NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous has resigned his post effective at the end of the year to spend more time with his family and to seek academic opportunities, the civil rights organization announced in a statement Sunday.

Jealous, 40, first took the reins of the group in 2008 during a period of internal turmoil and financial difficulty at the organization. Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, noted that Jealous had "built a highly competent staff that will carry our mission forward and meet the civil rights challenges of the 21st century."

The organization's current goals include the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws in Florida and elsewhere in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, restoration of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, and maintaining the high degree of civic engagement that led to increases in voter participation in the black community.