APIAVote-MI: Executive Director

Application Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote – Michigan is a non-partisan organization committed to justice and equity for the Asian American community through grassroots mobilization, civic engagement, leadership development, and coalition building. 

Position Summary
APIAVote-MI seeks an enthusiastic, experienced and visionary leader to serve as full-time Executive Director of the only Pan-Asian American grassroots advocacy organization in the state of Michigan. Our ideal candidate will be committed to leading this evolving and dynamic organization and will bring a forward-thinking approach to organizational development, particularly through a lens of racial equity and transformative justice. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to further develop and implement the mission and the strategic plan of the organization. The Executive Director will also establish and strengthen key local and national partnerships and promote solidarity among the APIA community.


Leadership and Management (20-30%)

  • Actively engage and energize volunteers, board members, event committees, staff, partnering organizations and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; build board involvement with strategic direction.
  • Hire, train and retain staff; recruit and manage consultants to meet organizational needs.
  • Lead, coach, develop and retrain APIAVote-MI staff, youth, and consultants to ensure programmatic effectiveness and success.
  • Communicate effectively to board, funders, and other constituents, all information necessary.
  • Monitor and manage organizational fiscal vitality and work within the approved budget to ensure maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Establish and implement evaluation plan including development of metrics and outcomes; integrate community participatory evaluation methods when possible.
  • Ensure design and implementation of innovative programming that advances the mission of APIAVote-Michigan.
  • Effectively manage and administer day-to-day operations of the organization to ensure compliance with all non-profit legal and financial compliance.

Fundraising and Communications (40-50%)

  • Develop, manage and monitor organization’s fundraising plan, including prospecting and maintaining relationships with funders (private and corporate) with the goal of expanding revenue; provide oversight including coordination of various grant budgets and required reporting.
  • Develop a grassroots fundraising strategy that builds a strong individual donor base and volunteer network.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence to external relationships with the goal of creating a stronger presence and brand.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization by interfacing with mainstream and ethnic media and by representing our organization at local and national events.
  • Enhance APIAVote-MI’s image by being active and visible in the community, using external presence and relationships to network and garner new opportunities.

Community Building (20-30%)

  • Participate in and lead task forces, collaboratives, national convenings, committees, and community events to advance APIAVote-MI’s mission and policy priorities.
  • Monitor and respond to local and national advocacy actions that pertain to the APIA community and/or APIAVote-MI’s policy interest areas.
  • Facilitate and coordinate with national, state, and local APIA community organizations to implement plans to respond to local and national advocacy actions that pertain to the APIA community and/or APIAVote-MI’s policy interest areas.
  • Lead the Asian American Engagement Coalition in design and implementation of policy campaigns that advance the coalition’s shared agenda.
  • Provide quarterly educational reports to the Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus on Asian American needs and contributions.
  • Partner with the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission on strategic initiatives that advance both organizational missions.

​The Executive Director must have a passion for our mission and ability to articulate a vision for our collective future.  All candidates should have proven leadership, management, and fundraising experience and other qualifications include:

  • Track record of successful fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders through donor appeals, grant writing, and events.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; facilitation; and interpersonal, conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and diversity, particularly through a lens of racial equity and transformative justice.
  • Experience leading grassroots, community-organizing activities involving civic engagement (i.e. voter registration, GOTV, social issues, etc.)
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performing teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed and applicant must have reliable transportation; some travel is required.
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience required; Masters degree in relevant field (Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Work, etc.) preferred.
  • Experience working with the Southeast Michigan APIA community preferred.
  • Fluency in one or more Asian languages preferred.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full time position with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2016, though flexible.

Interested candidates should email cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to [email protected] by Friday, April 8, 2016.  Inquiries about the position should be directed to Mahima Mahadevan, President, Board of Directors at[email protected]

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