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Jun, 2017

Apply to be API Equality-LA’s Executive Director!

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Reports to: Co-Chairs and Steering Committee of API Equality-LA
(The Steering Committee is the advisory body composed of the API Equality-LA Co-Chairs, committee leadership, and at-large members)
Location: Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, Downtown LA.
Classification: Exempt, Full-Time (40 hours per week)
Salary: $55,000-65,000 plus benefits (depending on experience)
Term: Full-time Hire
Date: Vacant until Filled. Desired Start-date: July 1st



API Equality-LA is a community-based organization that works to advance the civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities through grassroots organizing, leadership development, public education, and advocacy. API Equality-LA’s mission is to advocate for LGBTQ rights (including transgender equality, health care access, and immigration reform), focusing on the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in the greater Los Angeles area.  API Equality-LA is fiscally sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles and is funded through various private donations and foundations.



The Director will oversee the work, growth, and overall functioning of the organization, including fund development, the development and implementation of its short and long-term strategic work plan, and support for various administrative and programmatic functions with emphases in the areas of public education, outreach and recruitment, community organizing, leadership development, and communications and various media projects. The Director will work closely with the Co-Chairs and Steering Committee in carrying out these responsibilities and will be responsible for the supervision of staff, interns, or other volunteers. The Director may also serve as a spokesperson to media and public events, help maintain external relations, represent API Equality-LA in coalition efforts, and oversee volunteer recruitment.



  1. Develop, manage, and implement organizational strategic plan, including meeting goals and objectives, with support from the Co-Chairs and Steering Committee
  2. Oversee volunteer recruitment and leadership development strategies in concert with staff and volunteer committees
  3. Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization, including supervision of staff and volunteers
  4. Oversee the financial management and growth of the organization, including preparation and implementation of annual budgets management, cash flow and monitor the overall financial health of the organization.
  5. Fundraise to meet annual budget through conducting grant research, drafting and submitting grant proposals and reports, and coordinating additional fundraising efforts (with support from the volunteer Fundraising Committee and Steering Committee), including donor cultivation and solicitation and major fundraising events
  6. Attend public-facing events as the organizational representative and spokesperson, including press events, media interviews, coalition events, and local, regional or national meetings
  7. Develop and facilitate trainings, workshops, curricula and other resources and research to strengthen grassroots leadership (from new volunteers to Steering Committee members) and support organizational priorities
  8. Solicit, strengthen, and solidify collaborative relations with ally organizations, coalition partners, policy makers, and other stakeholders
  9. Facilitate meetings/discussions and support Committee work as needed
  10. Other responsibilities per discussions with the Co-Chairs and Steering Committee



  1. College Degree with classes in social welfare, public policy or related field and/or minimum four years’ experience in supervisory or leadership position in an advocacy or grassroots organization
  2. Excellent management, supervisory and organizational skills, including facilitation of strategic planning process, prioritization of work, knowledge of finances and budgets, and supervision of staff
  3. Knowledge, contacts and experience working in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and the LGBTQ communities and issues in Los Angeles
  4. Experience leading efforts for strategic planning, grassroots campaign planning and organizational development
  5. Demonstrated success in fundraising, grant-writing, developing and implementing budgets, and overseeing the financial operations of a program or organization
  6. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with diverse coalitions, organizations, and communities
  7. Demonstrated commitment to social justice and experience in advocacy and public policy
  8. Strong verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking skills
  9. Ability to work independently and is a self-starter, to multi-task and operate efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment, and to work well with diverse personalities and work styles in a pleasant and professional fashion
  10. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Salesforce, and social media communication tools
  11. Ability to travel occasionally
  12. Proof of United States work eligibility



  1. Graduate education or degree in relevant area such as social welfare, public policy, public administration, or law
  2. Bilingual in an API language
  3. Communications experience (e.g., press kit development, media advisory/release writing, website development and/or maintenance skills, message research process, social media)


TO APPLY: Send Cover Letter, Resume, List of 3 references, 2 Letters of Recommendation and a 1-2 page writing sample to Brian Nguyen at brian@apiequalityla.org. Applications will be accepted and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.



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