Executive Director – API Equality-LA – Los Angeles, CA

Job Announcement

Posted February 24, 2015


Reports to: Co-Chairs and Steering Committee of API Equality-LA
(The Steering Committee is the advisory body composed of the APIELA 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 grassroots coalition that works to advance the civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities through organizing, leadership development, public education and advocacy. API Equality-LA’s mission is to advocate for LGBT rights and marriage equality, focusing on the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. API Equality-LA is fiscally sponsored by Asian American Advancing Justice-Los Angeles and is funded through various private resources and foundations.

The Director will oversee the work and growth 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 Steering Committee and Co-Chairs in carrying out these responsibilities and will be responsible for the overall functioning of the organization, including the supervision of staff, interns, or other volunteers. The Director will also serve as a spokesperson to media, help maintain external relations, represent APIELA in coalition efforts, and oversee volunteer recruitment.


Manage, implement, and update the strategic plan

Work closely with the co-chairs and all committees to ensure the short/long term goals and objectives of the organization are fulfilled

Oversee volunteer recruitment strategies, orientation, and management in concert with staff and committees.

Supervise staff, interns, and volunteers

Fiscal (budget and cash flow) and grant management (proposals and reports) of the organization

Attend coalition-related events as its representative and spokesperson of the organization, if appropriate, including but not limited to local, regional or national meetings/calls conferences..

Work with the Fundraising Committee to carry out fundraising functions (donor liaison and cultivation, helping to plan fundraising events)

Serve as the public face of API Equality LA, taking a lead role in press events and along with the Co-Chairs represent the organization to the media

Develop trainings, workshops, curricula and other resources and research to build grassroots leadership and support organizational priorities

Assists with cultivating and maintaining relationships with endorsing organizations, prominent individuals, and other stakeholders

Solicit, strengthen, and solidify collaborative relations with coalition partners and/or other community groups, including developing relationships and collaborating on common projects.

Develop and nurture members and leaders of the organization (including Steering Committee and committee chairs)

Facilitate meetings/discussions as needed

Assist Committee Co-chairs with committee activities, as needed

Oversee day-to-day operations of the coalition

Other responsibilities per discussions with the Co-Chairs and Steering Committee


College Degree with classes in social welfare, public policy or related field and/or minimum three years program leadership, and community organizing and/or social services experience.

Minimum of three years experience in supervisory or leadership position in a program or organization.

Excellent management skills, including facilitation of strategic planning process, prioritization of work, budget and people management

Knowledge, contacts and experience working with the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and/or the LGBT communities in Los Angeles

Demonstrated success in fundraising, grant-writing, developing and implementing budgets, and overseeing the financial operations of a program or organization

Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with coalition partners and with diverse communities and organizations

Experience with strategic planning, campaign planning and/or organizational development

Demonstrated commitment to social justice and interest in advocacy and public policy

Strong organizational, verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking skills

Ability to work independently and is a self-starter

Ability to multi-task and operate efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment

Ability to work well with diverse personalities and work styles

Pleasant and professional demeanor

Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Database management software, internet, e-mail and social media.

Ability to travel occasionally

Proof of United States work eligibility


Graduate education or degree in relevant area such as social welfare, public policy, public administration, or law

Experience leading community organizing campaigns and/or conducting voter education efforts

Bilingual in an AANHPI language

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: eileen@apiequalityla.org or Eileen Ma, API Equality-LA, 1137 Wilshire Blvd. LA CA 90017. Applications will be accepted and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.