Deputy Director, Intelligence Project at Southern Poverty Law Center in Atlanta



The Intelligence Project (IP), perhaps SPLC’s most well-known initiative, tracks the activity of a wide variety of hate groups and offers real-time information about their work. Anchored by the idea that the best way to combat the work of extremists is to expose them, the IP is vigilant in its efforts to track leaders, organizations and share frank assessments about their positions and ideologies. The Deputy Director will help the Intelligence Project expand its capacity to respond to the increasing threat posed by these individuals and organizations and bring a strong sense of tenacity, passion and urgency for the critical intelligence work of the SPLC.

 To broaden its impact and reach, SPLC seeks an individual who brings a well-developed ability to manage and coordinate the efforts of a talented team in a complex, and rapidly changing environment. This individual will be calm under pressure, and in tandem with the Director, continue to build on a strong departmental culture that values passion for the mission and celebrates collective impact.


  • Broadening the capacity of the Intelligence Project by helping the team function more efficiently
  • Adding a senior voice to the IP team who will represent the Director in her absence
  • Helping manage the needs of a quickly growing department in response to a national climate of increased intolerance
  • Ensuring that the research and intelligence work of SPLC keeps pace with the rapid growth and capacities of hate groups and the extremist community
  • Providing an internal compass for the Intelligence Project to help reconcile and balance immediate priorities with longer-term strategies
  • Work in close alignment with the Director of the Intelligence Project to oversee and seamlessly manage the day-to-day operations of the department.
  • Help ensure that the Intelligence Project has the culture, editorial systems and workflow processes in place to address its mandates effectively.
  • Lead, coordinate and synchronize the work of a talented team (including the IP’s interface between different SPLC departments) in a complex, fast-paced environment with quiet confidence, poise and exceptional judgment.
  • Drive the direction of priorities, clarity and accountability of departmental initiatives to promote collaboration and achieve successful collective outcomes.

Qualifications – Related Work Experience:

  • Strong management skills; material experience managing an environment of similar complexity, scope and scale;
  • Track record of building and managing large high-performing teams and a strong departmental culture;
  • Experience in fostering a strong team culture;
  • Strong writing and editing skills and demonstrated experience in both areas

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of hate group/extremist communities preferred;
  • Passion for the mission of promoting fairness, civil rights and advancing equity and opportunities for the underserved;
  • The ability to develop talent and oversee the professional growth of staff;
  • Being an open person that inspires trust, invites collaboration and engenders an environment of teamwork;
  • A great listener and communicator with a high level of emotional intelligence;
  • Steady leadership; this individual should be calm and graceful under pressure;
  • The ability to guide a talented and terrifically skilled team of specialists;
  • Good at working in a fast-paced, three-dimensional environment;
  • Passion for the mission and the courage to fully embrace the work of confronting hate groups;
  • A genuine and authentic persona that inspires trust and invites collaboration;
  • The ability to capably execute and react to critical short-term priorities while keeping the team focused on longer term strategies.

Other Special Considerations: 

  • This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions. 


  • The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity  

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, record of prior conviction, and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.