testifies before the legislative committees and/or comments on legislative proposals.
  • Provides information and technical assistance with respect to programs and services for faith communities to the Mayor.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Functions:

  • Directs a staff of technical and clerical personnel. Plans and organizes the work of subordinates, establishes priorities and performance standards, provides assistance as required, and is accountable for the quality and quantity of work output concerning matters for which the incumbent is responsible. Assigns, reviews and evaluates work of subordinates; approves/disapproves leave; interviews for vacant positions; provides promotions, awards, and disciplinary actions, etc.
  • Administers the mechanics involved in the budgetary needs of the office by specific allocations with the budget, studying and making determination as to required staff, space, supplies, equipment, telephone services, etc. Personally or through designated subordinate(s) follows through on all administrative matters.


Knowledge Required

  • A thorough knowledge of program requirements and familiarity with departments and private agencies concerned with programs and services, pertinent and related legislation affecting faith communities is required;
  • Expert knowledge of the programs and services for the faith community; and the ability to provide information and technical assistance with respect to those programs and services;
  • Expert knowledge of grant funding application, grant funding opportunities and grant management;
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of budgetary and financial management principles and techniques as they relate to strategic planning, grant and budget allocation and monitoring; and
  • Advanced written and oral communication techniques and skills.
  • Both written and oral information must include a wide variety of sources in a style and format appropriate-for both technical and non-technical audiences. 

Domicile requirements

There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.


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