The Brecht Forum Seeks an Executive Director


The Brecht Forum (The New York Marxist School) is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director.  The Brecht Forum is a 37-year old political education and cultural center encompassing the New York Marxist School, the Institute for Popular Education and Arts at the Brecht.  Click here for further information about the Brecht Forum.

Our current Executive Director, Liz Mestres, is retiring after being at the helm for 18 years. During this time the Brecht Forum has seen tremendous growth and has become a nerve center for Marxist educators, activists and cultural producers. The Brecht Forum/New York Marxist School is a very special space that serves the peoples’ movements and operates with a small staff, and many volunteers from our communities including an active Board, teachers, working committees and interns.

The search for a new executive director is an important transition for the one of the preeminent left spaces in the United States. As part of the Brecht’s long-term vision, we envision the new Executive Director working towards a more formal collective leadership structure over a two-year period


  1. Primary responsibility will be to work with the Board of Directors, as well as the entire School community, to implement the financial, organizational and programmatic goals set by the Board.
  2. Provide leadership in development and implementation of program, organizational and financial plans in coordination with staff and Board of Directors.
  3. Organize and supervise the staff in all areas of work and assure staff training and development.  Coordinate recruitment of staff and volunteers.
  4. Responsible for developing a collective process within the staff with mutual trust and support as well as individual accountability as well as transitioning the Brecht to a collective team leadership.
  5. Facilitate productive communication and working relations between the Board, staff and external constituencies.
  6. Assume overall leadership and responsibility for oversight of finances, accounting controls and fundraising, working closely with the accountant and fundraising staff to ensure the Brecht’s financial development.
  7. Maintain official documents and records and ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. The candidate for the Executive Director position must have overall agreement with the mission of the Brecht Forum along with a commitment to Marxist education and community outreach
  2. At least three years of organizational experience in the following areas:
    1. Leadership experience in broad-based non-sectarian movement-building and in movement activism. 
    2. Leadership experience in building collective leadership in movement organizations
    3. Experience in institutional fundraising, donor cultivation, grant funding, and non-institutional revenue sources
    4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
    5. Mentoring experience with staff members, interns and volunteers

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Remuneration is consistent with movement sector pay scales. Generous vacation, sick days and employer paid health care benefits are included.  

Application Requirements:

  1. Resume
  2. Three references
  3. Cover letter including your thoughts about how you think you can help move the Brecht into the future

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Fall appointment anticipated.

Please email the your resume, references and cover letter to Joan Gibbs (Co-Chair of the Brecht Forum Board of Directors) at  and to

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