APACE and APACEvotes is looking for an Executive Director who is passionate about social justice and expanding racial, economic and political equity in the electoral process. We are committed to working alongside our Executive Director to develop new tactics that transform mainstream organizing in order to expand the representation of AAPIs in electoral politics. If building grassroots power in communities of color gets you out of bed in the morning, then you are encouraged to apply!
About us: While Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are among the fastest growing communities in our state, we lack access to the economic and political power other communities have. Our diverse AAPI communities are disproportionately impacted by poverty, racial inequity, declining health outcomes, low graduation rates and limited job security. These inequities are multiplied, by low rates of AAPI political and civic engagement, that further limit our influence on the policy solutions to these problems.
APACE believes AAPI communities must be brought into the political process, have access to decision-making power, and ultimately champion progressive policy that will elevate the well-being of our entire region.
We work to transform our democracy by empowering the diverse AAPI communities through civic engagement and political action. We increase access and participation in electoral and civic affairs by registering, educating and protecting AAPI voters, and strive to create an active and powerful AAPI community that is well-educated on the issues, informed of the political process, and mobilized to participate in our democracy.
Our work is grounded in the ideal that Washington is a just and thriving state that assures racial, political, and economic equity for all communities, including Asian American Pacific Islanders. In addition to transforming our democracy by politically activating our diverse communities, we hold ourselves and our leaders accountable to progressive values.
Program Areas: Community Outreach and Organizing in AAPI Communities, Civic Engagement, Program Development and Implementation, Fundraising, Strategic Organizational Development & Management.
Reports To: APACEvotes (501c3) and Asian Pacific Island Americans for Civic Engagement (APACE) (501c4) Board of Directors.
The duties listed illustrate various types of work that may be performed but are not intended to be a final statement of work.
40% Programs (Campaigns, GOTV, Field & Data)
● Provide strategic leadership, planning, execution and evaluation of campaigns
● Utilize the Voter Action Network (VAN) database to segment targets, cut turf, track and evaluate voter data
● Research and execute organizing strategies to reach diverse AAPI communities
● Recruit, train and steward volunteers
● Ensure all campaign and program activities align with APACE’s racial equity lens.
30% Fundraising & Fiscal Management
● Prospect, cultivate and steward new individual donors, foundations, key stakeholders and funders.
● Manage existing grants and individual donor portfolios
● Support events
● Develop an annual budget and fundraising plan in partnership with the APACE and APACEvotes Board of Directors
20% Operations & Internal Infrastructure
● Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of annual work plans
● Develop standard operating procedures and policies
● Recruit, train and manage volunteers and interns
● Ensure that program activities operate within the defined Memorandum of Understanding between APACEvotes and APACE
10% Coalition & Base Building
● Attend coalition meetings and foster strong community partnerships
● Manage external communications and marketing that includes an active engagement pipeline year round for our volunteers, donors, voter targets and prospects.
● At least two years of non-profit or campaign experience
● Prior experience organizing in immigrant, refugee, and POC communities
● A highly motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently
● Keen strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities
● Excellent verbal, listening, and written communication skills
● Flexibility to accommodate some evenings and weekends
● Proficiency with Microsoft Office and social media tools
● Access to reliable and flexible transportation and Driver’s License
● Experience working with political candidates, policymakers, and media
● Familiarity with legislative processes and public policy impacts on AAPI communities
● Strong commitment to racial equity and social justice
● Two years of grant writing or fund development experience
● Four-year degree in a related field or relevant experience
● Bi-lingual skills in AAPI languages
● Proficiency with Voter databases
Salary range between $60,000 and $70,000, full-time exempt 40hr/wk. Benefits include
medical, dental and retirement, holiday, vacation and sick leave.
Send a cover letter and resume with three references to Christina Shimizu at email@example.com by June 30. In your cover letter, please answer the following supplemental questions:
1. How has your personal and professional background prepared you for this position? Please highlight how you meet or exceed the qualifications.
2. What does civic engagement mean to you?
3. What is your understanding of racial justice and what do you believe the role is of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in advancing this work?