Asian Pacific Islander Equality-Northern California (APIENC) seeks an Executive Director who will oversee and execute the mission, vision, and day-to-day operations of the organization. The Executive Director works in close collaboration with an advisory Steering Committee, APIENC organizing staff, and key partners and allies in the social justice movement to achieve these ends.
Structurally, APIENC is project of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and the position reports to the CAA Executive Director. Additionally, the position is also an integral member of CAA’s Leadership Team, comprised of senior staff, who collectively participate in the leadership and management of CAA overall.
At the statewide level, APIENC works closely with many partners and allies and participates in a number of coalitions. Formally, APIENC maintains a statewide co-branding and coordination partnership with sister organization, API Equality-LA.
This position is an exciting opportunity for a self-directed and entrepreneurial person who is passionate about advancing social justice, building progressive movements, and addressing API and LGBTQ issues and their intersections. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Fundraising & Fiscal Management:
● Oversee development and management of APIENC’s portion of CAA’s annual operating budget, including cash flow and oversight of day-to-day operations.
● Raise funds to meet APIENC annual budget needs through a diverse set of strategies, including foundations, grassroots donations, in-kind support and major donor cultivation.
● Engage in philanthropic advocacy to increase available resources and opportunities.
● Oversee the development and implementation of a communications program that includes: membership (email) updates, Steering Committee and major donor communications, social media, and program media advocacy needs (including press advisories and media releases).
● Serve as the primary organization spokesperson to the public at large, media, policy makers, and other local, state & national API, LGBTQ and social justice organizations.
● Identify and participate in opportunities to promote the organization’s profile, goals and advocacy through ongoing networking with relevant stakeholders.
● Prepare annual program priorities and workplans with APIENC staff
● Partner with organizing staff on programs and lead on key projects
● Create and expand programs to develop and support API LGBTQ individuals, families, and communities.
● Partner with API Equality- LA to develop and implement statewide strategic priorities and activities.
● Participate in oversight, development, and implementation of CAA’s organizational movement building priorities with other member of the Leadership Team.
● Participate in strategic alliances and coalitions that build the visibility and political power.
Administration & Management:
● Serve as a liaison between staff and the Steering Committee and support both by providing the following:
• Leadership and strategic vision for organization.
• Review and feedback on annual work plan to advance strategic vision.
• Ensuring ongoing programming and advocacy efforts remain consistent with mission, vision, and values.
• Direction and focus to develop and engage volunteer resources and energy.
● Recruit, retain, and support staff members to succeed by ensuring appropriate training and growth opportunities to enhance professional and personal development.
● Ensure implementation of personnel policies and staff evaluations.
DESIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
● Strong interpersonal, writing, listening, and public speaking skills, with the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people
● Experience with staff and organizational development and management, human resources, and personnel matters as well as literacy with budgets and financial statements
● Strong communications, media, or public relations background
● Proven ability to raise funds from multiple sources, including the ability to cultivate major donors, develop relationships with foundations, and implement grassroots fundraising campaigns
● Familiarity with foundations focused on People of Color, Immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and social justice
● Background in API, LGBTQ and/or other social justice programming, organizing and/or advocacy
● Ability to handle difficult or stressful situations and a fast-paced work environment and to work independently and manage time effectively.
● Oral fluency and/or written proficiency in an API language (preferred)
API Equality-Northern California works at the intersection of the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) communities to empower community members, advance civil rights policies and protections, and promote respect and understanding for cultural and community diversity. (norcal.apiequality.org)
Chinese for Affirmative Action is a community-based civil rights organization that advocates in and on behalf of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and other underrepresented communities in San Francisco and statewide. (www.caasf.org)